Praise for Walls of Silence

Amazon 5  reviews:

What an amazing, well-written novel. I can honestly say this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. A completely engrossing story about an unusual woman, Edith, and her psychiatrist, Dr. Maynard. The prose sets this book apart from all the others I read and forget. Such beautiful, poignant writing. 

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Not a predictable ending or an enjoyable read but nonetheless compelling stuff.

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One of the best books I’ve read for quite a while; it is superbly written, thought-provoking and says a lot about society’s attitude at the time.

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Incredibly immersive, thoroughly well researched. Engaging use of language. Strong characters. Complex twists & turns. Keeps you guessing until the very end. The best ending I have read for many years.

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A unique insight into the fallibility of the human mind. This book kept me reading late into the night as I attempted to untangle Edith’s story. Don’t waste time reading reviews – buy the book and settle down for a weekend’s reading. It will hold your attention to the very end.

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Well researched, but not overly descriptive, this book is really well plotted and written. The characters are interesting and multi-dimensional and the ending unexpected. A good insight into the treatment of WW1 shell victims and the psychology of the early 20th century. A great read. 

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What I have been left with, after reading this book, is the equivalent of that feeling when you go over that hump back bridge in a car. This book just took me off my feet.

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I highly recommend you read this book, but it is brutal and heart wrenching so be forewarned. 

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This is a thoroughly great historical look at mental health issues and a twisty psychological thriller combined. It is dark and scary and despite the despair I loved it.

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I loved this book, the story was brilliant and I was gripped! Stephen and Edith are great characters and work so well with the plot. 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!!

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Truly this held my interest throughout . . .
The descriptions of of the asylum and early mental health treatment was very well done. It was a sad story of a life wasted by those who were trusted with the main character’s care.

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I was lost in this book. The prose is elegant, the subject matter is emotionally visceral, and the answer to the mystery is brilliant. I rarely read with mouth agape, but this book’s conclusion found me there. 

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Well written, prompting the reader to see what is not said. Dark and brooding.

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Having been set in the time in history that mental illness was something that was just beginning to be taken seriously and medical help only in its infancy, I was truly amazed by Ruth Wade and her ability to go so far into the actual conditions of the time. This story deserves to be read and then, read again!