Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft
Published: October 2017
Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft is a mystery novel, and the second book I have read by this author.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mia Hamilton has been living with unknowns, half-truths, and anxiety for the last five years of her life. Working from home as a psychiatrist, she is now in a new relationship with Will, and her 7-year old daughter Freya loves him. She should be happy, but she has not yet let go of the past. Five years ago her husband, Zach, committed suicide. On the same night, Josie Carpenter, one of his students, vanished. It was heavily speculated that Zach was in a relationship with Josie, and after killing her, he took his own life. Mia has many unanswered questions.
When a new client, Alison, appears at her door and tells Mia that Zach didn’t kill himself, the past again raises its ugly head, and more painful memories re-surface. Alison, in an abusive relationship which she refuses to leave, seems to taunt Mia with glimpses of her past relationship with Josie. Alison seems to have her own agenda, and Mia is torn between helping an evidently unstable woman get the help she needs, and following Alison’s breadcrumbs in hopes of finding out what she really knows about Zach’s death. But trust is hard. Everyone has secrets. Can anything be believed?
So many secrets. So many lies.
The story is told from two perspectives/timelines, Josie’s 5 years ago, and Mia’s today. It alternates between the two, and in this way, the story unfolds rather well.
While I had a few issues initially getting into the story, it quickly grew on me. The main characters were fleshed out well, although I didn’t really like any of them. They were all very selfish (including Mia). I think that may have been one of the reasons I struggled getting into the book. I also wasn’t a real fan of the ending. Even with this negativity, I enjoyed the book!
However, it had a really good plot, and although I had it figured out before the end, the twists and turns kept me guessing. I am becoming a fan of Kathryn Croft’s writing style.
Read: November 2017
Favorite Quotes from Silent Lies:
“She’s right – that’s just a small lie in a forest of hundreds.”
“I don’t tell him that I long ago gave up on the idea of having friends. That when you’re at rock bottom you turn around and find they’ve all disappeared, that there’s nobody there to hold out their hand and lift you up.”
About the Author: Kathryn Croft has a BA Honours Degree in Media Arts with English Literature. She lives in England. This is her sixth psychological thriller.