The Silence by Katharine Johnson – Blog Tour


Doctor Abby Fenton has a rewarding career, a loving family, an enviable lifestyle – and a secret that could destroy everything.

When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an idyllic Tuscan holiday home she is forced to confront the memories she has suppressed until now and relive the summer she spent at the villa in 1992. A summer that ended in tragedy. The nearer she gets to the truth the closer she comes to losing her sanity.

In order to hold onto the people she loves most, she must make sure they never discover what she did. But the reappearance of someone else from that summer threatens to blow her secret wide open.

My Review

A 5* book that had me so gripped – I actually hardly went on social media (Hi my name is Carly and I’m a social media addict !) I read at every opportunity I got and in fact I read 80% of it in a day !

There was so much of this book that I could relate to – for example the rituals that Abby would do “if I bounce this ball a hundred times without missing ; If I touch every olive tree before  the song on my walkman finishes” – I used to do this to help make decisions and still occasionally do. Then there was the part that mentioned Abby and her husband James didn’t argue they sulked – that’s me all over, in 17 years of being with my husband we have not had 1 argument but I do sulk, which drives my husband insane.

This story actually reminded me a lot of Dorothy Koomson books- it had the same feel of suspense within the story and its characters.

There was a real array of characters in this story. Initially I did not like Mina- I thought she was a spoilt little brat but as the story went on my opinion of her changed, I saw a different side to her but not for long ……                                                           Philippa was a very ‘in your face’ kind of character who had such a vivid imagination – at times ‘the boy who cried wolf’ would spring to my mind. I couldn’t connect with Alan, he gave me the creeps, I pictured him as an unwashed hippy  type of character. The character I liked the most had to be Abby (past and present) she had been through so much yet she still carried on.

I enjoyed how this book switched from the past to the present, I felt the balance of this was just right.

If you want a book that is full of mystery, shocks and surprises, then this is the book that will satisfy your needs and it is only 99p on Kindle !

Huge thanks to Emma Mitchell for sending me this ARC and thanks to Katharine Johnson for writing such a fantastic book.


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