❮Reading❯ ➿ Vow of Silence Author Veronica Black – Horse-zine.co.uk

Vow of Silence chapter 1 Vow of Silence, meaning Vow of Silence, genre Vow of Silence, book cover Vow of Silence, flies Vow of Silence, Vow of Silence ceb9be6b373de Outstanding Publishers WeeklyA Sister Joan Mystery The Sisters At Lonely Cornwall Convent Share Chilling Secrets They Cannot Confess Sister Sophia Is Dead Sister Magdalen Has Vanished Sister Joan, Newly Transferred To The Convent To Investigate Its Mysterious Troubles, Begins To Suspect What She Hardly Dares To Name Blasphemy And Worse


10 thoughts on “Vow of Silence

  1. says:

    Sister Joan of the Order of the Daughters of Compassion is sent to the Order s convent in Cornwall as a result of a cryptic letter received by the Prioress of her own Convent which seems to indicate there is something wrong Mother Frances the author of the cryptic letter is dead But when Sister Joan arrives at Cornwall House she soon finds there are other strange deaths which may or may not match their official descriptions.Joan is an interesting character with her own rebellious streak which makes her an ideal person to investigate the strange goings on at the convent For a start why does the Prioress wear nail varnish and perfume I found this short book interesting reading and found myself turning the pages quicker and quicker to find out what was really going on in the convent I liked Sister Joan herself and found the author really brought the other nuns to life and made them individuals.Anyone looking for a crime novel with a difference may want to try this series Sister Joan does for the modern nun investigating crime what Sister Fidelma has long been doing for seventh century Ireland.


  2. says:

    An enjoyable mystery, if a little repetitive with the discovery and rediscovery of information, and a little too reliant on exposition heavy dialogue While some liberties have obviously been taken with convent life, it still felt pretty grounded Although I enjoyed this overall, I never really got caught up in the story or the characters.I would also give this book a content warning for suicide non explicit , and anti ace sentiments sex is natural, life without sex is inherently unnatural and can lead to Bad Things if all that assumed suppressed energy isn t channelled into something else.


  3. says:

    An easy, enjoyable read but completely unbelievable from the moment we see a Mother Superior wearing pink nail polish Sister Joan is sent from the convent where she s trained to fill a vacant place as a teacher at an isolated convent in Cornwall, where things are not as they should be starting with the aforementioned nail polish Sister Joan is a feisty character and some of the points about adapting to the religious life are convincing and thoughtful, but the plot is completely crazy Fun in a way, but I don t think I d bother to read any in the series, unless wanting something very easy to read when sick.


  4. says:

    This mystery ultimately disappoints It starts off quite amusingly, with the likes of a feeble minded nun who thinks that wall stains are divine apparations of angels Sister Joan, the protagonist, is, in effect, one of the few sane people in a lunatic asylum But, the touch is quite comedic, at least at the start.The story turns onto very faintly lesbian intimations and, much central to the story, a blatantly paganistic theme Despite the sensationalistic nature of the resolution, I failed to feel the goosebumps , and thus found the story mostly unsatisfying.


  5. says:

    I loved this I have a thing about nuns, having gone to a convent school years back, and this did not disappoint Veronica Black managed to recreate the mystique of the nunnery, despite the modern setting I was stunned by the quality of her writing, and loved the characterisations Sister Joan captured me at once, and the mystery was as entertaining as I could wish.I immediately bought the second novel and have listed the whole series to read A great find for a diehard mystery lover.


  6. says:

    Probably a 3.5 from me as it rekindled memories of my convent education and I m a sucker for nuns and intrigue Not sure if I d buy into the whole series though, would feel a little bit claustrophobic in the cloisters


  7. says:

    Predictable, and the author really doesn t know all that much about life inside a convent.


  8. says:

    Geh.I smell a burning issue.For some reason, I was expecting a semi cosy mystery along the lines of Catherine Aird What I got was a book that fancied itself a cross between Agnes of God and Rosemary s Baby without ever coming anywhere near the level of those two works It s not even suspenseful, let alone scary it hopes to be scabrous without managing it, and the solution to the mystery is resolved by leaping forward in time making it all told, not shown Why did the authoress do that Perhaps her skills weren t up to it In any case, the plot is secondary to the author s philosophical musings of sorts disguised as exposition of things that have nothing to do with the actual problem the MC is meant to be working on.The authoress gets so many things so wrong particularly specific vocabulary , it made me wonder if she knew anything about convent life at all, beyond what she may have read in other people s fictional books or seen on TV and movies I suppose that s why she had to make up her own religious order with its own rules I also strongly dislike not to say despise women writers who obsess about other women s hysteria just because they choose not to be sexually active reproduce It s the sort of language I thought had died out in the 1940s In Black s world apparently, any woman who isn t in a relationship is just naturally gonna end up unbalanced twisted a lesbian The constant repetition of the words sexual , sexualised , etc made me think it wasn t the nuns who had the problem The body goes where the mind is, dear and vice versa I took particular umbrage at the MC speaking of the suppressed sexual hysteria supposedly to be found in Story of a Soul The Autobiography of St Therese of Lisieux Having read it several times in three different languages, I feel it s safe to disagree I m not a Catholic, but I know St Therese s writings well correspondence, etc as well as her autobiography I don t think I ll bother with any of this authoress work Apparently Veronica Black is a pseudonym A wise choice, I think I wouldn t want my name appended to this work, either.One and a half stars.


  9. says:

    An interesting read, both demythologising the life of a modern nun and exposing an interesting theological conundrum, when someone with a limited theological education and an equally odd upbringing distorts the whole issue of feminism in the church Looking forward to what Sister Joan confronts next.


  10. says:

    when things go wrong in a small convent they go really wrong three deaths and Sister Joan needs to sort it out


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