- File Size: 561 KB
- Print Length: 370 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (March 11, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 11, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079ZWNXRB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Edith Potter has a story to tell. She suffers from a mental illness and is housed in an insane asylum. Dr. Stephen Maynard is determined to help heal her.
Whatever her story is, its been a secret for years. There is someone who will do anything at all to prevent that secret to see the light of day.
Her story involves the murder of her father .. a doctor who had been looking into shell shock. His killer was never found.
I found the story to be complex. At times I felt I was in a rudderless boat being tossed about on stormy seas with no direction to lead me to safety. I can only imagine how it must have been to be locked into Edith's mind.
The story felt a bit disjointed, but the more I read, the more I could see what was before my eyes. I kept thinking it might have been better to leave her wherever her mind was. Some secrets should never, ever see the light of day.
It's a dark subject at a time in history where one could be committed to an asylum for any reason..or no reason ... a time where inmates almost always stayed until they died.
The book is well-written, with the author taking the reader this way and that way and a huge twist that could take your very breath away.
The story is set into different parts. We first meet Edith when she is going about her every day life. She is a spinster and lives on her own. As with most small villages, everyone knows everyones business and Edith tries to keep herself to herself.
Stephen becomes fixated with Edith. He is determined to break and fix her. She isn’t like most of his patients and he knows as well as us that there is something dark and disturbing that is buried deep in her mind and I was as desperate as him to know just what that was.
Edith is a hard person to take to. What ever has happened to her she wants to forget about it. She also doesn’t want anyone else’s help. She has built a wall around her and so I did find it hard to empathise with her at times.
Walls Of Silence is one of those slow burners that with a build up of intrigue, keeps you turning those pages. It certainly held some surprises in store of which I totally did not see coming. The perfect read for lovers of a solid historical mystery.
You may find that the psychoanalysis lingo to be confusing but the author has made it where even though you do not understand the wording you understand what is being said. Even for me who sees a psychiatrist & a psychologist was a little confused with some of the language. I was never left in the dark though about what Stephen and the other doctors were saying.
Poor Edith could never get over what was done to her without help. I am surprised that she didn’t have a breakdown long before she did. The lunatic asylum was the worst place for her and if she remained there then she would have just gone into a catatonic state and died. Her mind fought to release the secret that it had kept since she was three years old. What her father did was unforgivable and I am not surprised that she had no love for him.
I highly recommend you read this book, but it is brutal and heart wrenching so be forewarned. It will be slow to grab you completely, but even during the slow parts you are curious as to what is going on and what has happened to her. Plus, you will be dying to find out who Edward is to Edith. I promise you will not regret reading this book.
I had no clue as to why Edith was as troubled as she was, but I was definitely flicking the pages to find out.
Walls of Silence has a beautiful and heart rendering prose to it. Having the story told with Stephen’s experiences with Edith made for a fantastic take on the why, and I was unsure whether to trust him totally.
The description of the era set and how many people were hidden away in asylums, homes, or institution’s due to their circumstances of their injuries held my interest and brought to life the hardship of those times.
I felt I had been taken back in time – where it wasn’t as innocent as portrayed.
A wonderful story of a woman’s struggle with life told in the most exquisite way. You might not like her, but you will want to know her.
I highly recommend if you like historical fiction, a conundrum of a character or want to delve a toe in to a new genre.
Thanks to Bloodhound Books, Netgalley for the review copy, all thoughts are my own.
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