|Plot Summary of Breaking the Silence|
|"When Laura's father dies, he asks her to go visit an elderly woman named Sarah Tolley. Laura agrees, but is upset that her husband Ray is so against it. In fact, he is so distraught he commits suicide with Laura's daughter in the house. Emma is so upset over her stepfather's death she stops talking, and in an affort to help her Laura reunites with her father, Dylan, who learns for the first time that he has a daughter.
Meanwhile, Laura visits Sarah, who has Alzheimer's, and can't even remember how she knew Laura's father. She does remember the past, however, and tells how she worked in a mental institution, where the government sponsored horrible treatments, and she believes the government had her husband, a reporter, killed when he investigated.
Laura and Dylan fall in love while trying to help Emma, who strangely will only talk to Sarah. Laura believes Sarah, and sets out to study the mystery of her husband's disappearance and the strang government involvement in the mental institution. Along the way Laura finds Sarah's husband, who she believed dead, and learns the startling truth about how her father knew Sarah."
Rachael High, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Breaking the Silence|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
- psychiatrist messes up mind
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Motive of antagonist
The antagonists are:
- scientific labs
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of sex
- descript. of breasts
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog