Title: Silent Lies
Author: Kathryn Croft
Publish Date: October 25, 2017
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Obtained: Netgalley eARC
Synopsis: Mia and Zach Hamilton have a picture-perfect life together; a strong marriage, a beautiful home, a lovely daughter. But that is all torn apart one night when Zach commits suicide in the apartment of Josie Carpenter, his young student. The apartment is covered in her blood, and she hasn’t been found. Five years later, Mia believes she’s moved past all of this. Until Alison, a stranger, walks into her life and tells Mia that Zach didn’t kill himself. This sets off a chain of events as Mia tries to help the mentally unstable Alison while investigating her outrageous claims. What she finds ends up surprising her.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this free eBook in exchange for an honest review.
I requested Silent Lies on Netgalley because the synopsis sounded like a good story. And I was right. I really enjoyed reading this book. It wasn’t too long, and I found myself plowing through it night and day. There’s something about these domestic thrillers that draws me in. I guess because my own relationship is so normal and trusting? Who knows!
Silent Lies starts off as a basic thriller. We’re introduced to Mia, the ostracized wife of Zach Hamilton who committed suicide after what people can only assume murdering his lover, student Josie Carpenter. Mia has been through a lot during the media frenzy surrounding the case. People seem to want to place the blame on her since Zach was no longer alive to take all of the heat. But five years after that night, she has a steady, loving boyfriend, and her daughter is growing into a wonderful child. She’s got it all. Don’t they always?
Enter Alison. From her first appearance, she’s unstable. As a reader, I didn’t trust her from the start. Mia is a psychologist whom Alison made an appointment with, obviously with devious intentions. She’s in an abusive relationship and, at the end of her session, brings up Zach. She says he didn’t kill himself. Then she runs off. Who the hell does that??
I feel for Mia after this encounter. She thought she’d moved on and come to terms with how her husband met his end. But this brings everything back and makes her question what she thinks she knows about that night. She tracks Alison down and everything sort of escalates from there.
The Super Twisty Ending
I predicted something COMPLETELY different in the end, as there were so many signs pointing to what I believed would happen. But the author managed to fool me! Which I secretly loved. You really don’t know what happened that night until the very last few chapters, as some main characters make revelations to the readers about their actions. I was surprised, but I also felt a bit confused, like the ending didn’t make sense at first. But I kept reading until the very last page and it all came together for me.
Silent Lies follows a linear storyline, but it flashes back between Mia in the present day to Josie in the past, leading up to that night. The author did a great job integrating these two POVs and I didn’t find it difficult at all to read through.
What I Didn’t Like
Like I mentioned, I felt a bit confused as to how the ending played out. We find out the truth, but there’s just a part of me that feels it still doesn’t make sense. Looking back, there were signs pointing towards this. I guess it’s really because I had my mind made up on how it would end, and when it didn’t go that way, I was blown off course.
There were also some subplots that didn’t seem too necessary to the storyline. I think they were used to make you believe in a different outcome. But after I finished the book, they seemed like unnecessary words. I’m all for character development, but this went a little too far for me.
Despite these small hiccups, Silent Lies was an enjoyable, suspenseful psychological thriller. I was left guessing after every chapter, every page, and I’m glad I got a chance to read it!