Silent Victimby Published 01 Mar 2018
|Publisher||Thomas & Mercer|
Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.
Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.
It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge…
Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.
Panicked, Emma confesses to her husband. But this is only the beginning. Soon, Alex will discover things about her he’ll wish he’d learned sooner. And others he’ll long to forget.
"Silent Victim" Reviews
This stand alone novel by Caroline Mitchell is a great read. I started the book very shortly after receiving it and due to the suspense built up by the author was unable to put it down.
Emma loves her husband Alex and together with her son they are moving to a new home in Leeds. But Emma has a dark secret, for a number of years she’s been hiding the dead body of Luke, the teacher who seduced her as a teen.
The book is written from the perspective of Emma, then and now, her husband Alex and Luke at the time when he was Emma's teacher. I don't want to give too much away but this psychological novel is top drawer and is a must for all suspense readers. Very good characters and a plot that is excellently paced. Even though the story is told from different characters and time frames the story was easy to follow and was a great read.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Thomas & Mercer for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Silent Victim is my first book by Caroline Mitchell, but it won't be my last. For some reason, I had low expectations going into this book, however I am happy to report I was very wrong! It is a twisty, clever story with an engaging plot and well-developed characters. Recommended!
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OMG!!! Talk about a book being addictive! Once I started Silent Victim it became physically impossible to put it down! It has shot straight onto the list of my favourite books of the year so far and is definitely my favourite book by this author…….ever! I have always enjoyed her police procedural novels but this standalone is something very special indeed. The twisty plot, the unreliable narrative told by some rather unlikable characters and the unrelenting tension meant the build up here was immense! My heart was practically beating out of my chest as the final few pages brought the storyline to its dramatic climax but I just didn’t want it to end!!
Emma was an amazing character creation. When we first meet her she is burying the body of a man called Luke that she has just murdered. Fast forward 4 years and this happily married mum of one is a very different Emma! She has a successful business, an attentive husband and an adorable little boy. But when Alex gets a promotion and puts their house on the market before their move from their island home to the city of Leeds, Emma goes into meltdown as she knows her crime will now be uncovered. But why is there no longer a body in that shallow grave and does Alex really know Emma as well as he thought he did? In this sick game of cat and mouse we are never quite sure who is lying and who is the real victim.
I love it when an author can keep me holding on, guessing at the outcome until the very end. Caroline Mitchell pitched her plot perfectly, the threads coming together with a shocking denouement that left me rejoicing with the sheer scale of her deception! It was like she had taken everything that I love in my psychological thrillers and combined them effortlessly to make my own special “build-a-thriller”!!! Silent Victim ticked every box for me and I relished every single page! It was believable, manipulative and completely engrossing. Caroline Mitchell keeps going from strength to strength with her writing and Silent Victim was an outstanding example of her work. I wanted everyone to know how brilliant it was as soon as I finished it and I have been recommending it ever since!
Silent Victim is a skilfully written standalone that has me desperate for more…..RIGHT NOW! Just make sure you have the whole day to yourself as you won’t want anything or anyone to interrupt you whilst you’re reading this fabulous book. You have been warned!
Atmospheric, menacing, and incredibly riveting!
Silent Victim is a character-driven, thrill ride that reminds us that skeletons often find their way out of the closet no matter how well they are hidden or buried and highlights just how easily someone's behaviour can be manipulated, misinterpreted, questioned, and used against them.
The writing is taut and complex. The characterization is spot on with a cast of characters that are distressed, raw and consumed, and a setting, Mersea Island, that is a character itself with its remoteness and isolation. And the plot, told from multiple perspectives, uses a past/present, back-and-forth style to create suspense and tension as it unravels all the histories, personalities, relationships, and motivations within it.
Silent Victim is a without a doubt a clever, masterfully plotted, twisty page-turner that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very first page and leaves you shocked, surprised, and thoroughly entertained. It's one of the best psychological thrillers I've read in a long time and is definitely a must read!
Thank you to Caroline Mitchell for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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2.5 Stars— I noticed that “Silent Victim” has consistently averaged over 4 Stars on Amazon.com. So, I thought I was up to giving an unknown British author a chance ( since this approach worked well in me ‘discovering ‘ John Marrs). First, I can conclusively state that Caroline Mitchell is no Marrs. Her writing is uneven, and the plot bogs down at times with unnecessary details about Emma’s (the main character’s) business and consistently drags out scenes in the book. The author also lacks consistency in her writing — making both Emma and her sister, Theresa— so different from one scene to the next it makes it hard to relate or root for the characters. If this is the author’s attempt to build suspense then try something different because it is annoying. “Silent Victim” did have its moments — especially when told through the eyes of sociopathic predator, ex-boyfriend Luke. But just when I thought the book turned the corner it self- destructed with a main character calling a person he believes is going to harm a family member to let the villain know he is coming. Also, I beg the author to research how a building soaked in gasoline catches fire— lets just say I have seen fires catch faster with a magnifying glass on a sunny day than the gasoline fueled inferno in this book. Don’t believe the hype—Skip this one.