Alana determines to escape her past and opportunity beckons when she’s left a run-down cottage in a West Wales’ village by an aunt she didn’t know existed, but her past is catching up on her, and someone is out to get her. Strange runes painted on her door and carved onto ancient stones in a stone circle, hint at a dark undercurrent of tragedy and intrigue, and she is caught up in the village’s conspiracy of silence over a thirty-year-old crime.
An eccentric old woman who casts runes, an ambitious young female investigative journalist, a two-year-old girl, a good-looking male busker, and an ex-lover make unlikely bedfellows but combine to send Alana on a voyage of self-discovery that blows her world apart. Can she discover the truth hidden in the stones in time to save those she loves?
Set in the fabulous Welsh countryside, the story takes you on a journey of injustice, revenge, lies and madness, rune-casting, murder, arson, splashing paint about, and general mayhem.
Title: The Silence of the Stones
Amazon Author Page: Rebecca Bryn
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
“The Silence of the Stones” is a gripping tale full of mysteries, lies, and revenge. Imagine how it would feel to discover that you have a long lost aunt you knew nothing about. Even worse, a private investigator tracks you down after she passes away, and you learn that she has left you her cottage and all the rest of her worldly goods.
That’s what happens to Alana, a twenty-something artist whose hidden family secrets unravel before her eyes. Her parents are unhappy, and Alana is forced to come to grips with her past, even though she fights it every step of the way. Just remember, nothing is as it seems. If you think you have it figured out, read on because the truth will surprise you.
Her aunt’s cottage in Wales seems as good a place as any to start over. Once there, Alana feels a connection to the aunt she never knew. Many years ago, Alana’s cousin disappeared along with another child from the village. Their disappearance is still unsolved. But here in her aunt’s home, the answers begin to take shape.
Alana finds a series of unusual Runes carved into the rocks up on the hillside. If only they could whisper their secrets to her. When similar strange markings show up on the doors of the villager’s homes, the puzzle pieces begin to fall into place. Add in the deaths of a few of the neighbors, and the story explodes with tension and suspense.
This novel drew me in from the first page until the very last. I literally could not put this book down. The characters were engaging and believable, and so were the different mysteries that swirled around Alana. There are plenty of twists and turns, and I couldn’t foresee any of them. That’s what I call excellent writing.
I also loved the paranormal elements and symbolism in this story. The Runes are an ancient alphabet used by Germanic countries in antiquity which is still used in divination today. The novel was liberally sprinkled with their wisdom which became the catalyst to move the story forward. Brilliant!
Rebecca Bryn is a new author for me. I will definitely read more of her novels. Now, if I can only figure out how to raise funds to visit Wales!
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies
*I follow the Amazon Rating System*
Rebecca lives near Britain’s smallest city, St Davids, in the far west of Wales with her rescue dog, rescue husband, and twenty very sheepish sheep. Surrounded by stunning coastal and moorland scenery, she also loves to paint.
She inherited her love of stories from her grandfather, who told stories with his hands: stories with colourful characters and unexpected endings. Her fascination with what makes people who they are, and the belief that life is many shades of grey, informs her writing. A Native American Indian proverb reads, ‘Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.’ Rebecca has based her life on this tenet: it is certainly core to her writing. ‘We may not condone what a person does, but sometimes we can understand and maybe come to forgive.’
All her books have been awarded Readers’ Favorite 5-star reviews and previews of her books can be read at https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/free-previews/
The Silence of the Stones, set in mystical West Wales, is woven around injustice, perjury and revenge and delves into the damaged psyche. It was inspired by the release from prison of Angela Canning and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Touching the Wire, a story of the women of the holocaust, was awarded ‘Best Historical Thriller of 2015′ by Christoph Fischer, a respected histfic author, and was also awarded a Readers’ Favourite 5-star review.
Where Hope Dares, is a chilling story of the fight of good over evil, courage and unbreakable love, and is set in a future our present is unerringly shaping. It was voted into the ‘Read Freely Top 50 Indie Books of 2015′ and also gained a Readers’ Favourite 5-star review.
On Different Shores, Part One of ‘For Their Country’s Good’ is set in the 1840s and is inspired by the true story of the ‘black sheep’ of her family and the lives of convicts transported to Van Diemen’s Land.
Part Two, Beneath Strange Stars
Part Three, On Common Ground
The Dandelion Clock, enters the world of a young man and his horse sent to fight in Egypt and Palestine in the Great War and the girl waiting at home, unsure whether the man she loves is alive or dead. Again, it is inspired by family history and chronicles the war from the viewpoint of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars and the Queen’s Own Worcester Yeomanry, brigades with which her grandfather fought, and the lives of those waiting at home in England. ‘Totally compelling and unmissable’ was one reviewers opinion.
Interviews with Rebecca, giving an insight into her life and work can be seen at http://www.authoryellehughes.com/?page_id=6169
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