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A Time for Silence [Kindle Edition]

Thorne Moore
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)

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<div>When Sarah, struggling to get over tragedy, stumbles across her grandparents&#8217; ruined farm, it feels as if the house has been waiting for her. She is drawn to their apparently idyllic way of life and starts to look into her family history only to learn that her grandfather, Jack, was murdered. Why has nobody told her? Sarah becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Gwen and Jack. But are there some family stories that should never be told...</div>

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'...after a few short chapters I was hooked... Piece by piece, she builds these women's lives until they sneak into our affections. The most chilling part of Thorne Moore's skill is the way that she represents evil.' - Helen Tozer, sideline jelly

'A Time for Silence is a true page turner, and as the tale grows in momentum, it graduates from chilling to horrific…' --Norma Penfold,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906784450
  • Publisher: Honno Press (17 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00994DMOY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thorne was born in Luton and graduated from Aberystwyth University (history) and from the Open University (Law). She set up a restaurant with her sister but now spends her time writing and making miniature furniture for collectors. She lives in Pembrokeshire, which forms a background for her writing and her first novel, A Time For Silence, was published in 2012. Her second novel, Motherlove, was published in 2015. She's a member of the Crime Writers Association.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing - beautifully written 11 Oct. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A powerful novel from beginning to end, with story-lines from two eras that slip seamlessly from one to the other. Thorne Moore evokes both worlds, rural Wales during WW2 and mid twentieth century, to perfection. The dialogue in both periods of time is flawless. The characters are believable and rounded. The plot easy to follow; not that this detracts from the strength of the writing - it's satisfying for the reader to be able to see what the characters of Sarah and Gwen don't, at times .
A Time For Silence is the story of Sarah, looking to expose the truth of the death of her grandfather, John Owen, and of the life of Gwen, the wife he has bullied throughout their marriage. The denouement subtly reveals the tragedy which befell Sarah's grandparents and forces her to face her own future. I read this book initially as an eBook and then couldn't resist the paperback version (don't ask!) All I can say is that it was well worth both reads. One I thoroughly recommend.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark tale of family secrets and hidden mystery. 27 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
One of those books where you're slowly drawn into the plot and want to keep going just to find out what actually happened.

The story runs between two timelines, the present to sixty years ago, and is set in rural Wales. There are two leading characters. The first is Sarah, recovering from a personal tragedy, and the second, and much more mysterious, is an old cottage which once belonged to her grandparents.

Sarah feels drawn to the house and the abandoned farm on which it's situated and moves in only to discover the house has a secret it's dying to tell. From that point Sarah becomes immersed in researching her family history but, as we all know, sometimes it's better 'to let sleeping dogs lie'. The unfolding story of family horror she begins to reveal only adds to her distress.

There are some nicely worked elements of darkness, shadow and shade, throughout the novel but the strongest parts are where the author travels back in time to reveal unfolding events. I did fast track through a few pages of recent history to get to those juicier plot lines. Having said that; I think the author handles the differing time frames well and doesn't get lost when switching from past to present. Flows nicely.

'A Time for Silence' is a gentle mystery that's quick to read, easy to read, and complex enough to hold the readers attention.

Happy to recommend.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chillingly believable and quite gripping 30 Nov. 2014
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This is one of the most absorbing books I have read in a long time. I thought that the plot was very believable and stunningly well thought through. As a reader I was totally immersed in the characters. With some other books I get confused if there is a constant time shift between the past and the present day, but with this book it works excellently. There are some very cleaver devices used to keep us all guessing. One might think of it as a woman's book but I found that it works equally well for a man which is what I am! It must have taken a lot of thought to get this book right with no loose ends. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so will say no more other than to thank Thorne for creating such an excellent read for us all to enjoy. It is one of those books that you come away from it dying to meet the author, who must be such an interesting person herself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but ... 31 Jan. 2015
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An easy enough read but I did struggle to remember all the characters and how they were related (could just be me I suppose!). An interesting book which focuses around a family cottage in rural Wales. The story follows Sarah Peterson who sets about to discover the history of her family, namely the death of her grandfather. The book also tells the story of Sarah's grandmother set in 1940's rural Wales. For me, there was something about Sarah that I just didn't get. I didn't really like or understand her and found myself not really caring about her side of the story. In fact the words "obsessive", "stubborn-minded", "selfish" and "drunk" come to mind! I much preferred the story of her grandmother Gwen and found myself reading on more to find out what happened to Gwen and her family than what happened with Sarah. I was a little disappointed in the way Sarah's story finished as I found it a little improbable. I think I would've enjoyed this book more if it only centred around Gwen and her story set in the 1940's. Overall though, it is a good story and an easy read. There wasn't anything that surprised or excited me or had me turning the pages other than me wanting to finish it!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars haunting 7 Feb. 2013
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This book was quite a surprise. In parts it is extremely dark and haunting but the present day bits are much lighter and so sometimes appear less well crafted. The almost sparse text in the welsh parts serves to underline the cold, starved lives of the characters. It is salutory to note that the 'older' parts of the book are set in 1948 - very recent history but a very different time - especially in rural Wales.
There seem to be many books around at the moment that are set in this 'dual-time' mode, but in this case it seems to work well. I also appreciated that Robert's learning difficulties were not laboured but played a very important part in the whole.
I was also secretly pleased that I did guess 'whodunit'.
Haunting but without the ghosts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
I lost sleep over this book - literally! Stayed up until 3 am to finish it!

Stories that span two time-frames have always intrigued me. Read more
Published 1 day ago by The Word Bird
3.0 out of 5 stars A read that is worth your time
Compelling in a morbid kind of way. Cleverly written, but it's a Cookson style jape that deals with duty and honour bound up to a certain inevitability. Read more
Published 1 day ago by comm88
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 6 days ago by Julie Powell
3.0 out of 5 stars tale of past & modern day that link
took me a while to get into this story but once I got half way through found it a gripping story.
Published 11 days ago by jayne bushell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book made me late for work!
Published 18 days ago by Alison B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading.
Well written, keeps the tension and intrigue going at a good pace. The passage from past to present is well done and I liked the style of writing used for the character Gwen. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 19 days ago by james Kelday
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of social history in rural Wales.
One of those stories difficult to put down and stop reading. Only problem was I had more or less guessed who'd done it before the ending. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Butler john
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Different - worth reading
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