Don't Say a Word

Don't Say a Word[PDF] ✩ Don't Say a Word By Rebecca Tinnelly – Heartforum.co.uk Some family secrets demand to be toldConnie lost her words at the age of five, the day she witnessed her mother and father s untimely deathSince then she has been all but mute, only being able to chok Some family secrets demand to be toldConnie lost her words at the age of five, the day she witnessed her mother and father s untimely deathSince then she has been all but mute, only being able to choke out a Don't Say PDF/EPUB or few select words Now, years on, Connie s husband is on his deathbed and all she can do is quietly sit by his sideBut there are so many dreadful secrets locked up in Connie s silent prison And time is running out to set them free.

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  • 368 pages
  • Don't Say a Word
  • Rebecca Tinnelly
  • English
  • 10 July 2018

10 thoughts on “Don't Say a Word

  1. Louise Wilson says:

    3.5 rounded up to 4Connie was just six years old when she witnessed the death of her mother and father in a car crash That s when she stopped talking Selina and Esther are best friends but they have drifted apart a little Esther has been looking after Connie and helping to care for her dying father Connie has also tried to commit suicide There are some surprises along the way, especially at the end The story was not what I thought it was going to be like It s dark and gritty at times 3.5 rounded up to 4Connie was just six years old when she witnessed the death of her mother and father in a car crash That s when she stopped talking Selina and Esther are best friends but they have drifted apart a little Esther has been looking after Connie and helping to care for her dying father Connie has also tried to commit suicide There are some surprises along the way, especially at the end The story was not what I thought it was going to be like It s dark and gritty at times It s quite a difficult book to read.I would like to thank NetGalley, Hodder Stoughton and the author Rebecca Tinnelly for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

  2. Pauline says:

    I struggled to engage with this book The relationship between childhood friends Selina and Esther are distant and unfriendly The story of Esther s mother Connie and her grandmother was difficult to read I found the characters unlikeable and the story too disjointed for me.Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder Stoughton for my e copy in exchange for an honest review I struggled to engage with this book The relationship between childhood friends Selina and Esther are distant and unfriendly The story of Esther s mother Connie and her grandmother was difficult to read I found the characters unlikeable and the story too disjointed for me.Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder Stoughton for my e copy in exchange for an honest review

  3. Mandy White says:

    I really liked the idea of this book but I really struggled to enjoy it Don t Say a Word was a tough book to read dark and confusing for me The story jumped all over the place and I couldn t stay interested The characters were not very likeable either so I could not connect with themThanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for my advanced copy of this book to read All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.

  4. Clare says:

    With thanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Staughton for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Selina and Esther had been best friends since they were eight years old The friendship continued in adulthood, Selina became a successful barrister and lived in the same block of apartments as Esther Esther s mum Connie had been mute since childhood after the sudden death of her parents One day Connie called Selina out of the blue asking for help Connie told Selina a secret she had been h With thanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Staughton for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Selina and Esther had been best friends since they were eight years old The friendship continued in adulthood, Selina became a successful barrister and lived in the same block of apartments as Esther Esther s mum Connie had been mute since childhood after the sudden death of her parents One day Connie called Selina out of the blue asking for help Connie told Selina a secret she had been holding since a child, shocked Selina promised to help no matter what However the secret was so evil it affected Selina s friendship with Esther and they were no longer close There is so muchto this story but I don t want to give any spoilers Don t Say a Word was a dark story and at times very disturbing The plot was told from the POV of Selina and Connie as a child and the present day I.didn t know what Don t Say a Word was about when I requested it As the story progressed I was hooked and found It hard to put down.The cruelty Connie suffered at the hands of her grandmother made me angry.My heart went out to the young Connie and I just wanted to give her a hug Connie was obviously intelligent and i was sad that her doctor had written her off as a retard I know the scene was set in the sixties but that word shocked me to the core I liked Selina who was woefully misguided but I admired her loyalty to Connie and Esther I won t say any but I highly recommend this book

  5. Michelle says:

    After the death of her parents, Connie goes to live with her Grandmother and her cousin Michael But things are not rosy, Connie doesn t speak and then is treated as a retard and a mute She is ignored by her Grandmother But Connie is clever and pretends to be silent and when her Grandmother is ill, she is left to look after her instead of going to school with the other kids her age.Years later, Selina and Esther are childhood friends Selina is a junior Barrister and Esther is Connie s daughte After the death of her parents, Connie goes to live with her Grandmother and her cousin Michael But things are not rosy, Connie doesn t speak and then is treated as a retard and a mute She is ignored by her Grandmother But Connie is clever and pretends to be silent and when her Grandmother is ill, she is left to look after her instead of going to school with the other kids her age.Years later, Selina and Esther are childhood friends Selina is a junior Barrister and Esther is Connie s daughter Selina is hiding a secret of a box of Connie s Trying to find the time to tell Esther what secrets lie in it.Thank you NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for a copy of this book For me personally, this story started well, and I was engaged the life of young Connie and Michael But, the relationship between Esther and Selina I couldn t engage to I wasn t really interested in any of their characters and I struggled with the rest of the book 3 stars from me

  6. Dawn says:

    Selina and Esther have been friends forever but Selina has pulled away while Esther has been looking after her dying father and caring for her mother, Connie Connie is a mute who has suffered through their life Following Connie through her life to find out why she is the way she is and what Connie did that drove Selina to lose touch with Esther Wow I am going to need to take a breather after reading this It was sooooo gripping and not at all what I expected Definitely one for my book cl Selina and Esther have been friends forever but Selina has pulled away while Esther has been looking after her dying father and caring for her mother, Connie Connie is a mute who has suffered through their life Following Connie through her life to find out why she is the way she is and what Connie did that drove Selina to lose touch with Esther Wow I am going to need to take a breather after reading this It was sooooo gripping and not at all what I expected Definitely one for my book club Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review

  7. Debbie Howells says:

    At five years old, when she witnesses the death of her parents, Connie loses her words Their death leaves her with her cousin Michael, at the mercy of her cruel grandmother.The cruelty inflicted leaves permanent scars, and makes her vulnerable to the one person she trusts.This is a dark, shocking read Rebecca Tinnelly describes the history of abuse that lies behind a disturbed and damaged mind in searing detail, as a lifetime of secrets is exposed.

