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Five years rebuilding your life. Five words will destroy it again.

Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished.

Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn't kill himself. Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach's past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband.

As the secrets revealed get darker, Alison becomes harder to read, and Mia starts to wonder - why is Alison so keen to help? And then a piece of the puzzle appears in an impossible place, and Mia has to ask, is she losing her mind, or should she be afraid for her life?

An absolutely enthralling psychological thriller about obsession and buried secrets, with a brilliant twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and Gone Girl will be hooked.

©2017 Kathryn Croft (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Keeps you guessing -quite literally, until the end

I've listened to all of Kathryn Croft's books (except one) and I like them because she gets right to the story so you're never just waiting for it to "kick-in". “Silent Lies” is about a widow, Mia, in her late 30's with a 7-year-old daughter whose husband supposedly killed himself 5 years ago. She is finally moving on, is in a relationship with a great guy who also loves her daughter and has her own counseling/therapy practice. But... a new patient, Alison, comes to her claiming to know the truth about what happened to her husband, Zach, the night he killed himself. The discrepancy is that one of Zach's students went missing that night, but her blood was found all over the crime scene where he killed himself and her body was never recovered. Alison is a very strange girl in her mid-20's and Mia doesn't know what to think about her as all the information she gave her was false. The story is told in two perspectives, Mia (present day) and the student that went missing that night, Josie, via flashbacks. The end was unexpected but not shocking, and it all happened in the last 30 min or less of the book. Therefore, we don't get any additional insight on the characters and their motives. One odd thing that was somewhat forced into the story was Josie's past. She was beyond brutally attacked at age 18 - her home life was awful and her mother should win Worst Mother of the Year award. The author really hammered her life into the story and soooo much more detail was provided about this aspect of her life and very little about Zach. I thought there was going to be an outcome that heavily resolved Josie's situation but it was never fully addressed. There was a twist I predicted that would’ve been stellar, but it was not even close to what actually occurred. If anything, the story was a cliffhanger and the next book will be a follow-up to this one. This is definitely a stand-alone book, but in consideration of how much information was divulged about Josie's horrible life, it was not satisfying at the end. But that is only for her part of the story, most the book ends satisfactorily. It would have been more satisfying if it was longer and not just packed in the last minutes of the book. Overall though, it was a good read, paced nicely and held my interest and on par with Kathryn Croft’s other books.

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  • Kate
  • 12-07-17

Started out well .....

I really got into this book at the start. However, the more it progressed, the more I felt I wanted it to move a bit faster.
The narration was ok, but I felt the characters were weak - especially Zac and Alison. The other two main ones - Mia and Josie - well.....!
Mia was totally unbelievable as the counsellor she was portrayed as, and Josie seemed to be completely inconsistent (one minute assertive, the next passive). Really annoying both of them! As for Will, well he was a complete wet blanket (rather like Zac) so perhaps that's the type Mia goes for!! As for the ending - it was a surprise but again unbelievable in all respects. Won't say any more as I don't want to give the game away. I clearly finished the book but wished I hadn't bothered!!

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  • Jackie M-W
  • 12-05-17

Kept me guessing

I had no idea where this was going until the end. However, some bits of the story made no sense, some ends left loose, which is why I gave it one less star. Still, great performances and a gripping tale.

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  • G. Mason
  • 12-07-17

Mostly dull.

The narrator for Mia was pretty monotone and unengaging often making it a hard listen. The story itself isn't that enthralling either.