She’s broken. She’s vulnerable. She’s just what Marco was looking for.
Stella 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 true.
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 world.
No 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?
I’m in awe of Daisy’s writing! I started with “The Missing” (review to come) and I couldn’t wait to find something else she’s written. The Silence is a story I think we can all relate to on some level. We give away our power to others, to a job, etc and then end up living for that one thing or person, so much so that we can’t even see it. Yes, Stella is being drugged, which raises the stakes here but overall I think we can all admit to feeling the same depression, aggression, and anxiety that Stella feels throughout the story.
I flipped through the pages, devouring the words, trying to decipher Marco’s ultimate motive for abusing Stella this way and wasn’t disappointed! The ending came in with a punch and was welcome after being fueled by rage at how Stella was treated!
This is a must-read for sure, it will take you away, restore your passion for the suffering, and ignite the fire inside!