The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe
I’m a big fan of Cath Staincliffe’s books so was really looking forward to reading The Silence Between Breaths. Most of it takes place on the 10:35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston where we follow a group of people who don’t know each other. Each chapter is told by a different character and this works really well as we hear from them and then see them through a different person’s eyes later on. A particular favourite of mine is Jeff, a young unemployed man heading to London for an interview for an apprenticeship. His self-deprecatory humour had me smiling to myself many times in what is ultimately a very sad story.
For sitting amongst the passengers is a young man with a rucksack, ready to cause destruction. The later parts of the story deal with what happened afterwards.
This is such a brilliant book. It’s so easy to read and yet so deep and moving. I found it very poignant and had tears in my eyes on quite a few occasions. Staincliffe is an emotive and empathetic writer and she gets to the heart of the feelings of her characters. This is also a topical book and certainly made me think “what if?”.
This is a really fantastic book. I don’t think this author can do anything wrong for me!
With thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the review copy. The Silence Between Breaths was published on 22nd September 2016 by Constable.