First Impression Friday – The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves

Here’s a little Friday something called First Impression Friday hosted by J W Martin.

First Impression Friday is a meme where you talk about a book that you have JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little further. Based on this sampling, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.

The Blurb:

A lifetime together.
Six months of silence.
One last chance.

By all appearances, Frank and Maggie share a happy, loving marriage. But for the past six months, they have not spoken. Not a sentence, not a single word. Maggie isn’t sure what, exactly, provoked Frank’s silence, though she has a few ideas.

Day after day, they have eaten meals together and slept in the same bed in an increasingly uncomfortable silence that has become, for Maggie, deafening.

Then Frank finds Maggie collapsed in the kitchen, unconscious, an empty package of sleeping pills on the table. Rushed to the hospital, she is placed in a medically induced coma while the doctors assess the damage.

If she regains consciousness, Maggie may never be the same. Though he is overwhelmed at the thought of losing his wife, will Frank be able to find his voice once again—and explain his withdrawal—or is it too late?

First Impressions:

I just started this book with this morning’s first coffee and I can already see my heart is in for a breaking…..then hopefully a putting back together. I have been highlighting whole sentences like a mad woman; captured by the emotion portrayed in every word. I forsee a pile of soggy tissues beside my favourite coffee cup in the near future.

For a debut novel, The Silent Treatment is remarkably well written and captivating. It’s definitely going to be a struggle to focus on work today; knowing that this book is sitting waiting on my Kindle App to be picked up again. This may well be the longest 10 hour work day I have had in a long time.

I’m predicting The Silent Treatment will be a quick but profoundly emotional read….one that will leave me with a book hangover for sure.

Thanks to Random House UK for the ARC via NetGalley. Full review to come.

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