The Silent House: A gripping, emotional page-turner

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About this ebook

In the small hours of a cold winter morning, charcoal grey clouds gather in the sky over Hyland Hall where a young teenage girl is about to make an emergency call to say her life is in danger …

With her marriage in pieces and desperate to find work and a new home for her and daughters, Isobel and Julie, Sophy accepts a job as a live-in nurse for Jack Hyland.

Once a magnificent house, Hyland Hall has fallen into disrepair and its owner, Jack, disfigured in a terrible fire that broke out on the property years ago, is now a recluse.

As Sophy’s daughters struggle to adjust to their new surroundings, exploring every forbidden corner of the house, Sophy does her best to care for Jack and her broken family.

But Jack has secrets of his own and Sophy’s arrival is about to set in motion a chain of events that will uncover the devastating truth of Hyland Hall’s past. A truth that will put her daughters in harm’s way.

An intense and emotionally engrossing read that will keep you compulsively turning the pages late into the night. If you read one book this year, make it The Silent House.

Read what everyone is saying about The Silent House

‘Laura Elliot is completely binge worthy! … With Imaginative details and eerie character building … Elliot plays on a slow burn writing style to engross the reader right to the very end.’ Boundlessly Bookish

‘A gripping psychological thriller that'll keep you guessing as you turn the page. I honestly didn't see that kind of ending coming but it kept me reading until the wee hours of the night to find out what would happen next … it's definitely a creepy read.’ Genuine Jenn

‘…Captivating and all-consuming...reminiscent of V.C. Andrews with all the twisted creepiness of a Ruth Ware thriller, I was reminded of both as I devoured this atmospheric tale. A page-turning atmospheric thriller with twists and revealsAn addictive read that will appeal to both fans of spooky reads and psychological thrillers.’ Confessions of a Bookaholic

‘… absorbing, gripping, dark, highly addictive and will just take you over and consume you… had me torn between trying to savour each word, and racing through to see how it was going to all unfold…I finished reading it in one sitting. I was just so captivated and caught up its spell, I couldn’t let go until I got to that last page…’ Once Upon A Time Book Blog

Absolutely adored this book. I have literally been unable to put this one down and have completely devoured this entire book in just one sitting. …This is definitely a page-turner which keeps you on the edge of your seat. …completely unique to anything I have read previously. There is no way I saw the ending coming and have been left completely shocked by this one…’ Littlemissbooklover

‘I had a hard time putting this book down! This book will keep you guessing till the very end. Talk about an intense read!!!! This is it!’ Goodreads reviewer

… This book took me by surprise from the very first chapter… So much so, this turned into a single-sitting read!… I very rapidly became invested in Sophy and Isobel …The plot…felt so original in its execution. I felt the shock and fear as each piece of the puzzle was slotted in to place but was kept on the edge of my seat as more questions were raised. … I really would recommend this to anyone who enjoys great thriller/mysteries with an emotional twist. Pink in Ink

Twisty and Creepy. … I loved the characters of Sophy and Jack… a must-read psychological thriller.’ NetGalley reviewer

Ratings and reviews

4 reviews
Marnie Harrison
December 2, 2020
The Silent House is the first book I have read from Laura Elliot and it has been such a great introduction to her work. It is absorbing, gripping, dark, highly addictive and will just take you over and consume you. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but is worth giving it a go. Laura Elliot has crafted a tale that drew me in immediately. A tale that is both complex and simple at the same time. Each character is driven by their own motivations, some to unearth the truth and others to keep it buried. Welcome to Hyland Hall… The story is broken up into three parts and although it does moves at a slightly slower pace, it works. Laura Elliot does a great job of setting up an uneasy atmosphere throughout, while having the tension and suspense slowly bubbling away in the background. The characters have been perfectly created and just shine through the pages. Each brings the story to life in their own way and it was easy to connect with them. They invoke all different types of emotions within you and each have also been very well developed and written. The Silent House, is a beautifully written, atmospheric tale that had me torn between trying to savour each word, and racing through to see how it was going to all unfold. The latter won out and I finished reading it in one sitting. I was just so captivated and caught up its spell, I couldn’t let go until I got to that last page.. Laura Elliot really impressed me with this book and I will be on the lookout for more of her work. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers that are crossed with gothic horror, then this is the book for you. It was a pleasure to read The Silent House, which I highly recommend.
Michael Bradford
December 8, 2020
An emergency call to the local police regarding a possible hostage situation launches this psychological thriller. Sophia, a mother with two daughters, moves to the countryside for a new beginning, after her marriage breaks down. Their new residence is a decrepit manor house, whose frail elderly owner hires her as his nurse. The two daughters react very differently to their new surroundings and imposed rules, as the tension mounts until a dramatic and unexpected finale. The story is told from two characters’ perspectives and draws you in slowly. Whilst the characters and plot are well developed, the tension is a slow burn until the surprising family revelations that herald dramatic action. This is my first experience of Laura Elliot novels and I enjoy it with its gothic horror sentiment. Overall, a rating of three and a half stars. Thanks to the author and NetGalley for the eBook copy for review purposes.
Pippi long
January 4, 2021
what a boring book,I can't even finish it

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