Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw from https://booksnall.blog/ for oganising this blog tour and to Lyn Yeowart, Joffe Books and Netgalley for an ARC copy to read in return for an honest and unbiased review.
AN UNFORGETTABLE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER SET IN THE DARK, GOTHIC HEART OF RURAL AUSTRALIA
The moment he dies, the room explodes with life.
Joy Henderson returns to the family farm to nurse her dying father. To the outside world, George is a pillar of the community, but to Joy and her siblings, he’s a monster. As children, they lived in constant fear of the punishments he dished out to his “dirty, filthy sinners who are going to rot in Hell”. Then, the day after George finally confesses to a horrific crime, Joy finds him dead — with a belt pulled tight around his neck . . .
Senior Constable Alex Shepherd, summoned to the scene by George’s doctor, is suspicious: did Joy murder her father? If so, why?
The more Shepherd digs the more questions he raises. Will the truth finally be revealed?
Effortlessly propelling the reader back and forth between three timelines, Lyn Yeowart’s unforgettable debut richly rewards the reader with its explosive, pitiless conclusion.
This electrifying literary thriller will be devoured by fans of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, Eve Chase’s The Glass House, Delia Owens, Gillian Flynn and Kate Morton.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect from The silent Listener but I certainly wasn’t expecting to be enthralled and completely immersed in the way I was. The Silent Listener is a story of family, revenge and relationships and it blew me away. Lyn Yeowart has effortlessly (or so it feels) created an atmospheric novel that is uncomfortable to read in places but impossible to tear yourself away from.
Spanning four timelines, it’s the story of Gwen, George and Joy Henderson (plus Joy’s siblings ruth and Mark). Chapters from each timeline are interwoven so that snippets of the story are revealed without giving too much away in one go.
In chronological order there is the story of how George and Gwyn meet and set up their life together. Then we get glimpses into their lives later on when they have children and are a part of the small community they live in. Fast forward much further and Joy is an adult who has been called home to care for her dying father. Additionally, there are also some chapters in the present after Joy’s father has died and there is some suspicion over how. It sounds a lot but the are organised perfectly and written in a way that they flow. I loved peeling back the layers of the story with each new chapter – it started with the end but that wasn’t the goal. The goal was to discover they why and the how, the motivation behind choices. It’s an insightful look into the human mind and builds steadily until it reaches a crescendo of the biggest proportions.
A superb suspense novel that draws you in. It’s harrowing and unforgettable and has stayed with me for days.
An excellent debut novel and I shall certainly be looking out for more writing by Lyn Yeowart.
Author Bio – Lyn Yeowart
Lyn Yeowart is a professional writer and editor with more than 25 years of experience in writing and editing everything from captions for artworks to speeches for executives. Her debut novel, The Silent Listener, is loosely based on events from her childhood in rural Australia. She is now happily ensconced in Melbourne, where there is very little mud, but lots of books.
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