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Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her.

What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

Alone in a strange and frightening world, she's a vulnerable target to forces beyond her control. And she knows that she can't trust anyone....

White Silence is a twisty supernatural thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

©2017 Jodi Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Stein
  • Norfolk, VA, United States
  • 10-23-17

Jodi Taylor on a downer

Up to now I have loved everything that Jodi Taylor has written - in addition to selecting amazing narrators, her characters are wonderfully complex and mostly people I would like to have as friends. The other thing I like is the way she combines crazy situations with a kind of logic that works despite the circumstances. At the onset, White Silence follows the structure - great narrator, interesting characters, and complex storyline. However, the overall tone is quite different - much darker than her St. Mary's series. This novel comes across as a dump of negative moods and characters, paranoia, and self-loathing. Even that, while not as much to my liking, is carried so well by her characters that I enjoyed most of the book. I can't explain what went wrong in detail without spoiling the story. Suffice to say that the characters and the plot fell apart at the end in way that I could not accept. As a minor issue, the audio recording was very soft - I had to turn the volume up all the way - the only audiobook I have ever had to do that for. While I look forward to all of her other series, I won't be following up with White Silence.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Something new, but still very much Jodi Taylor!

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I don't know how she keeps doing it! Every time I get to read (er, listen to) Ms. Taylor's latest scribblings, I'm being welcomed home by characters and humor and phrasing that feel like cozy, old friends. Yet. somehow, my socks are nevertheless knocked off by twists and turns. Since the Chronicles of St. Mary's series is so genre blending, and with Frogmorton and Bachelor Establishment being such smart mysteries, I knew she could more than handle this foray into supernatural thriller, but I was blown away at how she can still shock me with the direction her story goes. I didn't realize until the very last 10 min of the book that my shoulders had been steadily rising throughout the story, inching closer to my ears as I tried to contain my suspense. I honestly wanted to throw something across the room when it ended - plenty was resolved, but SO MUCH was left to explore and figure out with Elizabeth Cage - so now begins the torturous wait for the next installment! <br/><br/>I will forever purchase everything ever written by Ms. Taylor; my trust in her storytelling is absolute. <br/><br/>The narrator, Kate Scarfe, did a pretty spectacular job of injecting plenty of suspense, strength, and humanity into the story. A note about the sound engineering, however: I found that this particular audiobook was much more quiet than others - Ms. Scarfe was obviously keeping her narration volume appropriate for the story, but even at the loudest volume settings (phone, PC, car speakers, ear buds, etc.) it was still very quiet, and easily overpowered by any ambient noise around me. Didn't ruin the experience, just wanted to make a note.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Not for everybody

What does Kate Scarfe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kate Scarfe is a fantastic narrator! There was never any doubt as to which character was speaking and her flair for drama is spot on for this book.

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I am a HUGE Jodi Taylor fan and have read her other books & short stories multiple times. This book, however, is a step too far for me. I don't know if it's my age (70+) or my nature but I don't like being frightened. I expected to be jerked around emotionally because that's the way the St. Mary's Chronicles rolls, but I don't like to be frightened. And this was scary enough that I turned it off the first night. Because I wanted to give it every chance I listened later in bits and spurts. Her main character is most appealing but whatever the Cosmos has in store for Elizabeth won't be on my radar.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • kathy
  • Ledyard, CT, United States
  • 09-26-17

Wow!

I feel like I've been on an emotional rollercoaster, and now that it's over I'm going to get back in line to ride it again. Typical Jodi Taylor in terms of developing characters that have depth to them-- both eccentric and fragile, people trying to live their lives despite obstacles. But that's where this becomes anything but "typical." The twists and turns had me guessing (incorrectly) what might happen next.
I admit that I was already a fan of Jodi Taylor, but this book takes her to a new level. I highly recommend it

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Probably closer to 3 1/2 stars on story

I enjoyed this book - of course, I've enjoyed every book by Jodi Taylor. It has a lot of the supernatural in it. The dialog is amazing. The characters are fantastic. But the plot is kind of unconnected. It's a series of wildly intriguing events, but it doesn't feel like it's working towards any real, concrete, unified solution at the end of the book. Nothing really ties it all together. The ending of the book was, to me, a little disappointing and a little frustrating. The last two chapters in particular were not my favorite. Still, the characters were amazing, and the writing was excellent - there were moments when I couldn't put it down and moments when I got so excited or worried for the characters that I had to stop and take a few calming breaths.

