It was first released in hardback in 2020 to glowing praise. It was chosen to be part of the BBC Radio 2 Book Club, and Abbie spoke about her experience of publishing The Silent Treatment during a pandemic on BBC Radio 4 – you can listen to the interview here. Abbie also wrote a reflective article in The Guardian, on the ‘Top 10 books about silence‘, and was a part of Debuts Week at The Great Big Book Club.
The Silent Treatment was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut of the Year at the 2021 Romantic Novelists Association Awards, and the winner will be announced on 8th March. It has also received positive reviews across numerous press outlets, having been featured in Cosmopolitan‘s ‘14 of the best new good books to read‘ list, as well in Stylist, for their ‘Best new books for 2020‘ feature. In the US, it was reviewed in the New York Journal of Books, who deemed the story ‘thought-provoking and truly heartbreaking‘. The Silent Treatment has received rave reviews over the last year:
‘A remarkably assured debut which doesn’t go where you expect it to go. I very much look forward to seeing what she writes next.’ Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author
‘The premise alone had me, but The Silent Treatment itself is just heartrendingly lovely. It’s beautiful, so moving and clever. I truly adored it.’ Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December
‘Such stunning prose, and such insight for a debut author… I was bowled over by Abbie’s writing.’ Claire Mackintosh
Abbie was first inspired to write The Silent Treatment after reading a newspaper article about a boy in Japan who had never seen his parents speak to one another before. A heartbreaking and honest portrayal of marriage, we can’t wait for even more readers to get their hands on a copy…
A lifetime together.
Six months of silence.
One last chance.
By all appearances, Frank and Maggie share a happy, loving marriage. But for the past six months, they have not spoken. Not a sentence, not a single word. Maggie isn’t sure what, exactly, provoked Frank’s silence, though she has a few ideas.
Day after day, they have eaten meals together and slept in the same bed in an increasingly uncomfortable silence that has become, for Maggie, deafening.
Then Frank finds Maggie collapsed in the kitchen, unconscious, an empty package of sleeping pills on the table. Rushed to the hospital, she is placed in a medically induced coma while the doctors assess the damage.
If she regains consciousness, Maggie may never be the same. Though he is overwhelmed at the thought of losing his wife, will Frank be able to find his voice once again—and explain his withdrawal—or is it too late?
A huge congratulations on this exciting day, Abbie. We couldn’t be more thrilled for you.