The Silence Between Breaths.

I have recently enjoyed the privilege of reading The Silence Between Breaths written by Cath Staincliffe. I must confess that when I began to read this remarkable book, I had no background information about the author. Having read the book, I was not surprised to learn about her literary achievements. Such is the quality of her work.




See my Goodreads Review below.

This story is so bang up to date that I felt as though I was reading about a recent tragedy. It is so realistic, haunting and horrifying.

Cath Staincliffe introduces the reader to an ordinary group of passengers who board the 10.35 train from Manchester to Euston Station. As we read of the passenger’s lives, we get to know a little about each one of them. Just enough to feel protection towards them and a desire that the inevitable will not occur.

In the middle of the carriage sits Saheel, carrying a deadly rucksack. Although some of his characteristics are revealed, we never get to truly understand how he became radicalised. I appreciated the way that his family were incorporated into the story, giving a different perspective on the terrible fallout from the tragedy. His sister was placed in a difficult position for one so young. She was one of the heroes of the tragedy in my opinion and it was refreshing to see that she was eventually acknowledged as such.

This is a well written modern story. As in many stories, it is important to stick with the first few chapters in order to fully appreciate the explosive story that is about to unfold. This is one not to be missed.