Top 10 of 2016 – 1 The Silent Waters by Brittainy C Cherry

Review in progress 

Title: The Silent Waters

Author: Brittainy C Cherry

Series: The Elements Books (All books are read as standalones but have similar themes and style.)

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Release Date:  22 September 2016

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5



Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.


Wow. I am writing this review at nearly 1 am. I should have been asleep hours ago but I couldn’t go to sleep without finishing Maggie’s story. I couldn’t rest until I knew if she’d find her voice again. And once I did find out, well I cried…like really really ugly cried…for a good 30 minutes. After sending Brittainy a sappy heartfelt note, I still can’t sleep so I’m going to write my sappy heartfelt review.
I’ve been a huge fan of Brittainy’s since the release of The Air He Breathes. I’ve devoured all her books since. And I was so lucky to receive an ARC of The Silent Waters. I planned to work my way through it this week and write a nice release day review. I was coming off a book hangover on Sunday and I just had the goal to finish before Thursday. Once I started I couldn’t walk away. The Silent Waters managed to pull me in in a way I never imagined.

I read a lot. I’m at nearly 200 books for the year. I don’t play around with this reading hobby. So when I say that you have to read The Silent Waters because it will touch your heart in ways you didn’t even know possible, I know what I’m talking about. I’m confident to say that The Silent Waters will be in my top 3 books of 2016, and I’ll be shocked if it isn’t #1. This book is pure magic.


I have to be honest and say that expect for a handful of books recently, I’ve seen so many reoccuring plot lines and themes. The book world seems to cycle. Everyone puts out a secret baby sports romance and then you get a surge of my older brother’s best friend romances. If the writing is good, I don’t mind enough to not purchase books but it does get repeatitive.

The plot line of The Silent Waters is so unique to me. It actually feels like Brittainy pieced lots of mainstream ideas together to create something original and all her own. There’s a friends to lovers element. There’s love being fallen into and out of. A multitude of relationships evolving. Family. Friendship. Trauma. Finding oneself while anchoring the people you love. There’s even music and rockstars. This is a story that threads over 20 years. It sounds like it should be a hot mess but it feels so organic and like a slice of life. You really get entrenched in this story and feel as if you are living it as well.

At it’s heart, this is a story of Maggie, a girl who loses her voice, loses a piece of herself and Brooks, the boy who anchors her in the storm. When a storm of his own threatens Brooks, Maggie has to learn if she can be strong enough for both of them. Does she love both Brooks and herself enough to stitch herself back together and act as an anchor for the boy she’s loved since she was 6 years old?


The Silent Waters focuses on two main characters, Maggie and Brooks. The book is interesting in that the “fringe” characters play almost as important role as the main characters. Brittainy found a way to weave such a rich world around the main characters that you feel fully invested in every single person without being overwhelmed. Maggie and Brooks’ family and friends are the most beautiful background to their story. It’s like a painting where every single of the canvas has meaning and beauty beyond the initial focal points.


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