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The Silent Treatment

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,830 ratings  ·  594 reviews
Resonant with the emotional power of the bestselling novels of David Nicholls and Jojo Moyes, a rich and poignant debut about lies, loss, and a transcendent love at the heart of a troubled marriage.

A lifetime together.
Six months of silence.
One last chance.

By all appearances, Frank and Maggie share a happy, loving marriage. But for the past six months, they have not spok
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by William Morrow (first published April 2nd 2020)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
What is wrong with me? Don’t say “everything” I can hear you! Why didn’t I like this book so much?
I think I’m not in a wrong place, I’m at home and it’s not wrong time, it’s around 2 a.m. I finished a book and writing a review (Actually I started it but probably finish it tomorrow and post it another time line and who cares, my timing is still right!) so this is not you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time situation. This is totally you’re holding the wrong book for your taste and you cannot
Emer (A Little Haze)
Do you ever feel like you're just the wrong reader for a book? That for some reason a perfectly well written book with an interesting plot just doesn't appeal to you.

That's what has happened to me with The Silent Treatment.

There are no real reasons why I didn't enjoy this book as I should have. I think it's purely down to very personal reasons. I just felt very alienated from the world of these characters as what they were experiencing was something too removed from my own life.

The story open
DJ Sakata
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quote:

I have no intention of being cruel, really I don’t, I never do. The sad reality is that often our behavior will do it for us, unwilled and unwilling. My silence is the very best example.

My Review:

Never have I read prose so elegantly detailed with an uncommon poignancy of tiny movements that continually plucked at my heartstrings while taunting my inquisitive nature to an unbearable level. The characters were devastatingly fractured, highly idiosyncratic, and oddly captivating. Nar
It is odd and very unusual to consider a married couple living together-- that allow 6 months to pass between them without speaking. In Abbie Greaves debut novel “The Silent Treatment” (2020) This is exactly what happened between Professor Frank Hobbs and his wife Maggie. This loving and entirely devoted couple had been married for over 40 years, when Frank found Maggie unconscious and near death in their Oxford home.

After calling an ambulance, Frank consumed with guilt made his way to the hospi
There is no doubt that this debut novel is well written...

It just wasn’t a story that I could relate to personally, as I never had the desire to have children.

I was expecting a book about the break down of a relationship but did not realize there would be a strong focus on parenting when I requested this.

Maggie doesn’t feel like she, or her family can be complete, unless she becomes a mother. And, her greatest desire is to not only become a Mom, but to be the best version of a Mom, that a woma
Louise Wilson
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank and Maggie have been married for forty years. Haven't spoken for six months. Maggie is at the end of her tether and takes an overdose. She's put I to a coma. They each kept secrets from each other. They didn't share them as they didn't want to hurt each others feelings. Whilst Maggie is in the coma, Frank takes the opportunity to say to Maggie all the things he should have told her before.

This is a love story that has spanned forty years. A story that will tug at your heartstrings and ,if
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars rounded up

Wow, I’m full of emotions after reading this one. The story was crafted with the utmost care; its voice was authentic and tone, genuine.

Frank and Maggie have been happily married for forty years – they know each other inside and out – but, for the last six months Frank has not spoken a single word. It is breaking Maggie. Frank will be forced to find his voice when he finds an unconscious Maggie next to an empty package of sleeping pills. Will he be able to tell Maggie the rea
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Rounded Up

In case you haven't been able to surmise it already from the summary - this is a very sad story. It was a very well written story, but one that caused me to rush through it as quick as possible just to get it over with. It was much too heavy of a read for everything going on right now, but I felt I owed it to the author to provide my feedback.

As previously mentioned, this was very well written. So much so that I found myself crying at many sections throughout the book. Not so much
Louise Wilson
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Frank and Maggie have been married for forty years. They haven't spoken for six months. Maggie is at the end of her tether and takes an overdose. She's put in a coma. They each kept secrets from each other. They didn't share them as as they didn't want to hurt each others feelings. Whilst Maggie is in the coma, Frank takes the opportunity to say to Maggie all the things he should have told her before.

