- Buy this item and get 90 days Free Amazon Music Unlimited. After purchase you will receive an email with further information. Offer valid for a limited time only. Terms and Conditions apply.” Learn more here.
Wall of Silence Paperback – 9 January 2020
|New from||Used from|
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (9 January 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 383 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542017092
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542017091
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.54 x 19.81 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"Wall of Silence is wild, a 'who-dun-it' rollercoaster. The story launches with a bang with one of the most original openings I've read. Tracy Buchanan has crafted a novel where the plot literally thickens with every page turned and new secrets simmer as the reader is pulled deeper into her cast of characters' web of lies and silence. I was captivated from page one, entertained throughout, and shocked over the final reveal. Loved it!" --Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestselling author
"Secrets and lies abound in this complex and chilling mystery. I was totally shocked by the ending!" --Lesley Kara, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Rumour
"A darkly addictive read that draws you deep into the tangled web of secrets that lie at the heart of the Byatt family." --Lucy Clarke, bestselling author of The Sea Sisters, a Richard and Judy Book Club choice
About the Author
Tracy Buchanan is a bestselling author whose books have been published around the world, including chart toppers My Sister's Secret and No Turning Back. She lives in the UK with her husband, their daughter and a very spoilt Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Bronte.
Before becoming a full-time author, Tracy worked as a travel journalist, visiting and writing about countries around the world. She has also produced content for the BBC and the Open University, and rubbed shoulders with celebrities while working for a London PR firm.
When she isn't spending time with her family and friends, Tracy now spends her days writing with her dog on her lap or taking walks in forests.
For more information about Tracy, please visit www.facebook.com/TracyBuchananAuthor and www.tracy-buchanan.com.
Review this product
Top reviews from Australia
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Top reviews from other countries
Yet again the premise of the book features a happily married woman with children married to a man with the morals of a tomcat, who has a 'best friend' who really isn't and is living amongst a mostly amoral community. The husband ends up in a coma too. By the time I was way less than half way through I could see how it was all going turn out but I persevered in the vain hope that it would differ........I eventually gave up reading such uninspiring drivel which is first for me!!
I'm sure that the ending will be that mother and children live happily ever after with old love and and hubby will survive and live happily ever after too, I could be wrong but I really don't care. Half sister in limbo.
I know that the real world isn't perfect but I find it strange that a decent person can find enjoyment in such a disturbing storyline. Yet, according to the reviews some people really enjoyed it 🤔 I wonder why?
I got this book free via prime in advance of publication, I would have been gutted to have paid good money for it.
My recommendation is to avoid this and look at the myriad of good reads available of all genres on Amazon.
I really appreciated Buchanan's depiction of the setting. It is portrayed as incredibly idyllic with residents living on the edge of a forest, embracing nature and trying to reduce their environmental impact. One could use the word 'utopia' to describe this village (also used once in the novel) and it is seemingly too good to be true. However, despite this wonderful setting (which I could picture so vividly and wanted to find!), the Facebook group illustrates another aspect of the community entirely. The cattiness, the vocal opinions, the slander... oooh, it's exactly what you see in typical village community groups. The writer incorporates commentary from the Facebook group as events develop in the village; it's a rapid way of showing how many characters feel about one event and reflects their true personalities. I found these chapters that reproduced the Facebook commentary very realistic and entertaining, albeit quite saddening that this is a rather accurate portrayal of how we, as a society, behave.
It did take me a while to get into the book and I think this was because I was daunted by the vast number of characters. There are so many "busy bodies" that want to get involved in the Byatt affairs and offer their opinion. Initially I struggled to keep track of each personality and how they were connected to Melissa and her family. However, as the story developed, characters eventually became more familiar and this helped to increase my enjoyment of the story.
This was a great read because I could not fathom the final outcome. There are two narrative voices - the perpetrator of the incident and Melissa's perspective. I was convinced I had solved the mystery of what really happened to Melissa's husband, but Buchanan kept me guessing all of the way. In the end, I could not put this book down and was so intrigued to find out the real truth.
All in all, the perception of the Byatt family comes crashing down amidst many tragic stories. I found it interesting the emphasis that Melissa's in-laws placed on the 'Byatt gene pool' and could only imagine the intense pressure she felt. The idea of 'nature versus nurture' is subtly played throughout the narrative and the concept that Melissa was "rescued" from a very poor, and almost savage, upbringing. But, have her ways descended to her children?
The metaphorical 'wall of silence' creates many dead ends for Melissa. I could really feel her frustration as her children refused to open up to her and I would not know how I would respond if I were in her situation. The desperation to protect her children versus knowing the truth was a difficult inner conflict and it was interesting to see how Melissa would overcome this battle.
I really enjoyed reading this mystery thriller. There was plenty of different stories to keep me interested as I became used to the variety of characters. Appreciating the village stereotypes, I think that Buchanan has created a powerful setting with an equally powerful mystery that needs solving.