Review: Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell

Posted April 30, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell
Silent Victim
by Caroline Mitchell

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: March 1, 2018
Published by Thomas & Mercer
Pages: 325
Format: eBook
 

“This was a solid read, although it felt clumsy towards the end as everything came to a conclusion this was still an intriguing psychological thriller.”
~ Under the Covers

Emma seems to have the perfect life, a loving husband, a successful business and an adorable child. But Emma has a secret. A secret that’s buried at the bottom of her garden and that she’s terrified will be unearthed. Emma’s carefully constructed life starts to fall apart when her husband is promoted and they have to move. Only, when Emma goes to find her victim, the body has gone. But the phone calls and the flowers have only just begun.

I am not sure what to make of this psychological thriller, I really liked the idea and this book had layers of mystery that was definitely intriguing. However, it didn’t quite capture me as much as I thought it would when I read the blurb. I think this was partly because of the plodding pace, with small morsels being fed to keep you going of most of the book, with a few chapters of quick revelation at the end. Although the slow revelations were interesting it wasn’t enough to prevent me from becoming slightly bored.

Then there was the character of Emma herself, intellectually I knew I should emphasise with her, despite how picture perfect her life is now, her past is riddled with pain. Despite knowing this, even if you don’t quite discover the details until later on in the book, I still found it difficult to connect with her.

But, I did like the way that the full story was never quite revealed, you had a small part of the picture that was constructed through the POV of Emma, her husband and flashes of the past from POV of the man Emma killed. What I also liked was the issues this books highlight, the silent victim in question was the troubled teenage Emma, who was manipulated and sexually exploited by her teacher for his own narcissistic amusement. Then the whole issue was ignored and swept away, leaving her totally unheard and battling through her problems with no support.

This was a solid read, although it felt clumsy towards the end as everything came to a conclusion this was still an intriguing psychological thriller.

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About Caroline Mitchell

Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family 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. She now writes full time.
Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston trilogy is described as terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers.
Caroline also writes psychological thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim, has been described as 'brilliantly gripping and deliciously creepy'. Her new DI Amy Winter series is published by Thomas & Mercer.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review.

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Thanks for the review.

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Sounds interesting enough…I may give it a go. Thanks

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Awesome review suzanne,sounds like a good thriller!! On my tbr gr list and amazon wish list! Shared on all my socials!!

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Sounds interesting enough…I may give it a go. Thanks

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Awesome review suzanne,sounds like a good thriller!! On my tbr gr list and amazon wish list! Shared on all my socials!!

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Thanks for the review Suzanne

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Thanks for the review Suzanne