Walls of Silence
The patient has a story that isn’t told and which no one knows of. It is the secret, the rock against which he is shattered. Carl Jung
The village of Fletching has altered little over the centuries and Edith Potter fears her life will be reduced to the same level of crushing predictability. Her father’s death at the hands of an intruder should have been a merciful release – Dr Potter’s from dementia, Edith’s from her stultifying role as his carer – except, a year on, she finds her existence continues to drain her spirit.
It all changes when a series of events conspire to send her mind spiralling into catatonic withdrawal. But it is 1926 and from the study and treatment of Great War shell-shock victims has emerged the new science of psychoanalysis. From his first meeting with her in the lunatic asylum, Dr Stephen Maynard is determined to bring her back to reality. During the long challenge her disturbed behaviour forces him to confront his limitations – already severely stretched by the presence of someone equally determined Edith maintain her silence. It is a triangular struggle that will last to the bitter end.
For the background to this book and what went into the crafting of a psychosocial novel about the nature of madness, please visit my Research page.
Ruth Wade recently talked to Barry Forshaw’s Crime Time about the background to writing Walls of Silence. Find the Media Scrapbook link here.
What readers are saying:
“This book has such a beautifully creepy undertone that keeps you just waiting for the other shoe to drop. And the climax of the novel is quite a thing. I did not see it coming and it was one of those things that make me sit back and re-examine my view on the entire book. I loved that.” Ashley Gillan – (e)Book Nerd Reviews
“I loved all the twists and turns, ups and downs and the sense I only knew part of what was going on. Edith is a great character, fragile and vulnerable but with a lot of strength as well I really liked being inside her head although it was disturbing and unsettling at times.” Pamela Scott – The Book Lovers Boudoir
“I loved Ruth’s writing, she really knows how to make the reader feel uneasy and uncertain. There were times when I was looking over my shoulder whilst reading.” Katie Jones – Katies Book Cave
“The pace for the story, descriptive nature and setting in the late 1920s is great – I love historical fiction so books set in this era are normally a winner with me and this one is superb!!” Donna Maguire – Donnas Book Blog
“Walls of Silence is one of those slow burners that with a build up of intrigue, keeps you turning those pages. It certainly held some surprises in store which I totally did not see coming.” Sarah Hardy – By The Letter Book Reviews
“Parts of this story I found were dark and disturbing especially the opening, but that’s what drags the reader in.” Gemma Myers – Between the Pages Book Club
“I adored this book, it’s a strange word to use but it kept me gripped, and kept guessing what was going to happen next as all is not what it seems. This must be on your reading list for this year.” Claire Stanley – The Secret World of a Book Blogger
“This book just took me off my feet. Ruth Wade’s characters have left a very impressionable impact on me, where I am still getting a wave of unbelievable emotions. And Edith? She is now a character that has woven a permanent place in my mind.” Susan Hampson – Books From Dusk Till Dawn
“Walls of Silence is an entirely unique, compelling and gripping novel that explores mental health, psychiatry and the complexities of trauma . . . I was blown away by the complexity of writign something so believable and all-encompassing.” Beverley Scott – Beverley Has Read
“Ruth Wade has given us a mystery steeped in intrigue. A wonderful story of a woman’s struggle with life told in the most exquisite way.” Alexina Golding – Bookstormer