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The Silence Between Breaths

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Eight people, one deadly secret.

Passengers boarding the 10:35 train from Manchester, Piccadilly to London, Euston are bound for work, assignations, reunions, holidays or new starts, with no idea that their journey is about to be brutally curtailed.

Holly has just landed her dream job, which should make life a lot easier than it has been, and Jeff is heading for his first e
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Published September 22nd 2016 by Constable
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Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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*Thank you to Netgalley & Little, Brown Book Group for my ARC in exchange for a fair & honest review*

As the 10.35 train from Manchester to Euston gets under way, 8 passengers are getting themselves settled into their seats in coach B for what is to be the journey from hell. They all have different reasons for travelling to London - job interviews, reunions, weddings etc. Naz also plays a big part in the storyline, he's the train's customer service assistant, such a decent, pleasant & helpful you
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is an ordinary morning when a disparate group of people board a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Euston – incidentally the train line my son uses when he comes back from University for a visit. That coincidence will undoubtedly resonate with many readers. After all, many of us use trains to commute or for many of the other, myriad reasons, that the inhabitants of this train have to be travelling that day. There is Nick, irritably travelling to his sister in law’s wedding, with wife Lisa, t ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I think one of the reasons for this book hitting me so hard when I read it is because of the current situation in the world with all the suicide bombers in the recent years. The thought that you are no longer safe that any time or anywhere a suicide bomber may be is a reality nowadays. And, this book really shows both sides to it. First, we have the ordinary citizens on the train with different reasons for being there, be it traveling for a job interview or a wedding, then among them is a man wh ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a story that grew on me the more I read it. It is no spoiler to say that it us about a home grown terrorist threat on a train from Manchester to London Euston (after all, we are told that in the product description) and this is the story of the people on that train. We follow them before, during and after the event and we really get to know these people who are all from different walks of life and all on the train for their own person, every day reasons. When you hear of a terrorist atta ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
* 3.5 stars
The 10.35 train from Manchester to London, full of passengers making their journey from Manchester to the capital for a variety of reasons – work, family, holidays and new beginnings, is the centrepiece for The Silence Between Breaths. Aboard this train is an innocent mix of strangers, oblivious to the fact that their lives are about to be ripped apart by this standard train journey.

As various passengers and staff board the train in Manchester, se
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A book that has its plus points, but in the end left me feeling dissatisfied.

Staincliffe succeeds in using multiple points of view to reveal the lives of those in train carriage B, all on their way to Euston station. Each individual is deftly drawn and convincing, coming from a variety of backgrounds, with their own clear personality.

However, the plot is somewhat flat. (view spoiler)
 Li'l Owl
The beginning of this story introduces us to the characters and tells why the characters are on the train, where they are headed, whether it be a vacation, a wedding, job interview, or work seminar, etc. The majority of the passengers are anxious, uptight, harried, board, and most of them wanted to be anywhere else then on a train going to wherever they really don't want to go. A bit dull. Down. Unhappy. I was getting a little down myself, hoping that the book would get better soon.

Then I read
Louise Wilson
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Eight passengers get settled into their coach on the 10:35 train from Manchester to London Euston. Some are bound for work, reunions, new starts, holidays etc.

The passengers all have their own story to tell why they are travelling on the train and we find out a bit of their background. Also Naz the trains customer service assistant who dreams of better things as he collects the customers rubbish.

Then there's Saheel who is carrying a deadly rucksack.....

This book covers the before and after the e
Tracy Fenton
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The fact that I started this book at 9am this morning and just finished it at 6pm shows exactly how gripping this story is. Not only was it hugely powerful and topical it was thought provoking and heartbreaking in equal measures. 8 passengers board a train from Manchester to Euston, each one has a fascinating back story and it was so easy to get sucked into their lives and fears and courage. A sad tale of terrorism and today's crazy world. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for letting me ...more
Claire Wilson
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Cath Staincliffe, her books don't disappoint and The Silence Between Breaths is no exception. All the passengers on the 10.35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London have different reasons for travelling that day, but they're about to be bonded together for the rest of their lives. Equally funny and harrowing, The Silence Between Breaths is a story you wont want to put down. ...more
Kim Ebner
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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A rather difficult book to review based on the subject matter that it covers. It's tough to say that I enjoyed a book about terrorism and the devastation that it causes.

At the end of the day, this is a well written and rather gripping read. The book isn't very long and I finished it in just under a day, which is testimony to the fact that I did enjoy it. It's a very relevant and topical read, and after waking up on Sunday morning to news about
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully organised with characters of passengers that you easy relate to. The scenes must have taken Cath Staincliffe some time planning out each passenger on the train and why they are on the train. This story just goes to show what a talented author Cath Staincliffe is. The Silence Between Breaths is about passengers boarding the 10.35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston are on their way to work, assignations, reunions, holidays or new starts, with no idea that their journey i ...more
The Book Review Café
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it

This is going to be a fairly short review as I don’t want to give too much away. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up The Silence Between Breaths, but I was definitely surprised at how well the story was written. It’s a modern tale of terrorism and makes for an emotive and unfortunately a very credible read. Eight passengers board a train to Euston London, each one has somewhere to be, but little do they know life is about to change for every one of them in the most devastating way.

Listened to in audio format.

This book was very difficult book for me to listen to because it was reminiscent of the 07/07 terror attacks. It was particularly eerie because I have travelled on the London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly train.

The Silence Between Breaths focusses on eight passengers travelling in Coach A. Cath showed the passengers were on the train for various reasons.

Jeff was travelling down to London for a job interview. In the seat next to him was Holly who had started a new
Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this advance review copy.

I requested this book from netgalley as I could see the story took place on a train. For some reason, I like books about trains! I expected it to be something along the lines of Murder on the Orient Express. How wrong was I! I started this book yesterday and finished it today, part of it I actually read whilst I was on a train, which probably wasn't one of my better ideas!

It centres around 8 passengers getting on board a tra
Joanne Robertson
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is actually the first book I have read by Cath Staincliffe and I will certainly be checking out her other books now on the basis of reading The Silence Between Breaths. This is a book very much of its moment, it's very topical but also heartbreaking in its honesty of not shying away from a very emotive issue.

The first few chapters needed quite a bit of concentration from me as all the characters from carriage B on the 1015 Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston train are introduced. But bec
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4+ stars

I bought this book due to the positive reviews I was reading but I let it sit for a while because I wasn't sure I wanted to read about a terrorist bombing when all I had to do was watch TV news. I'm very glad I decided to pick this up and finally read it since it covers so much more than a news story gives. Honestly, it reveals how much of a ripple effect occurs for everyone involved in an act of terrorism.

The novel opens by introducing all the characters on the train and what is happeni
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmmmm ... I’m at a bit of a loss as to how to review this. For me, the book consisted of a few quite distinctive parts, of which I enjoyed some a lot more than others. I don’t want to give spoilers, so I cannot go into details, but will try to explain what I mean without touching too much on the plot:

The book started off with a strong sense of intrigue as the author offers up multiple POVs of different passengers on a train bound from Manchester to Euston. I love glimpses into people’s lives, an
Book Addict Shaun
Sep 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of Cath Staincliffe's writing as she has this ability to create some of the most believable characters that I've read in a fictional novel, and the majority of her books usually feature a topical talking point and this time around it's the bombing of a Manchester to London train full of a variety of different characters making their way to the capital for a number of different reasons. The reader knows what's coming from the blurb and the outset and so it's not a spoiler to say t ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The train is going to Euston. We see the train journey through the eyes of various passengers. We get to know them. A teenage girl finds a horrifying video on her brother's laptop, she tries to avert the unthinkable.

This is the short version of the first part of the excellent 'The Silence Between Breaths'. The second half deals with after the event.

I thought Cath Staincliffe did an excellent job of capturing the characters and events in the story. It is fiction but it could so easily be fact. D
David Highton
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This quite a powerful and moving book, describing 8 or 9 of the passengers on a train with a lone fundamentalist bomber. The story starts slowly as the key characters build into the narrative, each from their own perspective, within some wryly observed social descriptions, until the inevitable tragedy arises.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Silence Between Breaths is based on a terrifying, but completely plausible premise, and it is this that makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand up. For this is such an up-to-the-minute story, a reflection of the times that we live in and a story that really makes the reader think about the 'what if?'.

Passengers board the 10.35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston. This is an ordinary day for a bunch of average people and the author picks out eight of the passengers to intr
Sarah Farmer-wright
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! This book is an absolute gripper! Its the first of Cath Staincliffe's books that I have read and my thanks to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. We meet 8 of the passengers on board a train from Manchester Piccadily to London Euston - as the story of their lives unfolds so the author builds the tension layer upon layer upon layer; the reader cannot help but become attached to the characters and care deeply about the tragic outcome. Sadly a situation that the world is s ...more
While this is a fictional account of a suicide bombing, it's a truly sad fact of life that these terrible events do happen.

The tragic situation in this case occurs on a train from Manchester to Euston that has a variety of travellers on board: a young guy off for his first job interview, a young family going to a family wedding, two pensioners setting off on their hols, to name a few, & each & everyone of them was a credible character. You may only get short snippets about their lives & loves b
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very touching book that captures the horror of a terrorist act and makes it feel real
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was given to me by my partner as a Christmas present. I thought it was a psychological thriller but I was completely wrong. It’s a book inspired by real events with lovely and believable characters. Definitely a book worth reading.
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing

17th April 2015

Mid morning on a normal day in Manchester,passengers are boarding the 10.35 train to Euston Station in London.Innocently going about their business bound for work,assignations,reunions,holidays or fresh starts,with no idea that one of their number has a deadly secret that is going to change many of their lives forever and send shock waves rippling across the country.

This book is like one of the disaster movies from the seventies,you know the ones
Tracey Walsh
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A masterclass in multiple points of view.

"How do you survive the unthinkable? Passengers boarding the 10.35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston are bound for work, assignations, reunions, holidays or new starts, with no idea that their journey is about to be brutally curtailed."

This cast of characters will stay with me for a long time. Each one is realistic and believable - they could be my neighbours or people I went to school with. They've been thrown together on this train, into
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

One-Sentence Summary: A train journey from Manchester to London goes horribly wrong for a group of passengers

Review: It's hard for me to decide how to class this book. It's not quite a Thriller for me but rather a character study of a bunch of people in a train carriage. You get an insight into each of these characters' lives and thoughts and get to see how they react and what their fate is post-explosion. It is a great study of human character and was
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cath Staincliffe takes us onto an ordinary train from Manchester to Euston and introduces us to a selection of passengers, warts and all. There are 8 passengers whom we get to know well. They all have problems but these pale into insignificance against the fact that Saheel, a British born Muslim turned jihadist is carrying a bomb that he intends to let off in Euston station. We, the readers, realise that the train is in danger but only one of the passengers realises that something is wrong.

The s
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Cath Staincliffe is a best-selling, award-winning novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath's books have been short-listed for the British Crime Writers Association best first novel award, for the Dagger in the Library and selected as Le Masque de l'Année. In 2012 Cath won the CWA Short Story Dagger for Laptop, ...more

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