House of Silence

House of Silence

by Linda Gillard

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"My friends describe me as frighteningly sensible, not at all the sort of woman who would fall for an actor. And his home. And his family."

Orphaned by drink, drugs and rock n' roll, Gwen Rowland is invited to spend Christmas at her boyfriend Alfie's family home, Creake Hall - a ramshackle Tudor manor in Norfolk. Soon after she arrives, Gwen senses something isn't quite right. Alfie acts strangely toward his family and is reluctant to talk about the past. His mother, a celebrated children's author, keeps to her room, living in a twilight world, unable to distinguish between past and present, fact and fiction. And then there's the enigma of an old family photograph...

When Gwen discovers fragments of forgotten family letters sewn into an old patchwork quilt, she starts to piece together the jigsaw of the past and realises there's more to the family history than she's been told. It seems there are things people don't want her to know.

And one of those people is Alfie...


"House of Silence" was selected for Amazon UK's Top Ten Best of 2011 in the Indie Author category.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044629813
Publisher: Linda Gillard
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 143,071
File size: 644 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Linda Gillard lives in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. She is the author of eight novels, including STAR GAZING, short-listed in 2009 for "Romantic Novel of the Year" and the 2011 best-seller HOUSE OF SILENCE.

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House of Silence 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MisfitGeek More than 1 year ago
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This book is very well done. I enjoyed it immensely. It is fast-paced and very easy to read. I was quickly immersed in the story and often found it difficult to put down.  The writing flows well from start to finish and is really quite engaging.  The story-line is an interesting blend of romance and mystery. The mystery is very intriguing and at several points in the story I thought I was close to figuring it out but then some twist that would leave me wondering where this was going and kept the pages turning in anticipation. The characters in this book were artfully created and enhanced my reading experience greatly. Gwen is one of those characters that is instantly likable and relatable. She is straight forward and confident. Alfie, on the other hand, is complicated and hard to connect with. The entire cast of characters and their relationships with each other and with Gwen added a depth and dynamic to the story that made it a very memorable read for me. I would highly recommend this book as a must read. I have not read anything else by this author but I am impressed with her ability to weave an interesting and enjoyable tale. I will be interested in reading more of her work in the future
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book but not great.
PenguinQueen More than 1 year ago
This story had all the makings of one of the British mini-series I watch on Masterpiece Theater. Country house filled with secrets, some unspoken tragedy in the past, characters that are both predictable and likeable. I especially loved the way Ms. Gillard worked the ending of the story to bring about some healing in the lives of her characters. Curl up with this story on a blustery winter evening and you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, colorful characters and a suspenseful plot about the complexities of family and how we each survive within them. Very enjoyable read.
Christine_Nolfi More than 1 year ago
One of the finest novels produced by an independent author. Charming characters combine with a fascinating mystery to keep the reader enthralled. Highly recommended!
ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
Could not get into this book. The story made no sense. Characters weren't enjoyable, and I have no idea what the author wanted to say. About 255 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
otterly More than 1 year ago
The heroine, a wardrobe mistress, persuades and actor to take her home with him for Christmas, and then discovers that he is a fraud and a fake. She is more attracted to the family's gardner, who is actually a psychiatrist. Things get complicated. It might be too long for a book group discussion.
Woodrowe411 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
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indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that HOUSE OF SILENCE by Linda Gillard is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago