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The Silver Mist

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  78 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Her dying father calls her unique, doctors have diagnosed that her "brain is wired wrong," and most say she's "plain simple," but Eve Hayes, a young Down's syndrome woman, feels only that she's different. Then, on 21 July 1972-Belfast's Bloody Friday-Eve encounters the captivating Esther, who ferries Eve on a sequence of illuminating, metaphysical journeys. In order to mak
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Published February 21st 2011 by Better Karma LLC
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Mark Rice
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Not many books move me to tears, but this one did on several occasions. Sometimes through sadness, other times through joy, and occasionally through both simultaneously. The main character and narrator, Eve Hayes, is a young woman with Down's Syndrome living in Northern Ireland in the early 1970s. The skill with which the author has created Eve - telling the story through her words and thoughts - is substantial. Reading this book was a spiritual experience. I grew to love Eve more and more as th ...more
Martin Treanor
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

'Most readers will find it refreshing to see a person with a cognitive disability tell her own story. In fact, all characters leap off the pages of The Silver Mist; the reticent astute protagonist who delights in simple things, ethereal Esther, cantankerous yet caring Martha, frazzled Lid and her pre-verbal toddler Robert: each character has their own distinct arc. Even absent characters—Dad, Mam, and a dissolute sister named Becky—come alive through Eve's re
Sammy Sutton
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nothing trite here; Eve’s story in Silver Mist is one of the most unique stories I’ve read.

Ordinarily, I shy away from books with plots surrounding war or warlike themes; I find the reality too painful for entertainment. Silver Mist’s spiritual and metaphysical possibilities appealed to my curiosity; therefore, I threw the emotional caution to the wind.

The story takes place in the area near Belfast on July 21st, 1972, the eve of the historic, ‘Bloody Friday.’ The author sets a vivid scene with
Iain  Edward Henn
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Before I had finished the first chapter of this novel I knew I was in for a very special reading experience. Poignant, emotive and superbly written, it perfectly invokes the mood of 1970's Belfast, as seen through the eyes of Eve, a young Down's Syndrome woman. Eve's friendship with the mysterious Esther opens her eyes to both the horrors and wonders of our world through a series of spiritual journeys, and we are there every step of the way. Treanor's tale is intriguing, heartfelt and uplifting. ...more
Glenn Kleier
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
To create a young female protagonist with Down syndrome is feat enough. To attempt it as an adult male author is downright gutsy. And to pull it off with panache is nothing less than a triumph. Matin Treanor accomplishes this and more in The Silver Mist. A charming, touching, unique presentation from a man who displays a good heart and a sensitive soul.
John Caulfield
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing

On 21 July 1971, young Eve Hayes watches her terminally ill father leaving home for the last time. If his impending death in a city hospital is not enough for the Down’s Syndrome sufferer to endure, Eve’s mother and sister will, on the same day, be caught up in the wave of bombings in Belfast’s “Bloody Friday.” Eve, however, finds a new friend – the enigmatic “Esther” – to guide her through the pain of life, and in a series of metaphorical journeys, she learns that her brain is not wired quite a
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic - I couldn't put this down. Really inspiring and definitely makes you think.
N. Sasson
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A young woman with Down's Syndrome, Eve Hayes is an unlikely heroine. Her journey, however, is wholly absorbing - sometimes joyful, sometimes bittersweet. She sees things in a way that other people do not and this is what makes this story so delightfully unique and uplifting. She witnesses everything around her - death, violence, the caring of family - and manages to put it all in an over-arching perspective through which the reader can identify with. Most of all, there is a magical element to t ...more
Ray Owen
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This story is captivating to say the least. Told through the eyes of a young Down syndrome woman, it bounces from the sometimes harsh real world around her to a surreal inner world with the guidance of her angelic friend Esther. Among many things that I noticed this novel addressed is our total misconceptions of what we consider weak and what we consider strong. Martin does a wonderful job of using this mostly non-verbal narrator to lay out the family dynamic with ease. It was a pleasure to read ...more
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“The Silver Mist” by Martin Treanor

