The Silent Ones - K.L. Slater
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This morning, I was packing up lunches, ironing, putting on the laundry I should have done last night. Now my precious daughter is accused of murder. When ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are arrested for a terrible crime, Maddy’s mother Juliet cannot believe it. How could her bright, joyful daughter be capable of such a thing? As the small village community recoils in horror, the pressure of the tragedy blows Juliet and her sister’s lives apart. And things get even worse when their daughters retreat into a self-imposed silence. Can anyone reach Maddy and discover the truth before her fate is sealed? Juliet is crushed. Nothing will ever be the same for her darling girl. But she knows that to find out what really happened that day, she and her sister must unlock the secrets of their own terrible past, a past they swore never to speak about again …
In true K.L. Slater fashion, this latest book of hers grips you right from the beginning and doesn’t let go until you’re finished. I could not put this down! It didn’t feel like a psychological thriller until near the end. I was wondering at one point what category I would put this under, but as the truth behind everything starts to be unveiled, you realise that yup, this is a PT! The two girls at the beginning and their actions made me want to cry, not for them, but for the poor old lady. I hate the mistreating of old people, even if someone just taunts or makes fun of them, it makes me really sad. They were young and hip once, and everyone gets old, it’s not something we choose. So just simply being old doesn’t mean they are open to abuse. Saying all that I didn’t agree with the lynch mob that was out in force baying for the girls’ blood! They were just kids, and the ‘village’ was forgetting this! Also, the little thing called ‘innocent until proven guilty’! It really added to the desperation of the story, though. The girls really needed to break the vow of silence they had going on and speak up. It was quite frustrating them not talking, but this really built up the suspense. I can’t say I figured out the truth nor what had happened, but I did have my suspicions about a particular character that proved correct. The family was perfectly dysfunctional and felt very real and just how frustrating families can be. Overall, another brilliant offering by Slater that draws you in makes you feel involved and will not let you get any sleep until you’ve finished it!