Linda has three previously published books, and many loyal fans, and yet her agent was unable to find a publisher who would take on House of Silence. She has finally decided to release it as an ebook, and it has been very well received. I very much enjoyed her previous books, so Linda kindly sent me a copy of this one to take a look at.
As previously mentioned, the book starts with the building relationship between Gwen and Alfie, both of whom have difficult backgrounds. Gwen’s family all died when she was young, including her mother, and it becomes obvious to us, if not to Gwen, that this has caused it’s own damage. Alfie also has difficulties with his family – but they are still around, full of complications, and expecting him to visit at Christmas, as he always does.
Alfie seems very reluctant to let Gwen join him, but eventually he agrees, and so as they travel, he tells her a little more about the various people she will meet. It’s only once they arrive however, that we really get to see these wonderful characters. Like Alfie and Gwen, these character are worth reading about because they’re flawed and real. And for me, this is the strength of Linda’s writing, giving us real, interesting characters.
I don’t mind saying that this isn’t my favourite of Linda’s books, as I do like it when she pushes just a little further. Emotional Geology and A Lifetime Burning are my favourites, the latter being a much more controversial book. However, House of Silence still has a lot to offer, and the second half of the book kept me gripped, reading the twists and turns to find out where it would take me.
Linda’s books don’t fit tidily into one genre, and if that’s holding the publishers back, they really should think again, because it means that Linda’s books reach a wide audience. There’s a family drama, a growing mystery, glimpses of dealing with mental health issues, plus a touch of romance. Be careful though, you’ll probably want to go and get the rest of Linda’s books!
By the way, it’s worth pointing out that although House of Silence is published for the Kindle, it’s not restricted to just that. It’s possible to get a Kindle app for many platforms, including pc.