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White Silence: The gripping, new supernatural thriller series from international bestselling author, Jodi Taylor Kindle Edition
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As is usual with anything from Jodi, it is unputdownable (or whatever the audiobook equivalent of that is). Its no spoiler (because we learn this right at the start) to say that Elizabeth Cage, the hero of the book (and future series), has a unusual skill - see sees colours around people ("auras"), which vary with mood etc. This could be spookily supernatural, or a form of synesthesia - that is not important - and we do not know where it comes from as she is adopted.
That, essentially, is the starting point of a roller-coaster ride that include ghosts, conspiracies, psychological warfare, some typical Jodi Taylor romance (she does do romance in a very realistic way, ie. warts and all, with emphsis on the warts!), a sprinkling of laugh-out-loud humour, a bunch of edge-of-the-seat tension, power-packed horror plus a bit of history and legend thrown in (see, I said it was hard to define).
It has to be said that Jodi Taylor does brilliant, strong, female heros, and Elizabeth follows on from Max in the St Mary's series - similar sort of humour and independence, but maybe slightly softer. Whereas Max would probably be terrifying to work or live with, Elizabeth is probably someone you'd like to get to know. After 10 hours in her company (and the company of the narrator) she seems quite real. But she really goes through the mill in this. Death, destruction, kidnapping, imprisonment... these are just the lighter bits.
More than that it is really hard to say without giving things away. Just to say that if you have enjoyed St Mary's or the Frogmorton Farm series, get this as you will love it. It is different, but also familiar. And if you do not know either of those series then... where have you been? come and join us! My father, in his 80s and nor normally one for fiction (or strong female leads) loves Jodi's writing as much as me, sofrankly you cannot go wrong.
A word about the narrator - a new voice to me, but she does a grand job and really adds to the story.
At first it was a bit slow going. Elizabeth Cage had always known she was different. She 'saw' people differently to others. As she grew up she struggled to be as innocuous as possible and thought she had succeeded and lived a happy (if rather dull!) life with he husband Ted. She was wrong.
I soon got caught up with Elizabeth's life. Jodi Taylor is not afraid to have her readers yelling- "Oh No don't leave things like that!" I'm just wondering how long we'll need to wait for a sequel- however quickly it happens it won't be soon enough. Five stars without a doubt!
The start was a little sedate and I initially worried that I wasn't going to warm to the female lead but she blossomed. I don't think she has in any way finished growing in strength or character, but where she ended the book was pretty tough in my eyes. I'm hoping that her romantic relationship stabilises as I see that partnership as a strength for the future books ( but I also know that's me being romantically selfish and needy!). One small dimmer for me was the castle adventure, a little too prescriptive and predictable, but that was such a small part. There's still so much to unravel too. Jones, especially, please!
I look forward to another adventure with this quirky and perfectly matched pair!
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I hope that there is another one
Omg what a ride from beginning to the end
A bit jumbled and it didnt flow.
wont be reading the next one.