What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.
Alone in a strange and frightening world, she's a vulnerable target to forces beyond her control. And she knows that she can't trust anyone....
White Silence is a twisty supernatural thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
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By mollyeyre on 23-09-17
A totally different concept from the 'St Mary's' series, it captured my interest and imagination from the very beginning. Well written with Jodi Taylor's special brand of humour. Much against my principles I listened until midnight to finish. I do hope we don't have to wait too long before the next in the series as the book finished on a cliff hanger!
The narration was excellent too, I haven't come across Kate Scarle before, but she did a worthy job on this book.
Absolutely superb, I will re-read soon as I think I whizzed through it so quickly as I was caught up in the action and wanted to find out what was going to happen!
18 of 20 people found this review helpful
By Jonathan on 14-10-17
Enjoyable but Uneven
Strange one this. Without giving too much away my overriding wish would be to have had this story set in the fifties. To achieve this the only changes that would need to be made would be the omission of one reference to a mobile phone. The rest of the story, characters and attitudes are perfectly suited to a past experienced from black and white films. The view of a woman's role (housewife or nurse), children (teatray toboggans and japes climbing trees) and men (moustache and 'off to work' mindset) is really jarring to contemporary ears. I spent the first half of this thinking that the twist was that the protagonists were from the forties, but sadly no. There's a comfortable 'Sunday afternoon drama' type pleasure to the use of language, but the situations are so strangely dated as to grate. A couple of shock (modern) scenes are resolved in the most cringworthy way, and there is no ending. All that said, it's not a bad listen, but aimed i think at the over fifties market. As far as the narration goes it's clear precise diction with a good range of definable characters, but the nurses are Irish or east end, people in authority are posh, children speak like Grange Hill never happened and everyone is definitely white.
25 of 29 people found this review helpful
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By Lora Feeley on 22-09-17
Something new, but still very much Jodi Taylor!
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I don't know how she keeps doing it! Every time I get to read (er, listen to) Ms. Taylor's latest scribblings, I'm being welcomed home by characters and humor and phrasing that feel like cozy, old friends. Yet. somehow, my socks are nevertheless knocked off by twists and turns. Since the Chronicles of St. Mary's series is so genre blending, and with Frogmorton and Bachelor Establishment being such smart mysteries, I knew she could more than handle this foray into supernatural thriller, but I was blown away at how she can still shock me with the direction her story goes. I didn't realize until the very last 10 min of the book that my shoulders had been steadily rising throughout the story, inching closer to my ears as I tried to contain my suspense. I honestly wanted to throw something across the room when it ended - plenty was resolved, but SO MUCH was left to explore and figure out with Elizabeth Cage - so now begins the torturous wait for the next installment!
I will forever purchase everything ever written by Ms. Taylor; my trust in her storytelling is absolute.
The narrator, Kate Scarfe, did a pretty spectacular job of injecting plenty of suspense, strength, and humanity into the story. A note about the sound engineering, however: I found that this particular audiobook was much more quiet than others - Ms. Scarfe was obviously keeping her narration volume appropriate for the story, but even at the loudest volume settings (phone, PC, car speakers, ear buds, etc.) it was still very quiet, and easily overpowered by any ambient noise around me. Didn't ruin the experience, just wanted to make a note.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
By Desert Crone on 25-09-17
Not for everybody
What does Kate Scarfe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Kate Scarfe is a fantastic narrator! There was never any doubt as to which character was speaking and her flair for drama is spot on for this book.
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I am a HUGE Jodi Taylor fan and have read her other books & short stories multiple times. This book, however, is a step too far for me. I don't know if it's my age (70+) or my nature but I don't like being frightened. I expected to be jerked around emotionally because that's the way the St. Mary's Chronicles rolls, but I don't like to be frightened. And this was scary enough that I turned it off the first night. Because I wanted to give it every chance I listened later in bits and spurts. Her main character is most appealing but whatever the Cosmos has in store for Elizabeth won't be on my radar.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful