The Silent Children
According to the Old Celtic legend, the Banshee comes calling when a family member leaves for the Otherworld. Why is the Banshee lurking outside Arlene’s window at the same time as sickly Liam – one of the children from the Mother and Baby Home – mysteriously stops coming to school?
The Silent Children is a dark and gritty fictional suspense novel based on the horrific true events surrounding mother and baby homes in Ireland, as late as the 1970s, where unwed mothers and their children were segregated in deplorable conditions that caused many deaths, which were discretely covered up.
On 5-year-old Arlene´s first day in primary school, she sees the Home Babies filing in through a different door than the one she and the other children use. They sit on the bad side, the part of the class for the poor children, while she and the Bishop´s niece and the other well-off children sit on the good side. Arlene is instructed by her mother not to go near the Home Babies but to become pals with the Bishop´s niece. She tried but because her impulsive personality is considered “bold” by the nun, so she spends most of the time castigated on the bad side. There Arlene notices two Home Babies, Brigit and Liam, and feels a “grá” towards them.
While on the bad side, she also becomes friends with Úna and Kait, who introduce her to Celtic lore and traditions. Their nannas teach her about The Banshee, who keens when a loved one leaves for the Otherworld.
When Arlene hears the Banshee at night, lurking just outside her bedroom window, will Arlene be able to figure out who the ghastly apparition is really looking for…?
Honor Harlow is in her twilight years. As she looks back, she realises her life has not been the nice, quiet, predictable one she had envisaged she would live in her hometown. Life took her out of her familiar comfort zone and threw her into the world where sometimes she managed to go with the flow and other times had to battle against the wild waves. Life broke her more than once, but each time, she picked up the pieces and patched herself back together. Honor writes about what she knows best – emotions. She takes us into other people's hearts and souls. Her characters are not stick-figure from a romantic novel or dare-devils from an adventure story but real-life people. They go through life loving and hating, crying and laughing, living and dying. We watch them, enjoying their antics as they go about their normal lives
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