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Scattered, jumbled storySorry to say that I couldn t connect to this one at all There s something about the writing style that made it difficult to get into the story, and though there are elements of the plot that had potential, the execution was lacking that special something to make it work.The story follows Stella, a former child star, as she meets a guy and they begin a relationship that may or may not be healthy Marco recognized Stella immediately upon meeting, and they shared one drunken night together that turned into Somehow Stella has found herself in a relationship, still not all that happy, and with a dependence on pills to get through the day.It s told exclusively from Stella s perspective with a lot of internalization and I think that s partially to blame for the scattered feel Essentially, the story jumps from one of Stella s thoughts to the next, moving forward at a strange pace and not letting the reader get to know Marco as much as we should I think if we d interacted with Marco frequently, it would ve added some tension and really allowed the reader to question his motivations There s definitely some triggering content pertaining to addiction, mental health, etc so keep that in mind when deciding if this is the book for you. If you like a story about gaslighting this is the book for you. Without giving away the story, all I can say is that it s a predictable narrative Gaslighting, narcotics, psychological abuse are the mainstays of this novel.It s a decent read if you just go with the flow and avoid any critical thinking about the storyline Three stars I liked it.Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and for the opportunity to read this book I look forward to reading from this author, Daisy Pearce.
I don t usually have such strong reactions to books I don t care for but this book drove me insane Not a single character was in any way like able or relatable The story was disconnected and confusing at times The supernatural element, in my opinion, was completely unnecessary and did harm than good Also, I m going to point out this is yet another story about an unreliable narrator, made unreliable by substance abuse Which, frankly, I am sick of. This is a great psychological thriller Stella meets Marco and slowly starts to fall in love with him He recognises her from being a child star in a sitcom and seems to have been a big fan Stella is encouraged by Marco to take a pill each day to calm her nerves but soon she s soon spaced out, she keeps losing her memory Marco encourages her to see a Doctor he knows but things go from bad to worse Soon Stella has lost all her friends and is alone at a cottage while Marco works away Things are happening around her and she questions if she s losing her mind The only light in her life is a neighbour, Frankie who tries to help her This book is quite dark in its portrayal of a controlling relationship and I was desperately hoping Stella would see through Marco s manipulative ways. Another case of a bridge too far, this is a decent book that could have been great but for the heavy handed prose Pearce takes a straight forward story that builds suspense and turns it on its ear, drowning in self indulgent writing that takes itself far too seriously Characters spend too much time opining in paragraph after paragraph of over written narrative I study him He has a day s worth of stubble peppering his jaw, shocks of grey in his hair We ve been together just two months and are still at the stage of our relationship when we want to devour each other, sinking our teeth into each other s names, the details, the rich smell of him in the crook of his neck Perhaps that s why I can t tell him where the money went Perhaps that s why the lie slips from my mouth like ribbon being pulled from between my lips I don t Beyond just the morose text that drips like thick, wet seaweed from the page what can I tell you it must be contagious , there is just no great mystery here as to what is simmering between the lines The gathering suspense isn t the result of some tremendous secret suddenly revealed, as even the least astute of readers will see through the gaslighting and wonder why Stella, the main character, is so ridiculously naive Clearly, Pearce is a talented author, able to create incredible tone that resonates and builds She is just in desperate need of an editor to reel her in when she gets lost in melodrama that steals the spotlight and disengages the reader. Stella, a former child star, falls for an older man Stella is in her thirties and her life is in a downward spiral She believes her new suitor will help save her, but he may be part of the problem A predictable psychological thriller with unlikable characters I had zero sympathy for Stella, and could not get into this story. *READ DOWNLOAD ⇝ In the Dark ⇨ She s broken She s vulnerable She s just what Marco was looking forStella Wiseman was a child TV star, but there s nothing glamorous about her life now Alone in her thirties, she s lost her parents and her friends and she s stuck in a dead end job But just as she hits rock bottom she meets Marco, a charismatic older man who offers to get her back on her feet He seems too good to be trueIs he She appreciates the money he lavishes on her And the pills But are the pills just helping her sleep, or helping her avoid her problems With Stella s life still in freefall, Marco whisks her away to a secluded cottage where she is isolated from everyone except him But the closer he pulls her, the worse she gets He tells her it s all in her head, and she just needs time away from the worldNo longer sure what s real and what s not, Stella begins to question whether she was wrong to trust Marco Was she wrong to trust herself Is the one person she thought was fighting for her survival actually her biggest threat Hegel's Epistemological Realism: A Study of the Aim and Method of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit but there s nothing glamorous about her life now Alone in her thirties Simple Stunning Wedding Organizer: Planning Your Perfect Celebration she s lost her parents and her friends and she s stuck in a dead end job But just as she hits rock bottom she meets Marco Urban Legend Detectives Case 4: The Samejima Case a charismatic older man who offers to get her back on her feet He seems too good to be trueIs he She appreciates the money he lavishes on her And the pills But are the pills just helping her sleep Und Nietzsche weinte or helping her avoid her problems With Stella s life still in freefall Die vier Jahreszeiten Marco whisks her away to a secluded cottage where she is isolated from everyone except him But the closer he pulls her Schatten des Gestern the worse she gets He tells her it s all in her head Mituri, rituri, simboluri în societatea contemporană and she just needs time away from the worldNo longer sure what s real and what s not The Devil's Double Buch, Deutsch Ausgabe: Ich war Saddams Sohn Stella begins to question whether she was wrong to trust Marco Was she wrong to trust herself Is the one person she thought was fighting for her survival actually her biggest threat It s taken me a bit of time to get to this review because I found the central relationship quite hard to stomach due to past experience Daisy s depiction of gaslighting is spot on But The Silence is what they call a total banger and I read it in one sitting I m awed by the author s turn of phrase which elevated the book and while some of the plot pieces have been done before within this genre e.g the isolated cottage setting , I feel Daisy was able to bring a freshness to it I really appreciate the details of the small village in which Stella finds herself and the characters she encounters are very well rounded given we don t spend all that much time with them I adore the chicken wrangling mother and daughter combo in particular.I got a Whatever Happened to Baby Jane flavour towards the end and that can only ever be a good thing Daisy, I m beyond proud of you and this wonderful achievement, I can t wait for your next. This was my First Reads pick for the month of February.It s one thing to be a broken individual that someone could easily prey on It s quite another to be that AND painfully stupid That s the reason I could not finish this book Not only was it glaringly obvious from chapter one as to what was going on but we had to deal with a protagonist who is mentally and emotionally blind It was so frustrating that I had to put the book down several times for fear of chucking it across the room.which would have been bad since it was on my kindle Stella IS broken She most definitely has been through a lot, but come on I don t want to give anything away, which is weird because the author pretty much does from the beginning, but even being as vulnerable as she was, this was absurd Put that together with an array of unlikable characters and a writing style that is a bit choppy and I m just done The only reason it garnered two stars is because the plot was interesting Sadly, it just wasn t executed very well.