This morning, I was packing up lunches, ironing, putting on the laundry I should have done last night. Now my precious daughter is accused of murder.
When ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are arrested for a terrible crime, Maddy’s mother Juliet cannot believe it. How could her bright, joyful daughter be capable of such a thing?
As the small village community recoils in horror, the pressure of the tragedy blows Juliet and her sister’s lives apart. And things get even worse when their daughters retreat into a self-imposed silence. Can anyone reach Maddy and discover the truth before her fate is sealed?
Juliet is crushed. Nothing will ever be the same for her darling girl. But she knows that to find out what really happened that day, she and her sister must unlock the secrets of their own terrible past, a past they swore never to speak about again … (Goodreads)
Wow. Just WOW. That’s the first thing that came to mind when I finished the book.
The blurb couldn’t be any better to explain what this book is all about – “An absolutely gripping psychological thriller” – this book had me in its clutches completely and kept me glued to the pages until the end. What a glorious read! I could hardly put it down.
This book felt like an convoluted, massive web of lies, secrets and deceptions. The lives of the main characters are literally built on lies and secrets, and reading this book was like peeling off layer after layer of secrets and deceit to no end. They keep coming from this way and that way, I couldn’t figure out where this story was heading until very close to the end. The plot is incredibly twisty and wickedly sinister yet oh so gripping. Tension galore. The power of social media and the fierceness of the villagers’ rage. Acutely pointed out through the story is how quick we can be on passing sentence and letting our judgement be clouded.
Having an unreliable character as a narrator worked perfectly for this book as well. One of the main characters and the narrator, Juliet, is under stress and has been taking antidepressant thus there’s some ambiguity as to whether or not we can take her words at face value. The further Juliet’s judgement gets clouded, the murkier the story becomes. Everyone seems suspicious and untrustworthy, even Juliet’s family close ranks against her. I honestly didn’t know who to trust and what to believe. Is it Juliet who is in the wrong and is delusional? I felt as though I was taken right and left, up and down only to be slapped in the face with new secrets and proved to have been all wrong. I was literally blindsided by the biggest wrongdoing that has been kept hidden so neatly, my jaw dropped to the floor! The worst is, I absolutely enjoyed the experience. I couldn’t get enough of it.
With so many secrets – huge or small – and unlikable characters (some of them are totally despicable that you might wish them to suffer!), The Silent Ones will probably – no, most likely to – pull the wool over your eyes and keep you hostage, making you turning pages like a madman/woman until the very last page.
I will say no more about this book. Talking any further about this book will certainly be a spoilsport. It’s your turn to grab this book and find out what this book has in store for you. Savor the spectacular writing and execution, and the mind-bending, deliciously deceiving, fast-paced story!
Hands down 5 stars to this book. This is my K.L. Slater but she has now officially become one of my go-to authors.
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher, Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts expressed here are strictly my own.