Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense

Part of the Silence by Debbie Howells

Release Date-June 27th 2017
Genre-Mystery & Thrillers
Kindle Edition-320 pages

From the international bestselling author of The Bones of You comes a haunting and heartbreaking new psychological thriller about the distorted nature of reality, the unreliability of memory, and the enduring power of a mother’s love.

A blighted memory. A child who seems never to have existed. A watcher in the shadows.

When they find Evie Sherman, battered and left for dead in a maize field, the young woman has no recollection of who she is. After three days in a hospital bed, the fog in her head begins to lift, and she remembers two names: her own, and that of her three-year-old daughter, Angel. Evie is convinced that Angel is in grave danger. But the police can find no evidence of the girl’s existence.

It’s clear that Evie is having some kind of mental breakdown–or is it? Even in the depths of her amnesiac darkness, Evie knows her daughter’s voice, her chameleon eyes, every precious hair on her head. So how can she be losing her mind?
As Evie’s grasp on reality slips away, she finds herself haunted by the same three-word warning, which she hears over and over: Trust no one. But whom is she being warned against? The police? The doctors and nurses? Or the mysterious figure who’s been watching her, who knows all her secrets, has a hidden agenda–and perhaps their own twisted version of reality.


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part of the silence is the first book by Debbie Howells I have read and what a delight this was.
This was a book that flowed from the very beginning, It was so easy to immerse and lose yourself in this engrossing storyline.
I found this tale so addictive, And I was totally baffled as to who was real and who was wearing a mask to conceal themselves behind.
It kept me guessing right to the final moment and I was so shocked as I hadn’t quite managed to figure out what the truth was till the very end. In my opinion, this is the sign of an excellently written piece of fiction, and if the reader is still somewhat in the dark and floundering around for answers, Well Job well done I say.
Part Of The Silence is a psychological Mystery where our main character, Evie/Jen is attacked and left for dead.
Upon waking her memory is in tatters but she does recall that she has a three-year-old daughter Angel, who she claims is missing, But there is no evidence of the child and to further complicate matters Evie/Jen was the babysitter to a little girl years ago that went missing and was never found.
The story also centres around Charlotte a girl who went to school with Jen, she recognises her from the paper and befriends her trying to help while still dealing with some issues in her own life.
There are loads of great characters in this novel and this further muddies the water when it comes to guilt and I was constantly analysing everyone’s actions.
I especially loved Jack the Policeman he was such a warm empathic individual and he really had a great affinity towards Evie and what she was going through.
The only criticism I have for this book is I would have liked a more structured ending, I found the conclusion of this book quite abrupt like it just stopped mid sentence, I must admit I found this a trifle strange like the story wasn’t quite finished, but this is just a personal gripe and it may not bother you at all.
So in conclusion Part Of The Silence was a gripping atmospheric thriller that kept the mystery and intrigue to the very last second, I actually rated this as Four and a half stars as I knocked half off as the ending flummoxed me a bit, despite this criticism I thought the author did an excellent job crafting this tale and this was a fabulous read that I would highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader copy of Part Of The Silence by Debbie Howells.

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