ARC Review: The Silent Woman by Terry Lynn Thomas

Author: Terry Lynn Thomas
Publisher: HQ Digital
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 11th April 2018
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Would you sell your secrets?

Catherine Carlisle is trapped in a loveless marriage and the threat of World War Two is looming. She sees no way out… that is until a trusted friend asks her to switch her husband’s papers in a desperate bid to confuse the Germans.

Soon Catherine finds herself caught up in a deadly mixture of espionage and murder. Someone is selling secrets to the other side, and the evidence seems to point right at her.

Can she clear her name before it’s too late?

This novel was set in 1937 and followed the perspective of three characters in order to portray all angles of the story. I enjoyed the historical aspects of society and the patriarchal views and the immense class divide was felt prominently throughout the book.

I found it interesting to read a book set in the year before WWII broke out. It also gave some context as to what was happening in Germany at the same time and how contrasting the circumstances were in England. I think this aspect could have been developed more though.

The main character, Catherine, was in a loveless marriage after fifteen years and also had a volatile relationship with her sister-in-law who lived in the same house with them. When Catherine married her husband, she was madly in love according to her memory. The fact that we are introduced to the couple after fifteen years and are told that the marriage is now completely devoid of love, made it feel somewhat forced. There was hardly any interaction between them and her husband had hardly any presence in the book. I think it would have added more substance to it, if the reader could actually witness at least a more detailed memory of how the relationship actually reached where it was.

The fact that Catherine suddenly and urgently wanted to find a way out of her trapped marriage felt like a reach. I couldn’t see it because I couldn’t see the development.
Other than that the plot was interesting and it kept me reading… In a bid to earn some of her own money, Catherine starts doing some very simple and easy courier work. She soon realises, it is more complicated that it first appeared.

Catherine finds herself entangled in a series of events which unfold beyond her imagination. She also becomes a part of a world which she has had no dealings or experience of (yet she miraculously develops natural skills for it).

The plot was somewhat predictable at times and I could see where it was going fairly early on. There were one or two minor twists which I hadn’t thought of and I was intrigued to find out all of the answers in the end.

Overall it was a fairly interesting novel. An easy read of what could be a very serious and in depth topic. The plot was paced well and fitted together like a puzzle in the end. For me, the characters could have been more developed though.

Rating: 6/10






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