Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Review of 'Letters to the Pianist' by S.D. Mayes

Review of 'Letters to the Pianist' by S.D. Mayes


In war torn London, 1941, fourteen-year-old Ruth Goldberg and her two younger siblings, Gabi and Hannah, survive the terrifying bombing of their family home. They believe their parents are dead, their bodies buried underneath the burnt remains – but unbeknownst to them, their father, Joe, survives and is taken to hospital with amnesia.

Four years on, Ruth stumbles across a newspaper photo of a celebrated pianist and is struck by the resemblance to her father. Desperate for evidence she sends him a letter, and as the pianist’s dormant memories emerge, his past unravels, revealing his true identity – as her beloved father, Joe. Ruth sets out to meet him, only to find herself plunged into an aristocratic world of sinister dark secrets.

Can she help him escape and find a way to stay alive?

My review

This novel was certainly emotional. Thrust back in time to 1941, you are immediately amongst the bombing and tensions of the time. The novel revolves around the family rebuilding their lives as Ruth tries to find out information about her father. here are hidden secrets along the way that are revealed breathtakingly at the end.

There is emotion dripped at every stage and sometimes I found this overwhelming but was so enthralled by the story and Ruth's story that I found this a page-turner. I very much enjoyed the character of Edward and how his story unfolds. The author cleverly portrays her unique characters and keeps you gripped until the end, which leaves you with a clever twist. Clearly well-researched and originally written, this will be an author to watch out for.

About the author...

S.D. Mayes worked as a journalist for nearly twenty years before turning her hand to fiction. Inspired by the bizarre but factual events of Hitler’s obsession with the supernatural, along with her mother's terrifying wartime memories, Letters to the Pianist is her first historical suspense novel. Originally from the West Country, she currently lives in Berkshire, United Kingdom. More information about the novel...

LETTERS TO THE PIANIST is a compelling page turner packed with drama, intrigue and suspense. If you loved The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or The Pianist, then you will love this exciting new novel.


Letters to the Pianist has a gripping and multi-layered plotline, authentic characterisation, which had me fall in love with Joe by the conclusion. Fascinatingly informative on the strength of Fascist sympathizers in wartime London society. This book is a five star read.'

— The Daily Mail

Letters to the Pianist is a taut and suspenseful tale of wartime intrigue.

— Readers Favorite

One of the best novels I’ve ever read. Mayes has written a masterpiece that you’ll want to take your time and read, savor the words slowly, and let the pages turn themselves.

— John Darryl Winston, award-winning author of the IA trilogy

I found the plot to be exceptional and unique…a book with mass reader appeal which took me on an emotional journey that I will never forget. An exceptional novel that will remain with me for a very long time. I give this book 5 huge stars! S.D. Mayes is an author to discover and watch if you haven’t already. A rising star!

— Booklover Catlady, Top ranked Goodreads reviewer

Wartime bombings, fractured families, murdered journalists and English Nazi sympathisers meld into a riveting page turner, impossible to put down. Mayes's Second World War suspense novel is a thrilling read interwoven, throughout, with the theme of family and love. An absorbing, fast-paced And easy-to-read novel.

— Julie Ballard, Author and Journalist

There really aren't enough superlatives to sum up this absolute treasure of a novel. I was emotionally drawn to the diverse characters from page one. SD Maye's expertly weaves a rich velvety plot full of intrigue, fear, love, loss, hope, evil and deceit in a tale which tugs at the heartstrings leaving the reader quite unable to put it down.

— Isabella May, Author of The Cocktail Bar

1 comment :

  1. Thank you for your lovely review. So happy you liked the book :-)