For me, this book was worth it - though I personally value well written characters above a well written plot. And the plot isn't terrible, it's just kind of strange and it doesn't tie everything up with a neat bow like I expected. The ending doesn't feel final, but I still think the book was worth the read.

Kate Scarfe did an absolutely brilliant job - she put a lot of emotion into the characters, and they all had distinct voices. When the plot called upon her to do accents, she did amazingly. I'll definitely be checking out other books narrated by her.

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Was loving this until the end. Terrible conclusion.

I'm not going to write a spoiler here but the dark and soul-less end of this book really ruined it for me. Really the last part of the book is crushing so why read it? No redemption offered. I'm a fan of the St. Mary's series which is light and even a bit silly but this is just....sad.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A new series from the creator of St. Mary's

The apparent start of a new series (The &quot;Book 1&quot; in the title was a clue there).
Elizabeth Cage is a woman with a secret talent and no end of people who want to use her for it. The writing here is crisp and clever. The plot is engrossing. The story itself however, seems to be a little bit of everything from a love story, to a ghost story, to a spy novel, to a horror story, to female empowerment.

Really.

And I still recommend it because the ride is worth it.
I also get the distinct impression that the entire novel is setting up a bigger story for Elizabeth.

I plan on being there to see it...you should too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Just a sweet stay at home housewife...I think not

Jodi Taylor is one of my favorite authors and she has delivered yet another great work in White Silence. She makes you feel what her characters are feeling; what they are experiencing whether good or bad. In my opinion an exceptional author can take any story and make it work, but the magic of a really good story is how you feel about the characters themselves. Elizabeth Cage is someone who is trying to live her life under the radar, to blend into humanity, to be normal. But we know she is not... THEY know she is not... White Silence will keep you interested in the characters and waiting for whatever may happen next. Can't wait to see where this adventure leads us next!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Awful

I don't even know how this book had such high ratings. I'm asking for a credit refund. It sounded amazing. It was the antithesis of amazing. Just don't.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The best audio book of the year

Original story. Exceptional narration by Nate Scarfe!! It’s as good as a Netflix series on audio! Highly recommended.

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  • Jonathan
  • 10-14-17

Enjoyable but Uneven

Strange one this. Without giving too much away my overriding wish would be to have had this story set in the fifties. To achieve this the only changes that would need to be made would be the omission of one reference to a mobile phone. The rest of the story, characters and attitudes are perfectly suited to a past experienced from black and white films. The view of a woman's role (housewife or nurse), children (teatray toboggans and japes climbing trees) and men (moustache and 'off to work' mindset) is really jarring to contemporary ears. I spent the first half of this thinking that the twist was that the protagonists were from the forties, but sadly no. There's a comfortable 'Sunday afternoon drama' type pleasure to the use of language, but the situations are so strangely dated as to grate. A couple of shock (modern) scenes are resolved in the most cringworthy way, and there is no ending. All that said, it's not a bad listen, but aimed i think at the over fifties market. As far as the narration goes it's clear precise diction with a good range of definable characters, but the nurses are Irish or east end, people in authority are posh, children speak like Grange Hill never happened and everyone is definitely white.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Bim
  • 09-26-17

Where was the health warning?

This is such an unexpected book. I know and love Jodi Taylor's work, I've read all of her books, some of them three or four times. This is the first that had me scared.

It's not like the St Mary's Chronicles. It had my pulse racing several times. So be warned, and make sure your medication is up to date before reading it if you have a heart complaint. It was as if Jodi Taylor channelled Stephen King!

