About the Book
A lifetime together. Six months of silence. One last chance.
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 picked this book up to read in the garden one sunny afternoon and I literally didn’t put the book down until I’d finished reading it. I was enthralled by it and needed to know how it was all going to end!
Maggie and Frank have been married for over forty years. They love each other dearly but one day, six months ago, Frank stopped speaking. He was still every bit as loving towards Maggie but he hasn’t spoken a single word in all that time. Maggie struggles to understand what is going on and the novel opens with her writing her journal and taking some tablets.
What follows is Frank’s distress as his wife has now fallen silent and he slowly sits with her and begins to tell the story of their lives together and how he got to here. Alongside this Frank finds Maggie’s journal and he beings to understand how she got to where she is.
Maggie has always wanted to be a mother and it becomes a big focus for her, but it seems like it’s never going to happen so her and Frank have to accept what they have – each other. Then one day Maggie discovers she is pregnant and is delighted. Motherhood isn’t quite the dream she imagined it would be though, it’s so much harder and there is so much scope for miscommunication and misunderstanding. Maggie and Frank love their child but sometimes that isn’t enough, and they have to deal with the way their child wants to live her life her own way.
This is a novel about a beautiful and loving relationship that has faced hugely difficult times. Maggie and Frank have tried so hard to do the right thing for each other and for their daughter, and each in their own way has tried to protect the other from heartbreak. This is the thing that was almost their undoing though because when the worst happened neither could tell the other their story of what happened.
I love how this is such a believable story of a marriage, and I love how Frank and Maggie never stop loving each other even through the most difficult of times. Everything they do is out of love, even when it’s inadvertently pulling them in different directions.
This is such a moving, and at times utterly heartbreaking, read but the writing is stunning and you get so invested in Frank and Maggie’s story that you just can’t stop reading. I miss these two people, they felt so real to me and I wanted to climb into the book and make everything okay. I finished reading this book a couple of weeks or so ago and I still keep thinking about them. I adored it.
The Silent Treatment is one of my favourite books of the year and it’s one I think I’ll re-read in the future. It’s one that I highly recommend!
The Silent Treatment is out now and available here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own.
19 thoughts on “Book Review: The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves | @AbbieGreaves1”
I think a great many people will relate to this story, and most will want to know why and what the outcome will be… I know I do!
It’s such a beautifully written book, I loved it and definitely recommend it.
Oh god, here I go book shopping again… I adore stories that engage people as much as you say this one did, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
I genuinely adored this book, I hope you love it just as much when you manage to get hold of a copy.
This sounds like a powerful story, Hayley. What an interesting exploration of character and of growth, too. It’s not easy to address grief in writing, but it sounds as though that’s done very well here. I’m glad you enjoyed it so well.
It’s such a stunning book, very moving and believable. It’s one I still keep finding myself thinking about. Thank you 🙂
Great review, and now I must explore this one further. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, it’s a stunning book.
I thought this was a very good book. Liked the whole concept
Me too, I keep finding myself thinking about it.
Me too. Great subject matter told in an interesting way. Very thought provoking
Lovely review, this sounds great!
Thank you 🙂 It really is a stunning book.
What a brilliant review of a really thought-provoking book! A brave ambitious book, by the sound of things… Drilling down to the bones of a long-established marriage to discover where the faultlines and hurtpoints are must be a huge challenge – especially if the author also is mindful of the love and affection still there. Thank you for sharing, Hayley.
Thank you so much! It’s such a stunning book, it was interesting to see how much love there still was between the two even when they weren’t talking anymore. It’s a book that will stay with me.
And that’s always the sign of a fabulous book – when it stays in your inscape…
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