Shades of Blue, part two of The Loudest Silence by Olivia Janae, starts soon after where the first book left off. Kate and Vivian are juggling family and work life together. Of course it isn’t all fun and games…
This time the biggest problems arrive in the shape of one Jacqueline Kensington, Vivian’s mother. If you thought Ash was irritating (in the first book) and wondered why Kate went along with her, well.. Jacqueline is much worse.
I suppose it’s a good sign that a book makes me really invested in the story – enough to want to kill one of its characters, and gets me ranting out loud about why someone just doesn’t see what is going on 🙂 My poor spouse got to hear it all, murder fantasies included.
Shades of Blue takes the reader to quite an emotional journey, through anger, frustration, heartbreak and sadness to eventual love and happiness… whoo, what a ride!
The characters stay true to themselves and “in character” all the time, we get more insight to some of them, get even more info on deaf culture and perhaps some knowledge about careers in the world of classical music. The auditions, for example, were written so well that I felt I was there.
Olivia Janae: I’m a fan. Next task – have to read both books back to back!