Another favourite author, Robin Hobb, once said in a blog that a book is only worth 5 stars if it literally put every other part of your life in abeyance till it was finished. That's why I've given 5 stars for White Silence. It was read in a single sitting, only interrupted by the need to feed the dog.


By necessity, I've been reading audio books for more than 30 years, and White Silence is only the second of several thousand books that I didn't listen to, I watched it happen. Jodi Taylor's utterly convincing and immersive style had me right there, every minute.

There is one downside. Having read White Silence in its entirity, on the day it was released, means there's a long wait before I can reasonably expect to find out what happens next.

Thanks so much Jodi Taylor for an incredible thrilling read.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • mollyeyre
  • 09-23-17

Brilliant

A totally different concept from the 'St Mary's' series, it captured my interest and imagination from the very beginning. Well written with Jodi Taylor's special brand of humour. Much against my principles I listened until midnight to finish. I do hope we don't have to wait too long before the next in the series as the book finished on a cliff hanger!
The narration was excellent too, I haven't come across Kate Scarle before, but she did a worthy job on this book.
Absolutely superb, I will re-read soon as I think I whizzed through it so quickly as I was caught up in the action and wanted to find out what was going to happen!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • 11-19-17

Jodi Taylor at her best!

I was drawn in, fell in love, had my heart broken and experienced genuine fear! What more could you want from a story?

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  • Anna
  • 09-24-17

Listened to the whole thing in one day

Elements of St Mary's, crossed with Matilda, crossed with The Woman in Black crossed with Russel & Jenny from Frogmorton. Gripping, entertaining fluff.

Also what's with Jodi Taylor and creepy, manipulative, rich doctors?! All of her stories across all of her series include characters who use 'psychological warfare' of one form or another. She's very good at writing it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • CatW
  • 09-26-17

Yet another brilliant story from Jodi Taylor

White Silence is a little different from her other works, but no less compelling. With twists and shocks in every chapter, it is a thrilling tale that literally keeps you guessing until the very last sentence. It was excellently read by Kate Scarfe.

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  • Simon
  • 09-23-17

Horror Among the Soft Furnishings

Jodi Taylor has a warm and comforting style of writing, parts of this novel actually read a bit like a Hollywood Rom-Com with two of the main characters injecting mild humour into the mid-section in particular. It's the sort of plot line that gently places soft cushions under your head as you read it. However hidden under the covers are some real nasties that occasionally burst through to bite you. It's good writing in terms of getting you behind Taylor's new heroine Elizabeth Cage who has a series of adventures as her life spirals out of control around her due to he rather unusual abilities.

The narration by Kate Scarfe on her Audible UK debut is extremely well suited to the book and you can feel the empathy between her efforts and the author's writing. Without ever getting melodramatic she injected the right pace and suspense when it was required.

The plot shifts and turns. There is love, heartbreak, betrayal and deception. It's a big departure from the St Mary's Chronicles but having created that much-loved series Taylor looks well on course to be creating another in a different genre. Be warned she isn't scared to take liberties with her readers but if you can take the considerable curve balls she throws at you then you'll enjoy batting through this one.

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  • David
  • 10-27-17

I cannot believe this book got a publishing deal..

...there's hope for all of us. Rambling pathetic story meandering through its timeline...I hated this - for an interesting premise the execution is sorely lacking. Never again

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  • ML
  • 09-30-17

Great storytelling

Enjoyable novel in a new series with all the wry humour and excitement of the St Mary's chronicles. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim Watts
  • 10-17-17

Suspend Belief

I have read several other books by this author and have generally enjoyed the mixture of humour and excitement and tension in the stories. Whilst White Silence is similar in style, I found myself becoming irritated at the main characters apparent lack of awareness of simple figures of authority such as solicitors and policemen whose presence in this story would in my opinion have helped by adding another layer of tension and authenticity. I know this genre requires the reader to suspend belief but for me it was a book with great potential that missed its mark. I did enjoy the warmth of the relationship between the main characters though, so all was not lost.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful