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Review: The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

“She was right about me, and her, and us. She’d be the one girl I’d love until forever”

The Silent Waters is the story I didn’t know I needed to read until I was scrolling through the pages with tears in my eyes and wanting to finish it in night not caring that the next day I had work and I would be tired. It was one of those books that guts you and feels with joy and so much pain. The Elements Series has a book for everyone, out of the four stories you just kind of hold one very dearly and special to you heart. I have a feeling this story was it for me, the one in the collections of stories I am never going to forget.

After a tragic accident when she was 10 years old, Maggie May looses her voice and her ability to leave the house. She doesn’t speak to anyone about what she saw or experienced that day. However silent she may be, she does speak with her notions and nods to Brooks. The only boy she has ever loved, and the boy she knew would hold her heart forever. However, trauma has a way of affecting their relationship and as life gets in the way or their dreams and goals they have to figure out how their relationship would work in the midst of their dramas. “I figured out what kind of activist I want to be,” my sister told me, taking my hand into hers. “I want to fight for you, for people like you. I want to fight for those who don’t have a voice, but are screaming to be heard.”

If there’s one word that could describe this story is heartbreaking. The family dynamics to the relationships they built as people were sad and heartbreaking to watch. As Maggie grows older, the people around her grow as well. From her sister hating her, to her mother not being able to look at her, the only people who treat her as if she weren’t broken as Brooks and her father. The story is beautiful, it was heartbreaking to see Maggie go through so much and keep it all in her head and to see her family spiraling down because of the trauma they all experience as a family. I don’t want to talk about the plot too much because all the events really surprised me and I don’t want to spoil anything but it is a must read.

“Humans always remember the moments. We recall the steps that led us to where we were meant to be. The words that inspired or crushed us. The incidents that scarred us and swallowed us whole. 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 her. It all ended with two kids, a dog named Skippy, a cat named Jam, and a woman who always loved me”

I felt joy when I read the beginning chapters of Brooks and Maggie as kids, and then my heart broke as they grew older. Tears fell down by all they experienced and how they were able to come out strong after challenge after challenge hit their relationship. Everything in this story tells a heartbreaking truth of real trauma and hardship and I loved that it basically narrated all their lives without it being extensively long, what it offered was perfect and it allowed for the characters to evolved in ways that only can be seen with such great writing and characterization.

—- 5 stars —-