Thursday 18 June 2015

Book Review: The Silent Hours by Cesca Major

TitleThe Silent Hours
AuthorCesca Major
Published: 4th June 2015
Publisher: Corvus


Firstly I would like to apologise for probably repeating what a lot of other readers have been saying about this book, but they have all summed up this stunning novel perfectly.

The Silent Hours blew me away. This is an outstanding piece of work from Cesca which she has so beautifully crafted.

Based on a true story, The Silent Hours is told from mulitple points of view and how they all intertwine. Some people don't like when stories do this, but I think it really adds to a story and Cesca has made it work. Through each of these viewpoints a beautiful but oh so heart-wrenching story emerges. 

Cesca's writing is delicate but vivid, it was so easy to immerse myself in this story. She addresses so much of what happened during the Second World War and created such lifelike characters that it was like being in France with them and experiencing the affects of war. There is of course the main character Adeleine who we meet 7 years after the war. As a reader we know something terrible happened to her to cause her muteness and we get flashbacks into her past. I was desperate to find out what had happened to her and really felt her sense of loss.

The Silent Hours is a truly powerful story. Cesca has written a highly detailed and well researched novel based on a tragedy of the worst kind. I can honestly say I was an emotional mess at the end of the book and the historical note at the end had me in tears and with a palpable sense of loss.

This is a story full of love, loss and devastation. The Silent Hours is nothing short of outstanding, make sure it's on your to be read pile.


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