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HOUSE OF SILENCE [Kindle Edition]

Linda Gillard
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HOUSE OF SILENCE - Selected for Amazon UK's "Top Ten BEST OF 2011" in the Indie Author category.

A country house mystery... A family drama... A Gothic romantic comedy...
REBECCA meets COLD COMFORT FARM in Linda Gillard's complex Kindle bestseller, HOUSE OF SILENCE.


"My friends describe me as frighteningly sensible, not at all the sort of woman who would fall for an actor. And his home. And his family."

Orphaned by drink, drugs and rock n’ roll, Gwen Rowland is invited to spend Christmas at her boyfriend Alfie's family home, Creake Hall - a ramshackle Tudor manor in Norfolk. She's excited about the prospect of a proper holiday with a proper family, but soon after she arrives, Gwen senses something isn't quite right. Alfie acts strangely toward his family and is reluctant to talk about the past. His mother, a celebrated children's author, keeps to her room, living in a twilight world, unable to distinguish between past and present, fact and fiction.

When Gwen discovers fragments of forgotten family letters sewn into an old patchwork quilt, she starts to piece together the jigsaw of the past and realises there's more to the family history than she's been told. It seems there are things people don’t want her to know.

And one of those people is Alfie.



"If you like dysfunctional Christmases, snowy gardens, peculiar mothers, gothic houses, mystery photos, a bit of quilting, attractive Polish gardeners who play the cello, or any combination of the above, get downloading!"

"Brilliant book." LESLEY COOKMAN (Murder to Music)

“A story layered deep in pretence and secrecy, HOUSE OF SILENCE provides readers with the puzzle-solving pleasure of golden age detective fiction, complete with letter fragments from the past and the gothic backdrop of Creake Hall. The writing is sharp and crisp, with an edge of dark humour. Unwinding through the narrative like a chain is the hold that the dead have upon the living. I loved it.”
ROSY THORNTON (The Tapestry of Love)

"HOUSE OF SILENCE is one of those books you'll put everything else on hold for."

"This is an author at the top of her form who knows exactly what she's doing. Brilliant. It's an intelligent book for people who like their reading to challenge them."

"Gillard's consistently smart writing and fully-fleshed characters are the only recommendation I need to read anything she writes."

"A totally engaging read, full of warmth and perception.”
VICTORIA CONNELLY (A Weekend with Mr Darcy)


Praise for Linda Gillard’s other novels...

“The emotional power in these novels makes this reviewer reflect on how Charlotte and Emily Bronte might have written if they were living and writing now.”

“Haunting, lyrical and intriguing.”
ISLA DEWAR (Keeping up with Magda)

“I can heartily recommend Linda Gillard… Excellent.”
ADELE GERAS (Facing the Light)

About the Author

Award-winning author Linda Gillard lives in the Scottish Highlands. She's been an actress, journalist and teacher and is the author of six novels, including STAR GAZING, short-listed in 2009 for "Romantic Novel of the Year" and HOUSE OF SILENCE, a Kindle bestseller selected by Amazon UK as one of their Top Ten "Best of 2011" in the Indie Author category. Linda's latest novel is THE GLASS GUARDIAN, a paranormal love story set on the Isle of Skye.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479237086
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004USSPN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Linda Gillard is the author of seven novels and she lives in the Scottish Highlands. She has a website at and an author page on Facebook -

Linda graduated from Bristol University, then trained as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Whilst under-employed at the National Theatre, she developed a sideline as a freelance journalist. She ran two careers concurrently for a while, then gave up acting to raise a family and write from home. At the age of 40 she re-trained as a primary teacher and taught for some years, then moved to the Isle of Skye where she lived for six years, writing full-time.

Linda's first novel, EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY was short-listed for the 2006 Waverton Good Read Award. STAR GAZING, set on Skye, was published in 2008. STAR GAZING was short-listed for "Romantic Novel of the Year 2009" and "The Robin Jenkins Literary Award", the UK's first environmental book award. STAR GAZING was also voted "Favourite Romantic Novel 1960-2010" by the readers of Woman's Weekly magazine.

Linda's fourth novel, HOUSE OF SILENCE was published in 2011 as a Kindle ebook and quickly became a bestseller. It was selected by Amazon UK for their Top Ten "Best of 2011" in the Indie Author category.

Linda's latest book is CAULDSTANE, a gothic novel in the romantic supsense tradition of Daphne du Maurier and Victoria Holt.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ticked every box... superb! 24 April 2011
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With so many authors, their name on the cover tells you exactly what you're going to find inside. Not so with Linda Gillard. The only thing you're sure of when you pick up something she's written is that it'll be superbly written, meticulously plotted and that a couple of days of your life will disappear as you have to read to the very end.

