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Shes broken. Shes vulnerable. Shes just what Marco was looking for.

Stella Wiseman was a child TV star, but theres nothing glamorous about her life now. Alone in her thirties, shes lost her parents and her friends and shes 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
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Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published March 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Celine Godfrey Because Cornwall is in England, therefore they speak English. They speak Welsh (and English) in Wales which is a completely different country to…moreBecause Cornwall is in England, therefore they speak English. They speak Welsh (and English) in Wales which is a completely different country to England! As Daisy said, some Cornish folks still speak Cornish but it is dying out.

England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all in the United Kingdom (UK) and the predominant language of all four countries is English.

In Scotland though, the Gaelic (prounounced Gallic) language is still used, and in Northern Ireland, Gaelic (pronounced Gaylic) is still used .... but still English predominantly.
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Sarah
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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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 reading
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Jeeves Reads Romance
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Scattered, jumbled story

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
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Claire Y
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Without giving away the story, all I can say is that it's a predictable narrative. Gaslighting, narcotics, psychological abuse are the mainstays of this novel.

It's a decent read if you just go with the flow and avoid any critical thinking about the storyline. Three stars - I liked it.

Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and Amazon for the opportunity to read this book. I look forward to reading more from this author, Daisy Pearce.
Veronica Parker
I dont usually have such strong reactions to books I dont care for but this book drove me insane. Not a single character was in any way like-able or relatable. The story was disconnected and confusing at times. The supernatural element, in my opinion, was completely unnecessary and did more harm than good. Also, Im going to point out this is yet another story about an unreliable narrator, made unreliable by substance abuse. Which, frankly, I am sick of. ...more
Julie Lacey
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great psychological thriller.
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 shes 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.
Things are
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Darinda
Stella, a former child star, falls for an older man. Stella is in her thirties and her life is in a downward spiral. She believes her new suitor will help save her, but he may be part of the problem.

A predictable psychological thriller with unlikable characters. I had zero sympathy for Stella, and could not get into this story.
Christa Bass
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Misty
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another case of a bridge too far, this is a decent book that could have been great but for the heavy-handed prose. Pearce takes a straight forward story that builds suspense and turns it on its ear, drowning in self-indulgent writing that takes itself far too seriously. Characters spend too much time opining in paragraph after paragraph of over-written narrative.

I study him. He has a days worth of stubble peppering his jaw, shocks of grey in his hair. Weve been together just two months and are
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Donna Hines
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG! These characters are too die for literally and figuratively!
This is the story of Stella and Marco - a whirlwind romance from the time her father passed-a romance not made in heaven.
It starts with Stella being a former childhood tv star now adult w/o the spotlight feel who runs into Marco out and about with her roommate Carmel. They eventually start dating and the lovebombing begins along with the gaslighting and odd bits here and there.
You know the times when you just can't remember because
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Charlee
This was my Amazon First Reads pick for the month of February.

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
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Kendal (TatooineReads)
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5

Author: Daisy Pearce

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (1 Mar. 2020)

Release: 1st March 2020



Synopsis:-

Shes broken. Shes vulnerable. Shes just what Marco was looking for.

Stella Wiseman was a child TV star, but theres nothing glamorous about her life now. Alone in her thirties, shes lost her parents and her friends and shes 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 true.

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Sillylittlefishey
Mar 21, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring and predictable.
Deanna Melangton
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeepers creepers!!!
Cathy
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This felt like a really heavy read, with gaslighting, stalking and abuse covered. Stella is a very unreliable narrator with a lot of her memories being unavailable or seen through a haze of medication. It did feel like she was struggling to see the obvious at times but it still had a dramatic ending that kept me interested.

3.5 - 4 Stars
Caryn Schmidt
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Emily
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I wish I could say that this was a truly great psychological thriller, but unfortunately, this was a confusing. jumbled mess of a story. I did not think that any of the events were shocking or surprising, the book was confusing, and I think I could have written a more surprising and even interesting ending. This honestly does not make me want to read more by Daisy Pearce either.
Jenn Carbone
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Mary
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this one down....really really good!
Katharina
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was really difficult to get into this one and I honestly skimmed a lot in the beginning because it seemed pretty clear Marco was the bad guy. The story got a lot more interesting when they were at the cottage and I kept thinking there would be a twist because it couldnt be so obvious, but there wasnt. It happened pretty much how I generally thought it would. ...more
Charlie Morris
The Silence is a well-written book and I will certainly read more from Pearce in the future, but its a plot that Ive read before. Theres a current trend of authors relying on an unreliable female narrative to help develop their thrillers so, unfortunately, it all felt obvious from the start, for me.

