- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (22 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0727882481
- ISBN-13: 978-0727882486
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Silence Hardcover – 22 Jan 2013
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"Fans of this veteran author will be well pleased."
Booklist on The Silence
"Rayne continues to mix eerie hauntings and witty protagonists in her enjoyable third neogothic mystery"
Publishers Weekly on The Silence
"Rayne's third Nell West ghost story perfects the craft of deftly chosen details, simmering suspense and chilling surprises, all woven into a quiet, elegant narrative."
Kirkus Reviews on The Silence
""Fans of this veteran author will be well pleased.""
Booklist on The Silence
Antiques dealer Nell West is valuing the contents of her late husband Brad’s childhood home, Stilter House. Set on the remote Derbyshire Peaks, there was once a much older property there, in which the notorious Isobel Acton committed a vicious crime. Warned against visiting the house by an elderly aunt of Brad’s, Nell hears mysterious piano music soon after her arrival. It becomes clear that the music is tangled with Isobel Acton’s macabre fate more than a hundred years earlier. A fate whose consequences still menace the present. --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.See all Product Description
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I took a while to get into this book but once I did, I was hooked. All the present day events take place over the course of a few days so there is a lot going on. Much of the book harks back to two separate time periods in Stilter House's history . This is done through the use of old documents, diaries, newspaper reports and letters. I particularly enjoyed this method of giving us the information - a small piece of information in a nineteeth century letter to a builder, a passing comment in a diary in the attic coupled with an old newspaper report created a wonderful jigsaw to puzzle out.
This is a ghost story & there are several ghosts to choose from. The descriptions of two of the ghosts and the events around them created a wonderful atmosphere. Who could fail to feel hairs rise at a description of gouge marks from someone's hands as they tried to get out? Sarah Rayne is a master of suspense and this is definitely one of her best.
The modern day characters of Nell, Beth and Nell's boyfriend, Michael aren't particularly special. They are really there to be characters to do discovery work for the reader. The really well constructed characters are those from the past, especially Jack & Samuel Burlap, Esmond and his father. These characters all drew conclusions from events and made decisions which had far ranging consequences.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Read more ›
Give us a break Sarah - at least get your facts right ! I noticed another reviewer mentioned something about a piece of crochet being wrong in this book. If i try another of Sarahs books it will be to see if she can makes mistakes like this often, or this book was just an unfortunate one.
Nell West is asked to value the contents of a home after the elderly owner dies. Relatives of her late husband, she is of course keen to be involved, and goes down there for a few days with her daughter Beth. But when she hears piano playing on a piano that is locked, and she and Beth are frightened by a woman on the property at night, the papers that she has found telling something of the history of the property's previous owners begin to take on a more sinister turn.
This is a great ghost story; some of the language used in the old letters and correspondence seemed, to me to be a bit incorrect for the period, but that's a small quibble against a narrative that races along with plenty of intriguing twists and turns. Great stuff; I look forward to more from this author. As this is the third in the series featuring Nell West, I need to go back and read the first and second ones now.
Rayne's vivid writing captivated me from the first page. I was hooked with these words:'I don't think we need to worry over what Charlotte said about the house. She was always a bit eccentric and given to imagining she saw things. I always thought she simply needed stronger reading glasses.'
The subtle touch of humour simply underlines the fact that the reader needs to worry - and the reasons emerge via a gripping narrative packed with secrets and edge-of-seat suspense. In no time at all, ghostly music - and the stirrings of century-old sins - echo down the years and through the rooms of the spookily atmospheric Stilter House.
The stories behind the hauntings are skilfully told through a series of letters, deeds, statements and court reports. The author gives even these minor off-page characters distinctive `voices' and I love how she's developing the relationship between the main players, Nell and Michael.
Like a spider's web, its intelligently-paced plot is both extraordinarily intricate and beautifully constructed. It trapped this reader to the final line. For me, The Silence is a book to shout about.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's a good story here ....but unfortunately it's not the main one. The secondary story, revealed through various documents, is gripping, but the contemporary story, involving... Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2015 by James Wilkinson
Started off in promising fashion and had some good creepy moments but I found the relationship between the two main characters rather saccharin and the daughter unlike any child I... Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2014 by echo
Found it very "tame" after reading all her other books. Lacks a certain "something". Very dull, boring, disappointing. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.Published on 7 Mar. 2014 by Amazon Customer
...I had two big problems. Firstly, Nell has had several encounters with ghosts: she has seen, heard and been physically attacked by the spirits of dead people yet she STILL... Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2013 by Mongrella
This was Ok but rather disappointing in a lot of ways. It was supposed to be a bit spooky but I felt it was rather far fetched in a wrong sort of way. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2013 by Jill Craxton
Although Stilter House is set in a remote part of Derbyshire, it is the house where antiques dealer Nell West's dead husband spent much of his childhood, so she is more than happy... Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2013 by Elizabeth Hayes
This is the third book in the Nell West/Michael Flint ghost series, even though Nell has a hard time believing in ghosts, and I loved it just as much as the other two. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2013 by Annette Gisby