Letters to the Pianist

Letters to the Pianist

by S.D. Mayes


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In war torn London, 1941, fourteen-year-old Ruth Goldberg and her two younger siblings, Gabi and Hannah, survive the terrifying bombing of their family home. They believe their parents are dead, their bodies buried underneath the burnt remains—but unbeknownst to them, their father, Joe, survives and is taken to hospital with amnesia.

Four years on, Ruth stumbles across a newspaper photo of a celebrated pianist and is struck by the resemblance to her father. Desperate for evidence she sends him a letter, and as the pianist’s dormant memories emerge, his past unravels, revealing his true identity—as her beloved father, Joe. Ruth sets out to meet him, only to find herself plunged into an aristocratic world of sinister dark secrets.

Can she help him escape and find a way to stay alive?

LETTERS TO THE PIANIST is a compelling page turner packed with drama, intrigue and suspense. If you loved The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or The Pianist, then you will love this exciting new novel.


Letters to the Pianist has a gripping and multi-layered plotline, authentic characterisation, which had me fall in love with Joe by the conclusion. Fascinatingly informative on the strength of Fascist sympathizers in wartime London society. This book is a five star read.'

— The Daily Mail

Letters to the Pianist is a taut and suspenseful tale of wartime intrigue.

— Readers Favorite

One of the best novels I’ve ever read. Mayes has written a masterpiece that you’ll want to take your time and read, savor the words slowly, and let the pages turn themselves.

— John Darryl Winston, award-winning author of the IA trilogy

I found the plot to be exceptional and unique…a book with mass reader appeal which took me on an emotional journey that I will never forget. An exceptional novel that will remain with me for a very long time. I give this book 5 huge stars! S.D. Mayes is an author to discover and watch if you haven’t already. A rising star!

— Booklover Catlady, Top ranked Goodreads reviewer

Wartime bombings, fractured families, murdered journalists and English Nazi sympathisers meld into a riveting page turner, impossible to put down. Mayes's Second World War suspense novel is a thrilling read interwoven, throughout, with the theme of family and love. An absorbing, fast-paced And easy-to-read novel.

— Julie Ballard, Author and Journalist

There really aren't enough superlatives to sum up this absolute treasure of a novel. I was emotionally drawn to the diverse characters from page one. SD Mayes' expertly weaves a rich velvety plot full of intrigue, fear, love, loss, hope, evil and deceit in a tale which tugs at the heartstrings leaving the reader quite unable to put it down.

— Isabella May, Author of the Cocktail Bar

Five solid stars! Letters to the Pianist is a gripping historical suspense novel that throws you into the turmoil of WWII London immediately. Simply superb writing with some terrific plot twists to keep me on edge. I cannot recommend this book enough. S.D. Mayes has done her homework and it shows. Fantastic, epic and haunting.

— Bibiana Krall, author of Leaving Pandora

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946848666
Publisher: BHC Press
Publication date: 10/06/2017
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

S.D. Mayes worked as a journalist for nearly twenty years before turning her hand to fiction. Inspired by her mother's tragic memories of wartime Britain, along with the bizarre but factual events of Hitler's pursuit of power, Letters to the Pianist is her first WWII suspense novel. Originally from the West Country, she currently lives in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

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