The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater | Review

The Silent Ones | K.L. Slater | Bookouture | Pub: July 24, 2019 | Pages: 302

This is the story of Maddy and Brianna, two cousins that are best friends, inseparable. The 10-year-old cousins are hauled in an interrogation room at the police precinct after an elderly woman is discovered battered to death. Are they suspects?!

The girls refuse to talk, which leads the two families to become dysfunctional and start pointing fingers.

This is my first K.L. Slater book, but I’ve read rave reviews from this author and that she rarely disappoints! This is a very well-written novel about a dysfunctional family whose secrets and deceit have pulled them apart for decades. I thought I had this one worked out from the beginning, but I was completely wrong. I was gripped to the pages and loved all the twists and turns. Bonus, the ending was completely unexpected and shocking.

Overall, eerie and gripping thriller! I will be checking out other K.L. Slater books!

Thank you to Bookouture for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


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 …


1 comment

  1. I am really liking this book but I get stuck on character's ages & dates. How could Ray have possibly been a school mate of Bessie's husband? It seems to be off a generation. If Ray is anywhere near John's age (having children in the late 80's-late 90's) the previous generation would have been involved in WWII!