The Silent Ones – K. L. Slater

This morning, I was packing up lunches, ironing, putting on the laundry I should have done last night. Now my precious daughter is accused of murder.

When ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are arrested for a terrible crime, Maddy’s mother Juliet cannot believe it. How could her bright, joyful daughter be capable of such a thing?

As the small village community recoils in horror, the pressure of the tragedy blows Juliet and her sister’s lives apart. And things get even worse when their daughters retreat into a self-imposed silence. Can anyone reach Maddy and discover the truth before her fate is sealed?

Juliet is crushed. Nothing will ever be the same for her darling girl. But she knows that to find out what really happened that day, she and her sister must unlock the secrets of their own terrible past, a past they swore never to speak about again … –

I received this ebook free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved the premise of this novel and the story didn’t disappoint. It starts out strong, an intriguing scene that you end up guessing at the entire way through, trying to figure out who was where and what was going on.

The story takes place over two days, with the police having only a limited time to question the girls. This helps to keep the plot and action going.

My only criticisms would be that the titling of the chapters, or rather the subheadings, weren’t always consistent. Sometimes they would be a person’s name so we can gather the perspective or it would be a place. That might just be me, but it did throw me off sometimes.

It also went from thriller to almost a cozy mystery, the kind where the villain explains what they did and why at the very end. Endings for thrillers aren’t easy, either the plot and little tidbits have to wrap things up for us or one of the characters has to do it. Long, villainous monologues tend to leave me a little flat, and I don’t want to spoil the reveal so I can’t tell you much more!

All in all, this was a pretty fun read and I recommend it for a cold winter night!

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