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.
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