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In A Time For Silence we meet Sarah who finds the derelict farmhouse her Grandparents lived in and decides to probe what happened to the family in Cwmderwen, Pembrokeshire.

Sarah has her life mapped out in front of her, engaged to be married and having given up on her dreams to be a singer following the death of a close friend. Sarah is under pressure from a pushy mother-in-law to be, and when she takes a trip to Pembrokeshire she does a bit of digging and finds the farmhouse that her Grandparents lived in. Sarah has a romantic view of life and she is horrified to find that her Grandfather John had been killed ‘by person or persons unknown’ following the Second World War. Sarah decides she needs to know more and sets about interrogating her Grandmother’s sister to find out more. But the silence kept for so many years isn’t easily going to be broken by a nosy young woman!

The construct of this book is particularly brilliant because we hear from Gwen about life in the remote farmhouse, about her marriage, her father and sister and her children through her eyes from the time she sets foot in Cwmderwen. We know what happens there while we watch Sarah follow blind alleys and incorrect assumptions in the future. Gwen’s story is easily the most captivating made even more shocking by her understated narrative. A book that so accurately evokes a time eloquently capturing the unwritten rules that governed generations which from a contemporary point of view are almost impossible to comprehend. Sarah has no such compunction eager to knock down the walls of silence that have covered up the wrongful death of John and changed the course of the family as they moved away from Pembrokeshire.

Thorne Moore not only captured the time but the place is also bought vividly to life through her writing, with the little Welsh town and the Spartan farmhouse easily imagined both by the reader and Sarah, as having bought it as a holiday home she works to restore it to its imagined former glory complete with heavy Welsh dresser in the kitchen.

This was such an unexpected read, far more emotionally charged and the story in the past far darker than I’d anticipated but beautifully told, this really did have me captivated. Although I found Sarah’s story slightly less compelling, it is the contrast between the two women’s lives just a couple of generations apart that is so very powerful.
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on 8 October 2015
I lost sleep over this book - literally! Stayed up until 3 am to finish it!

Stories that span two time-frames have always intrigued me. Unfolding mystery, linked chapter by alternate chapter, guaranteed to enthrall.
This is exactly what happens in A Time for Silence, an enticingly told tale weaving a seamless path between the present and the past in remote, rural Wales just before WW2. The author cleverly builds the parallel tensions and, just when you think you have the answer, takes you off on a tangent.

Underneath the darkness and behind the silence, Sarah seeks the truth about her grandfather’s murder and in the process discovers the almost unbearably sad tragedy at the root of this haunting and beautifully written book.
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on 31 May 2017
A lovely story, the author manages to build something positive from a dark history as the first person character discovers long-hidden family secrets.
A powerful sense of foreboding builds as the story unfolds, cleverly set against the unravelling of a modern-day relationship
Sad to say goodbye to some of these characters!
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on 17 March 2017
I really enjoyed the way the two stories of past and present ran parallel and came together at the end. It kept me hooked and on edge at times, all through the twists and turns. I particularly like the ending which was fitting to the story line without being too neat and cheesy. I would highly recommend it.
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on 26 April 2017
Highly recommended. A well crafted story with great darkness and light. The Author clearly brings her subjects to life so you can feel the pain. Excellent writing.
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on 19 June 2014
An amazing debut, totally absorbing. A closely woven story of bitter relationships and tensions. 99p is an absolute bargain and I can't wait to read more from this author.
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on 22 January 2015
This story got better as I went along. Good storyline. A few parts where the dialogue went on too much. But on the whole well worth reading.
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on 21 August 2014
Four stars took me a while to get into the story but I have enjoyed it different but won't be reading another one of this author
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on 26 December 2015
Very happy with product and delivery service.
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on 4 July 2015
OK, worth reading but dark and disturbing !
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