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** My thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy of this and fir inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

The patient has a story that isn’t told and which no one knows of. It is the secret, the rock against which he is shattered. Carl Jung

The Great War is over but for Edith Potter an equally devastating conflict is about to begin.

She is unhinged by a secret so terrible her conscious mind doesn’t acknowledge it.

It is 1927 and Dr Stephen Maynard is using the new science of psychoanalysis to restore her sanity.

From his first meeting with her in the lunatic asylum, Dr Stephen Maynard is determined to bring her back to reality. During the long challenge, her disturbed behaviour forces him to confront his limitations – already severely stretched by the presence of someone prepared to use whatever weapons they can to ensure she maintains her silence.

My Thoughts & Review:

Walls of Silence is one of those slow burn psychological thrillers that creeps up on the reader and lures them in to the point that they daren’t put the book down through fear of missing something.  But there is more to this book than initially meets the eye, it’s a historical thriller with a wonderful exploration of mental health and the treatments post WWI.

The main character Edith is one that I struggled to fully figure out, but I think this was intended by the author.  The way that she is written leaves the reader wondering whether she has had a complete mental break down and is still struggling or whether she is on the road to recovery and rehabilitation.  This coupled with seemingly impulsive behaviour and erratic mood swings make this a character that will keep you continuously guessing and wondering where things will go next.
At times, my struggle with her did lead me to like her less, but at the same time I was curious about her, what was making her act this way, what was driving her…..but through it all I felt some sympathy towards her and her plight.

The writing itself was intelligent and very befitting for the time period in which the story was set.  I found that there were a few words that I checked up in the dictionary because they were ones I’ve not come across in my everyday reading and I feel like I came away from this book having discovered some wonderful words and phrases.

An interesting and thought provoking read!

You can buy a copy of Walls of Silence via:

Amazon UK

 

About the Author:

Ruth Wade was born in Sheffield Park station house on the cusp of the Bluebell Line becoming a heritage steam railway. Her formative years continued to be influenced by the past as she was brought up in the seaside town which can boast England’s first ever motorcar races, and the art deco splendour that is the De La Warr Pavilion.

A part-time lecturer in creative writing for Cambridge colleges and academies, her two great passions are longbow archery and the Argentine Tango. Sadly, she is not nearly as accomplished at either as she’d like.

Ruth Wade also writes the May Keaps series as BK Duncan.

Social Media Links

Website: www.ruthwade.com
Twitter: @RuthWadewriter

 

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