Tuesday 11 June 2024

Review - The Silence In Between by Josie Ferguson

The Silence In Between by Josie Ferguson
Publisher: Doubleday
Release date: 20 June 2024
Back cover blurb: Imagine waking up and a wall has divided your city in two. Imagine that on the other side is your child... Lisette is in hospital with her baby boy. The doctors tell her to go home and get some rest, that he’ll be fine. When she awakes, everything has changed. Because overnight, on 13 August 1961, the border between East and West Berlin has closed, slicing the city - and the world - in two. Lisette is trapped in the east, while her newborn baby is unreachable in the west. With the streets in chaos and armed guards ordered to shoot anyone who tries to cross, her situation is desperate. Lisette's teenage daughter, Elly, has always struggled to understand the distance between herself and her mother. Both have lived for music, but while Elly hears notes surrounding every person she meets, for her mother - once a talented pianist - the music has gone silent. Perhaps Elly can do something to bridge the gap between them. What begins as the flicker of an idea turns into a daring plan to escape East Berlin, find her baby brother, and bring him home....

Lisette's baby is unwell, her motherly instinct tells her to stay with him at the hospital, but she is just weeks post partum and the doctor insists that she must go home and rest. Her baby will be safe there he insists.

She does as instructed and intends to return to the hospital after a few hours, but she lies down next to her sleeping husband and unintentionally falls into a deep slumber herself, exhausted after the hours of waiting at the hospital. 

She wakes to the devastating news that she can no longer cross the border between East and West berlin. It has been closed overnight, and now she is trapped with her daughter, husband and elderly mother in the East, with her new baby son unreachable in the West.

Elly, Lisette's teenage daughter sees how distressed her Mother is, and wonders if she can do something to help bring her baby brother back.

No one ever talks about the war, but Elly knows that they shouldn't be still being punished for whatever happened all these decades later. Especially not her generation. 

Driven by a sense of injustice for her generation and the usual teenage action without thought about the consequences to follow, Elly quickly finds herself in danger. Her life is saved by someone who risks his own life and career to help her, and Elly realises for the first time that perhaps life is more complicated than she first thought.

When Lisette finds the note Elly has left for her, detailing her plan to find her baby brother, she is distraught, for now she has lost two children. Can Elly find her Brother and bring him home, or will Lisette lose everything all over again?

The Silence In Between is available from 20 June. You can pre-order it now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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