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Moving, riveting, fun - a triumph!,
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This review is from: HOUSE OF SILENCE (Kindle Edition)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.