REVIEW: Silent Lies, Kathryn Croft

Friday, 3 November 2017

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. 

Silent Lies is a book that relies on the shocking nature of its twists and the power of its suspense, and for me, it really failed in both of these aspects. The ending was predictable and came as no surprise, and I didn’t feel any of the other aspects of the story’s impacts because the characters failed to come across as real people. 
The novel is filled with characters who are cartoonish stereotypes of people who you are only likely to come across on the British morning chat-show Jeremy Kyle (the UK’s version of America’s Jerry Springer) - sure, the people on the show are real, but their lives are set apart from the everyday part of the population for being so incredibly ridiculous. It even references the show at one point, and I believe, in some part deep-down inside of her, Kathryn Croft must have realised the soap-opera she was unwittingly creating. 
We have the university lecture who falls head over heels in love with his student after talking to her twice (god only knows why), the student-in-question with the tragic past and the power to make every girl she comes into contact with instantly despise her, her creepy roommate who I can’t even begin to explain because ugh-, and the professors wife, five years later, who just wants to put everything behind her. 
The focus on these characters, most of whom were incredibly unlikeable and honestly rather annoying, made it painful to keep turning the page. The addictive nature of this genre was lost in its clunky and unwelcoming plot and characters’ fates that I really couldn’t care less about. And, whereas a book of this nature normally only takes me a few hours to zip through, it look me several days to wade through Silent Lies’ 309 pages.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review

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