The Silent Treatment – Abbie Greaves

A lifetime of love. 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?

With characters that will capture your heart, THE SILENT TREATMENT celebrates the phenomenal power of love and the importance of leaving nothing unsaid.

About the Author:

Abbie Greaves studied at Cambridge University before working in a literary agency for a number of years.

She was inspired to write her first novel, THE SILENT TREATMENT, after reading a newspaper article about a boy in Japan who had never seen his parents speak to one another before. It will be published in April 2020.

Abbie lives in Edinburgh with her boyfriend and is hard at work on her follow-up novel, THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

My Review:

The Silent Treatment is the debut novel by Abbie Greaves and when I read the description about a couple who had stopped talking to each other for six months I was intrigued.  When Anne Cater of Random Things Tours asked me if I would like to join the blogtour I immediately said “yes please”.

The Silent Treatment is a story of Frank and Maggie, married for forty years when a tragedy occurs resulting in Frank withdrawing from Maggie which forces her to take a final and drastic step.

This is a beautifully written character story narrated by both main characters, taking the reader back to the moment they met at University and bringing them to the present day.  Frank, a socially awkward and quiet man, is forced to open his heart and secrets to Maggie in a desperate bid to save their marriage and her life.

This book has so many levels and delves into relationships, marriage, parenthood, failure, communication, love, loyalty and guilt.  My heart was broken in places and lifted in others, the characters were so real to me that I could feel Maggie’s pain and Frank’s guilt so profoundly.

Highly recommended.



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