Better Reading Preview: The Silence by Susan Allott

Better Reading Preview: The Silence by Susan Allott

Our latest Better Reading Preview title is The Silence by Susan Allott.

30 years ago, in the suffocating heat of summer 1967, the Greens’ next-door neighbour Mandy disappeared. Isla’s father, Joe was allegedly the last person to see her alive, and now, decades later, he’s under suspicion of murder.

We have 50 copies of this book to give away. Sign ups will be open for 24 hours and then 50 people will be randomly selected to receive the book. To sign up, click on the link and fill in the registration form.

This Preview sign-up period has now closed. Keep an eye out for future Previews being announced!

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We invite our trusted community to engage directly with the nation-wide conversation about books by registering for Preview, our new crowd-sourced book review platform. Due to the insight and perceptiveness of our readers, we are launching a platform that allows your voice to be heard.

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When a campaign is launched, readers will have 24 hours in which to send through their expression of interest, by filling in the registration form above. After 24 hours, Preview readers will be randomly selected from the pool of those who expressed interest in receiving and reviewing a free advance copy of the specified book. Usually these advance copies are printed three to four months before they hit bookshops, making Preview a great way to find out about upcoming titles before anyone else.

But be warned – there are only limited copies of each Preview book available for review.

You will only be contacted if you were successful in being selected.

When you register you are expressing interest for the following:

A free advance copy of the specified book sent to your postal address, in exchange for a brief review of the book that may be used for promotional purposes by Better Reading and the relevant publisher.

Important details:

– We need all your details, including your email address and postal address, for your expression of interest to be successful.

– Preview is currently only open to Australia-based readers.

– A successful registration to review a Preview book is for that single title, only. With every new Preview book announced, you will need to express interest again.

– When announced, Preview expressions of interest are open for 24 hours.

– Better Reading and the relevant publisher will never share the details provided by Preview reviewers for any purposes beyond the relevant Preview campaign.

– Preview demand is very high, and there are only limited spots available for each title. To keep things fair, if you fail to provide a review for a Preview title on two occasions, you will unfortunately not be selected for future Preview titles.

What happens after I express interest?

If you have been successfully picked as one of our random readers, you will receive a confirmation email shortly afterwards from Better Reading. This will contain a review deadline and a link through which to submit your review. It will also contain other details on the reviewing process.

About your Preview review:

– Preview reviews may feature on the Better Reading website and the Better Reading Facebook page. The relevant publisher may also use the reviews for promotion. When reviews are used for promotional purposes, each reviewer will only be identified by their first name and Australian state. Reviews may be edited slightly, just for the purposes of brevity and clarity.

– Social media posts about Preview may be shared by Better Reading on its social media channels and/ or website.

– All Preview reviews must be no longer than 200 words and must be received by the deadline specified in your confirmation email. You will generally have four weeks to submit your review, from the time you receive your book.

– We want you to have fun with Preview – post photos of your book on Instagram or Facebook when you receive it, and when you’ve read it, share your thoughts using the hashtag #BRPreview. Be sure to tag Better Reading in your posts – we love to hear from our readers! And if you have a Goodreads account, we encourage you to share your reviews there too.

Reviews

I Hope it Makes People Think: Q&A with The Silence Author, Susan Allott

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    15 June 2020

    Take a Sneak Peek at Susan Allott's Brilliant Debut, The Silence

      Susan Allott's The Silence is a Stunning Debut

      Review | Our Review

      15 June 2020

      Susan Allott's The Silence is a Stunning Debut

        The Silence by Susan Allott: Your Preview Verdict

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        9 June 2020

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          4 June 2020

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              Publisher details

              The Silence
              Author
              Susan Allott
              Publisher
              HarperCollins
              Genre
              Fiction
              Released
              20 April, 2020

              Synopsis

              It is 1997, and in a basement flat in Hackney Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father, phoning from Sydney.It is 1997, and in a basement flat in Hackney Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father, Joe, phoning from Sydney.30 years ago, in the suffocating heat of summer 1967, the Greens' next-door neighbour Mandy disappeared. Joe claims he thought she had gone to start a new life; but now Mandy's family is trying to reconnect, and there is no trace of her. Isla's father was allegedly the last person to see her alive, and he's under suspicion of murder.Back home in Sydney, Isla's search for the truth takes her back to 1967, when two couples lived side by side on a quiet street by the sea. Could her father be capable of doing something terrible? How much does her mother know? And is there another secret in this community, one which goes deeper into Australia's colonial past, which has held them in a conspiracy of silence?Deftly exploring the deterioration of relationships and the devastating truths we keep from those we love, The Silence is a stunning debut from a rising literary star.
              Susan Allott
              About the author

              Susan Allott

              Susan Allott is from the UK but spent part of her twenties in Australia, desperately homesick but trying to make Sydney her home. In 2016 she completed the Faber Academy course, during which she started writing this novel. She now lives in south London with her two children and her very Australian husband.

              Books by Susan Allott

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              1. Jeanne Hateley says:

                Sounds like the very book I would enjoy reading.

              2. Jaycee says:

                Sounds like a very good read. Can’t wait to get hold of it.

              3. Linda Balogh says:

                I love books that are written using multiple timelines to tell the story. I love the changing points of view used with this method of storytelling, it works really well to help the reader better understand how & why each character is reacting to the situations they find themselves navigating throughout the story.
                I was immediately drawn in by the name & the wonderful, fractured cover art too!

              4. Justine Gill says:

                This is a book that combines my favourite genres. The thrills and intrigue of a good mystery novel. The juxtaposition of the two time periods that play off each other and the drama of family secrets.
                Look forward to hopefully reading this debut novel.