Silent Winter by Maggie James

Thank you to Sarah Hardy for inviting me onto the blog tour for Silent Winter by Maggie James. Before I share my review, let me tell you a little more about the book itself.

What’s this book about?

No sound. No light. No hope.

On an icy November night, Drew Blackmore is beaten unconscious, then abducted.  He awakes to find himself in total darkness, naked and chained to the floor.  Fed just enough to keep him alive, Drew is unable to identify his captor, or the reason for his incarceration. As reality fades, hallucinations take over. Can Drew escape his prison before madness claims him?

Meanwhile Drew’s wife, Holly, despairing of ever seeing him again, turns to his brother for comfort. As the worst winter in decades sweeps the UK, she learns of Drew’s tragic past. Could his disappearance be connected with that of a prostitute years before?  

A story of how the mind responds to solitary confinement, Silent Winter examines one man’s desperate attempt to survive the unthinkable.

What did I think?

This was a rather harrowing experience for me as Silent Winter was incredibly uncomfortable to read at times! When Drew Blackmore is abducted, he is kept barely alive by his captor. His wife is at a loss to explain his disappearance as she thought they were happy, little knowing that Drew had no choice in the matter having been beaten unconscious by whoever has taken him. As Holly struggles to understand why Drew went missing, she discovers that there are things from her husbands past that may lead her to the answers she seeks.

The scenes where Drew is locked away and those where he interacts with his captor were absolutely chilling. His attempts to work out why he has been targeted, whilst trying to remain strong enough mentally to fight back, were heartbreaking! And as he descended into the depths of his tortured soul there seemed to be no escape for him. There are intervals of respite where we see how Holly is coping alone and confused plus we also have flashbacks to the abduction and subsequent disappearance of a prostitute who leaves behind her 7 year old son. But how is this connected to Drew’s abduction? And will the answers come to light before it’s too late for Drew?

This is definitely not one for the faint of heart as it can be tough to read at times. It’s dark and disturbing storyline almost destroys the characters that are connected to Drew as they all have to face their own inner demons and make choices that may not be as informed as they would like them to be. Maggie James does like to explore the darker side of human nature and here she really does plumb the depths of human depravity. The vile perpetrator of this heinous crime made my flesh crawl as I entered the world that he inhabited and I actually felt like I needed to shower him off me once I finished the book.

This is one of Maggie James best books so far. It’s disturbing, gripping storyline kept me glued to me seat and the last few pages really made my jaw drop and perfectly concluded this journey into one mans decent into hell.

Meet the author…

Maggie James is a British author who lives near Newcastle. She writes psychological suspense novels. 

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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