The Silence By: Susan Allott – Audiobook Online

“The Silence” is a gripping novel by Susan Allott, narrated by Melle Stewart. The story is set in the 1990s and follows Isla Green, a young woman who embarks on a journey to uncover the truth behind her father’s mysterious disappearance. After her father vanishes while working on a dam project in Australia, Isla’s mother relocates them to England. Years later, Isla returns to Australia to settle her father’s estate. However, she quickly discovers that there is more to his disappearance than she initially thought. As Isla delves deeper into her father’s past, she unravels dark family secrets revolving around deception, betrayal, and tragedy. Allott masterfully weaves together elements of family drama, mystery, and psychological suspense in “The Silence.” The novel explores themes such as identity, loyalty, and the long-lasting impact of secrets. Melle Stewart’s compelling narration adds depth to the characters, making them relatable and engaging for the listener. “The Silence” is a thought-provoking and emotionally charged novel that keeps readers hooked until the very end. Allott’s writing and Stewart’s narration create an immersive experience, making it a great choice for fans of suspenseful fiction.

Combining the emotional power and dual narrative style of Before We Were Yours with the nuanced, layered and atmospheric mystery of The Dry, a powerful debut novel revolving around a shocking disappearance, Two neighboring families and embarrassing secrets from the past refuse to stay buried.

It’s 1997, and in a basement apartment in Hackney, Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father calling from Sydney. Thirty years ago, in the sweltering heat of the summer of 1967, the Greens’ neighbor Mandy disappeared. At the time, it was assumed that she had run away from her broken marriage and started a new life; but now Mandy’s family is trying to reconnect and there’s no trace of her. Isla’s father, Joe, was believed to be the last person to see her alive, and he is currently under suspicion of murder.

Isla reluctantly plans to return to Australia for the first time in a decade to support her father. A return to Sydney will push Isla deep into the past, to a quiet seaside street where the two couples live side by side. Isla’s parents, Louisa and Joe, have recently immigrated from England – a move that leaves Louisa deeply homesick while Joe embraces this new life. Besides, Steve and Mandy are equally in trouble. Mandy doesn’t want to have children, even though Steve – a cop trying to keep him under the pressure of work – is desperate to be a father.

The more Isla asks about the past, the more Isla learns: about both the young couple and the secrets each marriage holds. Could her father do something terrible? How much does her mother know? What will happen to their family if Isla’s worst fear is realized? And is there another secret in this community, one that delves deeper into Australia’s colonial past, that silences them?

Cleverly exploring the deterioration of relationships and the devastating truths we keep hidden from those we love, The Silence is a brilliant debut by a promising literary star.

This is a well-written novel set in suspense about the mysterious disappearance of a woman. But while the tension in the plot pushes the story forward, the real reward comes from the depth of the characters–Isla, Joe, Amanda, Steve–they’re all the people who actually navigate the kiss. personal relationships, parent-child relationships, family secrets, and adultery. They live in a kind of quiet despair that sometimes erupts into violence. These characters will stay with you.

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