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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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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.

27 of 32 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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.

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  • DRoss
  • LOCKHART, TX, United States
  • 08-05-18

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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Well read!

I wasn't prepared for this story at all. The characters are unreliable and frustrating in a way that kept me intrigued. The narrators did a great job with telling this story. It left me with a sadness of real sociopaths being out there preying on innocent lives. How well they manipulate their way through life. Overall, great audiobook!

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Disappointed

I have enjoyed Caroline Mitchell’s “Ruby Preston” series but this was a boring storyline. And the narrator Elizabeth Knowelden sounded as she was whispering through the entire novel. Not worth the purchase. Hopefully there isn’t another book with the same characters.

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Fantastic Book

Silent Victim grabbed my attention and kept it. The plot moved along quickly. I recommend this book to those who like mysteries!

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Gripping!

Silent Victim is my first book by Caroline Mitchell, but it won't be my last. For some reason, I had low expectations going into this book, however I am happy to report I was very wrong! It is a twisty, clever story with an engaging plot and well-developed characters. Recommended!

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  • Rufus
  • 06-15-18

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.

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  • fabian
  • 03-14-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-04-18

Brilliantly read

Great narration really brings this story to life 10/10 i can not recommend the audio book enough ☺

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  • Jennyg
  • 06-13-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-18

good overall

captivating at times, good story with a few unforseen twists to get your head around.

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  • rachel spears
  • 08-19-18

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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  • Chris
  • 06-10-18

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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  • SANDRA JENNER
  • 05-09-18

Awful narration!

The female voice was breathy whispers throughout which ruined the book for me, so I had to give up halfway through so couldn’t give more that 2 stars

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  • Carole
  • 04-20-18

Dreadful female narrator

This is a good story but the female narrator just spoils the whole experience by speaking with a breathy voice. Really really irritating but if you try to switch off from it and concentrate on the story, it’s pretty good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-18

Cringey male narration

I REALLY enjoyed this book - the story was interesting and gripping and made me want to listen on. However, the male narrator when reading the female parts was cringeworthy and reminiscent of Les Dennis doing his take on ‘Mavis’ from Coronation Street. Apart from that, a great story!

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  • Karla
  • 07-27-18

Gripping well read and just loved it

I enjoyed this book as not only was it easy to follow the plot it’s twists were unpredictable and I was soon engrossed. Recommend it highly.

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  • Michelle
  • 05-31-18

I beg you- don’t

I had to return this book as I could only get 4 chapters in before wanting to scream at both the narrator and writer. I decided spending 8 hours driving in silence was way better than listening to this absolute drivel. Such a whiny poor me character as main person.

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  • Wendy
  • 04-05-18

Easy listener

If you could sum up Silent Victim in three words, what would they be?

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Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Knowelden and Steve West ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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Any additional comments?

This was an easy listen on my commute to and from work. The narrators did a good job.
I particularly liked the approach to each chapter being narrated in the voice of the person it related to within the story and also the switching back and forth in time. One major disappointment - the ending was lame. The whole way through I kept thinking there was going to be a plot twist at the end that I wouldn't see coming. Unfortunately it was not the case and the story ended exactly the way it setup for throughout the plot. As someone who loves crime, mystery and thrillers it left me wanting. That's why I have given it an average score. Definitely nothing to write home about but if looking for a time filler this is your book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-18

Loved this book.

Wow what an amazing read, I had trouble putting it down. It kept me guessing till the end. A must read for anyone who likes suspense.

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  • Julie
  • 03-20-18

Masterful story

A fabulous tale of deception and intrigue with some twists I saw coming and some I didn’t. At first the constantly jumping timelines annoyed me but I soon settled in and adapted easily. Not the most suspenseful book I have read but certainly not predictable.