The patient has a story that isn’t told and which no one knows of. It is the secret, the rock against which he is shattered. Carl Jung
The Great War is over but for Edith Potter an equally devastating conflict is about to begin.
She is unhinged by a secret so terrible her conscious mind doesn’t acknowledge it.
It is 1927 and Dr Stephen Maynard is using the new science of psychoanalysis to restore her sanity.
From his first meeting with her in the lunatic asylum, Dr Stephen Maynard is determined to bring her back to reality. During the long challenge, her disturbed behaviour forces him to confront his limitations – already severely stretched by the presence of someone prepared to use whatever weapons they can to ensure she maintains her silence.
I’ve always had a bit of a fascination when it comes to asylum’s so reading the blurb for this book definitely piqued my interest.
The story is set into different parts. We first meet Edith when she is going about her every day life. She is a spinster and lives on her own. As with most small villages, everyone knows everyones business and Edith tries to keep herself to herself.
Stephen becomes fixated with Edith. He is determined to break and fix her. She isn’t like most of his patients and he knows as well as us that there is something dark and disturbing that is buried deep in her mind and I was as desperate as him to know just what that was.
Edith is a hard person to take to. What ever has happened to her she wants to forget about it. She also doesn’t want anyone else’s help. She has built a wall around her and so I did find it hard to empathise with her at times.
Walls Of Silence is one of those slow burners that with a build up of intrigue, keeps you turning those pages. It certainly held some surprises in store of which I totally did not see coming. The perfect read for lovers of a solid historical mystery.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Ruth Wade was born in Sheffield Park station house on the cusp of the Bluebell Line becoming a heritage steam railway. Her formative years continued to be influenced by the past as she was brought up in the seaside town which can boast England’s first ever motorcar races, and the art deco splendour that is the De La Warr Pavilion.
A part-time lecturer in creative writing for Cambridge colleges and academies, her two great passions are longbow archery and the Argentine Tango. Sadly, she is not nearly as accomplished at either as she’d like.
Ruth Wade also writes the May Keaps series as BK Duncan.