This is a love story that has spanned forty years. A story that will tug at your heartstrings an
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This is a debut novel and if you are looking for a slow burn marriage novel, this might do it. To my taste it was too slow, an interesting story but structured like a thriller without a reveal that was overly surprising or unique. Too much tell, not enough show - the most exciting part is the only part told in an active voice and that's the very beginning when the wife tries to take her own life after six months of marital silence. Half was in journal entries in italics, which is too much of the ...more
Gilly Macmillan
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In her tremendously moving debut, a novel that pulses with emotional tension, Abbie Greaves masterfully unpicks a history of ordinary lives facing extraordinary challenges. I found it impossible to look away from the relationship at the heart of this novel.
I was stoked when I won a copy of The Silent Treatment from a Goodreads Giveaway.

I thought the premise was intriguing, yet as I was reading, I realized it was a bit hard to suspend disbelief for.

** Minor spoilers ahead **

Frank and Maggie have been married for a long time. When a family tragedy forces Frank to withdraw from the only woman he's ever loved, Maggie takes a drastic step herself that forces her husband to reassess their life together.

Will Frank be able to save Maggie before it's
Jodie (That Happy Reader)
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is an emotional look at the love and marriage of Frank and Maggie. The story begins with Maggie taking an overdose of sleeping pills and Frank finding her some time later. The two had not spoken to each other for the past six months despite living and sleeping together. When Maggie is ventilated and sedated, Maggie’s nurse Daisy encourages Frank to talk to Maggie and to tell their story.
Frank recalls the story of the two of them and speaks this to Maggie over the next several days. He
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, tender love story that truly touched my heart.
Frank and Maggie have been been married for over 40 years. They have had their ups and downs, but through it all their love has remained strong and steady. So when Frank suddenly goes silent for 6 months, Maggie is confused, feeling untethered and lost. Hiding in his study, alerted by the fire alarm he finds Maggie collapsed on the floor, an empty bottle of sleeping pills on the table. Frank is frantic and in his hope that Maggie will co
"The Silent Treatment" was a decent read, but not very memorable. I didn't really care for the writing style. It was kind of clunky, and the emotion felt forced and melodramatic for my taste. I thought the overall plot was interesting, but I kept going in and out of my ability to fully care for Frank and Maggie. I think this book might be a trigger warning for some, especially those who have suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts. I must admit that parts of this novel felt like a cheesy ...more
This was such a heartwarming, and also heartbreaking read.

It follows the story of a married couple, Frank and Maggie, seemingly going about their normal day, the book jumps right in to Maggie preparing the evening meal for her and Frank, it then takes a bit more of a sinister turn, when Maggie just sits down at the kitchen table and starts emptying multiple packets of sleeping pills to take. Frank is unaware of what his wife is doing, and he is upstairs playing solitaire on his computer.

You see,
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

I read the first two pages and wrote down in my notes 'Already emotional.' This pretty much set the tone for this novel. 

Frank has gone silent, for SIX months, and his wife Maggie cannot figure out why. She's tried to be understanding, it doesn't seem as if he doesn't love her anymore or anything of that sort, he just...refuses to speak.

But, can Frank keep quiet when he finds Maggie, overdosed on sleeping pills?

He breaks his silence, but, now the real ques
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was incredibly frustrating. The entire second half of the book had me wanting to skip paragraphs and take a valium to calm down and get through it faster. Although I’m grateful that a book has the ability to give me those emotions, i’m sad to say that it wasn’t worth it.

The entire premise of the book is meant to be set around the silent treatment between a husband, Frank, and his wife, Maggie. But from the first chapter you come to learn that there’s something maggie is keeping secret
Helen Chown
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is written just beautifully. I liked so much about it, but even if I didn't, the writing would've been enough for me to enjoy it. It flowed so naturally, and it helped me immerse myself in the story almost immediately, which is not something a lot of books do.
This is a character driven book, and they were brought to the page perfectly. Their relationship and the issues within it were intriguing throughout the read.
This was amazing, and it was hard to put down. I recommend it.

