For months now I entered what my friend Joe@Storey of Stories imagined as brand new meme called “First Impression”.

It’s a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only two sentences in the book, a chapter or two , maybe a little farther.  The goal is to  give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.  It will be fun to go back to this post once you’ll have finished the book! Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you right all along?

Once again today I am posting about a book that I have finished today BUT wrote my first impression at the very beginning!


The Silver Cord by Anonymous *and no he is note a hacker ;-) * is a companion novel of The Silver Cage.

To say I waited a long time to get this book would be a euphemism.

I adored The Silver Cage. It was one of these stories where you hurt so bad reading it is still haunting you for months, years even after you’ve finished.


As the author was anonymous, how would I know if or when he or she published another book?

Some helpful follower told me he or she had open a Twitter account and I began following the  author. The second book was announced “soon” but no date really.

Then this week something stunning happened to me. The author contacted me on Twitter to ask if I was interested in getting a copy of The Silver Cord with not pressure at all to review. He or she said she had loved my review of The Silver Cage.

Do you have any idea how I felt? Being praised by an author whose prose is just brilliant….was simply stunning and humbling.

So of course I said yes!

I opened the book and read these sentences:

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pelasure in them”-before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain. Remember him-before the silver cord is severed…” Ecclesiastes 12

You have to know that The Silver Cage was branded with the influence of religion on believer’s life. It played a prominent role in the unfurling of events and should be seen as a character.

It was fitting the second book began with it.

The first pages of the book were about Caleb, aged ten, going to a summer camp. He did not want to attend, was frightened to go for the first time like many kids. But then he met that scrawny kid in bright green swimming trunk Jamie. Jamie was frightened and soft. He needed love, attention and protection.

All that Caleb wanted to give him at first sight.

I loved reading about their first encounter, the birth of their friendship.


I predicted 5 stars just because the writing is so brilliant that you can’t remain indifferent. You fall in the story. You walk in the character’s shoes. You suffer right alongside them. You …

Well you get what I mean.

Want to know how it turned out?

Meet me on the blog tomorrow for the review!


Last time on the First Impression Friday I talked about Playing with Monsters by Amelia Hutchins and predicted 4 stars.

You can read my review if you click on the graphic!

Now do tell me what are your first impression?

Thanks for reading!


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  1. It’s great when a book catches your attention from the start. And that’s awesome the author contacted you on twitter and enjoyed your review for their other book.

  2. Oh it’s so cool that the author reached out to you for a review! I have never read anything by an anonymous before nor would I think to, to be honest.
    But I’m glad you loved this so much, Sophie! Wonderful review as always ❤️

  3. Damn you woman, I have to wait till tomorrow to read your review? lol! Okay, I’m teasing. I’m sure it will be worth the waiting given you love the book in this FIF post! See you tomorrow.