Linda Gillard is one of my fellow authors over on what used to be 'Kindle Authors UK' before Amazon complained and is now 'Authors Electric'.
I liked the plot summary of House of Silence (Rebecca meets Cold Comfort Farm) so I downloaded a sample and was soon captivated enough to buy the book. Like a lot of E-books, it's an affordable bargain at £1.90, unlike the outrageous £11.49 you have to pay to read Philippa Gregory on Kindle - twice the price of her paperbacks. How do they justify that?
This is a very well written novel, easy to read with a fascinating plot. Gwen, an orphan, meets Alfie, the actor, on the set of a BBC TV historical drama and begins an affair. Things get a little sticky when he goes home for his annual Xmas visit and Gwen insists on being taken along too.
Alfie's mother is a famous children's author who has written a best-selling series based on her son. She has four daughters, all outrageously neglected and is currently a senile figure confined to her bedroom (the mad woman in the attic). Home is a 17th century manor in Norfolk (the aptly named Creake Hall) and the family turns out to have more secrets than the Pentagon.
I enjoyed every minute of this book. It's written with considerable panache and humour, despite the fact that there's a very serious underlying thread to the book - how do we, as individuals and families, deal with tragedy?
If publishers are going to turn down sure-fire bestsellers like this one (as they seem to be doing) then I'm afraid the industry is in for a crisis. Authors don't need publishers any more. Not when they can do it for themselves as successfully as this.
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