House of Silence

Book Title: House of Silence
Author: Sarah Barthel
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Publisher: Kensington

Oak Park, Illinois, 1875. Isabelle Larkin’s future—like that of every young woman—hinges upon her choice of husband. She delights her mother by becoming engaged to Gregory Gallagher, who is charismatic, politically ambitious, and publicly devoted. But Isabelle’s visions of a happy, profitable match come to a halt when she witnesses her fiancĂ© commit a horrific crime—and no one believes her.

Gregory denies all, and Isabelle’s mother insists she marry as planned rather than drag them into scandal. Fearing for her life, Isabelle can think of only one escape: she feigns a mental breakdown that renders her mute, and is brought to Bellevue sanitarium. There she finds a friend in fellow patient Mary Todd Lincoln, committed after her husband’s assassination.  In this unlikely refuge, the women become allies, even as Isabelle maintains a veneer of madness for her own protection. But sooner or later, she must reclaim her voice. And if she uses it to expose the truth, Isabelle risks far more than she could ever imagine. 

Weaving together a thread of finely tuned suspense with a fascinating setting and real-life figures, Sarah Barthel's debut is historical fiction at its most evocative and compelling.

My Review:
To start off I just want to say, if you're looking for a book with a plot like no other then this is the book for you! I can honestly say I've never read a book even remotely close. I could hardly set the book down and, while completely engrossed, I learned historical details I hadn't know before. 

I'm sure we've all heard of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln. But I never knew of the life she faced after the death of her husband. You will be given a glimpse into this through the eyes of our heroine, Isabelle Larkin. 

Intrigue combined with romance, House of Silence is a book worthy of your shelf! 

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

(Thank you NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

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