Walls of Silence
By Helen Pryke
Living in the mountains of Sicily, Maria has the perfect childhood until the tragic accident that changes her life forever. The events that follow will take her away from her home town to the streets of Milan, in an ever-increasing spiral of abuse and deception. Will she ever be able to trust anyone ever again? Set in turbulent 1960s Italy, Walls of Silence is the story of a girl who must find the courage and strength to survive her family’s betrayal and the prejudices of her country.
Part of the proceeds from this book will go to a women’s centre in the UK.
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For a debut novel, this is a captivating read and it stirs emotions in you which is exactly what a good story should do. At times, it made me feel very angry and frustrated, I do not want to give any spoilers as to the outcome so I won’t comment on the ending. As with books written by more established authors, there are some areas that are slower paced than others which are why I have given 4 rather than 5 stars. It is a mix of two parts some very descriptive nice parts, and gritty page-turning episodes which could have the story going one way or another, taking it up a notch or two, either way, would determine it. Depends on which sort of ending you would favour. I recommend this book to others and look forward to more by Helen Pryke
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This was my review for this book on Amazon, and I would like to add to that. This book is a debut novel and has been written with a lot of passion. It deals with abuse in many forms, and because of that, you can expect to read some disturbing parts in it.
The idea of a good book is to draw you into it and relate to the characters. Feeling their pain and going through their emotional roller-coaster ride with them.
It certainly stirred up feelings for me and some unpleasant memories in some parts of it. I have not experienced a lot of things that happen to the protagonist in the book, but I have had the misfortune to have known some of it.
A compelling read, and one which I recommend highly to read. This is my first review of a recent book I have read. I look forward to featuring many more books every week.
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