It’s Publication Day today and my turn on the BlogTour The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves.
About the Author
Abbie Greaves studied at Cambridge University before working in a literary agency for a number of years.
She was inspired to write her first novel, The Silent Treatment, after reading a newspaper article about a boy in Japan who had never seen his parents speak to one another before. It will be published in April 2020.
Abbie lives in Edinburgh with her boyfriend and is hard at work on her follow-up novel, The Ends of the Earth.
About the book
A lifetime of love. Six months of silence. One last chance.
Frank hasn’t spoken to his wife Maggie for six months. For weeks they have lived under the same roof, slept in the same bed and eaten at the same table – all without words.
Maggie has plenty of ideas as to why her husband has gone quiet, but it will take another heartbreaking turn of events before Frank finally starts to unravel the secrets that have silenced him.
Is this where their story ends? Or is it where it begins?
With characters that will capture your heart, The Silent Treatment celebrates the phenomenal power of love and the importance of leaving nothing unsaid.
The story begins with a tragic decision and the realisation that it might be too late to say the things that need to be said. The things Maggie and Frank should have said, but were swallowed in their months of silent treatment, and didn’t.
I can’t decide whether the silence or the dismantling of the marriage and relationship was more fascinating. The silence between the two of them could have ultimately lead to the choice Maggie made. Much like isolation experiments with monkeys have shown, humans can crumble under the pressure of isolation techniques such as not having any verbal interaction with the only other person who lives in your home – the person who loves you the most.
It seems as if the crumbling is due to a lack of communication and hiding important moments in their lives from each other, which creates an atmosphere of tension and a lack of trust. The reason why they do it is irrelevant because it becomes cause and effect. Or is it irrelevant? Does the reason or person at the core of the secrets automatically solidify the love the two have for each other because they are the same.
It’s a contemporary read for all ages – a marriage stripped down to the bones. Heartache, lies, fear and grief are ground into the essence of this story to create a fascinating tale of loyalty, companionship and love.
This is a story with incredible depth. I think what I enjoyed about it the most was the simplicity of it and the basic structure. Proof that to write a captivating story you don’t need more than two characters and a great storyline. This would make a great play by the way. Very – Barefoot in the Park. Hopefully this is the first of many.