Book Review: Silently Still by Julieanne Lynch

Silently Still CoverEveryone is entitled to making their own choices in life, but a decision can make or break you. For Jacinta Kelly, hers came in the form of running away from everything that reminded her of her roots.
Living in rural Ireland was hard enough, but living with her mother’s mental illness and her obsession with her garden took its toll. One winter, the world as she knows it changes. Jacinta becomes aware of her own mortality, and how fragile her existence truly is.
Alone and frightened; to live or die, the choice is hers.


Julieanne Lynch is a good friend of mine. It was an honor to get a chance to read this book before its release. I got the book as an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) from Julieanne.

I found this book to be very touching. You have to be a robot not to cry while reading this book. The story is about a woman named Jacinta Kelly. She returns to her childhood home in Doneghal after the death of her mother.

Jacinta has struggled with depression, just like her mother. This was relieved in a rather masochistic way when she was a girl.

Jacinta gets torn down in her childhood through the deaths of loved ones and bullying by some of her classmates. This is a story of hope and the struggle to find it in the worst situations that exist in a person’s life. I had trouble putting this book down.

Julieanne does a very good job of portraying the local dialect and making you see exactly what’s going on in this small town on the Irish coast.

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