The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry
Narrated by Erin Mallon & Joe Arden
Full standalone, part of a non-related series. YA/NA/Adult (covers 3 time periods)
I have heard so many great things about Brittainy C. Cherry’s writing. I don’t read a lot of ugly cry books, and I was afraid The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry was, so even though I bought this a while back, I never got to it. But, Brittainy will be at Wicked Book Weekend 2018, plus the audio upgrade is only $1.99 so I dove in. I am so glad I did! What a wonderful, tragic, unique, intense and special story. *Note: The only tie between these and other books in the series are the elements in the titles (air, fire, water), but there are no crossover characters from what I understand, so you can read in any order.
“The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist.”
I spent so much time transcribing quotes for this review and trying to write a review that can do her words justice, but I didn’t even read the blurb before reading, I just jumped in having no clue what it was about and it worked for me. I don’t want to spoil anything for you so I will be quick and vague (for me).
“Not all broken things need to be fixed. Sometimes they just need to be loved. It would be a shame if only people who were whole were deserving of love.”
When Maggie and her dad move into the Riley household, the adorable, happy little 6 year old gets a new family – a mom, a sister, a brother, and Brooks, her new brother’s best friend. At 10 years old, Maggie Mae is ready. She is marrying Brooks and won’t take no for an answer. She continued to send him love notes while he was mean, like any 10 year old would be to a girl who loved him. But she knew better; they had a connection. She plans her wedding to the small details and can’t wait to meet Brooks in the woods, after all, there is no doubt they are meant to be.
But when Brooks finds Maggie in the woods, she is a different person. Her voice and her innocence were stolen from her that night in a horrifying way, leaving her changed forever.
The Silent Waters follows these two, (and the entire family) through life as little kids, teenagers, and finally as adults. The connection between them never wavered even when they did physically. He was her anchor, and she his. I never doubted these two were meant to be together, they just had to go through so much shit to get there!
- An epic story that follows the couple through their lives.
- The feelings we develop towards the side characters—how Brittainy made you hate then love them.
- The notes.
- The books!
- How music was so important to the story.
- The gamut of emotions this brought out.
- The message that you can be loved even if you are different or ‘broken’ in some way.
- I would have liked to have known what they did to help her over the years.
- It wrapped up pretty quick with no lasting effects.
I loved the narration in this one! I think it made the read even better.
The Down & Dirty:
*Note: I will not be rating on the heat scale for this, this is not the reason to read it.
Rating: 4.75 stars, 5 narration