I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published December 11th 2020
No mother wants to believe her child could be a killer
Two little girls visit an elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease at her home. Later, the woman is found dead and the girls may be the only people who know what happened to her, but once the police arrive the girls refuse to say a single word. Juliette and Chloe, the girls' mothers, who are sisters, are desperate to get the bottom of things, but neither wants to believe that her daughter could be a killer. As the investigation continues, an old family secret comes back to haunt them all.
I had intended to review this book much sooner, but at the time I was not in the mood for grim or scary stories, and as a mother, this one seemed a little close to home. However, I picked this novel up again recently and for some reason found it easier going the second time around. This book does deal with themes of murder, elder abuse, narcissistic mothers and ableism. However, there it doesn't dwell much on the murder itself, and there is even a happy ending of sorts.
Like KL Slater's other novels, this book is full of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end. The plot may be a touch far fetched, but if you suspend disbelief it's an enjoyable ride. I liked the careful way the prologue is worded so that you can't tell which girl did what, and the slow build of tension from there. The Silent Ones is a thriller full of twists and betrayal. It is available in eBook and paperback formats and also as an audiobook from Audible.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Bookouture, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: 2019