Book Reviews

Within the Silence by Nicola Avery

I received a copy of this book from Midas PR in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

I’ve been craving a good thriller for a while now and this book landed in my mail at the right time! I really enjoyed reading it; read on to find out more.

Goodreads synopsis:

cid:image001.jpg@01D41AD0.CB4C4500Jon Stone is a revered psychiatrist, doting husband, loving father. But he has many secrets.

Maddy Stone, Jon’s daughter, has her own secrets. But she can’t tell anyone.

Zara, Maddy’s stepsister and best friend, faces a race against time. Can she unearth the family’s dark secrets before a tragic history repeats itself?

Two girls: one living and lost, the other scarred and silent, must join forces to prevent the unspeakable…

Trigger warning: Child abuse, pedophilia, and incest


I’ve always liked family drama and this book has loads of it. Jon Stone, Maddy’s father and Zara’s stepfather, has a lot of secrets. Maddy knows them, Zara doesn’t, and how the two of them team up and discover secrets that could destroy the very fabric of their family forms the rest of the story.

The premise of the book is really interesting. It has themes about family, betrayal, and imprints of departed souls. Good weather and a craving for thrillers led me to race through the story yesterday.

This book is entirely plot-driven. What I liked about it is how you can guess most of the story initially itself, but proving it requires you to finish the story. Not may books can hold a reader’s interest after giving most of the story away with the first few chapters. Nicola Avery manages to do that effortlessly in this book.

The only thing I didn’t care for much was the writing. I felt it was more “telling” than “showing” with this book, if that makes sense. But the story ensured that I wasn’t too put off by the writing style. I also think the trigger warning should be mentioned clearly in the blurb.

Read this book if you like thrillers involving family, psychological trauma, and scenic locations.

Rating: 3 out of 5


~ Shruti

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