Review: Silence is an Enemy
Title: Silence is an Enemy
Author: Thomas M. Atherton
Date Published: November 7th, 2020
Genre: Romantic Thriller
They often say that “marriage isn’t easy.” But for Oli Harrison, the previous promise of marriage seems a lifetime away. Waiting around his prone fiancé’s hospital bed, Oli cannot escape the demons that have formed in his brain since the car crash which put her there. And while the world keeps turning, Oli’s life is in stand-still, as he clings on desperately to the hope that Isobel ever returns to him. Little does Oli know that her reawakening is only the beginning of his troubles...
Thank you to the author for an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
This story follows the relationship between Oli and Isobel, giving us an understanding of their relationship and how it all changed, and how badly this goes for them.
The pacing of the book was rather slow for me, as it mostly felt like more of a romance for the first half of the book and less like a thriller - a very slow burn. However, the author is very descriptive and really takes time to develop the main characters so that as you read through you really feel like you know exactly who they are. The character development was important so that when changes started occurring later on in the book you had an idea why it was wrong and not normal. This is definitely one of those books that try to really connect you to the main character throughout the story.
Although, rather than having the story told from the MC’s perspective is was told by the narrator, who introduces themselves at the beginning of the book. This was an interesting technique, which allowed the author to show us the perspectives of multiple people. I haven’t read any books with this style of narration, so it was a little hard for me at the beginning to understand when the narrator changed perspectives as it was done subtly and was slipped in when I wasn’t expecting. However, overall, I think the narration was done well and was the ideal style for this book. It fitted the thriller aspect well and leaves us with lots of unanswered questions at the end, which wouldn’t have been the case from the first-person point of view.
The ending was a surprise for me, and I hadn’t expected it to end as it did. I was left with many unanswered questions which I don’t love, however, I know that a lot of thriller readers love this style of ending! The last 20% was very interesting and a big twist – or so I thought – but this culminated in an even more intriguing ending paragraph. This was very well written and flowed with the story excellently. Whilst the ending was a shock it did fit perfectly and looking back the setup was expertly done.
Overall, I enjoyed learning about the characters and their relationships, and the ending was excellent. I did, however, feel that the pacing was slow, and it took a while to move into the thriller genre. This meant it wasn’t at all what I was expecting, and I was disappointed at the lack of action. Having said that, I understand why it was written like that - though it didn’t suit my personal tastes - and it was a wonderfully written and well thought out story; a great debut novel.
Rating: 3 Stars