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The letter the protagonist Max receives, heightens the intrigue. Who was the boy and what became of him? By the time Max decides to make amends with his mother and hear her story, it’s already too late. He must find the “missing link” and complete the puzzle. In the process, not only does he encounter horror, he also finds himself at a juncture where he must choose between upholding his family’s honour and personal redemption.
Just when I thought I had read all that there was to read about World War 2, comes Amna K. Boheim’s The Silent Children. The story is set in the present time, but moves moves back and forth from the 1930s-1940s. Amongst the hundreds and thousands of casualties of the war, were many children; some who lost their homes, some who lost their families and many who lost their lives. This debut novel throws light on the darker side of the war; the stories that got lost between the pages of history books and the souls that have still not found peace.
Yes, you’ve got it right! This is a modern day ghost story. In her debut novel, Amna K. Boheim manages to pique the interest of the reader, even though her main protagonist Max fails to impress. The plot is intriguing, though the narrative feels stretched, especially when it concerns Max. However, credit goes to the author for staying away from the clichéd WW2 story lines and coming up with an unusual idea. Though the characters lack depth and fail to connect with the readers, the paranormal scenes are handled very deftly, adding to the chilling reading experience.
Not a literary marvel, but definitely a gripping page-turner!