‘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?
Impressive and Enthralling!
Silent Lies is such an apt title for this novel – the hidden lies are awesome! I’ve read a few psychological thrillers of late so you would think I might possibly be able to work out what’s happening? No, not a whiff of it! This is an impressive and enthralling thriller which will leave you breathless!
When Mia’s daughter was only two, she lost her husband who committed suicide after murdering another girl. She survived the hate that she was on the receiving end of – because who would believe she didn’t know he had a relationship outwith their marriage? Five years on and focusing only on Freya, she has successfully moved on, running her own business and even has a new man in her life who adores them both.
Then someone from the past comes surfaces, bringing with them more questions than answers. We begin to follow the story ‘then’ and ‘now’ and slowly, piece by piece, the picture of the past is revealed alongside present happenings. The climax to this story totally came out of the blue. Not for one minute had I even considered the line it took – it blew me away. I was pole-axed!
This is such an easy novel to read. The writing is fluid, polished and draws you in. Before you know it you really care about the characters – good and bad. The people, the places, the situations are all completely plausible and believable and I have a clear mental image of all places – house, park and flat. That flat is so vividly described that I hope I never, ever have to live anywhere like it!
I have no idea how I have managed not to read Kathryn Croft’s other novels, but after this taste of her writing she is firmly on my list of authors to read more of. Such a stunning read deserves to race up the charts.
My sincere thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the arc of this novel in exchange for my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological thriller
Format: Kindle edition
File Size: 844 KB
Print Length: 321 pages
Publication Date: 25 October 2017
Also by Kathryn Croft