House of Silence by Linda Gillard
Within a few pages of reading this new Linda Gillard book I knew I was going to be sucked in. I am5’10”, I work in a costume house and wear flat shoes…….of course I was going to find some form of connection with this book (you’ll see what I mean if you read it, which of course you will, won’t you!) Anyway, there is so much more than finding a self important connection like that. Linda always writes in a style that sucks you in. You don’t even have to try to imagine being there, to see the views and the moments she describes, you just are there. If the frosty ground crackles underfoot, you hear it, you can feel the sensation. If a room is described as cold, you feel it. You can smell the aroma’s as they come off the page. It’s like being with people you know, that by the end of the book you will feel the loss of a friend as you close the book, eager for their to be a second in the series just so you can say hello to them again and see how they are doing. And that’s quite a statement for someone who is very suspicious with anything that has ‘2’ in the title.
The book glides through a tale of a family caught up in a web of entangled dreams/lies/hopes they all had or believed they had. A stranger walks in and breaks the web. I can’t really say more than that about the story without starting to give a little too much away.
Linda has built up a believable family, with believable lives and yet again when you finish reading the book you spend a moment thinking about the future of each person as though you once knew them, people that have sprung into your mind making you reminisce. I am not sure how she does this, she doesn’t overwhelm you with detail but does enough that you can smell the breakfast cooking or almost feel the cold bite of the snowy weather as they open the door of the house to walk outside.
I’ve also never heard about the Blankets of Love organisation, so it’s something else I’ve learnt from reading one of Linda’s books. Without fail her books always open my mind up to something else, or some new way of thinking or new perspective on something.
Another gold star for Linda.