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Silent Victim

Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)
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Summary

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.

©2018 Caroline Mitchell (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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good story

enjoyed the story and it was well narrated and never boring even if the characters reactions to events weren't always believable, still a very enjoyable book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Here lies MADNESS!? Murder, mayhem, mystery and...

SILENT VICTIM.

With short, make that very short, chapters it's got a pace of it's own. Couple that with the fact that it's in a diary format (leaping forwards and backwards) it sounds very confusing. It's not!!!

You soon get into the swing of this book/audiobook and find yourself trying to work out who did what, when and where. You'll be guessing until the end.

All in all a book to indulge yourself in. I'd highly recommend SILENT VICTIM to fans of murder mysteries. It's like an Alfred Hitchcock film in book/audiobook form.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Brilliantly read

Great narration really brings this story to life 10/10 i can not recommend the audio book enough ☺

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Thumbs down.

Not very believable . Was tempted not to finish listening. Would not recommend and be hesitant to try another by the same author.

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  • JG
  • GB
  • 13-06-18

Gripping!!!

Very gripping, enjoyed it, narrators were great they really made the characters believable, therefore made you want to listen more.

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good overall

captivating at times, good story with a few unforseen twists to get your head around.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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INTRIGUING THEN BECAME AS IMPLAUSIBLE AS A UNICORN

It was a great premise ..... then enter a rather wimpy woman, stereotypical dull but dedicated head of the house husband, moustache twirling love rat rotter ....... all ok and good narration ..... then enter a very superfluous eating disorder which was a completely unwelcome addition to the story ... a rather bizarre childhood revealed... a few good twists and turns as you are presented with two alternative viewpoints to the backstory and ponder on what really did happen ... then the story seems to run away with itself so much so as a few passing unicorns would not seem out of place as the story became more and more far fetched.
I did enjoy it - to a point, once I suspended all disbelief. I did not enjoy the pointless addition of an eating disorder or hearing about the protagonist being constantly hungry on top of all her other problems. I did not guess what was going on as indeed it was hard to keep up with all the past and present shenanigans in play.
I did think it was well written, but could have done with a more realistic plot, more likeable, interesting and believable characters and while I love a good twisting turning thriller this was more of a mishmash of more and more unlikely events as we wandered further and further from credibility. I gave the narrators 4 stars as the characters they played were at times so much like cardboard cut outs of perplexed victims,wicked villains and depthless walk-on extras there was not really the range or material for any actor to give a 5 star performance.
To sum up - sadly so much better than the average dreary domestic mystery of which there are so many but not a solid 5 star thriller which totally ensconced me and that I could not wait to dive into like Magpie Murders; The Death of Mrs Westaway, Something in the Water; Everything is Lies; Close to Home; I am Watching You; Let Me Lie; Sweet Little Lies; My Little Eye, The Guilty Wife; The Friend; I know my Name; The Disappearance of Audrey Wilde; The Blue, The Word is Murder; Lies; The Brighton Mermaid; Watching You; Then She was Gone; Dear Amy; The Mariage Lie; Lie with Me; The Sudden Disappearance of the Frasers, Our House, Without a Word, The Other Couple, Rebound; Local Girl Missing, Behind Her Eyes, The Widow, Blink, Her Perfect Life; The Girl Before, Exposure; The Marriage Pact or anything by Tana French, Jane Casey, Robert Galbreith, Ruth Ware, Sabine Durrant and Emily Barr especially Sleeper ...... to name but a few!

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Good listen

I enjoyed this book, and unlike a lot I read I didn’t guess the twist until the very end. Good narration as well. I would read / listen to another from this author

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Great read with loads of plot twists

I didn’t want to stop listening, it is so good and every turn it gets better and better. A must read

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Tedious and Banal

I could not get past the first quarter of this book; it sounded like something from a teenage magazine.

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  • Loves2Read
  • 24-03-18

Would have rated four stars if narrator was better

The story kept me engaged but it is probably a better read than audio book due to the irritating narration by Ms Knowelden. She speaks with a soft, breathy, sometimes whispering voice. That is not good in an audiobook. It's sometimes hard to hear but even more distracting is the irritating sound of breathy tones through a mechanized device. I am always amazed when professionals do not know to project and even moreso that the technical staff does not catch this problem. Mr. West's narration was good.

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  • Elkay
  • 05-03-18

Learn from my mistake

I listened to over half of this (enough that returning it feels like a cheat), hoping it would get better, but it didn’t. Learn from my mistake and save ten hours of your life. First, there’s the story: a young teenaged girl is sexually assaulted, and it’s never even really addressed. I can understand it not being dealt with in the context of the story, but it’s like the author didn’t quite understand that even a “consensual” relationship between a teen girl and a much older teacher is hugely problematic. Then, the girl (now a woman) is casually gaslighted by every other character in the book “for her own good,” except the ones who serve no discernible purpose in the story (there are several of those). I hated everyone, and they were not complex characters that were fun to hate. They were all just dreadful.

