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A Time for Silence by [Moore, Thorne]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 417 customer reviews

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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

About the Author

Thorne Moore is a formerlibrary assistant, a former restauranteur, a history teacher, and the owner of the craft business, Pear Tree Miniatures."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906784450
  • Publisher: Honno Press (17 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00994DMOY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 417 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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An easy enough read but I did struggle to remember all the characters and how they were related (could just be me I suppose!). An interesting book which focuses around a family cottage in rural Wales. The story follows Sarah Peterson who sets about to discover the history of her family, namely the death of her grandfather. The book also tells the story of Sarah's grandmother set in 1940's rural Wales. For me, there was something about Sarah that I just didn't get. I didn't really like or understand her and found myself not really caring about her side of the story. In fact the words "obsessive", "stubborn-minded", "selfish" and "drunk" come to mind! I much preferred the story of her grandmother Gwen and found myself reading on more to find out what happened to Gwen and her family than what happened with Sarah. I was a little disappointed in the way Sarah's story finished as I found it a little improbable. I think I would've enjoyed this book more if it only centred around Gwen and her story set in the 1940's. Overall though, it is a good story and an easy read. There wasn't anything that surprised or excited me or had me turning the pages other than me wanting to finish it!
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