Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft


Five years ago, Mia Hamilton’s husband, Zach, committed suicide. On the same night, Josie Carpenter,  disappeared and was thought to have been murdered by her university teacher—Zach Hamilton. The coincidence of Josie’s disappearance and Zach’s suicide happening on the same night had everyone convinced Zach murdered Josie and disposed of her body before committing suicide. Josie’s body was never found and there was no absolute proof Zach murdered her, but the discovery of his corpse in Josie’s flat was enough for most people to believe it.

Five years later Mia is a counselor and in love with a man named Will, whom both she and her daughter, Freya, adore. Mia is starting to feel she can put the past behind her when she meets a new client named Alison who drops a bombshell during her first counseling session—saying Zach didn’t kill himself, only to deny having said it moments later.

Desperate for answers yet unsure if Alison can be trusted, Mia is determined to find out what Alison knows, and if she’s telling the truth. As she learns more about Alison, she questions her agenda and fears for her own safety—but she can’t stop until she finds out what Alison knows about the night Josie disappeared and Zach died.

Full of secrets, deceptions, and jaw-dropping plot twists, Silent Lies is guaranteed to keep you reading through the wee hours of the night. The story is told from the perspectives of Mia (in the present) and Josie (five years ago) in alternating chapters. While both perspectives are interesting, I found myself far more captivated by Josie’s tale. She went through something truly horrific in her past, and to see the way she coped with that—let alone, everything else she faced in her everyday life—was simply fascinating to me. Through her interactions with Zach, we see the sort of person he was, and even get glimpses of the way Mia was in the past in the rare moments he talks about her. The more I learned about Josie, the more theories I had about that fateful night, and her role in it.

Alison—who features in both perspectives—definitely kept me on my toes. Just when I thought I had her all figured out, something would happen to change my mind. She is definitely a complex character who constantly gives you a feeling of unease every time she shows up.

I can’t say why, of course, but the ending totally blew my mind! I was so shocked, I actually had to reread several paragraphs to make sure I hadn’t read it wrong. Just… WOW.

If you love psychological thrillers, you definitely need to add this one to your TBR pile!

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Bookouture via Netgalley.

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Author: Kathryn Croft
Title: Silent Lies
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: October 25, 2017 by Bookouture
Rating: 4 stars

About the Book

‘Your husband didn’t kill himself.’
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, Freya. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students, Josie Carpenter, vanished.

Five years later, and Josie is still missing but Mia has finally found some happiness with new boyfriend Will.

Until one day when stranger Alison walks into her life and tells Mia that her husband didn’t kill himself.

Desperate to find out what really happened to Zach, Mia is forced to put her trust in Alison. But she soon discovers that Alison has her own agenda behind exposing the details of Zach’s death. Can Mia really believe anything Alison says?

Mia must decide how far she is willing to go to uncover the truth – even if she risks losing everything she loves.

About the Author

KATHRYN CROFT worked in HR and management training before her passion for literature led her to train as an English teacher. She spent six years teaching secondary school English; a job she believes was invaluable to her writing career. Kathryn now devotes all her time to writing.

Author photo and bio via Bookouture.

16 thoughts on “Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft

  1. I just joined NetGalley, any tips for getting books to review? Do you enjoy reviewing for them? How long did it take to get your first book to review?

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    • Let me be the first to welcome you to your Netgalley addiction! LOL It’s hard to stay away once you get started. 😉

      I do enjoy reviewing for Netgalley. They have a vast variety of books available, and I’ve discovered many new favorite authors that way. I was very selective in what I requested in the beginning, and my first few requests were quickly approved. (It took a few months before a request was actually declined.)

      Lynne over at Fictionophile wrote up a great post full of tips for new Netgalley users. Check it out here:

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      • I grabbed a couple read right now. Just to get started and get some reviews up. I haven’t done many and didn’t know if I needed to have some done to get approved for reviews!

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        • You don’t have to reviews read now books in order to get approved, but it definitely helps because you’re building up your feedback ratio. The better it is, the more likely you are to get approved for future requests, so it’s a great way to get started on Netgalley.

          The key to getting requests approved is a well filled out profile. Check the approval requirements for your favorite publishers to see what sort of information they want to see listed on your profile, and make sure to include it. It will take time to get approved for the big publishers (St. Martin’s Press, etc.) but you have a MUCH better chance if you have the info they’re looking for in your profile.

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          • Wonderful. I read fictionophile’s tips. They are great! I’m not sure if I am LOVING the current read now I downloaded today. I’m four chapters in and I’m not a huge fan of the Characters. I assume that you should be honest in your review. That is how I am going to go about them anyways. I will feel bad but I have to be honest!

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            • Honesty first, always. That’s what the publishers want, as well as the people who follows your reviews.

              Another piece of advice? Don’t be afraid to DNF a book you got from Netgalley. I used to feel obligated to read all of them from start to finish, whether I enjoyed it or not. Once I gave myself permission to stop doing that, I felt a lot better. I figure the publishers would rather have a feedback note explaining why you’re not finishing a book, rather than a lackluster review.

              I usually give a book 20% to 30%, and if I’m not feeling it, I delete it and move on the next book.

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