Leddy Harper delivered a touching, emotional tale that really broke, but also warmed my heart. A story about love, finding who you are, forgiveness and second chances, ‘Silenced’ is fast-paced, intense and gritty at times. I was lost in this story from the prologue and I couldn’t put it down for one minute. Leddy’s newest release will definitely make you feel.
“Being with her just gave me…happiness. Peace.”
Killian is just a little boy when his life is shattered. One night night changes him completely and he is left scarred, both physically and emotionally, choosing not to speak to anyone any longer. His aunt takes him in hoping for Killian to find some stability under her care. He keeps mostly to himself, preferring to draw…until he meets his next-door neighbor. When he meets Rylee, his life is turned upside down again in a way. He is drawn to her from the very first moment they meet, enjoying her comfort and company, liking how she talks with him without expecting for him to talk back. She never judges him, accepts him exactly like he is, without questions. The lovely, honest friendship between them blossoms into something more over the years, but everything between them changes when Killian turns seventeen and makes a decision that will change their lives completely.
Years later, Killian and Rylee meet again. Both of them have changed, both of them having so many regrets regarding their pasts. While for Rylee everything had changed between them years ago, for Killian nothing had changed. In his eyes Rylee still is still “the one” for him and he will do anything to have her back. But he has secrets that have the power to destroy everything that is good between them.
“If I could, I’d steal the moon from the sky. I’d still the earth and keep it from turning into day. I’d stay here with you, talking to you, listening to you…kissing you. Forever.”
I really liked this one! With an interesting premise, an engaging story-line and a well-developed plot, this wonderfully written story, like I mentioned above, sucked me in from the start. I liked the pace of it a lot and how the events unfolded. The story is gritty and angsty, but not overly so, at least for me. I liked how these two aspects were blended as the story progressed.
My favorite part of the story was the connection between the two main characters. It was fantastically done, so very touching and palpable. I liked their friendship as kids. They were so sweet, some scenes between them being so heart-warming. Even after so many years, the connection between them was very strong and tangible.
“You’re mine. (…) Always were, and always will be.”
The two main characters’ portrayal was well done. Both of them were flawed and, I think that’s why they felt so relatable. Killian was such a lost, tormented soul as a kid, but also as an adult. My heart broke for him at times and I felt his fear, his frustration and all his anger. It was such a tragedy what happened to him. I liked how he was with Rylee when he was just a little boy and later, as a man. Killian, the man, was as tortured as before and he loved Rylee as much as he loved her as a child and a teenager. I felt his love for her as much as Rylee and, even if at times, he felt like a little too much, I enjoyed his character a lot.
Rylee was simply wonderful. I loved how she accepted Killian when they met as kids, how he was there for him no matter what, how sweet and caring she was and how she simply listened even if Killian wasn’t “saying” anything.
“He took every ounce of oxygen around us until there wasn’t enough left for my brain to function properly. Logic didn’t exist. The where, when, how, why, wouldn’t translate. It was him and me. Me and him. No one else. Nothing else. Just us.”
All in all, ‘Silenced’ was an emotionally raw and heartbreakingly beautiful read! If you are looking for a unique, wonderfully written second chance at love story, don’t hesitate and pick this one up.
“We were one. Always had been. Always would be.”
About the Author:
Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.
She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.
She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.
The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.