Author: Nicola Avery
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Format: Paperback 240 pages
Release Date: 22 November 2018
Publisher: Browne Raven Publishing
I would like to thank Alice Geary at Midas PR for inviting me to join this blog tour and for the advance review copy provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Jon Stone is a revered psychiatrist, doting husband, loving father. But he has many secrets.
Maddy Stone, Jon’s daughter, has her own secrets. But she can’t tell anyone.
Zara, Maddy’s stepsister and best friend, face a race against time. Can she unearth the family’s dark secrets before a tragic history repeats itself?
Two girls: one living and lost, the other scarred and silent, must join forces to prevent the unspeakable…
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The family this book centres around at first comes across as one to be envious off. They clearly live a well off lifestyle, with a villa in Majorca, a lavish home in Wimbledon, and yachts and parties galore. As is usually the case though, all is not as it seems. Jon and Maddy Stone in particular have very deep rooted secrets that do not come to light until much later on.
Jon’s wife, Maddy’s mother, died tragically in a car accident when Maddy was only young. Jon met and remarried and with a daughter in tow they joined the Stone family. In a rather unusual take on joint families in this way, Maddy and her new step sister, Zara, actually get along really well. It’s nice to see step sisters portrayed in this way as usually it’s the reverse, with the step siblings despising each other. The bond these two share transcends the normal bonds that sisters or even friends share.
This book is a fairly short read at only 240 pages and it’s easy to read it in only a couple of sittings. The plot unfolds in a natural way with the author keeping back pertinent secrets the family hold until just the right moment to suck the reader into the story. I enjoyed the plot this book took, it’s quite a different read from what I usually gravitate towards.
The book does deal with some very serious issues which may be upsetting for some readers. It’s difficult to describe here as I don’t want to give too much away but if you know that you don’t like a book that covers difficult and sometimes disturbing issues then I would not recommend. However, the author does deal with these aspects in a respectful way.
Overall this was a very well thought out and enjoyable read and I would read more from this author.
About the Author
With an artist and writer for a father and ballet dancer for a mother, Nicola was destined to go back to her creative roots. Having spent a decade in Australia, she returned to her birthplace, Surrey, to raise her family. Fascinated with the concept that she had lived before, Nicola studied and qualified as a hypnotherapist and past life therapist, using her personal insight and experiences to create the controversial plots for her thrillers. Within the Silence is her second novel. www.nicolaavery.com
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