[REVIEW] “Broken Silence (Silence Series #2)” By: Natasha Preston

*This book deals with trigger content such as sexual assault.*

*This is the sequel to “Silence,” and therefore contains spoilers for the first book!*

Official Synopsis:

It has been four years since Oakley, her mum, and brother fled to Australia. With the trials looming, she makes the decision to return to England. Oakley is desperate for closure so she can put the past behind her and move on with her life. How will she cope when she comes face to face with the two people that hurt her the most, and the one person that she hurt the most? Her love for Cole never faded, but how will he react to her return after so long? Will they be able to put everything behind them in order to have a happy ending?

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Review:

The second book in the “Silence” series takes place four years after the conclusion of “Silence.” Although it follows the same characters, Oakley and Cole, we have to get completely reaquainted with Oakley. She’s not the same girl we saw at the end of the first book, and Cole has grown up too.

Throughout the book, more details are revealed about what happened to Oakley, and the part that her father played in it. The beginning of the book focuses on Oakley and Cole reconnecting, and then how both they and their families deal with the trial.

Some parts of the book could have used a bit more editing, just small spelling errors and a few other little confusing bits. Overall, it didn’t really hinder my understanding of the story.

I read this book in two days, right after I finished “Silence.” It was great getting to see Oakley and Cole as adults, and to see how their lives had changed since the end of the first book. Characters from the first book like Ben and Kerry make brief appearances, and we get to see more of Mia and Jasper. Learning more about what happened to Oakley and getting closure with that made the book a great addition to the series, and I’m glad that Natasha didn’t leave us hanging after “Silence!” The third book is a standalone novel that follows Jasper, Oakley’s brother, in the future.

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