Silence by Natasha Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have to say, I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. This novel follows fifteen-year old Oakley and her changing relationship with her childhood best friend, Cole. Sure we've seen this before. Yawn. But there's a catch: Oakley has been mute since the age of five. Over the course of the novel, we learn tidbits about what happened to five-year old Oakley.
I found that this novel could have easily turned out predictable and rushed, however it didn't quite fall into that trap. There was an almost unusual amount of interaction between all of the characters that really added to the overall story, and was absolutely lovely to see. The story was in my personal opinion well-paced (with the possible exception of the last few chapters). Any events that the characters mentioned occurred within the next few chapters, and it didn't drag on days in which nothing of significance to the story happened. There seemed to be a couple loose ends, character-wise, however as this is a series, it's quite possible they will be resolved in further novels.
All in all, a great (and free! - on most digital platforms!) read.
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