The Silent Victim – Caroline Mitchell

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Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the Silent Victim - Caroline Mitchelltruth 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.

Silent Victim is published on the 1st March 2018 by Thomas & Mercer. Many thanks to the author for providing me with my copy of the book via NetGalley.

My Review

WOW! Silent Victim is another fantastic read from Caroline Mitchell!

Caroline Mitchell is one of those authors whereby I don’t need to read the blurb to know it will be a brilliant read – whether it’s her police procedural books or standalone psychological thrillers, they will not disappoint.

After reading Witness at the end of 2016, I could not wait for Mitchell’s next psychological thriller, I started Silent Victim with high expectations and it did not disappoint. Once again, Mitchell has written a gripping read which tackles a difficult subject, in this case grooming, head on.

Emma is a loving wife to Alex and a doting mother to their son, however Emma hides a terrible secret. Alex has decided that it is in his family’s best interests to move back up north to his home city of Leeds, however Emma is not so keen but cannot share her fears with Alex as it means confessing to murder. Emma is hiding the body of her old teacher, Luke, in the grounds of their current house and whilst she would love nothing more than escape, she is concerned that new owners would find his body and she would lose everything.

Silent Victim is told from varying perspectives using a dual-timeline to show the then through the perspectives of Emma and Luke, and the now from Emma and Alex. The flicking between past and present makes for a chilling, heart-stopping ride!

The characterisation in this book is brilliant, I particularly liked Alex as he was completely torn as to what to believe as the Emma he knows and love isn’t capable of murder…or is she? Mitchell brings out his inner turmoil wonderfully. Emma is a woman on the edge, and it is not surprising considering everything she has been through. She has had a terrible past, and whilst she isn’t proud of the fact that she is a murderer, she has taken some comfort in knowing where Luke is – that is until she finds the shallow grave empty, which is just the beginning of the nightmare.

Silent Witness is a fabulous example of a psychological thriller, full of unreliable narrators which make you doubt what is the truth…this book certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. This is one hell of a page-turner, if real-life hadn’t got in the way I easily could have read this in one sitting!

Highly recommended!!

About the Author

Caroline MitchellUSA Today Bestselling Thriller Author.

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty 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. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.

Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline’s personal experiences in the police and paranormal.

Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as “terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers”.

Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as “thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way”.

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