Narrated By: Alison Dowling, Adrian Rawlins, Olivia Darnley
Duration: 9 hours and 26 minutes
What to expect
A lifetime of love. Six months of silence. One last chance: read the unique and moving Radio 2 Book Club pick, adored by readers and shortlisted for the RNA Debut Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
An unforgettable novel about the power of love and the importance of leaving nothing unsaid.
'A remarkable debut' JOJO MOYES
'Beautifully written' WOMAN & HOME
'An unforgettable love story' CATHERINE ISAAC
Frank hasn't spoken to his wife Maggie for six months.
For weeks they have lived under the same roof, slept in the same bed and eaten at the same table - all without words.
Maggie has plenty of ideas as to why her husband has gone quiet, but it will take another heartbreaking turn of events before Frank finally starts to unravel the secrets that have silenced him.
Is this where their story ends?
Or is it where it begins?
READERS ARE FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE SILENT TREATMENT
***** 'The best book I have read this year'
***** 'It's impossible not to fall in love with Frank and Maggie'
***** 'A wonderful story, it made me laugh and cry'
***** 'I read it in two sittings I was so hooked!'
'An original and moving debut from a talented new voice' SANTA MONTEFIORE
'Empathetic, beautifully written ... will resonate with fans of Jojo Moyes, David Nicholls and Gail Honeyman' EXPRESS
'It's beautiful, so moving and clever. I truly adored it' JOSIE SILVER
'This is an extraordinarily tense yet tender portrait of a marriage ... written with assurance and agonising insight, and the characters of Maggie and Frank will stay with me for a long time' MAIL
'Beautifully written in Greaves's unique voice... Poignant, heart-breaking and insightful' WOMAN & HOME
'Heart-breaking secrets tenderly evoked with intelligence and depth. Maggie and Frank are unforgettable characters' RACHEL HORE, author of The Memory Garden
'Such stunning prose, and such insight for a debut author... I was bowled over by Abbie's writing' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'A beautifully written and compelling novel that enthralled us from beginning to end. Frank and Maggie feel so real, and their moving story is simple, but powerfully told' HEAT
When a debut is praised by the likes of Jojo Moyes, you know it's worth reading ... You won't be able to put down this tender and heartbreaking read' COSMOPOLITAN
'An unforgettable love story with a mystery that had me captivated until the last, heart-wrenching page. It deserves to be huge' CATHERINE ISAAC, author of You Me Everything
'A tender, heartfelt portrayal of a long marriage with all its secrets. Cleverly structured and beautifully written, this novel celebrates love, hope - and the importance of finding the right words' LUCY DIAMOND
'Tremendously moving' GILLY MACMILLAN, author of The Nanny
'I really loved it...It's a very moving book' JO WILEY
'It's bittersweet and beautifully written...It's a book that stays with you' ASHLEY AUDRAIN
Modern & contemporary fiction, Family life fiction, Narrative theme: Love & relationships, Narrative theme: Interior life
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The premise alone had me, but the book itself is just heartrendingly lovely. It’s beautiful, so moving and clever. I truly adored it
In her tremendously moving debut, a novel that pulses with emotional tension, Abbie Greaves masterfully unpicks a history of ordinary lives facing extraordinary challenges. I found it impossible to look away from the relationship at the heart of this novel.
This moving debut unpicks the secret selves of Maggie and Frank to reveal the tragic miscommunications of their broken family. It’s a pleasure to read such a stylish and confident new voice
Heart-breaking secrets tenderly evoked with intelligence and depth. Maggie and Frank are unforgettable characters
An unforgettable love story with a mystery that had me captivated until the last, heart-wrenching page. It deserves to be huge