Friday, November 15, 2019

BLOG POST - My Mother's Silence

Today is my spot in the compelling Blog Tour for My Mother's Silence by Lauren Westwood.


Some things you can never escape. I should know. I’ve been running away for fifteen years, and now I’m right back where I started…

Skye Turner’s family fell apart the day her twin sister Ginny died. Everyone in their tiny community in the Scottish Highlands accepted it was an accident, but more than one person in town is haunted by a secret from that night...

Skye left after the funeral, believing her mother blamed her for Ginny’s death. Skye should have taken care of Ginny, should have been there to stop her falling from the cliffs that night. Over the years, she’s barely spoken to her mother, until the day she receives a phone call asking her to return home. 

As soon as Skye arrives in her childhood home, she knows something isn’t right. Her mother has kept the bedroom she shared with her sister like a shrine, Ginny’s clothes and diaries gathering dust, as though her mother thinks Ginny might come back. And there are whispers in town that Ginny wasn’t alone when she died…

Skye is desperate to find out the truth, but her mother just wants her family back together. As Skye begins to unravel everyone’s lies, she realises the truth might tear her family apart for good…
My Mother’s Silence is a twisty and emotional novel about the bonds between mothers and daughters, and what happens when we hide things from those we love the most. Fans of Diane Chamberlain, Liane Moriarty and Kerry Fisher will be gripped.


Title:   My Mother's Silence
Author:  Lauren Westwood
Genre:   Women's Fiction
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   328
Date of Publication:  November 11, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars

Skye's level of guilt after her twin sister Ginny died was so overwhelming that she left home and didn't return for years. She has returned home and is now facing her mother, and cannot believe how much her mother has changed. What is more is the fact that her mother then - and now - blamed Skye for Ginny's death.

With an unpacked bag, Skye tries to work through the past and tries to find answers. Their teenage bedroom is pretty much a shrine to Ginny, but Skye wants the past buried once and for all. Finding old journals is key to her efforts. Meanwhile, her brother and family visit, and Skye's mother rather hopes this is enough to bring the family together again. But, not for Skye. She wants answers, and digs deep.

What an excellent book by Lauren Westwood! I was drawn into the the drama of the past, the secrets, lies and family connections. I couldn't put this book down. Equally emotional and cathartic.  It truly was a riveting read. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Lauren Westwood writes dark and romantic women's fiction and is also an award-winning children's writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.

Lauren hopes you enjoy her latest book, My Mother's Silence, which is a dark, emotional journey about homecoming and family secrets. Your opinions are important to her, so please do leave a review.

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  1. Thank you so much Robin, for being on the blog tour and for the lovely review. So glad you liked the book! All best, Lauren

    1. My pleasure! Thank you for commenting on my blog too.

  2. Thank you so much Robin, for being on the blog tour and for the lovely review. So glad you liked the book! All best, Lauren

  3. Glad you liked it - I enjoyed this one too

  4. Great review Robin, I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  5. I keep seeing this book everywhere.