As she felt the cold metal barrel against her head, Grace closed her eyes tight and heard a fast click. She wasn’t surprised when the sharp, hot wind rushed across her face. As she felt herself lift away she saw the children on the street. But they were too far away and hadn’t heard the gunshot. She watched Alfred below shaking as he stood over her lifeless body. No one would understand what brought him to this.
Was it a family curse that led to the murder of Grace Harper at the hands of her husband in 1975? This is the question that her great-granddaughter Ellie seeks to answer in The Other Side of Silence. Though Ellie has never met her great-grandmother in life, following a car accident she awakes to find herself face-to-face with the woman who lived a lifetime before she was born.
Unsure if she’s dead or dreaming, Ellie learns from Grace the family’s torrid past of witchcraft and infidelity, and a spell that was supposedly cast on a wedding ring handed down from generation-to-generation. This same ring Ellie now wears on her right hand.
As Grace reveals her story to her great-granddaughter, Ellie begins to recognize how she and her husband, Joe, have come to exist on separate planes of silence, never talking and telling each other how they truly feel. This same silence, Grace explains, is what led to her demise so many years ago.
Determined to break the family curse, Ellie struggles to wake herself from what she believes is a dream, and return to make things right with Joe. Meanwhile, Joe is also coming to terms with his own inner demons. Torn between the man he is and the man he wants to be, Joe begins to face reality and realize how fortunate he’s been to have a woman who loves him unconditionally. But, with all the damage that has already been done, Joe begins to see that it may be too late to save Ellie and their marriage.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this in one day, I had to see how it ended. The back story was fascinating and I really enjoyed it for the most part.
The things I did not enjoy were:
1. Some typos and grammatical errors, but there weren't too many compared to some Kindle books I've read. Still could have used some more proofreading (kind've would be a contraction using kind and have, which makes no sense!)
2. Could have done without the sex innuendos/descriptions. Certainly not pornographic, but I can't remember now if there was any mention of that in the description. I just prefer not to read material like that so it would be nice to have known in advance.
3. Several instances with foul language. I think the author could have conveyed the same message without the use of the F and C words.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read. Just wanted to let others know of the potentially offensive content.
The story line of this book is very different. While it did keep my interest, I was distracted by the number of grammatical errors and proofreading errors in the book. Does anyone really proofread these e-books? For example, if you undo something it is not spelled "undue". There were also numerous errors in the use of pronouns. Re: the book itself, I found the ending quite unexpected and a bit disconcerting. It really didn't seem to flow naturally from what had preceded it.
I loved this book. The fully fleshed out characters with stories that built over the course of the book. Very unexpected twists throughout. I can't wait to read whatever the author has available next.
My only complaint was that I truly couldn't stop reading. I started it as a quick read before bed and found myself wanting to finish to see how it all ended. I finally finished at 4am after an attempt to stop and get to sleep. I couldn't fall asleep from trying to figure out how it would end for Ellie and Joe.
So make sure to read this on a weekend or on a night when you don't have an 8am work meeting! :^)
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