Sunday, 13 May 2018

Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell

Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell
Published in the UK by Thomas And Mercer in March 2018.

How I got this book:
Won in a Dorset Book Detective giveaway

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository : from £8.44 (PB)
Wordery : from £14.53 (HB)
Waterstones : from £8.99 (PB)
Amazon : from $5.34 / £3.98 (ebook)
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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.

I think I am going to be in a minority of Silent Victim readers who aren't raving about how amazing this crime novel is! Don't get me wrong. I think it is resoundingly OK, hence my three star rating, but seeing gushing praise elsewhere I wondered if I had perhaps mistakenly read a different book? Silent Victim is a fast-read thriller which nicely passed a couple of sunny afternoons. I didn't especially like its storyline being passed between three narrators because they all spoke with the same voice so I kept forgetting whose point of view I was supposed to be following at that time. Also the characters' actions were frequently abrupt and without adequate motivations so I didn't understand why they chose to follow their particular course. These kinds of issues irritate me, particularly in a novel which has such a serious subject as child abuse at its centre. As an entertaining read, it does its job, but I felt uncomfortable with this subject being just 'entertainment'.

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  1. It's frustrating when multiple POV's in a book aren't distinct. Thrillers especially need to engage you the whole time. Great Review.

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

    1. Thanks Tori!
      Yeah, this one just didn't cut it for me.

  2. It's always nice to read a review where the perspective is a little bit different than that of the people who have been reading in it. I am sorry that you weren't able to really enjoy the character's choices and actions. The situation of her being a murderer sounds complex though, and I wonder how everything worked out.

    1. I saw how this could have been a serious literary thriller which I think I would have appreciated, but it isn't written as such!