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THE SILENCE OF THE STONES: Will the secrets written in the stones destroy a young woman's world? The runes are cast. Who will die? Kindle Edition
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I was captured and completely captivated by the symbolism. The stones represent many things: impermeable secrets; stoic perseverance; rune tiles reflecting ancient dogmas extant in current beliefs; creative expression through art; grave markers of loved ones; and silent watchers through the ages.
The plot’s twists were unpredictable. The developing and changing relationships of the characters were true to life, dragging the reader into their lives.
Truly a work worthy of attention. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Nicole Sorrell, Author
The main character, Alana, is plagued by the feeling of not being wanted and the target of many arguments between her parents. But, she is an extremely talented artist and when she unexpectedly inherits a cottage in a remote area, she sees it as the opportunity she needs to make a name for herself. But, the symbols she finds on the stones standing at Coed-y-cwm lead not only to a sculpting project, but are clues to unraveling the mysteries, murders, lies and deceit.
However, nothing could have prepared her for the layers of lies that unfold and the secrets that everyone seems to carry in the small community. Not only does she discover the family she thought to be family wasn't, she discovered a whole other family she didn't know existed. Rebecca takes us into the mind of a character with multiple personalities and does a brilliant job portraying her. I don't want to give the plot away, so let me just say that just when I thought I had things figured out, there would be another unpredictable twist right up to the end of the story. I love the way the characters jumped off the pages. There was never a place in the book that lagged. I never lost interest all the way to the last page.
There's something going on in this village in Wales. People are turning up dead and everyone is scared. It's been thirty years since two children were kidnapped and one of their mothers went to jail. Thirty years isn't long enough to forget, apparently.
Alana is a young artist who struggles to make ends meet and struggles even more to move past events that happened two years ago. When an aunt she had never even heard of wills her a cottage in a quant little village, it seems like the perfect opportunity. She doesn't know the snake pit she is walking in to. The mysteries of the last thirty years start to come unraveled. Along with Greg, who is just a much an unknown part of it as she is, and Maddy, a young reporter, they start to figure out the truth.
This was a gripping mystery and I didn't expect that ending at all. I will say that it dragged quite a bit in places, especially in the first half. Once I hit the halfway point, though, I couldn't stop reading. The secrets and the lies and the uncovered truths were not what I thought they'd be and that's a good thing. I never knew exactly what was going on, because every time I thought I did, it would end up being another lie. Just great storytelling. Rebecca Bryn has this way of describing things that it makes you feel like you are there in Wales, right alongside Alana. Very well done.
I learned subsequent to reading this marvelous book that the author is also a visual artist. Clearly she has the range and sensitivity to draw her characters with uncanny particularity.
A great achievement.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed reading this type of mystery with historical references.Published 3 months ago by Danny R. Watters
Wow. What can I say? I don't know where to start. In The Silence of the Stones, Rebecca Bryn tells a compelling, powerful story.
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Gripping family saga set against the backdrop of a rural and very insular community. When Alana Harper inherits a cottage from an aunt she never knew, family secrets slowly begin... Read morePublished 8 months ago by barbara
I read Rebecca Bryn’s ‘Touching the Wire’ earlier this year and was deeply moved by it. I knew then that I’d enjoy anything by this author, and haven’t been disappointed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lesley Hayes
I loved this story! The characters are well drawn, the complex mysteries cleverly hidden and revealed in turn - nothing is what it seems, and the reader is kept guessing to the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lila Richards
This book has all the ingredients for a good read; a plucky heroine that is far from perfect. A mystery that has you guessing to the very end and a nail biting ending. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Angela Lockwood
WOW! Like a breath of fresh air. This book captured me from the first chapters and kept me gripped throughout. I had to finish it! Read morePublished 13 months ago by P.J Roscoe
This is a fascinating read. Alana is a struggling artist who is left property in West Wales by an aunt she never knew existed. Read morePublished 15 months ago by bunnygirl
Rebecca Bryn has woven a complex tale of lies, deceit, and mystery. Just when I thought I had things figured out, she took me in a different direction. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sharon K. Miller