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I've listened to all of Kathryn Croft's books (except one) and I like them because she gets right to the story so you're never just waiting for it to "kick-in". “Silent Lies” is about a widow, Mia, in her late 30's with a 7-year-old daughter whose husband supposedly killed himself 5 years ago. She is finally moving on, is in a relationship with a great guy who also loves her daughter and has her own counseling/therapy practice. But... a new patient, Alison, comes to her claiming to know the truth about what happened to her husband, Zach, the night he killed himself. The discrepancy is that one of Zach's students went missing that night, but her blood was found all over the crime scene where he killed himself and her body was never recovered. Alison is a very strange girl in her mid-20's and Mia doesn't know what to think about her as all the information she gave her was false. The story is told in two perspectives, Mia (present day) and the student that went missing that night, Josie, via flashbacks. The end was unexpected but not shocking, and it all happened in the last 30 min or less of the book. Therefore, we don't get any additional insight on the characters and their motives. One odd thing that was somewhat forced into the story was Josie's past. She was beyond brutally attacked at age 18 - her home life was awful and her mother should win Worst Mother of the Year award. The author really hammered her life into the story and soooo much more detail was provided about this aspect of her life and very little about Zach. I thought there was going to be an outcome that heavily resolved Josie's situation but it was never fully addressed. There was a twist I predicted that would’ve been stellar, but it was not even close to what actually occurred. If anything, the story was a cliffhanger and the next book will be a follow-up to this one. This is definitely a stand-alone book, but in consideration of how much information was divulged about Josie's horrible life, it was not satisfying at the end. But that is only for her part of the story, most the book ends satisfactorily. It would have been more satisfying if it was longer and not just packed in the last minutes of the book. Overall though, it was a good read, paced nicely and held my interest and on par with Kathryn Croft’s other books.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed this book just as I've enjoyed other books by this author. It kept me guessing throughout the read at a calm and enticing pace. Never guessed the ending which was a completely unexpected twist, but measured well with the storyline and left me with my imagination to ponder multiple additional chapters. I look forward to many more books from this author.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I really got into this book at the start. However, the more it progressed, the more I felt I wanted it to move a bit faster.
The narration was ok, but I felt the characters were weak - especially Zac and Alison. The other two main ones - Mia and Josie - well.....!
Mia was totally unbelievable as the counsellor she was portrayed as, and Josie seemed to be completely inconsistent (one minute assertive, the next passive). Really annoying both of them! As for Will, well he was a complete wet blanket (rather like Zac) so perhaps that's the type Mia goes for!! As for the ending - it was a surprise but again unbelievable in all respects. Won't say any more as I don't want to give the game away. I clearly finished the book but wished I hadn't bothered!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I had no idea where this was going until the end. However, some bits of the story made no sense, some ends left loose, which is why I gave it one less star. Still, great performances and a gripping tale.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful