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?
Page Count: 412
Release Date: 9/19/2017
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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
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. There is a dark undertone with a plot twist that really shocked and intrigued me at the same time. I did wonder how much of the story was truth or fiction and it gave it an edge that you won’t see coming. 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!
— Maxine Groves, Top ranked Goodreads
Five solid stars! Letters to the Pianist is a gripping historical suspense novel that throws you into the turmoil of WWII London immediately. Family values, imperfection of humanity and the desire to overcome obstacles are wrapped in another world of wealth and privilege. I simply couldn’t put this book down. Simply superb writing and story with some terrific plot twists to keep me on edge. I cannot recommend this book enough. S.D. Mayes has done her homework and it shows. Fantastic, epic and haunting.
— Bibiana Krall, author of Leaving Pandora
Letters to the Pianist is a gripping story and I liked the way it looked at different aspects of people’s war experience. The poor working people of the East End, the rich people who could eat and drink anything – not just the landed gentry but Ruth’s uncle who cheated his way to a pantry full of food, exploiting others. And of course, the way some people treated the Jews. It was interesting all the way through and exciting at the end. A great story!
— Ignite Bookblog
In the spirit of The Book Thief, Letters to the Pianist is one of the best novels I’ve ever read and has the makings of a mini-series. The story reads more like a true account than historical suspense/fiction. The characters, and there are many, are carefully and brilliantly crafted to feel real and consistent. 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
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