I’ve been reading loads lately, but nothing that I’d consider blogging about… Textbooks mostly. Joy!
Last night, I was dealing with a whole lot of “OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL, MY BRAIN IS IMPLODING” sort of angst and felt I needed an escape. I didn’t want to escape so much that I’d stop thinking about my uni, so picked a book relating to my subject matter.
As most of you probably know, this week the world has marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. I’ve always been fascinated by this conflict, so much so that I’m completing my honours next year on WWI fiction. So, in light of this, I thought I would do a series on books in this genre!
Silence for the Dead is set in England in 1919. It’s a sort of modern take on the gothic romance novel, which surprisingly works really well for this story. You know how I love a good ghost story!
Kitty is a young woman with a secret so bad that she has lied her way into a position as a nurse in a remote mental institution which looks after shell shocked men. The house itself hides as much fear and instability as the men it houses… but is there something more menacing than bumps in the night happening at Portis House? Who is the mysterious Patient Sixteen?
I loved this book. It was the perfect antidote to brain freakout (somewhat ironically). It’s a really quick read and one that had me totally engrossed from start to finish. I’ve never read anything by Simone St James before and had only bought this because I saw it on a blog!
I loved pretty much all the characters, which I found well drawn and relatable. My only criticism is t that there was an awful lot of them and I began mixing the minor character’s names up.
The romance was also convincing and well done. I don’t want to give too much away, but Jack is a SEX GOD. (This doesn’t mean there’s lots of sex in this book- there isn’t.)
Factually, there were a few issues, but for this type of book I won’t get too pedantic. The author did well with the somewhat tricky mix of subjects.
I’m giving this one a 4.5 stars, because it had me totally engrossed from the get go. I’ll definitely keep this one to read again and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from this author!