“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 am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to my stop on the Silent Victim blog tour. Silent Victim is the latest release from one of my favourite authors, Caroline Mitchell. I have been a fan of Mitchell’s writing for some time now but this (I’m ashamed to admit) is the first of her standalone psychological thrillers I have read. I normally go giddy over her superb police procedurals which, being a former police detective, have bucketloads of realism in them. But this…..this wonderfully addictive piece of fiction blew me away! There was something so different, so beautifully dark about the writing that I was pretty smitten from the very first page.
We meet Emma (great name, there aren’t enough ‘Emma’s’ in the books I read!), our lead character whilst she is burying a body! The reader immediately knows that this is not a normal night out for Emma and disposing of bodies in her palatial back garden is not something she does to pass the time. I could feel the character’s disbelief, the sheer terror of the situation and the realisation of what she had done. If the prologue of Silent Victim doesn’t draw you head first into this compulsive story then there’s no hope left for you I’m afraid.
Life is….good for Emma, her husband and their young son, Jamie. Alex, Emma’s husband is desperate to return to the North though, to Leeds where he was born and spent many happy years. So when a promotion lands in his lap, he grabs it with both hands. Emma would like to make a clean break of it too, but is fully aware of the secrets buried in her garden. Going behind Emma’s back Alex manages to find an eager cash buyer for their home and starts the search for a suitable property in Leeds. The implications of what this could mean hit Emma hard. What if the new owners discover the shallow grave on their property? She would certainly go to prison, and who would care for Jamie then? Moving the remains is the only answer, she needs to hide them somewhere they will never be found. But when Emma returns to the burial site, there is something missing. A body. Where are the remains of the teacher who groomed her when she was 15?
Wowsers! What a book. I feel emotionally drained and quite exhausted after reading Emma’s story. But what an addictive and thrilling story from the pen of Ms Mitchell. I couldn’t put this one down, nor did I actually want to. Normal life was officially put on hold!
I was repulsed by smarmy, manipulative Luke and his despicable treatment of teenage Emma. The way he spun her so many revolting lies until he got what he wanted and then pushed her aside as if she were a mere inconvenience. My heart broke repeatedly for teenage Emma, I could really feel her hurt. Saying that, Emma is a very troubled character from start to finish but I very much liked her. I can’t say the same for her husband, Alex. I would be fuming if my husband sold our house from underneath us without consulting me first. Alex made a couple of other decisions without Emma’s involvement at other points throughout the book and boy, did it wind me up!
Would I recommend this book? Definitely. It’s brilliantly paced, stuffed full of suspense and you never really know what to expect next. I loved how utterly horrible Luke Priestwood, Emma’s teacher, was. A firm favourite for ‘villain of the year’ in my eyes and a character for us readers to despise. But he wasn’t the only one with a touch of the darkness within and that, for me, added so much to the story. Mitchell’s writing goes from strength to strength. I absolutely flipping loved it!
Five out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Silent Victim. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell was published in the UK by Thomas and Mercer on 1st March 2018 and is available in hardcover, eBook and audio formats (please note, the following Amazon links are affiliate links): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Goodreads |
An international #1 and USA Today bestselling thriller author, Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family in a village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time, with over half a million copies of her books sold.
As well as her crime series, Caroline also writes stand-alone psychological thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim reached the Amazon number 1 spot in the UK, US and Australia. Her highly anticipated DI Amy Winter series is published by Thomas & Mercer. The first book in the series, Truth and Lies, launches on 13th September. Her works have been translated into four different languages and one of her books is featured as an interactive app, due for release in 2018.