A Time for Silence Kindle Edition
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As I sat in the burning sun of an unusually hot autumn day in Australia, the musty shadows of the damp Welsh cottage wove it's spell about me. I couldn't stop reading until I had uncovered it's secrets... And laid them back to rest.
I love it when you experience a story, rather than simply read it.
I enjoy novels with a dual timeline and this one is perfectly pitched – as you read on, you soon find out more than Sarah, the present-day protagonist, about her grandmother, Gwen, and her difficult marriage, but not enough to know all the answers, and the dual suspense of wanting her to make her discoveries, while eagerly waiting to discover for yourself exactly what happens, builds up a superb tension.
All kinds of questions are raised, from the morality of a past society when much more was kept hidden, to the wisdom of seeking to reveal secrets that people have chosen for good reason to conceal down the years.
An excellent read, and I’m looking forward to reading Thorne Moore’s second novel, Motherlove.
The story is constructed as a dual time split, so the reader enjoys the delicious dark history as related through the eyes of Gwen in pre-war rural Wales; interspersed with Sarah's story in present day. As the story unfolds and Sarah peels away the secrets of her past, the chilling climax is both dramatic and emotive.
At the centre of the story is a derelict farmhouse, Cwmderwen. Living in Snowdonia myself, I often come across such abandoned farmsteads on walks into the hills and each time I am drawn to the history behind these crumbling stones, so I related to Sarah's quest straight away.
Determined to uncover the facts behind her Grandfather's murder and her murky family history, Sarah begins a journey of truth. It's a journey which reveals some shocking revelations, not only of the past but of coming to understand herself too; how her past has shaped who she is...
A Time for Silence has an air of mystery and darkness, with themes of genealogy and history, blended with a contemporary story. Combined with the stunning descriptive narrative and well crafted characters, this book will stay with me as one of the best I've read this year.