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The Silence Between Breaths

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781472118028

Price: £19.99

ON SALE: 22nd September 2016

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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How do you survive the unthinkable?

Passengers boarding the 10.35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston are bound for work, reunions, holidays and new starts, with no idea that the journey is about to change their lives for ever…

Holly has just landed her dream job and Jeff is heading for his first ever work interview. Onboard customer service assistant Naz dreams of better things as he collects rubbish from the passengers. And among the others travelling are Nick with his young family; pensioner Meg setting off on a walking holiday with her dog; Caroline, run ragged by the competing demands of her stroppy teenagers and her demented mother; and Rhona, unhappy at work and desperate to get home. And in the middle of the carriage sits Saheel, carrying a deadly rucksack . . .

And in the aftermath, amidst the destruction and desolation, new bonds are formed, new friendships made… and we find hope in the most unlikely of places and among the most unlikely people.

Cath Staincliffe gets into the heads of ordinary people and makes them extraordinary‘ Ann Cleeves

Harrowing and humane. A real knockout’ Ian Rankin

Complex and satisfyingSunday Times

Reviews

Cath Staincliffe gets into the heads of ordinary people and makes them extraordinary. Her power is in the small detail that builds tension and forces us to care about the characters she's created. The Silence Between Breaths will haunt you. You will find yourself thinking: what would I have done in that situation?
Ann Cleeves
[A] powerful, thoughtful ensemble novel about a terror attack and its legacy ... Harrowing and humane. A real knockout
Ian Rankin
Cath Staincliffe's writing is so utterly real - and virtually invisible - that the reader experiences the shocking as vividly as the ordinary.
Sarah Proctor, Myweekly.co.uk
As harrowing as it is powerful
Sunday Mirror
Cath Staincliffe gets into the heads of ordinary people and makes them extraordinary. Her power is in the small detail that builds tension and forces us to care about the characters she's created. The Silence Between Breaths will haunt you. You will find yourself thinking: what would I have done in that situation?
Paradoxically, it's their very ordinariness that gets you involved in the lives and concerns of a random group of train travellers, before the tension ramps up and a routine journey takes a shocking twist. You'll want to read it in one sitting
Sunday Times Crime Club
An emotionally engaging thriller
Metro
For her insistence on looking real life squarely in the face, I would call Staincliffe the most grown-up writer in British crime fiction . . . her novel is mercilessly exciting
Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph
An intelligent and emotionally engaging moral workout
Daily Telegraph