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Book Review:  The Silence by Susan Allott

Rating:  5 out of 5 star

Isla Green has received a middle of the night call from her father.  He has been questioned by the police about the disappearance of a woman thirty years ago.  Apparently, her father was the last person to have seen his neighbor, Mandy, and there has been no trace of her since then.  Isla returns to Australia to support her father and secrets of the past begin to unfold.

I absolutely loved this book and it held my attention like nothing else has been able to.  I kept being pulled deeper and deeper into this unforgettable tale.  The book fluctuates between 1967 and 1997 and the transition between these time frames flows along beautifully.  This is a debut novel by Ms. Allott and she obviously will be a powerful force in the literary world.  I loved each of these characters and found the book to be both very moving and very suspenseful.

There is a very sad true history running throughout this book.   In Australia between 1905 and 1967, Aboriginal children were taken from their homes by the government, supposedly to give them a better life but in fact were taken to institutions where many of them were mistreated.  I first learned of these children when I saw the movie “Rabbit-Proof Fence” many years ago.

I most highly recommend this book.

This book was won by me on LibraryThing in a contest where an unbiased review was requested.