I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for stunning debut The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves. Thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this beautiful and moving book,
About the book:
A lifetime of love. Six months of silence. One last chance.
Frank hasn’t spoken to his wife Maggie for six months.
For weeks they have lived under the same roof, slept in the same bed and eaten at the same table – all without words.
Maggie has plenty of ideas as to why her husband has gone quiet, but it will take another heartbreaking turn of events before Frank finally starts to unravel the secrets that have silenced him.
Is this where their story ends?
Or is it where it begins?
With characters that will capture your heart, THE SILENT TREATMENT celebrates the phenomenal power of love and the importance of leaving nothing unsaid.
About the author:
Abbie Greaves studied English Literature at Cambridge University. She worked in publishing for three years before leaving to focus on her writing. She now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Silent Treatment is her first novel.
From the blurb alone I knew that The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves was going to be a book I would love, but nothing could have prepared me for the stunning and heartfelt debut it turned out to be.
The story begins with Maggie as she attempts to take her own life. Told from the point of view of her husband Frank, we soon come to learn that, for reasons as yet unknown, he hasn’t spoken to his wife for six long months. They have continued to live under the same roof, slept in the same bed and eaten at the same table – but all without words. And now Frank is full of regrets as Maggie lies in a hospital bed fighting for her life.
The first half of the book is Frank’s story as he tries to come to terms with what Maggie has done, his devastation and guilt palpable as he sits by Maggie’s bed and, on the advice of her nurse, begins to talk about the life they’ve shared together. From their first tentative meeting to their blossoming romance, Frank describes how he fell in love with this beautiful woman who he couldn’t quite believe had fallen in love with him too. With each hospital visit we learn more and more about their life together, but still the reason behind Frank’s silence remains an unspoken secret.
For the second half of the book the focus switches to Maggie as Frank discovers the diary that she has left for him to read. And it is within the pages of this most personal of items that the truth finally begins to emerge as Maggie pours out her innermost secrets, with some shocking and heartbreaking revelations for Frank as he reads the heartfelt words his wife has written.
The Silent Treatment moved me beyond words, rendering me speechless at times with the beauty and poignancy held within its pages. Abbie Greaves has written a stunning debut that captivated me from the very first page and didn’t let go until the final page had been turned, with Maggie and Frank’s story taking me on a memorable journey of love, loss, heartbreak and second chances.
Devastatingly poignant, The Silent Treatment is a special book that will stay with me for a long time to come and I honestly can’t recommend this stunning debut highly enough.
The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves is available to purchase now: Amazon UK
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