Tuesday, October 15, 2019

My Mother's Silence - by Lauren Westwood

Release Date: 11/11/19
Imagine living in a village where everyone knows who you are, and worse... knows things you don't about the most crucial, heartbreaking night of your life. "I'll always be the twin that didn't die." -Skye Turner.

Set in the beautiful western highlands of Eilean Shiel, Scotland, Skye Turner has been away from home for far too long. She spent 15 years trying to escape her past and the feeling that her mother blamed her for failing to protect her sister. Who wouldn't want to escape that feeling?

5/5 stars, without a doubt! The author so cleverly weaves her descriptive narrative right from the get-go. We’re left with touchable imagery as Lauren Westwood metaphorically captures the feeling of reminiscing as if opening presents on Christmas morning. This idea of slowly unwrapping memories plays out well through the end of Skye's story as she works towards uncovering every bit of information lost. She may have to 'rock the boat' a little but surely the ends justify the means?

When she was 20 her world fell apart around her the night that her twin sister Ginny went missing, along with Skye's memories from that fatal night. They were supposed to travel the world together, audition for gigs with Skye's guitar and Ginny's beautiful voice. Their duet was supposed to take them far, allowing them to escape village life. Instead, Skye left alone.

"I want to be here-home after so long. I want to get to know Mum again and not be strangers. More than anything, I just want things to be 'normal' between us." This quote from chapter six perfectly sums up the strain between Sky and her mum. They became strangers after years apart and unimaginable grief, heightened by harbored secrets, miscommunications, and lost recollections. What I quite enjoyed throughout this narrative was the progression of Skye's relationship with her mum. Despite her mum's silence and problems with reality, Skye persists. 15 years may seem too little, too late but the love between a mother and daughter is forever.

I was hard-pressed to find anything I didn't like about this book. On multiple occasions I found myself lost in the moment turning page after page, loving every moment of pure intrigue. This story's character development played out quite nicely, the way it should without any force or pretense. Luckily I was unable to guess the twist at the end and found the journey quite mesmerizing. Let's not forget to mention that sweet tidbit at the end, so as not to spoil I'll choose not to expand here ;) I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone interested in emotional women's fiction; fans of Liane Moriarty and Sally Hepworth will surely enjoy it!

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and the author Lauren Westwood for providing me with an advanced reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. I just reviewed My Mother's Silence by Lauren Westwood. #MyMothersSilence #LaurenWestwood #NetGalley

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