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Daisychains of Silence

Daisychains of Silence [Kindle Edition]

Catherine MacLeod
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Daisychains of Silence - a story of love, lies and memory.

Charged with the fragility of family and the power of forgiveness, Daisy's story unfolds over three days of memories and misunderstandings during a visit to her mother, who's in the early stages of dementia.


An idyllic childhood in the highlands of Scotland ends abruptly when Daisy is sent to boarding school, but that's just the beginning of her unravelling. Fall-out from her parents' disintegrating marriage spirals her into chaos; disturbing memories from her childhood propel her on. Daisy keeps it all inside but she has had enough. Forbidden contact with her adored father she marries the love of her life, a musician, and sets about building a new life from scratch, based on honesty, not lies.

All goes well for twenty five years, until her husband faces a crisis of his own. Daisy reverts to old ways of coping as betrayal and family secrets are exposed, loosening the threads woven so tightly into the fabric of her life. Her mother is losing her already shaky grip on reality; if Daisy is ever to find out the truth about her father's death, she must do it now. The discovery of a gun and a bundle of letters at her mother's house triggers a series of painful but ultimately cathartic memories, forcing Daisy to re-examine her past.

"MacLeod has the eye of a photographer, a painter, an ability to draw our attention to details that matter: a crocheted curtain, filthy from neglect, a beloved hand-made doll, cords of colored thread glistening on a well-used table, scars that form a smile ... MacLeods characters will stay with you long after you've finished this lovely book, and you'll find yourself rooting for them, each and every one, despite their flaws or maybe because of them." ~ Mary Vensel White, author of The Qualities of Wood, HarperCollins, January 2012.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunningly beautiful book 31 Oct 2011
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I've read earlier versions of this book in the past and it's such a pleasure to see the quality that shines through every line is now available for a wider readership to enjoy. Very professionally presented with sumptuous imagery and exquisite use of language, from that very powerful opening onwards I was drawn into the story. One of the best books I've read in many a long year, Daisychains of Silence is a true cross-over novel which is certainly not restricted to habitual readers of the Romance genre.
A remarkable writer. I urge you to read this. You'll not be disappointed.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating... 31 Oct 2011
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I had the pleasure of reading this bitter-sweet tale when it was up for review on harpercollins. Amid the myriad praise from readers, I added my own, one-word review: "Captivating". Because it truly is; from the beautiful prose to the delicate and deep characterisation. I got excited about it and urged the author to not waste time on the snail-paced conventional route - why wait two years when we now have Kindle? I'm delighted that the author took my advice and has published this engaging novel. I'll be listing the author, Catherine, in my "author finds" feature, which is currently populated with one author only. You heard it here first: Daisychains is a must-read - captivating... Stef Mcdaid WriteIntoPrint @ukeditor
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful writing... 7 Nov 2011
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What a FABULOUS book - truly beautiful writing! My wife and I are both huge fans. It's not just the crisp dialogue, the gently flowing prose, the tense psychological interplay, or even the touching, poignant insight into a broken child's mind, that commands attention, but - above all - it is the 'voice' of a master storyteller. With skill and imagination, you are like Ellen - working words, not threads and fabric, expertly by hand; weaving your story into a thing to be cherished.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story, beautifully told. 2 Feb 2012
By Andrew
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This really is a gem of a book. Although the story is terrifically involving and packs a tremendous emotional punch, it's the sheer quality of the writing that stands out for me. There's a restrained, subtle, often quite quirky elegance to the phrasing which makes me linger over the writing, savouring its originality and beauty. There are some writers (Samantha Harvey, Suzanne Berne, Jon McGregor etc) who I can read and enjoy simply for the quality of their writing. I'd definitely put Catherine MacLeod in this category. This really is accomplished, ambitious, thoroughly bewitching writing. Very impressed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, emotion engaging story. 1 Nov 2011
By CaroA
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This book is beautifully written. It engages the emotions fully, and leaves the reader with with stunning images both comfortable, and uncomfortable, that linger long after the book is finished. A highly recommended book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully, fascinating Story 10 Nov 2011
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What a fascinating, beautifully written story. This book takes you by surprise and is in no way preditctable. Very different from any other book I have read. I love the Character of Daisy, the way her past is revealed and all that she has encountered over the 3 days she spends with her mother is remarkable. I especially liked the part where Daisy meets Roxy at a most traumatic time in her life, when they first meet in the café you're really not sure which ways it's going to go, Daisy being so vulnerable. I'm looking forward to reading your next book. This is must read, don't delay, download NOW.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 18 May 2013
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This book kept reading late into the night as the twists and turns of the dysfunctional family unravelled. Really recommend this book !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read! 29 Jan 2012
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I've only just got my Kindle so am trying books by writers new to me. This one really appealed from the book description and then when I read the opening pages in the look inside feature I was totally hooked. It's a very powerful opening. I've got all Joanne Harris's novels, and I also like Anne Tyler and if you can imagine a combination of those two writers I reckon Catherine McLeod's Daisychains of Silence is what you might come up with.

I've read a few of the other reviews and I'm surprised nobody mentioned the little snatches of humour. The opening chapter is slow, (but absolutely gripping) and there's no hint there that this will lighten up, but it does. In among some heart-stopping moments that challenged some of my preconceptions about girls, their cruelties and their friendships, I thought, this is funny in places! It's beautifully written. The way the characters interact is compelling and the dialogue is so convincing and realistic. I would have liked to hear a bit more about Saffron, but I loved Rita, and Roxy, and was glad to see Roxy still figures in the story at the end. There are some tragic things that happen in this book, but the writing doesn't dwell on them, more on Daisy's relationships with her mother and father, as well as her husband, and her efforts to come to terms with everything that's happened. This was a very moving and powerful story of love, secrets, trust and betrayal that came to a (mostly) satisfying conclusion. There were a couple of loose ends that made me wonder what she's going to do, but then I saw there's going to be a sequel, so hopefully those ends will be tied up in that. All in all it was a brilliant read. I wish it was in paperback because I'd pass it on to my friends if I could. I'll tell them about it though, and keep a look out for the sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I finished this book but can't say I enjoyed it . It seemed too disjointed to me not the usual book I would read but I finished it none the less.
Published 17 days ago by BY Lanarkshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Daisy
What a superb book, I want more. It covers different time scales in Daisy's life. A very clever story. Well done and thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Kimiwinks
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Great story well told. I read it in two sittings. Took me a while early on to grasp the connection between the two names, but everything falls into place quite quickly.
Published 4 months ago by M. Mayberry
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing.
Different than anything I have ever read, so well done to the Author for the original idea. A story that has an abundance of happenings that keep you wanting to know more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindlekate
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many flashbacks
Bits of this book were well-written but I found it confusing because so many characters were introduced without explanation. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Enticing
An interesting read with lots going on. The main character is well described and is given a deep underpinning. An enjoyable read.
Published 7 months ago by RM
4.0 out of 5 stars Rating
I enjoyed this book. It was a cliffhanger from start to finish keeping you on the edge of your chair and wanting more.
Published 7 months ago by Karen Baugh
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd
The book was hard to follow at first as it was then and now, some parts of it were good but half way through it started to get confusing, the most surprising part was Daisy was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Richard Terry
2.0 out of 5 stars Daisychains
Found this book a little difficult to get into, and a little strange if you like that sort of story
Published 8 months ago by Lorraine Hounsham
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Characters that came alive as each page was turned. Twists everywhere. A story of family. Good and bad. Great book
Published 9 months ago by Jem
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