Good morning my loves!
I hope you’re all doing well at the moment. Today’s post is another of my ‘I’ve been sitting on this review for far too long already and just need to get my backside into gear and post it already’ posts. There’s quite a few that I have to catch up on so I hope you’re looking forward to lots of reviews coming your way!
Today’s review is for the exceptional The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves. I was lucky enough to be sent a proof of this last year and then attend a Century event where they showcased some of their most exciting upcoming 2020 releases at the beginning of the year. Abbie has written the loveliest book and its just the loveliest person to boot – talk about a double whammy! And now, on to the review!
* Thank you to Century for sending me a gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Title: The Silent Treatment
Author: Abbie Greaves
Publication date: 02/04/2020
My rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 3.82
Genre: Fiction, contemporary
Frank hasn’t spoken to his wife Maggie for six months. For weeks they have lived under the same roof, slept in the same bed and eaten at the same table – all without words. Maggie has plenty of ideas as to why her husband has gone quiet. But it will take another heartbreaking turn of events before Frank finally starts to unravel the secrets that have silenced him.
Is this where their story ends?
Or is it where it begins?
I was super grateful to be sent this by the lovely folk at Century but wasn’t sure when I would get around to reading it. Then one day it called to me and it is turns out it is one of the most heartbreaking and hopefully books I’ve read it a long time.
I have no intention of being cruel, really I don’t, I never do. The sad reality is that often our behavior will do it for us, unwilled and unwilling. My silence is the very best example.– The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves
There is so much I would like to say about this book, but even now, months later, I am struggling to articulate how this book made me feel. I vividly remember reading it and sobbing. Ugly crying and snot, the whole nine yards. On reflection, I think it was because, despite very different situations, I empathised with both Frank and Maggie on a very deep level.
Again, on reflection, I think it was lucky that I read it when I did. I’m not sure I could have gotten all of the way through had I been reading it right now, with everything going on – I don’t think I could have handled it emotionally.
Frank and Maggie come fully formed, flaws and all, and I couldn’t love them more for it. Both love each other dearly, but after tragedy, communication falls by the wayside in favour of trying to protect each other. The silence that ensues almost sees Frank losing Maggie and decided it is time to tell her everything, before he loses her too.