A couple of weeks ago I was looking through iBooks and found one that sounded interesting and the best part was that it was Free! I repeat… Free… I download free books all the time, but that doesn’t mean I am going to read them. Sometimes they are not great quality, they aren’t good or the writing style isn’t great. I was pleasantly surprised with Silence by Natasha Preston.
Now before you go out, get this book and start reading it, you should know something! The first book is free but the 2nd book is NOT and you have to read the 2nd book! Like most authors, she leaves the 1st book with a huge cliffhanger forcing you to buy the next one in the series! There is nothing wrong with that, I just wanted you to be warned!
This book was very emotional for me to read. The main character, Oakley, is a girl with a dark and disturbing past. While still a very young child something terrible happened to her. Instead of getting help from those closest to her, she just stopped talking out of the blue and hasn’t talked in 11 years. Her best friend Cole has known Oakley her entire life. They grew up together. He remembers a time when things were more simple. He remembers a time when Oakley was perfectly normal and talking, but he has learned, better than anyone, not to push her to talk. Sometimes it is better to accept people for who they are instead of trying to change them.
Silence will take you on a roller coaster of emotional turmoil. I was laughing one minute and crying the next. In the book, Oakley’s family only want to help her get better and talk again, but the harder they push to find out what made her stop talking the more she withdrawals. The love of her best friend Cole may be the only thing that can help her heal, but will her past catch back up with her and ruin their relationship before it even really gets started? Will she be able to fight her demons and start living her life before it is too late?
While I was reading this book, there were multiple times that I came across a word or a sentence that just didn’t make sense to me. After a quick Google search, I found out that Natasha Preston was British. I have a “thing” for British people/authors! When reading a book by British authors, I get to learn a little bit about their culture through their writing! I just learned what the “boot” of a car was while reading this book!
Overall I can not say enough good things about this book and author. I highly recommend this series. I wouldn’t wait to long to go and get them! You never know how long it will stay free!