Genre: Women’s Fiction
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.
Karen’s Magic Review
I was gifted this book by the author some time ago as part of a prize I won through the now defunct Readers Review Room.
I was never sure I wanted to read a story of abuse, so it was put to the back of the shelf, so to speak. I kept seeing the cover each time I opened my kindle and it kept trying to draw me in, until one day, between books, I decided to try a few pages.
Immediately this story grabbed me. It didn’t start how I expected it to. I did not expect a first person male viewpoint. All became clear as Maria’s husband and daughter found her story after Maria had died. As they began to read, our story took shape in the mountains of Italy where Maria was born.
I really did not expect to enjoy as much as I did or to be so gripped by the story line
It’s been in my collection for a while and because of the subject matter, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it as it would be highly emotive, and probably a chance for the author to write about all the bad things her poor heroine had to go through.
However, I came across it again and thought if it doesn’t grab me immediately, I’ll look for something thing else. I hadn’t expected it to start with a man talking to his daughter.
Sharp writing all the way through, it didn’t dwell on the bad bits, it just told it how it was. I’m always a believer that good comes out of bad, and this story was certainly that.
As I said, a truly great read.
Helen Pryke has a great website called Pink Quill Books, you should take a look.