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Silent Saturday: Forbidden Spaces Trilogy: Book One Paperback – 2014
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If I hadn't have liked the lead character I would have given up. And the ending? The change of tense? I'm happy for books to leave things hanging - actually happier, but this book didn't read like it would do that - yet it did. Not disappointing, more unexpected.
So there it is - a good book that could have been superb but wasn't.
And she proves that she totally handles the change. Silent Saturday is as gripping, as intense as her 3 previous novels, and also shows as much psychological depth.
Veerle is a convincing heroine, a young woman who'd like nothing better than a normal mother who wouldn't be unhealthily obsessed with security and keeping her daughter at home. The contradictory feelings she has for her mother (anger, pity, care)and the relationship she shares with her are extremely well written and sounds very realistic. The same goes for all other interactions and experiences Veerle has throughout the book.
The thriller part, since this is a thriller, is, well, thrilling, at times quite disturbing, and I found the climax really intense (I think her climaxes are actually always better). To sum up, Grant doesn't disappoint.
I also found the story of people entering beautiful houses whose owners are absent quite original for a background. The title of the trilogy is Forbidden Spaces, and I think it's a promising theme.
I said that there is no paranormal feel in this novel. Well, there is a slight paranormal element but it's not developed, not in this book anyway. Maybe more about that in the 2nd and 3rd books of the trilogy. However, the mysterious atmosphere is still very much present. It's what makes Grant's books so special. Not just another YA book. Not just another thriller, another crime story. There is SOUL in her books, and an ambiance at the same time full of mystery and highly believable because of well thought out, realistic characters and dialogues.
Silent Saturday is a very good read, and a strong opening for the trilogy.
Verle observes something horrific when she is young but forgets all about it, years later she once again meets up with Kris, the same boy who was with her all those years ago. Now grown and on the cusp of adulthood she joins a secret group that he is a part of, they visit empty and abandoned houses for fun. But someone is stalking them – and the past is about to come back to haunt Verle.
This was beautifully written, absolutely compelling and true storytelling genius, with an intelligent and addictive plot – a thriller that does not compromise on character in order to keep the pace.
One of the strongest parts of the story was the intense and complicated relationship between Verle and her mother Claudine – Claudine is the very definition of an over protective parent and obviously suffers from mental health issues. Verle’s attempts to live a normal teenage life whilst dealing with a great deal of stress at home gives the whole novel an added frisson. Really remarkable for a story which at its heart is a heady mix of thriller, horror and crime.
Very dark and descriptive prose, a terrific setting and a real sense of menace throughout makes for a great reading experience. At turns frightening, at others highly emotional, the story twists and turns its way to a breathtaking conclusion. Pacy yet with great depth, I would highly recommend this, not only to fans of the Young Adult genre but to fans of psychological thrillers in general. Easily accessible for both teenagers and adults alike, this is exquisitely constructed and packs one heck of a punch. Books 2 and 3 in the trilogy await me – watch this space!
Happy Reading Folks!
**Purchased Copy via Amazon UK**