"House of Silence", sadly only available for the Kindle (for shame, publishers!) ticked every possible box for me. A strong lead heroine in Gwen, a magnificently drawn supporting cast (Hattie my favourite...), brooding Marek the gardener - then there's the house itself, and the wonderful detail about the quilts, real and metaphoric. Secrets, lies, discoveries, tragedies, joy and redemption, this is a story that will appeal to all tastes - plenty for the romantic, interesting family history, part detective story. I loved every clicked page of it - absolutely superb stuff.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone... 22 April 2011
By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Linda has three previously published books, and many loyal fans, and yet her agent was unable to find a publisher who would take on House of Silence. She has finally decided to release it as an ebook, and it has been very well received. I very much enjoyed her previous books, so Linda kindly sent me a copy of this one to take a look at.

As previously mentioned, the book starts with the building relationship between Gwen and Alfie, both of whom have difficult backgrounds. Gwen's family all died when she was young, including her mother, and it becomes obvious to us, if not to Gwen, that this has caused it's own damage. Alfie also has difficulties with his family - but they are still around, full of complications, and expecting him to visit at Christmas, as he always does.

Alfie seems very reluctant to let Gwen join him, but eventually he agrees, and so as they travel, he tells her a little more about the various people she will meet. It's only once they arrive however, that we really get to see these wonderful characters. Like Alfie and Gwen, these character are worth reading about because they're flawed and real. And for me, this is the strength of Linda's writing, giving us real, interesting characters.

I don't mind saying that this isn't my favourite of Linda's books, as I do like it when she pushes just a little further. Emotional Geology and A Lifetime Burning are my favourites, the latter being a much more controversial book. However, House of Silence still has a lot to offer, and the second half of the book kept me gripped, reading the twists and turns to find out where it would take me.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as dark as I'd hoped but still enjoyable 15 Aug 2012
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I was slightly misled by this book as I'd heard it was a psychological thriller (my favourite genre) - it's not. It's a mostly successful amalgam of mystery, romance, cosy crime and family drama. Unlike seemingly most of the reviewers, I found Marek's strong, brooding silent type rather irritating and although the other characters were well drawn, Gwen remained a rather shadowy protagonist. But it's undeniably readable - it's just not dark and twisted enough for a cynical old moo like me.
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106 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, riveting, fun - a triumph! 6 April 2011
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Linda Gillard's legion of fans have been eagerly awaiting the chance to read a new novel from her, and this fan definitely wasn't disappointed. House of Silence was a pleasure to read, and a disappointment to finish.

It's the story of Gwen, a young woman damaged by her childhood, who meets Alfie, the son of a famous writer on whom she had based her well-known main character. On the face of it, Alfie seems to have everything that Gwen doesn't, in particular a solid family environment. Alfie takes her to Creake Hall, his family home, where she meets his sisters and his mother, and Gwen finds out that not everything is as it at first appeared.

Alfie's family are great creations. I loved Hattie and her patchwork quilts, and the homeliness of Viv. I also liked his mother, Rae, eccentric but likeable. And then there's Marek, the brooding and attractive gardener (say no more!).

This is a splendid read. It's a country house story, but it didn't feel contrived like some do. Above all, it's a story of how damaged families can be, and how much damage they can do to the generations to follow. Parts of the book really moved me, and it also made me smile in places too. And it's an easy read in that it flows beautifully. A triumph, and worth waiting for!

Linda Gillard is an author who publishers seem to find hard to pigeonhole and for that reason they seem reluctant to take a chance on her. Her readers, however, only care about great writing, good plots, and standout characters, and these are what she always delivers. If you liked her other books then you will love House of Silence, and if you are a new reader then I definitely recommend you go and read her back catalogue and support a superb writer.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Patchwork 6 Jun 2011
By Julea
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first book I read on my Kindle, and I was so pleased I didn't have to miss out on the chance to read it. The story itself was like the patchwork at its core - every character, every event was critical to the whole. As the pieces of this intriguing story came together to solve the mystery, there came a growing affection for each well described character.Thank you, Linda, for a gripping story of mystery intertwined with romance that was impossible to put down - a perfect patchwork! I'm looking forward to reading more of your books.
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What a fantastically complex book and joy to read. The characters all had complex past that had to be found out and the plot left you unable to focus on anything else till the book... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars good story
Very readable book. Quite a twist at the end. The characters became more solid as the book progressed and I found I wanted to continue reading to find out more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit unbelievable
I think the story was so-so but all a bit unbelievable. I found it a bit too descriptive in parts but still reasonably enjoyable and made for easy reading
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good read..
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2.0 out of 5 stars An ok read
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