Vienna, 1938: Something’s amiss at the home of young Annabel Albrecht. First, her favourite maid Eva disappears, then her friend Oskar. Worse is to come – her brother is murdered and her mother is taken away, leaving Annabel to fend for herself.
Almost 70 years later, Annabel’s son Max uncovers his mother’s long-buried past, and unlocks the secrets preserved by Annabel’s missing friends. But as Max is to discover, some children can never be completely silenced. Is he haunted by ghosts or by guilt, and will he ever escape?
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
I always thought that ghost stories were a genre left to the past, to classic novels from say, the 1800s or so. I haven’t come across many recently, though I may not have been looking in the right places.
The Silent Children is one of these stories. A disturbing history, dark family secrets and shame and a home that seems to have a mind of its own.
The novel flashes back and forth between past and present, showing the parallels between Max and his mother’s lives and how one event came to affect the other. The novel itself is nicely structured and clear in this sense, making for an easy and well flowing read.
If you feel like a bit of a scare and don’t mind some quite disturbing text, pick this one up. A perfect Halloween or stormy night read.