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Wall of Silence opens with the inner thoughts of the person who has stabbed Patrick Byatt, the husband and father of the family It is automatically clear that one of the three children is responsible for it and there is a cover up being formed, not to mention overall panic Soon, Melissa comes home from a bike ride to find her husband bleeding on the kitchen floor The children provide some responses to her questions on what happened, but being their mother it doesn t take her too long to realize the answers aren t completely truthful.
As you read, the author gives you a very well rounded view of what a gossipy small town neighborhood might be like The Byatt s live in a village called Forest Grove labeled Utopia of the Woods, where everything is seemingly perfect and serene That is except for the Byatt s, who have had their share of tragedies due to the death of one of their sons several years prior Joel and one involving Melissa s mother.
The neighbors and the village play a decent sized role within the story as well Sprinkled through out the book are Forest Grove Facebook Chit Chat Group chapters, where we read the messages being sent in real time by their neighbors and what they are relaying to each other in regards to the events and what they think about them In these text chat messages we get a accurate sense of their inner feelings and prejudices that social media tends to bring out of some Sniping, conjectures, rumor starting.
One of the main factors that will most likely determine whether or not you fully invest into this story is whether you can related to the style of the narrative and overall storytelling It has a different type of presentation than other thrillers especially with the chit chat group chapters It wasn t quite my style, but that is just me and I feel confident this will work for others.
5 stars Melissa comes home to find her husband stabbed, all signs point to one of her children being responsible, and she decides to protect them Understandable, but she took such a passive approach that it seemed unbelievable She confronts the kids who are 15 year old boy girl twins and their 10 year old sister and basically they tell her they just can t talk about it So Melissa s response is basically, OK, I guess they need some space WHO REACTS THAT WAY Melissa was happy in her marriage, in love with her husband, so why would she not be a little inclined to put some pressure on her kids I was so frustrated with her through almost the entire book Especially after was revealed, is anyone really that clueless If you live in a small town where there are orgies going on at the local pub, wouldn t everyone have at least heard some rumors Spread throughout the book are chapters where locals take to Facebook to gossip about what s going on I ve never had a Facebook account, but it seems about as toxic as I imagined.
Near the end, when Melissa finally located her spine, a lot happened all at once I m still left with questions Was that really the whole story of what happened with Melissa s mother What about what happened to Caitlin Shouldn t there have been some consequences for that or at least some intensive therapy