This is a difficult book. The subject matter is not just troublesome, it is horrific. The characters are realistic, and the red herrings keep the reader guessing. This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. It is not a quick read.
I am a big fan of Katerina Diamonds books and jumped at the chance to read her new stand alone, The Silence. What an emotional and unsettling story. This author is not afraid to tackle to tough subjects, and she does so with care and compassion. This is a very dark and graphic read and won’t be for everyone.
Gail and Martha find each other a support group for rape survivors. They realise that they have been abused by the same man, on the same date, 3 years apart. Both women have been let down by the system that is meant to protect them, so they take matters into their own hands.
It is an unsettling read and it is meant to be. Reading what these women have been through, and are still going through. How it has changed them and how they live. Their withdrawal from their life, their friends and family. Unable to sleep, unable to trust. It is heartbreaking. And so well written.
Thanks to Avon Books UK for my advanced copy of this book to read. Publishes on June 8th.
I feel mean saying it but I think this book would have worked so much better as a novella. I found myself getting really bored in the first half as it was mostly Gail's internal monologues - I felt as if I was reading the same chapter over and over again. The second half when we get to see a bit more action was definitely much better in my opinion.
Wow! Oh wow! I read this book in a day as I just couldn’t put it down. The whole book is based on women who have been raped but who’s cases weren’t believed, taken seriously or found guilty in court- and a predictor who preys on them, damaging further their already damaged souls.
The vile man messed with the wrong women, and without offering spoilers, the ending was most satisfying. Too many rape cases cannot be proven, but we must remember there are victims out there who don’t even tell anyone. Stories like these need to be told so that women feel empowered to speak out. A thoroughly dripping, yet heartbreaking read.
I really wanted to love this as I’ve loved all of Katerina Diamond’s other books but it was almost a DNF for me. I’m glad I continued as I feel the second half was better than the first. I found it hard to like any of the characters and the way the main character speaks to the reader as if they are her rapist made me uncomfortable. This was a stand alone novel but I prefer the author’s Imogen Grey series and eagerly await the next!
Thank you to Netgalley, Avon Books and Katerina Diamond for this ARC.
The silence by Katerina Diamond is a chilling and emotional novel that depicts the nightmarish reality of rape culture, victim blaming, and the devastating effects of trauma. The story follows Gail, a rape survivor, who struggles to be believed by the people she trusts and the authorities meant to protect her. With the help of Martha, another survivor who shares her pain, Gail finds solace and support.
The book is a page-turner, with a fast-paced plot that keeps readers engaged from beginning to end. The tension and suspense are palpable, and the author does an excellent job of immersing the reader in the characters' emotions. The book tackles heavy themes and could be triggering for some readers.
The characters are well developed, and the author shows the complexity of human emotions and motivations. The portrayal of Shona, the senior colleague who dismisses Gail's case, is particularly nuanced. While she is not entirely likable, the author makes it clear that she is a well-meaning person who is also a product of a flawed system.
Overall, "The silence" is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that sheds light on a pressing social issue.
A beautifully written book about a horrific crime.
Katerina really showcases her talent for writing with this book. It’s hard at times to believe that this might be the work of fiction given the level of detail and depth of emotion.
The story has good pace and although the twists are easily predicted the narration it totally captivating.
I can’t say I felt much towards the main character. As she changed from victim to vigilante I struggled to maintain a constant focus on who she was.
Really would no recommend this book if you or someone you know has been through a similar crime. This book is very detailed and graphic in all senses of the word.
I don’t know if I can label this book as ‘enjoyable’ but I was certainly hooked and found it hard to put down.
Thank you to NetGalley for my advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
With the advice of a senior colleague, Shona tells a rape victim that there is not enough evidence to investigate her case. The victim has previously reported a rape by her boyfriend, which was also not believed.
Gail, the victim, goes to survivor meetings and meets a woman, Martha who seems to have been raped by the same man, and they become friends, supporting each other.
A chilling book. Every woman's nightmare. To undergo such a horrific experience and not have the police, who are supposed to protect us, believe you.
I could believe the trauma that Gail was going through, cutting herself off from family and not having any friends. She needed help and didn't get it from those she loved, and those that she trusted.
I did like Shona, she seemed to be a caring person, and deeply guilty even years later, of not being able to do more for Gail.
I did, however, guess the identity of the rapist long before the end of the book, but it did not detract from the urge to get to the end to make sure that I was correct.
The online forum for men made me sick actually. Humanity really has sunk to the lowest depths, as I have read about similar forums/blogs that urge people to do the most horrible things, without a thought for the devastation of the victims.
The subject of the book could be a trigger for many women.
I do recommend the book, it was fast paced, tense, and full of suspense.
Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have never read this author, but I can guarantee I will read the entire series. The only negative I have is that there are a lot of triggers, but readers should know that by the summary and choose if they want to read it. I loved the flow and the fact that it didn't take twenty pages to describe a lamp. I never saw the end coming and applaud the author not just for a surprise ending but a book well written.
Gail is attacked by a stranger in the middle of the night but when she reports it to the police she isn’t believed. Later she meets another victim of her attacker. Can they find a way to stop this happening again to another woman?
