Published: 28/11/2015
ISBN: 9781784625160
Format: Paperback

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Amna K. Boheim worked in investment banking before turning her hand to writing. She has completed two Faber Academy writing courses, including the six-month Faber Academy Writing a Novel (online) cour... read more

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The Silent Children
by Amna K. Boheim

‘As I studied the photograph more closely, I homed in on the boy’s expression.
He looked whitewashed with fear.’

Vienna, 1938: Something’s amiss at the home of young Annabel Albrecht and it’s got nothing to do with the Nazis. First, her favourite maid Eva disappears, then her friend Oskar. What’s worse, her mother is taken away, leaving Annabel to fend for herself.

London 2004: Max receives a letter from his dying and estranged mother, Annabel, who requests his help. Following their last argument he has no desire to contact her. But his curiosity is piqued by the black and white photograph she had enclosed: a disturbing image of his mother and forgotten childhood friend, Oskar Edelstein, taken in Vienna, 1938. Stranger still are the words, ‘you knew’, scrawled on its reverse. The photograph and the message, are, his mother writes, part of the reason for her distance towards him. She wants him to find Oskar...

The photograph haunts him following his mother’s death – and there’s something about her old house in Vienna that’s not quite right. As much as Max wants to stay away, he can’t, as he uncovers his mother’s long-buried past and 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?

The Silent Children is a gripping tale of tragedy and revenge, a modern-day ghost story that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

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I truly enjoyed this book. It's a good mysterious ghost story. I loved the way the author moved between real time and past history. Spinning a tale between past and present that kept me engaged throughout the book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a ghost story.

by NetGalley reviewer

The photograph haunts him following his mother's death and there's something about her old house in Vienna, that's not quite right. As much as max wants to stay away, he can't, as he uncovers his mother's long buried past and the secrets preserved by Annabels missing friends. But as more is to discover, some children can never be completely silenced.
Absolutely fantastic read with brilliant characters. A twister of a read. What a ending. Wow. Must read. Highly recommended. Definitely worth more than 5*.

by Sue Wallace

This was a very different story to anything I have read before, ghost stories are not usually my choice but I was very taken in by this one. There are elements of the supernatural but also mystery and crime. Before Max's mother Annabel passes away she sends him a letter requesting him to visit her or at least telephone. Twelve months before he and his mother had a falling out and Max did not have a strong desire to mend the relationship. By the time he decides to contact her Annabel passes away. The letter he received contained a photograph of herself and a long lost childhood friend whom she urged Max to track down, Max finally decides to do so and this is where the story takes off. Also, much to Max's surprise, Annabel leaves him her house and this gift creates a lot of intrigue and suspense within the book, it is quite a disturbing tale. To say anymore would give the plot away but even if you have never read a ghost story before I can highly recommend this.

Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

by Lee Cooper


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