Review: The Quiet Whispers Never Stop by Olivia Fitzsimons


On the face of it, The Quiet Whispers Never Stop has a very simple story, but the plotting and execution make this a stunning literary debut by Olivia Fitzsimons. Set amidst the anger and distrust at the peak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, relationships within a dysfunctional family are explored over several timelines and perspectives. My only criticism was the writing, though elegantly crafted, was always too urgent – brief, minimal sentences create a sense of foreboding, but when overused become claustrophobic. An outstanding debut, I’m sure we’ll be hearing from Olivia again.

Book supplied by Netgalley for an honest review.

See review on Goodreads.