She Was the Quiet One Hardcover – 31 May 2018
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The twins move to New Hampshire after the death of their mother to live with their rich grandmother who they don’t know very well . She packs them off to boarding school and that is when the drama begins.
Sarah and Heath Donavan are new teachers at the school drafted in to overhaul it and with Heath being young, ambitious and handsome they seem like the perfect couple to transform Odell school.
The plot thickens with the murder of a student. One twin is dead , but which one?? As the evidence points to the other twin being responsible, can it be true or is someone else the murderer?? Secrets, lies and betrayal are all intertwined to add twists and turns throughout the book.
I enjoyed the suspense of Michele Campbell’s writing style. She had me questioning my assumptions throughout. Some of the chapters were tense and the characters very well written. A fantastic thriller I found it easy to read and look forward to more books from this author.
Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to read and review this advanced copy.
As in Campbell's previous novel, the characterisation is exquisite, the plot intriguing and the pace perfect. A masterfully crafted book that is full of suspense. There are plenty of dark secrets and twists and turns throughout, whilst the POV alternates between several different characters keeping the mystery under wraps until the very end.
Once I picked this up that was it, I was shut away reading until I finished it. The author knows how to engage you in the first few pages and is adept at holding your interest the whole way through.
Many thanks to St Martin's Press for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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Boarding schools make for great settings: There is always a lack of supervision and the kids always seem to get away with so much and trouble is always lurking somewhere. There was one thing I could not get over throughout the novel: No locks on the bedroom doors at all?!?!? I found that highly unbelievable as that is just asking for trouble (which happens).
Bel and her sister Rose are fraternal twins and very different girls. I liked both of them, and they really are Yin and Yang: Total opposites but still care for each other as they are all they have left…. Until they get to Odell Academy. As I read I was wondering what was going to happen to break that seemingly unbreakable ‘twin bond’.
“I was constantly wondering which twin was going to be murdered; I kept going back and forth between Bel and Rose.” I really had no idea which one it was going to be, as both could have been described as ‘the quiet one’ in their own individual way.
There are many secrets held by many characters throughout the novel. You also see how cruel kids can be to each other.
The mystery of the killer’s identity was a predictable one for me. I was hoping for a twist surprise but it became obvious that was not the direction the novel was going to go. As it was predictable for me, the last act of the novel was anti-climactic. BUT then we have that epilogue…… It brings everything together and everything makes sense.
I enjoyed She was the Quiet One and look forward to reading more by Campbell. Special thanks to St Martin’s Press who sent me an arc copy along with a tote bag for It’s Always the Husband via a Goodreads giveaway which I voluntarily read.
She was the Quiet One is recommended.
She Was the Quiet One opens with a chapter showing the readers that there has been a murder but with only enough to pique the curiosity. After that we meet twins, Rose and Bel, who have just lost their mother and have been taken in by their grandmother who wants to send them to the Odell boarding school. Rose is excited about the opportunity, Bel not so much.
At the school Sarah and Heath are two teachers that are married with children and in charge of the dorm that the girls get assigned to with each mentoring one of the twins. The story changes the point of view between the characters building what had happened to lead to that opening chapter. There are also flashes back to the current time where the investigation is playing out with that murder we had the glimpse into.
First I would say that yes, I still found the author’s writing style to be completely compelling and quickly pulled me into the story. You just know the rich boarding school is going to spell out trouble any way as it’s an often used creepy story setting too. And thankfully in this book the characters weren’t necessarily “likable” but ones that I did find myself interested in knowing more and anxious to find the outcome to everything. If the book would have had a bigger “twist” to the overall story I may have even given five stars, the epilogue however was a nice touch. When finished I will definitely be back to try another from this author in the future since my rating did rise with this second novel.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
"The only quiet woman is a dead one." - Sylvia Plath
Meanwhile, Sarah and Heath Donovan and their young children moved into Moreland Hall after being hired as dorm heads to put a stop to the recent shenanigans at the girls' dorm. Will this position help English teacher Donovan realize his ambitious dream of becoming headmaster? How far will he go to achieve his lofty goal?
"Sometimes we don't know people as well as we think we do."
There was sooo much drama in this book, and I loved it. Boarding school drama. Twin sister drama. Friendship drama. Marriage drama. So much twisty drama that it kept me guessing until the very end about who was dead and why. Who was the murderer, and why did he/she commit such a heinous act? And, who the heck was Anonymouse, and why was he/she stirring the oh-so-dramatic pot? Read this twisty tale to find out!
I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Location: New Hampshire and Connecticut