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Silentis by M. Susanne Wiggins
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it was amazing
bookshelves: contemp-fiction, crime-thriller, fantasy, my-reviews, thriller, ya

When I started reading this book I had all of the wrong ideas about it. From rapid-reading the blurb I thought that it was a YA thriller about a suicidal student on a high school romp with his classmates in a spooky Victorian graveyard. I assumed that it would probably all turn out well in the end. There were elements of the tale that I dislike in a book and that often make me hate what I am reading from beginning to end, but being a stubborn and determined ‘avid old(er) reader’ then I will usually persist reading most books until the denouement – particularly thrillers. The contemporary story is related in the first person (dislike) by Payton Raynor and it is a gothic style (dislike) tale with many supernatural (dislike) occurrences that are essential to the telling.

However, when an intriguing novel is told with such skill and talent, as well demonstrated by new author M. Susanne Wiggins, then I am hooked! The characters and conversations are completely believable and so accurately written, that this very spooky and disturbing story is one that will stay in the mind long afterwards. It has plenty of surprising, even shocking, twists and turns; as well as the half-expected, occasional, touches of teenage randiness between Payton and Ava. This burgeoning relationship serves to cast doubts in his mind about carrying out his plans, revenge-killing plans that, unfortunately, we all too often hear about in today’s media. Silentis is a compelling but disturbing novel, with a totally unexpected ending that will challenge a reader’s logic and emotions.
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Started Reading
December 26, 2018 – Shelved
December 26, 2018 – Shelved as: contemp-fiction
December 26, 2018 – Shelved as: crime-thriller
December 26, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
December 26, 2018 – Shelved as: my-reviews
December 26, 2018 – Shelved as: thriller
December 26, 2018 – Shelved as: ya
December 26, 2018 – Finished Reading

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