In 2018, I entered Silent Whispers; What One Thinks is Crazy, Another Knows is True in a book award contest. Given the content of Silent Whispers, I’d be shocked if it won an award. Many may find it too controversial, too graphic, too unbelievable. But I was curious, nonetheless.
I always knew by publishing this book, it would rattle some cages, rock some boats and may even create anger. And that’s ok. I published it to share the voices of the children who have been forgotten by society.
Though, many comment on the stories from children who died in WWII in Nazi-controlled areas, many more children came forward (as written in the book) who died in the 1980’s, 1990’s, and 2000’s. The difficulty here is that the abuse and human experiments never ended. It may be that is the piece some do not want to look at or acknowledge in any manner. And that’s ok too. For those who think that’s crazy, there are those who know it’s true.
I greatly enjoyed reading the feedback from the book contest readers who read Silent Whispers; What One Thinks is Crazy, Another Knows is True. I felt they were very honest and open in their review of Silent Whispers.
If you enjoyed reading Silent Whispers, even if for the very purpose you learned something different, I do hope you’ll enjoy book 2 of Silent Whispers-publishing date TBD.
Below are the reviews from the book contest specifically.
‘This is a very difficult book to judge. The problem is, I’m not into this sort of thing. I’m just too scientific. So, for me, it just reads false. The writing style is excellent; it’s also interesting, but the subject matter i.e. the suffering of children in the war, just felt wrong when represented this way. If I was reading the autobiography of a survivor or Hitler’s camps, I would feel comfortable. But when it’s wrapped up in children’s spirits returning to tell a story, it just felt uncomfortable.’ Male reader, aged 64
‘Well-written, powerful, often rather unsettling. I must admit, I didn’t finish it. It was just too upsetting.’ Female reader, aged 55
‘I think the author is rather brave to write this. If you are not into the idea of ‘mediums’, there is still a lot to take from this. It’s important to remember how vile the Nazis were, and any book which helps to remind a new generation, has my blessing.’ Female reader, aged 49
‘Excellent writing style, often gripping. It’s for a very specific readership i.e. those who think it’s possible to communicate with the dead, and who is interested in the terrible nature of the children’s deaths. A reader could go one of two ways. 1. Find it engrossing and applaud the author for her bravery or 2. See it as exploiting the death of children during WW2 for financial gain. I know the reading groups were pretty split on this.’ Male reader, aged 49
‘Possibly this might go down better with an American readership where, possibly, the work of medium/clairvoyant is better recognized. Over here in England, it’s not so ‘big’. As such, a book looking at such a difficult subject based on a skill set most Brits don’t believe in – or understand – is going to be a difficult sell.’ Female reader, aged 39
‘Sorry, but this is not a book that should ever have been written. To wrap up the deaths of children in Nazi camps with clairvoyance and extraterrestrials, is just wrong on every level.’ Male reader, aged 41
‘Blatant exploitation of these poor children. I do not recommend this book. Read a book by a survivor. Left a bad taste in my mouth.’ Reader, aged 62
To Sum It Up: ‘Well-written, gripping even, but the clairvoyance element when looking at such a distressing subject is a problem for many readers.’ Book Contest
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