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The Past Never Stays Buried: Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft @KatCroft @bookouture

This is the second version of my review! You were supposed to see it on Thursday morning, but WordPress trashed my writing (and I still haven’t found where it put the post!) So with much delay, here comes my review of the fantastic Silent Lies! Thank you so much to Bookouture for their trust (and their forgiveness for the scheduling incident!) and for inviting me to read and review this story! I received a copy through NetGalley and devoured it!

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Title: Silent Lies
Author: Kathryn Croft
Genre: Psychological thriller
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: October 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 309
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘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. 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 unputdownable 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 from the very first page. 


What the hell did I just read?

This was the question my mind was repeating when I was blankly looking at the last page.

I am still unsure I’ve put my head around that ending twist. Or around the way each character made me feel.

Silent Lies was a title love! I mean, it’s poetic, mysterious, and contradictory, you can’t miss the appeal. So I was curious. Like a cat, I looked at my prey, I played with it, and in the end, I was the one who got eaten!!!

Okay, enough ramblings, more details!

Are you looking for some amazing characterization? Because this book is filled with some of the best (or worst!) protagonists I’ve ever met!

People are never what they seem.

Mia, our widow, mother, therapist. I can’t say I warmed to her despite the image she reflected. Something was always off. I would think her cold, and then she’d do or say something selfless or regarding her daughter and I’d see her as the poor woman trying to go on with her life. But then, her therapist and grounded side would make me wonder why she would help a stranger.

It’s difficult when death means you end up in the arms of someone else.

I couldn’t make up my mind about her.  I still can’t! The grief of a woman who lost the man of her life was real and painful, I believe those were my favorite moments spent in her company. Imagining the loss, the doubt, the pain, and the aftermath of a disaster falling on you as a burden you’ll forever carry was enough to keep her on my good side.

Alison. Wow, what a character. There is no way I can fully explain what happened between us. We went through phases with each chapter. I was worried, I was full of doubts and questions about someone knocking on your door to destroy your life one more time, voluntarily or not! One page, she was the fragile woman I thought needed protection, the next she was the weirdest character you could find. Nothing made sense and I loved it!

There are other important characters in Silent Lies, even if they are dead. I did not like any of them. I did not hate any of them. I felt like a spectator in a dark Greek tragedy. This read is cathartic and so powerful in the way it makes you look at everything single detail of life differently, and it makes you feel the need to understand, to feel the same emotion to try and play the “What would I do?” game.

I, as a reader, was a photograph picking the best angle. But there is no best angle here. It takes a comprehensive and expert exploration of the human mind to come up with so many threads, so many stories, so many worlds and to make them collide to create one of my favorite endings ever! I need to thank the author for keeping me on my toes about EVERY SINGLE PERSON in this book!

Doesn’t true freedom mean having no desires? Not wanting anything other than what we need to live?

The writing was different from everything I’ve read so far. It felt very simple at first sight, but each sentence was carefully chosen to let you in on some absolutely dark minds. I need to applaud again the tension coming from the people themselves rather than the action or words.

You’ve probably guessed by now; this is a character-driven thriller. They talked to me, they gave me the creeps, they jumped out of the pages to meet me, and I’m glad I opened the door. Sort of. I’m still freaked out!

We bear the scars of our past, permanent tattoos carved onto our skin, whoever we are.

Slow-paced creepy stories lovers, get a copy right now! Silent Lies is a perfectly written, compelling web made of truths and lies, an addictive puzzle bound to stay with you!

Get the book on Amazon UK or US!

And take a look at the blitz!!

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Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of five psychological thrillers, and to date has sold over one million copies of her books. The Girl With No Past spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and her other novels, Behind Closed Doors, The Stranger Within and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.

She has just completed her sixth psychological thriller, which is due for publication on 25th October 2017.

After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and has a publishing deal with Bookouture, as well as foreign rights deals in thirteen different countries.

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!

Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, their little boy and two cats.

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21 thoughts on “The Past Never Stays Buried: Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft @KatCroft @bookouture”

  1. Great review! I’m surprised I haven’t heard of this author, considering she’s sold over a million books-wowza that is quite the accomplishment, no wonder you liked her book.


  2. Another great book recommendation here Meggy. I have read Kathryn’s previous book. The Girl with No Past, which I thought was brilliant, so I would go to another of her books without hesitation.
    I don’t like scheduling my posts on wp because they have let me down so many times. I don’t know why it happens!
    Great review as always.


  3. Fantastic review… you definitely make me want to read this book and I would not have even thought of doing so if I had just seen the cover flash in front of my eyes. Great stuff…


  4. oh no- can’t believe WP did that!! But I love your review regardless!! And this book sounds phenomenal- the morally ambiguous characters really have me sold, and I loved what you said about this being like being a spectator in a greek tragedy! Fantastic review!


    1. Aw so happy you enjoyed this review! I was so so mad at having to rewrite it because I was sure to not be able to go through it again! I loved this story so much, I was not expecting it, but there’s quite a deep exploration of human behavior and that chilling feeling all the way keeps you hooked!

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  5. Good thriller, though the main character Mia was quite boring and unlikeable and I didn’t care for her,.In fact, I found Josie and Alison to be much more interesting and better-developed as characters than her. I rooted for Josie from the start and the story told from her point of view kept me at the edge of my seat. And that ending! I wouldn’t mind a sequel to tie up all lose ends.


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