Hi everyone! I am so excited to be taking part in the blog tour of My Mother’s Silence by Lauren Westwood, which is hosted by the fantastic team at Bookouture!
My Mother’s Silence
Author: Lauren Westwood
Publication Date: 11 November 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction – Suspense, Women’s Fiction
Some things you can never escape. I should know. I’ve been running away for fifteen years, and now I’m right back where I started…
Skye Turner’s family fell apart the day her twin sister Ginny died. Everyone in their tiny community in the Scottish Highlands accepted it was an accident, but more than one person in town is haunted by a secret from that night…
Skye left after the funeral, believing her mother blamed her for Ginny’s death. Skye should have taken care of Ginny, should have been there to stop her falling from the cliffs that night. Over the years, she’s barely spoken to her mother, until the day she receives a phone call asking her to return home.
As soon as Skye arrives in her childhood home, she knows something isn’t right. Her mother has kept the bedroom she shared with her sister like a shrine, Ginny’s clothes and diaries gathering dust, as though her mother thinks Ginny might come back. And there are whispers in town that Ginny wasn’t alone when she died…
Skye is desperate to find out the truth, but her mother just wants her family back together. As Skye begins to unravel everyone’s lies, she realises the truth might tear her family apart for good…
My Mother’s Silence is a twisty and emotional novel about the bonds between mothers and daughters, and what happens when we hide things from those we love the most. Fans of Diane Chamberlain, Liane Moriarty and Kerry Fisher will be gripped.
Following the tragic death of her twin sister Ginny, Skye Turner fled Scotland to America and never wanted to look back. Not only was Skye riddled with grief, she knew that her mother blamed her for not protecting Ginny that night, and she couldn’t face the disappointment. It’s now been 15 years since she was home, and she gets a note from her brother saying that their mom has been asking for Skye. Since life in America isn’t all that it was cracked up to be, Skye packs up and heads back home.
Once Skye is home, she realizes that her mother hurt her ankle in a nasty fall, and her mother’s memory seems off. Skye’s mother is guarded and the tension between mother and daughter is palpable. Skye’s mother makes the mistake of referring to Skye as Ginny upon several occasions, and alludes to Ginny’s death not being the tragic accident that everyone thought. Skye is determined to find out what actually happened to her sister as well as rebuild her relationship with her mother before it’s too late.
If you love a slow-burn familial drama then no look further because My Mother’s Silence is it. There were definitely times in the story that I was transported to the difficult times of my own relationship with my mother, which made me feel for both Skye and her mother. It was so tough to watch Skye’s mother, the iron stronghold of the family, become so fragile and suffer from memory slippages. My heart definitely broke for Skye. That being said, I loved the progression of their relationship throughout the story and watching them break down the barriers that they had both built up.
Overall, this is a great story that really highlights the complications of mother-daughter relationships as well as the fact that family will always be there no matter the circumstances.
Thank you so much to Bookouture and NetGalley for the eARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
Lauren Westwood writes dark and romantic women’s fiction and is also an award-winning children’s writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.
Lauren hopes you enjoy her latest book, My Mother’s Silence, which is a dark, emotional journey about homecoming and family secrets. Your opinions are important to her, so please do leave a review.