The Silent Listener by Lyn Yeowart #BookReview #Joffe Books #5*


The moment he dies, the room explodes with life.

Joy Henderson returns to the family farm to nurse her dying father. To the outside world, George is a pillar of the community, but to Joy and her siblings, he’s a monster. As children, they lived in constant fear of the punishments he dished out to his “dirty, filthy sinners who are going to rot in Hell”. Then, the day after George finally confesses to a horrific crime, Joy finds him dead — with a belt pulled tight around his neck . . .

Senior Constable Alex Shepherd, summoned to the scene by George’s doctor, is suspicious: did Joy murder her father? If so, why?

The more Shepherd digs the more questions he raises. Will the truth finally be revealed?

Effortlessly propelling the reader back and forth between three timelines, Lyn Yeowart’s unforgettable debut richly rewards the reader with its explosive, pitiless conclusion.

This electrifying literary thriller will be devoured by fans of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, Eve Chase’s The Glass House, Delia Owens, Gillian Flynn and Kate Morton.

Absolutely Gripping All the Way Through!

Not a novel easily forgotten, that’s for sure!

Joy Henderson returns home, like many other dutiful daughters, to nurse her father in his final days. George Henderson was regarded as a fine, upstanding, God-fearing member of the community, but the family know different. He was a father with rage in his soul, who took his temper out on his family with diabolical punishments which have left lasting scars. When he confesses to a historic crime, Joy finds him dead in bed the next day – with his belt around his neck. The local police office, Senior Constable Alex Shepherd needs to investigate but finds more than he bargains for . . .

I must admit that I wasn’t sure about this one at all to begin with but, told over three different timelines, it wasn’t long before I was riveted and desperate to find out more. Smartly plotted, there is always something new for the reader to ponder on and be horrified by. There is some very clever writing in this one – especially for a debut novel – and this is an author who knows how to spin a yarn and keep her audience enthralled right to the very end. There are some startling revelations along the way with some shocking twists and turns I never suspected. Absolutely gripping all the way through, and one which definitely earns all five stars and my recommendation – especially for those always hunting for something just that little bit different.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: psychological fiction

Author Details

Lyn Yeowart is a professional writer and editor, working on everything from captions for artworks to speeches.

The Silent Listener is loosely based on events from her hildhood in rural Australia. She now happily lives in Melbourne, where there is little mud, but lots of books.


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