Book Title: Silent Lies
Author: Kathryn Croft
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery
Pub Date: 10/25/17
‘Your husband didn’t kill himself.’
Five years rebuilding your life. Five words will destroy it again.
Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished.
Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn’t kill himself.
Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach’s past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband. As the secrets revealed get darker, Alison becomes harder to read, and Mia starts to wonder – why is Alison so keen to help?
And then a piece of the puzzle appears in an impossible place, and Mia has to ask, is she losing her mind, or should she be afraid for her life?
An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about obsession and buried secrets, with a brilliant twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors, and Gone Girl will be hooked from the very first page.
I’ve come to really look forward to each book Kat Croft releases; they all follow her typical formula of a banging beginning filled with many questions and the goal is to solve them as we go about the book. You could almost say that her books follow a typical detective style plotting, and we are placed into the view point of our protagonist, journeying alongside of her in “real time” and figuring out things as they do. This is one of my favorite type of stories; we all know how much I love to solve a mystery and I’m pleased to say I did not have this one figured out before the big reveal in the ending. While this isn’t the most important factor, it was one that caused me to enjoy this novel even more than the author’s previous one. This is the goal, right? To see an author surpass their talents with each book? If so, please take the time to pick up Silent Lies.
I found myself immediately empathetic for Mia; her initial becoming of a single mother to a young daughter was all too real for me and I couldn’t stop myself from wondering just what I would do in a similar situation. The premise is both mysterious and heartbreaking, which I think was important in creating a bond between reader and characters here. I’ll admit, I couldn’t stop running through every possible scenario in my head as I was reading; I was so determined to solve the mystery that I couldn’t slow down enough just to read through. This book is extremely fast paced and unputdownable; honestly my only concern is that some readers may not be able to get past the fact that some of the explanations and causes behind the entire mystery are a bit far fetched, but that’s what makes fiction exciting, and I was able to enjoy the story regardless.
If you enjoy the typical Bookouture mystery and are clamoring for more (honestly, aren’t we all?), this is a FANTASTIC choice to add to your TBR. I would highly recommend reading it at a time you aren’t busy or taking it with you on a trip where you have time to devote to it, because you aren’t going to want to put it down. This is an excellent choice for those who are fans of the ever popular psychological suspense in the domestic realm. Pack a bag and loads of caffeine with this one; you’ll have to stay up all night finishing it and will likely be a happy zombie by morning! 🙂
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley.
Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of five psychological thrillers, and to date has sold over one million copies of her books. The Girl With No Past spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and her other novels, Behind Closed Doors, The Stranger Within and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.
After 6 years teaching English, Kathryn now writes full time and has a publishing deal with Bookouture, as well as foreign rights in 13 different countries.
Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!
Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, their little boy and two cats.