This story, set in riotous 1970's Belfast, Ireland, is told through the eyes of Eve, a young woman with Down’s Syndrome and her ‘alter ego’ Esther. Eve, living with a condition that most people meeting her would assume limits her ability to experience life and all it has to offer, in reality allows her to look at life, love and the world around her in ways her 'normal' family and friends could never imagine. You will be asking yourself who is Esther? How and wh
Michael Brookes
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This isn't my normal read, which makes it all the better when it turns out to be a fantastic one. The Silver Mist tells the story of a young woman with Downs Syndrome and her immediate family in their own bubble of tragedy set against the troubles in Belfast in 1972.

It's a moving tale of Eve's spiritual journey and as I say this isn't my normal type of read, but the story and elegant writing had me transfixed. The writing itself is simple, but has a cadence to it that mirrors how I expect the gi
Diane Whiting
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I thought all the characters were really believable and each very different and detailed. I often think that male authors seem to miss the mark when they try to write through the voice of a female character, but in this instance I felt this worked very well. Maybe its because Eve had Downs Syndrome and didn't experience the world in a very emotional way - not that i'm saying men are emotionally stunted (or maybe I am) but you know what I mean. Very inter ...more
Kath Middleton
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Eve is a young woman with Down’s Syndrome whose family are caught up in the Belfast bombings of 1972. They have very recently lost their father from a cancer of the blood and their mother is in a coma in hospital after being caught in a bus station bombing. Their chain-smoking next door neighbour comes in daily to help the family. Eve is enchanted by the silver mist she sees when she stands by the garden gate looking into the meadow. In this, she meets Esther, a guide, a friend, another self.

Michael Russel
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ordinarily, I shy away from books with plots surrounding war or warlike themes; I find the reality too painful for entertainment. Silver Mist's spiritual and metaphysical possibilities appealed to my curiosity; therefore, I threw the emotional caution to the wind.

The reader joins Eve on the day of her father's death. Esther arrives to stay with Eve while her family accompanies her father's body to Belfast. Esther's visit will be forever, unforgettable for Eve as she ventures through the metaphys
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A friend recommended this saying it was one of the best books she had ever read. Of course, since it was free on amazon, there was no stopping me from checking out her recommendation! I'm glad I read the book, it follows a girl diagnosed with Down Syndrome through a few months period in Ireland in the 1970s during massive bombings. There was some beautiful writing and some great thoughts on the essence of life, although, it might have been the constant interruptions from my children, I was lost ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Told by Eve, a young woman who's brain is 'wired wrong', this story starts on Bloody Friday in Ireland. At times sad and at times humorous, the characters the author creates are rich, layered and leap off the page and into your heart! I love reading a story that is fresh and unique and that takes me someplace that I haven't been before.
It took me quite a while to get into this book, in fact I was considering just giving up but I don't like to leave books unread once I have started, so I persevered. I am so glad I did once I got half way through I had started to really like Eve and her family.

This book is well worth reading
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
This is not a book to be rushed as it encourages you to think about the way we view the world around us. I can't say I loved this story but then again I didn't hate it either. It is well written but asks you to think outside of the box which a lot of people might not be comfortable with.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Could not recommend it more highly. I haven't read a book that I have liked this much for quite awhile. Well written, good pace, and very thought provoking in an almost spiritual way.
Emma Treanor
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, an excellent read!!!
Mago (Mark)
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
Heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure.
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book. Love the way it's written
Kim Pimental
Jul 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Made it to page 100 and just wasn't enjoying the book so I put it down. Baffled at the very high ratings.
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Martin Treanor is a London based, Irish fiction writer - author with TEGG - and blogger for THE HUFFINGTON POST.

His published work includes Amazon Bestselling novel - THE SILVER MIST; Better Karma Publishing (USA) 2011.

Martin Treanor has published stories in Canadian & US genre magazines SPINETINGLER and 'ZAHIR', THE SPINETINGLER SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY, CARILLON in UK, TIVOLI MEMBERS MAGAZINE