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First There Was Silence by [Haubrich, Leonie]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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About the Author

Leonie Haubrich studied German literature before moving to Frankfurt. She has worked for many years as a journalist for women’s magazines and has traveled widely.

For more information, visit www.auf-lose-blaetter.de.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3810 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (12 Jan. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZZNCFTQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The beginning of the book started out well. I was curious to know who had kidnapped the baby and why exactly. However, I very quickly guessed who the kidnapper was and I was right. I knew it before the character did which meant there was never an element of surprise. I also had no idea why some chapters were focused on the police officers on the case. I wondered if it was because they would become important to the story but nope, they were just there.

I didn't realise when I started the book that is had been translated as the original book was German. I did have suspicions due to the characters names but it wasn't till I read other reviews that I realised. (I obviously didn't look at the cover hard enough because it clearly states so). I do think certain things may have been lost in translation. It was mostly fine but every now and then something would read a little weird but nothing major.

Overall, I didn't really enjoy the book. I liked the premise of the story but it just didn't really do it for me. Most likely because I knew who the kidnapper was early on, I lost interest.
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Nele lived every parent’s worst nightmare when she lost her first son to cot death. At the time her husband blamed her and the marriage crumbled. Now, a few years later she moved on as best she could, remarried and has a beautiful baby girl, Lotta. But horror strikes again when she wakes up one morning to find that Lotta has gone.

Because of the mysteriousness of the disappearance and Nele’s history of post-natal depression, suspicion immediately falls on her and there is a growing distrust even from those closest to her. Although her world is disintegrating around her once again, Nele is convinced that Lotta is still alive and in her desperation to search for her, she finds herself on the run.

This is a great psychological thriller and suspects abound to keep the reader guessing. It also addresses how fragile relationships and people’s own psyche can be during times of crisis. However, it also illustrates the power of a mother’s love and the seemingly impossible lengths she would go to in order to save her child. Overall, it’s a heart-rending story with excellent characterisation and plotline.

This novel is set in Wiesbaden, Germany. As we know, literature offers us a vital window into other cultures, promoting understanding in a way that even travel cannot. Yet English-language publishers have a woeful track record when it comes to translating great stories from other parts of the world. It is encouraging therefore to see that this has changed recently with the popularity of authors like Stieg Larsson which reflects a growing demand for translated novels.
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Boy this is really going to be THE year for the Psychological Thriller and I am sure I said that last year. I think the quality of novels available in this genre just keeps getting better and better which it need to as it's a busy genre to write in! First There Was Silence was another that I could not resist reading and adding to the early read pile for 2016 and I was glad that I did.

What a nightmare, twice over right? Can't imagine it? No, me either...

With fingers pointing at Nele the book weaves and twists it's way around with a strong paced plot and easy to connect with characters (some to love, some to hate) until you really just NEED TO KNOW what happened and why. I found the book to be a really good read to escape into and tune out the rest of the world with. I spent quite a few hours in Nele's world and by God it's not nice.

The writing is good and I would be keen to read more books from this author in future. If you enjoy your psychological thrillers then you might want to add First There Was Silence to your list to-read. I have to say this is the third book I have read in 2016 already with a baby missing in the plot, is there something in the water? Glad to say all have been quite different! 4 stars from me.

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to review via NetGalley!
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Omg this book was amazing, wow this book kept me up all night and ruined my beauty sleep I just couldn't put it down. It was an emotional roller coaster of a read well done for writing such an amazing story your definitely worthy of 5 stars.I enjoyed it that much I read it in one sitting I was hooked from the very first word.
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