I received this book for free from Lucia Mann. This book was sent to me through Amazon from the author for reviewing her other books in this series. Lucia sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and as a thank you for other positive reviews.
Author: Lucia Mann
Title: Rented Silence
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Slavery
Synopsis: Two tiny newborns were buried alive in a compost pit, covered with corn husks and left to die. A hungry wild dog, saliva flowing, stood impatiently over the mound. As it started to dig out its prey, an escaped slave whooshed it away. Drawn by the sound of a weak human cry, the runaway cautiously approached the mournful whimper. What could provoke a new mother to bury her twin babies alive? A will to protect her children for the inescapable pain and horror of becoming chattel to an evil South African plantation owner. Experience post-WWII Africa through the eyes of characters who unearth the painful secrets of those times:
- Shiya - a white newborn rescued from an intended grave, who lives five idyllic years in the bush before she is captured, tormented and eventually freed.
- Anele - the black runaway slave who saved Shiya's life and suffers the consequences for the rest of her days.
- Alan Hallworthy - the wealthy, cruel plantation owner who lusts for the bodies of young girls, even that of his own five year old daughter.
- Brianna - Shiya's modern day daughter who is mystified by her mothers secrets and never stops trying to reveal the truth.