The subject matter of this story is quite uncomfortable yet very important. I did feel some parts were difficult to read but I completely understand why the author chose to include these. I found myself wanting to continue reading the story to find out the outcome and read the book in a day. Although the story was compelling I did find some parts quite far fetched and I guessed the twists quite early on. I didn’t feel any close connection to the characters either. Overall it was an interesting story and definitely makes you think. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this early copy.
The Silence by Katerina Diamond is a poignant crime thriller that explores the depths of human depravity. The story revolves around Gail, a survivor of a brutal attack who is struggling to come to terms with what happened to her. Katerina's writing style is both engaging and respectful, capturing the raw emotions of her characters with a somber and reflective tone.
As a writer, Katerina's talent shines through in her ability to convey the weight of the story she's telling. The subject matter of The Silence is not an easy one to tackle, and Katerina's handling of it is commendable. She has delved into the minds of both survivors and predators, bringing a level of authenticity to the story that is both chilling and thought-provoking.
While The Silence is a captivating read with plenty of twists and turns, it's not without its flaws. The pacing can be a bit uneven at times, and some of the characters could have been developed further. Nonetheless, it's a strong effort that deserves recognition.
In conclusion, if you're a fan of crime thrillers that dive deep into the human psyche, then The Silence by Katerina Diamond is definitely worth reading. With its reflective tone, gripping plot, and well-crafted characters, it's a book that will leave an impression on you. I give it 3.5 stars.
Took me a while to finish as I couldn't get my head into it but I finished it and enjoyed it in the end
Brilliant a great book from the start, it had everything in it and can’t wait to see what’s next from the author
Tried so hard and just really couldn't get fully into it. I'm sure there is something here for someone else to enjoy just not me.
Gail Reynolds had been abused before. Nothing had come of it, not enough evidence apparently. All his lies believed by the authorities, by her friends, her family. So moving away, cutting ties from all of those people who didn’t believe her was the fresh start she needed. So when she wakes up, numb, immobile and unable to do anything, with a person on top of her, her first thought is, not again.
Gail is reluctant to go to the police, after all, what use was it last time. But she does. DS Shona White is still learning the ropes so after a colleague presents her with Gail’s previous rape claim, she is made to feel the need to tell her that with little evidence, there’s not much the police can do.
Three years later, Gail’s struggling and has been going to a victim support group. It’s not helped much, until one day a new member stands up and tells her own story. The exact same thing that happened to her had happened to someone else. Now they just needed to find out who he was!
This books storyline involves discussion of rape and suicide.
This book had some quite disturbing topics in it but at the same time it drew awareness to the high number of rapes that cannot be convicted to to lack of evidence. This particular book the abuser was clever and covered his tracks well, but well enough? I’ll let you read it to find out. It was a good story although some parts I found a little uncomfortable to read but in all it was a twisty book that held my attention throughout. I did figure out who it was although I was quite far through when I figured it out.
I really hate rating books so low. But I did not enjoy this one. The topic of this story is important and I admire Katerina for going down this route. But, I do not feel like it was well accomplished. It was almost a DNF, but I felt obliged to finish as it was an arc.
The main character I found irritating, which makes me feel bad considering her back story and it all became quite unrealistic and far fetched, in my opinion. I understand how someone in her situation may have a vendetta, but this just wasn't it.
The characters as a whole I also found to all be fairly unlikeable. There was no depth, to any of them.
I also guessed the ending about a quarter of the way through the book, I had hoped there was another twist that made it not so, but it wasn't to be. It was very predictable, even for me.
The Silence is the latest st and along thriller from Katerina Diamond. A gripping and disturbing read, I found myself compelled to keep reading until the last paragraph.
Our story begins with the tale of Gail, who is being raped, though at the time she is unsure and does wonder if she is experiencing a nightmare, rather than a real experience. Later she approaches the local police and meets Shona a DS, who will play a significant role in the storyline. Under the advice of her superior office, Shona opts not to proceed with an investigation into the incident.
The storyline then jumps forward two years and Gail meets another survivor (or victim) of the same attacker and this is where the storyline really takes off and the two women realise that their attacker is working to a schedule and likely to attack again - within a few days. With limited support from the police, they decide to take their investigation forward themselves and all three women will find themselves in a nightmare situation as they struggle for justice and survival.
Any story with the subjects of sexual assault, rape and abuse cannot be taken slightly and the author does try to handle the topics sensitively, while maintaining a realistic view of how these survivors are so often cruelly treated by society. The author also addresses the issue of toxic masculinity and creates a few really nasty characters (along with the actual rapists of course).
I don't want to give away any spoilers so I will leave the interview at this point but suffice to say, that the storyline is not suitable for anyone with triggers around the topics of sexual assault, rape and abuse. BUt if you can read this novel, then I would recommend doing so.
This book contains triggers, so please read the blurb.
The main character speaks as if she's talking to her rapist, as if she's expecting him to answer. I really enjoyed this style of writing because it showed exactly how she felt, what she was thinking, and what she thought of him. It gave her a way to cope.
The rapist also has a voice. It's scary to think these people walk amongst us. I won't say much else because of spoilers.
It's gritty, gruesome, and dark. This was a difficult read, but saying that I did find it written really well, it mirrored real life, and I read it in one sitting.