Silenced by Stephen Lloyd Jones of this with Mallory in London was as dark as it was powerful. Almost immediately it is clear this is not a story for the faint hearted. Switching then to Obe’s story in West Cornwall, the book takes on a different feel though no less interesting. There is obviously a connection between these diverse threads but what is it?
Having read and loved The String Diaries by this author I had some idea what to expect I guess. He manages to interweave myth and legend with a normal world very well. In this story you will learn some Turkish words! I ended up googling some of them with varying degrees of success. The ordinary drama (though it is not ordinary) plays out with undertones of the mystic/mysterious.
The main characters came over strongly in this book for the most part. That said I found it hard to really like any of them. Both Mallory and her sister were extremely strong characters but even Mallory wasn’t that likeable. Obe was lovely but I still found him quite hard to really be involved with.
For the most part the writing here is extremely good. It makes for a tense and well paced read that I simply could not put down. The Turkish aspect didn’t work as well as the equivalent in The String Diaries for me. There were times when The Silenced felt very managed and contrived I guess though I would never have stopped reading it. As a warning it can be powerfully visceral at times. My review of the previous book from this author is here.
And so to the end
“After violence, silence”
And that is not what I call an “epilogue” however I do hope that the author writes more books!
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review