With forged documents in hand, Kitty Weekes has decided to play the part of a nurse and join the nursing staff at Portis House, a remote mansion-turned-asylum. Although the Matron knows Kitty has forged the reference letter and she’s lying about being a nurse, she agrees to hire her because she realizes that desperate people do not often flee from the place they ran to.
Kitty is now determined to discover the reason why the previous nurses fled and why the patients seem to be having the same visions and seeing things that shouldn’t be there. Along with one of the patients, she sets out to discover the mysteries of Portis House.
Lush in descriptive detail that captivates and steeped in mystery, which has you turning the pages, Silence for the Dead pulled me in from page one. There is no better way than to grab my attention than to start a novel off with a mystery and this book did just that.
I wanted to know more about Kitty, why she was there and why she was pretending to be someone she wasn’t. I also wanted to know more about the mystery of why the nurses never stayed working at Portis House.
Those tasty little gems of mystery pulled me into a world that was filled with gothic atmosphere, mystery, and page turning suspense…until I reached the end. Then sadly, it felt as though the book hit a brick wall and everything that the author had been working towards crumbled like old parchment. I wished the plot would have remained strong throughout the novel rather than falling flat.
Overall, I liked the majority of the novel. It was a combination of Downton Abbey and Mary Stewart.
?Portis House emerged from the fog as we approached, showing itself slowly as a long, low shadow....”
In 1919, Kitty Weekes, pretty, resourceful, and on the run, falsifies her background to obtain a nursing position at Portis House, a remote hospital for soldiers left shell-shocked by the horrors of the Great War. Hiding the shame of their mental instability in what was once a magnificent private estate, the patients suffer from nervous attacks and tormenting dreams. But something more is going on at Portis House?its plaster is crumbling, its plumbing makes eerie noises, and strange breaths of cold waft through the empty rooms. It’s known that the former occupants left abruptly, but where did they go? And why do the patients all seem to share the same nightmare, one so horrific that they dare not speak of it?
Kitty finds a dangerous ally in Jack Yates, an inmate who may be a war hero, a madman? or maybe both. But even as Kitty and Jack create a secret, intimate alliance to uncover the truth, disturbing revelations suggest the presence of powerful spectral forces. And when a medical catastrophe leaves them even more isolated, they must battle the menace on their own, caught in the heart of a mystery that could destroy them both.