One of the things that keeps a writer writing is to know that people are enjoying their books. Here is one of many emails I received recently.
Hi Karen! I'm not sure if you remember me but I met you at the Durham Waterstones a while back and I bought a copy of Breaking Silence, which you signed for me. I wanted to let you know that I finished the book and I am absolutely in love with it. I can't wait for Breaking lies! I have a few things that I wanted to mention about the book and a few questions that I wanted to ask you. Fist thing, I adore all of the characters in this book. I love Si so much! He is incredibly written, perfectly described and I fell in love with him straight away. I love the way that even though his life is constantly in danger, he still manages to be slightly goofy and very sarcastic. I think that my favourite moments from Si was when he had been captured at the Bastille and he threw up when he got out of the car and smiled sarcastically at Knowles. My other favourite moment was when he was strapped to the table, just before he saw his mother and he asked the commander "so are we watching a movie then?". I just think that Si is such a funny and sarcastic character (I love sarcastic people) and he always manages to lighten the mood no matter the situation. Chas is a character that, as a teen aged girl, I found very easy to relate to. She sought of reminds me of my self actually, the way that she is serious when she needs to be, put is still sarcastic and cheeky, the way that she rolls her eyes a lot, the way that she finds it difficult to trust new people, and the way that she is more mature than anyone around her. My favourite moment from Chas was when they were sleeping in the car and Si heard a noise on the roof, and Chas told him, without even opening her eyes, that it was a bird. I'm not sure why, I just find that scene amusing. I love the character development throughout the book. I got to see little Ben come out of his shell, I got to see Chas and Si begin to rely on each other and you get to see the 3 of them come together like a small, messed up family. Your book was packed with action from start to finish and I was literally hooked by the first sentence. I physically couldn't put this book down and when I did it was either because it was two o'clock in the morning and I physically could not keep my eyes open any longer, or because I had to go to school. This book was so unpredictable and full of plot twists. Every time that I thought the characters where safe, they came across a new threat. Breaking Silence was also an emotional roller coaster ride at times and there was a lot of parts where I was very close to crying. For example, when [SPOILER REMOVED], I was distraught and actually had to blink away my tears. Another thought that made me really sad was when Aaron mentioned that everyone read on their tablets now, and nobody owned physical books. I am a huge fan of the physical book and a future without books is a future that I wouldn't want to live in. I also wanted to say that since I live in the UK, I felt as though I could relate to your book more than any other book I have read before and it made me feel more involved and closer to the story and the characters. Especially when you mentioned Sunderland, which is where I live. Some of the plot twists in your book where incredible. Like [SPOILER REMOVED] I sat there with my jaw dropped and my eyes wide for a whole 5 minutes after reading that. I love that I couldn't trust any of the new characters that you introduced. I was absolutely certain that [SPOILER REMOVED] but I was wrong.