Stella Wiseman was a child TV star, but there’s nothing glamorous about her life now. Alone in her thirties, she’s lost her parents and her friends and she’s stuck in a dead-end job. But just as she hits rock bottom she meets Marco, a charismatic older man who offers to get her back on her feet. He seems ...more
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I have read books covering many fictional scenarios – rape, graphic murders, paedophiles – but this novel left me with a constant sickening feeling in my stomach. I predicted how the story would unfold but, despite feeling so horrid, continued reading in the hope that the mood would lift. If the topic of gas-lighting makes you feel uncomfortable and is an unpleasant topic, then I would recommend you think twice before ...more
Sorry to say that I couldn't connect to this one at all. There's something about the writing style that made it difficult to get into the story, and though there are elements of the plot that had potential, the execution was lacking that special something to make it work.
The story follows Stella, a former child star, as she meets a guy and they begin a relationship that may or may not be healthy. Marco recognized Stella immediately upon meeting, and they shared one ...more
Stella meets Marco and slowly starts to fall in love with him. He recognises her from being a child star in a sitcom and seems to have been a big fan.
Stella is encouraged by Marco to take a pill each day to calm her nerves but soon she’s soon spaced out, she keeps losing her memory.
Marco encourages her to see a Doctor he knows but things go from bad to worse.
Soon Stella has lost all her friends and is alone at a cottage while Marco works away.
It's one thing to be a broken individual that someone could easily prey on. It's quite another to be that AND painfully stupid. That's the reason I could not finish this book. Not only was it glaringly obvious from chapter one as to what was going on but we had to deal with a protagonist who is mentally and emotionally blind. It was so frustrating that I had to put the book down several times for fear of chucking it across the ...more
Author: Daisy Pearce
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (1 Mar. 2020)
Release: 1st March 2020
She’s broken. She’s vulnerable. She’s just what Marco was looking for.
Stella Wiseman was a child TV star, but there’s nothing glamorous about her life now. Alone in her thirties, she’s lost her parents and her friends and she’s stuck in a dead-end job. But just as she hits rock bottom she meets Marco, a charismatic older man who offers to get her back on her feet. He seems too good to be ...more
The story reminds me a lot of The Wife Between Us, as you can easily make the assumptions that our female lead is being taken advantage of, with her fragmented memory only telling us half of the ...more
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It’s well written with some lovely, vivid imagery. The Silence is a real page turner, but not a light read by any means. It respectfully deals with the sobering themes of addiction, grief, mental health ...more
1. The ending came as no surprise. I felt there were several missed opportunities for some great plot twists.
2. I thought there were a few loose ends left with some characters. (Though I did read late into the night at least once, so maybe I missed something in a dozing ...more
I nearly stopped reading the book when I was about a third of the way through. I kept going largely because, as an author, there are always things to learn from reading other people's books. I'm pleased I did. My problem had been that, whether due to her character or the way the book was written I'm not sure, I had no empathy for the main character. I didn't care if bad things happened to her. For some reason that changed in the second half and I flew through the rest of the ...more
I dislike the use of real world people in a novel with fake celebrities, does not mesh well for me. Makes the world building a little off putting.
But an interesting read, went through in pretty much one go, entertaining ride. Would recommend if you like slight horror, suspense, modern settings. I was overall surprised to enjoy it as much as I did.
I was intrigued by this after reading the synopsis. I like a book with a bit of mystery and that blurs the line between reality and delusion. The pace of the book and the creative narrative kept me on edge, almost as if I was living the same hell as Stella. I will definitely look out for future work by Pearce.
I liked her writing style even though strram-of consciousness in present tense usually makes me stop reading. She used very creative metaphors.
Problems were: hated the MC. She was so obtuse I wanted to strangle her. There's only so long a characterization can be in denial before it's just not believable anymore. I could have bought that the drugs were leaving her unable to think straight, or making her not care, but there really wasn't enough made of ...more
A Gripping story of a strange kind of "love", which morphs into control of a girl's life by a master manipulator.
Realisation ultimately dawns on the victim, resulting in a bloody climax. It is difficult to put the book down once it has drawn you in.
It's hard to believe someone as cute and innocent looking as Ms. Pearce could write such a creepy story. From beginning to end it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Now I need to read something fun to get the chilling images out of my head!
She began writing short stories as a teenager and after spells living in London and Brighton Daisy had her first short story ‘The Black Prince’ published in One Eye Grey magazine. ...more