Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton and Manatee Books for inviting me on this Blog Tour for ONLY IN WHISPERS by Jacqueline Grima
A forgotten past
An uncertain future
A family hiding from the truth
When their mother is hospitalised with depression, Annie and her brother Matthew are fostered by their beloved Aunt Helen. Their family eventually reunited, the siblings begin a new life in Derbyshire with their mother and new stepfather.
Now in her thirties and separated from her husband, Annie is struggling to escape the past and move forward with her son. Haunted by memories of her childhood, she begins to realise that there may have been more to her time in foster care than her mother claims. Why did social services take her and Matthew away? Who can she trust to tell her what really happened?
As Annie finds out more, things take a sinister turn…has the life she’s lived so far been a lie?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Annie took a little while for me to really understand her. In fact she seemed to struggle with challenging anything or anyone. Almost two years after her marriage broke down, her ex is still in full control of her life. He was on a real winner enjoying the single life himself while Annie was manipulated in every conceivable way. Talk about out of the frying pan into the fire! She simply didn’t have a life to call her own. This guy made my blood boil.
Annie had a son, just the one and no intention of ever having any more. From the emotional stress of the break up and knowing what she should do, if she had the courage, awakens memories from her own childhood. Mixed up fragments that put the life she thought she had lived out of sinc with reality.
This isn’t a story to be rushed for one thing everything is in the past and can’t be changed. And for another Annie’s mind had protected her all these years for good reason. Now it was time to chip away at that wall and try to move on.
Set in Buxton, it perfectly reflects Annie. Very pretty, isolated and a hill to climb no matter which way she goes. Beautifuy and thoughtful written it is a story of hurried choices, secrets and regrets.
My mind was in a whirl guessing at the outcome. One of surprise and shock. A slow build but intense at the same time. A great debut.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jacqueline Grima has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her creative work has appeared in a variety of publications and, in 2014, she was shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Bursary Award. Only in Whispers is her first novel