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
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Linda
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Part 1 - My last book group read was 'The Essex Serpent' by Sarah Perry. There were sentences and paras that I stopped to read again slowly because they were so beautifully written. We all agreed that Sarah Perry's book is 'literature'. Then there are 'genre' books which are page turners and people like them because they are quick exciting reads. They make good films. The Harry Potter books are an example. I don't mind the odd genre book but I get more pleasure from literature.

Having said that
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Elizabeth Morris
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I got The Silence as an Amazon first reads for February and choose it just because Amazon said its prose writing was stunning. They werent lying.

This story is about Stella Wiseman, once a child TV star, but now as an adult, theres nothing glamorous about her life. Alone in her thirties, shes lost her parents and her friends and shes stuck in a dead-end job. However, just as she hits rock bottom, she meets Marco, a charismatic older man who offers to get
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Marjorie
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book a month before I settled down to write a review on it. What's disturbing is I could remember nothing at all about the book from the title alone, it wasn't until I read the publisher's blurb that I remembered which book it was, and then immediately wish I hadn't. The blurb makes it sound like a Whatever Happened to Baby Jane updated for the 21st Century and with a romantic relationship twist instead of a sibling twist. In fact, there are some parallels to the classic Crawford ...more
Jen
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-challenge
This is a book that I found I fell into a rhythm with very quickly. From the very beginning you get a sense of Stella, of the kind of woman she is and the kind of friendships she has to support her. Following on from childhood success in a popular TV show, Stella has grown into a woman who has achieved little and done little with her life. In fact, it seems to be going nowhere other than through a series of disappointments. Until she meets Marco. That is the night that everything changes.

From
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Jacob Collins
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was instantly hooked by Daisy Pearces debut novel, The Silence. This is a claustrophobic and tense read that I finished in just a couple of sittings. The lead character, Stella Wiseman, is a former childhood television star; she was cast in a popular childrens television show. When she falls head over heels for Marco, she thinks everything in her life is about to change for the better, but soon she begins to realise that Marco may not be everything that he seems.

This story may seem familiar to
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Mandi
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A loveable child star all grown up into a washed up, middle aged, single woman. Stella, aka Katie Marigold, is stuck at a dead-end job, her parents are gone, and she lives in a tiny apartment with her friend, Carmel. They spend their nights going out, getting drunk, and sleeping around.

But all of that changes when Stella meets Marco. Marco is kind, considerate and willing to take care of Stella in a way that she has been longing for. Their relationship moves quickly, much to the shock of
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Kathy
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I struggled to finish this book. I was listening to the audio book and kept fast forwarding past the parts where Stella was just rambling. Her thoughts were all over the place.

It was apparent to me that Stella was being manipulated by Marco pretty quickly. But, Stella was pretty messed up in her own head. There is a lot of talk about Stella's childhood when she played Katie Marigold in a TV show. But you don't get the full story until the end of the book.

I also didn't understand why Stella
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Taylor
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I loved The Silence. This is a great psychological thriller.

Stella was a childhood tv show star, now adult and out of the spotlight. She lives with her roommate Camel in the city, and the two girls go out together. Stella meets Marco, goes home with him, and the two begin to date. Then Stella's father dies, and Marco is there to take care of her. Stella's memory begins to disappear, and she can't remember large chunks of time. She loses her job and has falling outs with all of her friends,
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Monika Dinesh
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Silence is a story about childhood TV star Stella, who is struggling through her life. She meets Marco, their love blossoms, but she finds herself struggling to remember what happened and has psychotic episodes. The author has captured the dark emotions and chills that Stella goes through in this book. Sometimes the story flow feels confused, but I think it is because Stella feels confused too. Its creepy in a way, to know something is happening, but not sure if its true or if its all ...more
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Daisy Pearce was born in Cornwall and grew up on a smallholding surrounded by hippies. She read Stephen Kings 'Cujo' and The Hamlyn Book of Horror far too young and has been fascinated with the macabre ever since.

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. Another
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