Finally, a minor quibble: the writing, ugh. “‘Why do you say that?’ she asked, seeking information.” Yeah. We know she’s seeking information. She asked a question. Give us some credit.

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  • Luccia
  • 05-08-18

would make a great movie

fast paced, good plot, lots of twists and turns, and on themes that resonate for today with all the news about the Weinsteins of this world who manipulate women into participating in their own exploitation. Performance is really good if you like British accents as I do, and the voices are very much on point, as the main characters voices are very distinctive. Tho I have a problem ongoing with male narrators that try to speak in women's voices when a female is part of their dialogue, they tend to try to speak in falsetto that no woman on earth sounds like and it's distracting and can be annoying, something you have to look past. Would prefer they just speak in their own normal voice tones. This is an involving and dimensional psychological thriller, one of those you can't put down/stop listening to. Started to guess the end revelations a little bit ahead but this is so well done overall you still let yourself be carried along by the forward movement of the plot and the dimensional characters. Not too heavy, just a very well done thriller with psychological insights,which is a fine thing. I do hope it's turned into a film, I think it would be great.

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  • Simone
  • 22-01-19

I had to extra suspend my disbelief

Too many leaps

To really enjoy this story, you have to make a few large leaps of faith and accept some facts without explanation… something that I was not completely able to do.

The two largest being:

1- Just accept Luke is a maniac with no clarification, explanation or any details about what makes him tick and why. He’s just nuts.

2- Don’t question why Alex just doubts his wife from the get-go. It never felt right to me – no confrontations, no discussions, just suspicion and mistrust from the start.

Still, I like this formula of psychological thrillers featuring unreliable narrators and a small cast of characters and so overall I enjoyed the story.

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  • Mary Iz
  • 11-09-18

Silent Victim

Silent Victim keeps you guessing. It had my attention from the beginning and kept it all the way through. The antagonist in the book is my one knock on the story as he (and the storyline surrounding him) is not totally believable. The rest of the characters and story make up for it though (in my opinion).

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  • DRoss
  • 05-08-18

Love English Mysteries

I really enjoyed this book. I like the back and forth among characters in each chapter. The narrators were super. It’s a rather simple mystery - girl crushes on teacher; girl marries and has a child; perfect life until ....

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  • Michelene
  • 02-08-18

Disappointed

I have enjoyed Caroline Mitchell’s “Ruby Preston” series but this was a boring storyline. And the narrator Elizabeth Knowelden sounded as she was whispering through the entire novel. Not worth the purchase. Hopefully there isn’t another book with the same characters.

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  • Maremare13
  • 29-03-18

I managed to finishv this book...

I enjoyed the story this book offered, characters in the story were really great but it was just hard to tell who was talking at times and switching back and forth between timelines was just annoying.

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  • HalfwayAuthor
  • 06-04-19

Awesome Story Telling

This book maintained intrigue from start to finish. Excellent formatting and reading of the story.

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  • Donna Smith McG
  • 27-12-18

Listened to entire book in one day!

I was completely enthralled at the begging of ‘Silent Victim’ I really loved narration from Brits Elizabeth Knowelden and sexy Steve West!

Basically (*PROMISE NO SPOILERS*) we have a couple Emma & Alex, Emma’s sister Theresa & a completely over whelming sex pervert, who is teaching teenagers. The biggest thing I saw out of this was a man who did and said whatever he wanted with girls under the age of 16. They basically fell in love with him, and when he didn’t stop their advances, or rather, their wanting him, he turned on them. He pretended to REALLY love them, when he “supposedly” tried to break their hearts gently, he would just do it to them once, twice, etc. until they were addicted and then..”You have to leave me alone! I’m going to lose my job!” Just another way to make the girls feel unwanted, suicidal tendencies. A real...piece of work‼️

Without giving too much away, which right now is difficult!! Emma was one of those girls and she did many incredible things to herself to keep him. From the beginning though, you didn’t know who was the mouse and who was the cat! Was Emma a stalker or was “Ken?” This was the best part of the whole book though!! There was Theresa, her sister who always seemed to be giving Emma’s husband reason to disbelieve Emma, while saying “she just needs help”. At this point I honestly didn’t know what we had here? Was Emma’s sister trying to make Emma mad? or was it Ken, playing innocent one minute and telling everyone HE was being stalked!! I even wrote notes saying “SEE she’s STALKING HIM”...or was it Alex! Who was afraid Emma would hurt their son..What a who is it?! Book!!

Until the last 2 chapters consisting of 3 minutes..was I angry! I’m getting so TIRED of these Writer’s who write great books and right when they can elaborate on details about “certain people”..main..supporting..whys..how comes..you get Emma 2017 and everything is just GREAT along with a secret I will not tell and no repercussions about it!! Sorry Ms Mitchell..as the readers we need YOU to give us background info on them. I know what happened but I don’t know WHY..Okay that’s my review. Good book, couldn’t put it down, but I wanted MORE, and you know what I mean..It definitely had a potential of a 5 star novel.. 3.8 out of 5 stars