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The Silence by Sarah Rayne
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Severn House Publishers Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780727882486
Date: 01 May 2013 List Price $29.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Nell West, an antiques dealer in Oxford, England, learns that one of her deceased husband's relatives, Charlotte West, has died. Charlotte's home contains many antiques and Nell has been asked to appraise their worth. Unfortunately, Stilter House is haunted by the ghosts of two evil women and a young boy, Esmond, who is the same age as Nell's eight-year-old daughter, Beth. With the aid of her boyfriend, literature professor Dr. Michael Flint, Nell begins researching the tragic history of Stilter House and learns that the ghosts are all victims of an insane murderer. Now she must race against time to prevent Beth from experiencing the same ghastly fate as Esmond.

From official release/information:

Product Description: A century-old crime menaces the present in this spine-tingling tale of supernatural suspense. Antiques dealer Nell West is valuing the contents of her late husband Brad's childhood home, Stilter House. Set on the remote Derbyshire Peaks, there was once a much older property there, in which the notorious Isobel Acton committed a vicious crime. Warned against visiting the house by an elderly aunt of Brad's, Nell hears mysterious piano music soon after her arrival. It becomes clear that the music is tangled with Isobel Acton's macabre fate more than a hundred years earlier. A fate whose consequences still menace the present.

(Source: Severn House Publishers)

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