Saturday, 30 January 2016
The Silent Children
It is a modern-day ghost story set in Vienna.
It has a multitude of themes covering secrets and horrors that beset Austria in the 1930s,
It is 1938. Annabel Albrecht notices that things are not quite right within her once happy and stable home.
First, there is the mysterious disappearance of Eva, her favourite maid.
Then her good friend Oskar also vanishes
But those events are a mere drop in the ocean, when compared to the dreadful event that occur next, when her beloved brother is murdered.
In a horrendous continuation of these evil events, her mother is taken away from her and Annabel is left to, somehow, fends for herself.
Nearly 70 years later Max, who is Annabel's son, decides to dig into his mother's mysterious past and is able, with persistence, to disinter the secrets of his mother's vanished friends.
Now that his estranged mother is dead, all he has is a photograph of his mother and of Oskar, taken in 1938.
But something appears to be amiss. Are the missing completely silent?
The ghosts of the past are haunting Max.
The house in the photograph. There seems to be something wrong with it. Something amiss.
Can Max learn what it is? Can he help the ghosts of the past?
This is a highly evocative first novel by Amna K. Boheim.
It is published by Matador at £8.99. It can be bought from the That's Books bookshop, just to the right of this book review.