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Silent Victim

Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (103 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.

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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.

4 of 5 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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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.

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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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Started well but got very annoying very quickly

This could have been a great story. It started so well. It soon descended in the Millennial couple's angst ridden thoughts filling huge areas of the book. The characters were self obsessed and extremely unpleasant in their own ways, so the listener has little interest or empathy in their fortunes. If you are 30-45 and female, you may love the slow gossipy style of first person narration, and you may adore the practically inept, useless and weak Millennial husband, but others outside the target audience, may like me, find it very annoying. It reminded me of Rachel Abbott's books which similarly suffer from the same style, she too assumes men do not read crime books. I am not sure I will read another one by Caroline Mitchell because of this.

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Interesting story

I enjoyed listening to this book. It kept you guessing until the final few chapters as to who was in the wrong. I don't understand exactly about Emma's mother. I don't want to anything to spoil it for others so can't explain what I mean properly.
I enjoyed most of the narration except for the male trying to imitate a female's voice. Men's imitation always make women sound soppy and stupid.
I would definitely recommend this book. The story is easy to follow despite a lot of twist, turns and going back and forth between past and present.

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Started off well

I was disappointed with this as I like Charlotte Mitchell books, however this started off well, but then lost its way and it got rather silly, also I guessed the outcome very early on and I’m not the sharpest !

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-18

Can’t get time spent listening back

Narrators voice for Emma is annoying. Storyline is blah. Wish I could get the time spent listening back; but, those hours of my life are gone.

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  • Michelle
  • 08-09-18

Such a great find!!!

I loved this book!!! Highly recommend. I loved all of the twists and turns. I will download more of her books!!! 💕

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  • Manasa
  • 30-08-18

Definitely worth listening!

As it was in the genre I like, i bought it based on reviews. I am happy I got it. Throughly enjoyed listening.
The story is very interesting. Even though the story gets a little predictable at times, I could not stop listening once I started. I am glad that its was not too long.
Will recommend to people with a liking for suspense.

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  • Michelle
  • 12-08-18

Silent Victim

fantastic performance of Steve West. The lady narrator was good too. Story was great and educational. I wish I had a husband like Alex.