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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Honno Welsh Women's Press (18 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906784450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906784454
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, will be published in February 2015

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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, www.gwales.com

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By judithanne on 11 Oct 2013
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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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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Athena53 on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun 2014
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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BOOKWORM on 20 Oct 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
The story is constructed as a dual time split, so the reader enjoys the delicious dark history as related through the eyes of Gwen in pre-war rural Wales; interspersed with Sarah's story in present day. As the story unfolds and Sarah peels away the secrets of her past, the chilling climax is both dramatic and emotive.
At the centre of the story is a derelict farmhouse, Cwmderwen. Living in Snowdonia myself, I often come across such abandoned farmsteads on walks into the hills and each time I am drawn to the history behind these crumbling stones, so I related to Sarah's quest straight away.
Determined to uncover the facts behind her Grandfather's murder and her murky family history, Sarah begins a journey of truth. It's a journey which reveals some shocking revelations, not only of the past but of coming to understand herself too; how her past has shaped who she is...
A Time for Silence has an air of mystery and darkness, with themes of genealogy and history, blended with a contemporary story. Combined with the stunning descriptive narrative and well crafted characters, this book will stay with me as one of the best I've read this year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LizzyL on 10 Jun 2014
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Fascinating to speculate how much could one attribute the behaviours of the characters to their time and social environment and how much to their own strengths and weaknesses. Similar tragic events occur now, and, for all the enormous changes in social expectations, just how different really are the reasons?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sharon mason on 27 Jun 2014
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this is the first book ive read in a long time which covers violence and rape, but very cleverly doesnt describe the event and nevertheless keeps you gripped. the fact that it doesnt describe the gorey details is brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Carter on 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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