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.
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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Holy flipping moly Caroline Mitchell has only gone and written another fabulous psychological thriller that’s worthy of all the stars, it’s a MUST read. Darkly deceptive, chilling and thrilling Silent Victim has gone straight on my top reads of 2018 list. I’m a huge fan of this author I love her style of writing and her attention to detail. Whether it be crime or psychological thriller Caroline Mitchell knows how to grab the readers attention and this book is no different, from the “OMG” prologue to its nail biting conclusion I was well and truly hooked.
I do love an unreliable narrator and the author gives you two for the price of one, the story is told mostly from Luke the teachers POV and Emma a loving wife, and devoted mother, it’s shared between the past and the present. I found myself constantly looking for inconsistencies in their stories, wondering who was the more reliable of the two, which heightened the sense of unease that radiated from the pages. Reading the chapters from teacher Luke’s POV made my blood run cold, not because they were graphic, but because they give an insight into the mind of a deviant predator. As for Emma she’s one mixed up lady as the plot gains momentum Emma’s life seems to spiral out of control. Either Luke or Emma is lying and Caroline Mitchell weaves one hell of a tangled web you really don’t know who to trust.
I’m not going to go into plot details as all you need to know is in the book description, it’s really one of those books where the less you know the more thrilling the ride. I must mention I was tempted to read the last chapter at one point as I was desperate to see where the plot was leading, I never ever do this but the more I read the more anxious I became to find out the truth. Caroline Mitchell takes familiar themes such as betrayal, infatuation, and manipulation, but like any good author she works her magic to provide the reader with a highly original and gripping psychological thriller that will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. Would I recommend this book? Yes without a shadow of doubt especially if you enjoy a psychological thriller that’s very twisted.
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Do you like books that keep you up late at night because there is just NO way you can put it down until you find out the truth? What about books that are relentlessly paced with short chapters that end on mini cliffhangers leaving you reading chapter after chapter until you realize you’re finished? Or what about books that are full of thrills and excitement but also have a domestic suspense vibe chock full of secrets and lies? If you answered yes to these questions then please allow me to introduce you to the work of the fabulous Caroline Mitchell! Over the past two years she’s become one of my favorite authors, I can always count on her for an original storyline and some serious heart pounding moments and Silent Victim may be her best book yet.
This is told from several viewpoints and flips between 2017, 2013 and 2002 but everything is laid out clearly, there is no confusion but just loads of intrigue. The premise of this hooked me instantly, Emma killed her teacher years ago, but she didn’t mean to and she’s been living in fear ever since. When she digs up his grave and finds it empty things start to go downhill, fast. That’s as far as I’ll be discussing the plot because this went in SO many unexpected directions that I don’t want to reveal much. The tension is insane and the guessing game was endless, I was doubtful and distrusting of everyone at some point and the ending left me gasping for breath. Another hit from one of my auto buy authors, if you haven’t read her books yet they’re all highly recommended by me.
Silent Victim in three words: Nerve wracking, exciting and Menacing.