  8. Kath says:

    Connie is only young when her parents die and she, along with her cousin Michael, are sent to live with their Grandmother Michael s own mother, Connie s Aunt, having abandoned him to her sister s care already Her Grandmother favours Michael and pretty much writes Connie off as a waste of air Although once she falls ill, it is down to Connie to take care of her whilst Michael continues his education Fast forward several years and Connie s daughter Esther is now grown up and worried about her Connie is only young when her parents die and she, along with her cousin Michael, are sent to live with their Grandmother Michael s own mother, Connie s Aunt, having abandoned him to her sister s care already Her Grandmother favours Michael and pretty much writes Connie off as a waste of air Although once she falls ill, it is down to Connie to take care of her whilst Michael continues his education Fast forward several years and Connie s daughter Esther is now grown up and worried about her father who is on death s door She feels alone as her best friend since childhood Selina and her had a falling out a few years since Selina, a barrister is holding a secret from Esther, the reason for their distance, something Esther is unaware of Could this secret be the reason that Connie has been mute for years And, could its eventual exposure make or break the lives of several of the characters This book was a bit convoluted and I spent quite a while in the dark, floundering But towards the end, when several layers have been peeled back and certain truths uncovered, it all started to come together nicely OK, so I had to read through a mild discomfort in getting there, but the end was worth the journey taken and left me, on the whole, satisfied.The characters were quite hard to get to grips with initially, probably due to the narrative and what the reader was privy to along the way Again, as I learnedabout them, I did start warming to them and I really did start to feel for certain ones along the way It s hard to qualify this due to spoilers but you ll just have to take my word for it I will just say that the book does take a bit of a dark turn towards the end but the whole subject is handled very sensitively The one thing that didn t quite sit right with me was Selina s part in the whole thing I am not wholly convinced about certain decisions she made and some of the actions she did didn t take along the way Things that, well, could have made things turn out very differently indeed It just didn t seem congruent with the rest of how she was portrayed All in all, a good read that kept me engaged even when I was completely confused My confusion was never enough to put me off finishing My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book

  9. Debra says:

    Connie has always spoken very little She stopped talking after witnessing her parents death in a car crash aged 6 People have always assumed she is a bit simple admire her Grandmother, her cousin and her husband for the care they have taken of her throughout her life She is an adult now and her beloved husband is dying Connie s daughter Esther calls her friend Selina back to Somerset when Esther s world finally seems to collapse her Father is dying of cancer and her Mother has tried to k Connie has always spoken very little She stopped talking after witnessing her parents death in a car crash aged 6 People have always assumed she is a bit simple admire her Grandmother, her cousin and her husband for the care they have taken of her throughout her life She is an adult now and her beloved husband is dying Connie s daughter Esther calls her friend Selina back to Somerset when Esther s world finally seems to collapse her Father is dying of cancer and her Mother has tried to kill herself The final straw is that Connie is asking for Selina and not her daughter Esther .now why would that be the case This is a very dark book which addresses some dark family secrets I d like to say that the themes are too extreme for reality but I suspect unfortunately that isn t the case It caused some very conflicting views in my mind sympathy and revulsion about the same characters A difficult book to read.I don t want to say much about the characters as you need to discover them for yourself The reader needs to discover who they are and what makes them tick gradually as the book develops I don t want to leave spoilers The plot itself is generally well written There are some big reveals at the end which didn t come as a surprise to me However, they were well constructed and fitted with the book.I wasn t totally convinced by some of the characters actions in particular Selina, Esther s close friend It was this that made this a four star as opposed to five star book.This is a generally well written book but there are some very dark themes within it At times it was a very uncomfortable book to read.I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

  10. Pat Simpson says:

    This was a brilliant debut novel The story centres around Connie and is told in the past and present Connie s parents were killed in a car crash which Connie witnessed when she was six years old and hasn t spoken since Connie and her cousin Michael, who lived with her, were then brought up by their grandmother, who favoured Michael and taunted Connie calling her a retard But Connie is anything but, she is intelligent and can speak when she wants to We then meet Selina and Esther, who have This was a brilliant debut novel The story centres around Connie and is told in the past and present Connie s parents were killed in a car crash which Connie witnessed when she was six years old and hasn t spoken since Connie and her cousin Michael, who lived with her, were then brought up by their grandmother, who favoured Michael and taunted Connie calling her a retard But Connie is anything but, she is intelligent and can speak when she wants to We then meet Selina and Esther, who have been friends for a long time but after a fallout have a strained relationship Esther, who is Connie s daughter, is worrying about her dying father when her mother is taken to hospital after trying to commit suicide and she asks to see Selina Esther calls Salina, but she doesn t realise that Selina is carrying a secret that Connie disclosed to her a few years ago and this has affected her relationship with Esther Is the secret finally going to be uncovered I don t want to reveal any of the plot but I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was very gripping A bit of a dark and difficult story to read at times but one which I highly recommend.Thanks to NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book

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