Silent Victimby Caroline Mitchell Published 01 Mar 2018
|Publisher||Thomas & Mercer|
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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.
I’ve never been on a rollercoaster ride but I imagine coming off it, feels a little something like I felt when I finished reading Silent Victim : a little dizzy, maybe a tad nauseous and with legs like jelly.
Emma hasn’t had an easy time but now she has a loving husband and a wonderful son. Things are looking up until her husband gets a job opportunity in Leeds and is set on moving and selling their house. Because the field at the back of their house hides a secret. It’s where Emma buried the body of a teacher who seduced her when she was a teenager. Desperate to hide the traces of what she’s done, Emma returns to the grave only to find the body is gone.
This brilliant plot had me guessing until the very end, scratching my head in confusion. Full of secret and lies, I found it hard to figure out who could be trusted or not, or even if Emma was a reliable narrator. I enjoyed the alternating chapters between her and her husband, Alex, as it showed quite clearly what it would have felt like to have been in his shoes.
I was gripped from the very beginning. At times, I felt quite uncomfortable. Any story involving grooming is tough to read but I feel the author tackled it brilliantly. It’s frightening, haunting and heartbreaking but also incredibly engrossing. Silent Victim is a truly compelling read with some twists and turns and a red herring here and there. It held my attention throughout.
As a huge fan of the Ruby Preston series, I was somewhat sad to see that coming to an end but if it means Caroline Mitchell is coming up with stories like this one, I really can’t complain. This is a psychological thriller with all the right ingredients. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I highly recommend you pick up a copy as soon as you possibly can.
I’m a big fan of this authors books so couldn’t wait to read her new stand alone novel, Silent Victim.
The story flicks mainly between husband and wife, Emma and Alex. Emma’s chapters feature past and present so we can see the build up of events with her teacher and present, where her life seems to be spiralling out of control.
Moving house and a brand new start is something that most of us would love and look forward to. Emma though is someone who has something that is eating away at her. She loves her husband and son very much and she doesn’t want anything to ruin that. Mentally she isn’t very stable. This is due to a lot of what went on with her upbringing.
Alex I really liked and was someone I felt quite sorry for. He loves his wife and his son and he just wants them to be the perfect happy family. Since talk of the move, Emma is acting irrational and he doesn’t know what to make of it all or what to do for the best.
The author does a very good job of messing with your head. Like Alex, I just didn’t know what to believe. Emma is quite mentally unstable and I didn’t dare let my guard drop where she was concerned.
This is one story where you just know there is something brewing and when it hits, it is going to be big. The chapters are relatively short making me pound through the pages as I had to get closer to unraveling the truth. The tension that builds throughout had me holding my breath and having to gasp for air as I kept forgetting to take a breath.
Silent Victim is an enthralling read that I just couldn’t get enough of. Gripped from the very first page, this is one book that you will seriously struggle to put down. An absolute must read for fans of psychological thrillers.
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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Silent Victim has done nothing for me. It’s not a mystery, since we know from the beginning pretty much everything that’s going on and the surprise elements weren’t such a big surprise, it’s barely a thriller , the characters are awkwardly written and the story is so over-the-top , I’ve rolled my eyes dozens of times while listening to this book. But what I disliked the most was the way the main character was built.She was so desperate , so weak and vulnerable, so needy , plain stupid a handful of times , that it made me angry. And that’s especially because I’ve never met a woman or a girl, that’s THAT weak, THAT blind and oblivious in regards to another person . So why ,again , do we have so many female characters that are written this way in books and movies ? It’s plain disgusting , from my POV.
Writing this I’m reconsidering those 2 starts , it might go down to 1. Such a waste of my time , it’s unbelievable .
Fast-paced and suspenseful! I never had any idea where this book was taking me but the ride was full of twists and turns and I was happy to be on it. It's tough to finish well and this one was satisfying if not the "bang" I was hoping for after being so enchanted by the rest.