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Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Marriage is such a funny, fragile deal that we seem to take for granted that the marriage starts on the day we say "I do" and doesn't end until we go our separate ways, hopefully at death. There isn't much education about how to make it work, or what we become as adults... I assume that we are to find our own path. For Frank and Maggie, the path has been worn well for 40 years, but nobody tells us how to deal with tragedy or emotional upheaval... those you have to find your own way through. Reme ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"It is always the smallest things that cut the deepest, the splinters that wriggle their way so far into the wound that you have no chance of removing them."

"Because that is what love is, isn't it? Giving without receiving. Tiny, precious, fragile. You can be batted away a thousand times and still it will be there, too small to pick up and dispose of."

This. Was. Heavy. Over the previous 6 months Frank has lost the ability to speak to his Wife Maggie. Married for 40 years, his silence is inexplic
Donna Hines
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Silent Treatment took me back to a time in my former marriage, a time when I felt unappreciated and ignored, a time in which it was nothing more than a revolving door simply put we lived like two ships travelling in the night with very little communication and or love.
Perhaps, you've felt that same feeling: When marriage was nothing more than shared spaces but not shared memories.
When one spouse had a disconnect with the world around him or her and the other spouse simply went through the mo
Aug 28, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Very poorly crafted but at the same time overly constructed. There is just no room for real emotions or anything that counts as natural. The feelings of the characters are forced onto the reader without really being believable. Many situations that are described seem rigid and only there to lead up to a certain path but not really thought through. The storyline is pretty simplistic and conservative and gets repetetive from around the middle of the book onwards, where the same story is basically ...more
Jennifer Garber
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I find it hard to believe that this is a debut novel! The writing is superb, the story unfolds beautifully, wrenchingly at times. Though the topics addressed are by no means light or breezy, there is still so much joy, this honest portrayal of a marriage, of a family. I highly recommend and will be looking for more from Ms Greaves in the future!
The Nerd Daily
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Beth Mowbray

In her debut novel, Abbie Greaves breathes life into a tale of love, sorrow, guilt, and secrets. This beautifully written story of marriage through the years is both uplifting and heartbreaking, sometimes at the very same time.

In the first pages, we are introduced to Maggie under rather extreme circumstances. She is sitting in the kitchen opening multiple sleeping pill capsules, preparing to take them all, but at the same time she is
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves is a marvelous debut that is quite poignant.

After forty years of marriage,  Frank Hobbs has inexplicably been unable to talk to his wife Maggie for the past six months.  Frank is shaken and terrified after finding her unconscious and fighting for her life. After doctors place her in a medically induced coma, Frank remains at Maggie’s side where he talks to her and gradually works up the courage to explain his silence. What does the future hold for
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a slam bam debut! The title refers to the protagonists, husband and wife, Frank and Maggie, who have not been speaking for six months. They have been married for FORTY years. In my estimation the title also refers to their daughter Eleanor. As a young adult she is effectively using the silent treatment on both of her parents. For the first half of the book, the author does an amazing job of being the voice of Frank. In the second half of the book, the writing is narrative but we hear Mag ...more
Samantha Rendle
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it
I... didn't enjoy this book. I don't think it's possible to enjoy something so profoundly sad. Of course, it was beautifully written and its characters were so well developed, but it was completely marinated in misery and, being quite emotional already, it's probably something I could've done without. And of course that's not to say it's a bad book.

There were some beautiful moments in this book, and I highlighted a few quotes that I loved. I liked that there weren't too many characters; it gave
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Abbie Greaves is the author of THE SILENT TREATMENT (2020) and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (UK) / ANYWHERE FOR YOU (US) which is forthcoming in April 2021.

When she's not writing, she enjoys modern calligraphy, travelling for inspiration and reading - the greatest hobby of all. She lives in the UK.

Follow her on Instagram: @abbiegreavesauthor.

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