Thursday, 3 January 2019

Let's talk She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

* I was sent an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you HQ for this opportunity.*

She was covered in her sister’s blood, carrying a bloody knife and led them right to her sister’s body. Who else could it be?

She Was the Quiet One tells the story of Rose and Bel Enright, twin sisters who are sent to Odell boarding school following their mothers death. Orphaned and starting at a new school should bring them closer together, but instead they grow further and further apart. And when one of them is murdered and the other turns up holding the murder weapon it’s only natural to assume she is the killer, isn’t it?

What I loved most about this book is how it’s not clear which sister has been murdered and which is the suspected killer until the end of part one. The book opens with one sister locked away after the incident but doesn’t state who. It then continues with a mixture of flashbacks of their time at Odell leading up to the murder and police interviews afterwards about their relationship and motive. Campbell’s excellent writing never gives a hint of who was murdered which makes for an exhilarating read.

The plot itself, although predictable, is gripping. Every time a chapter ended I just wanted to carry on reading and learn more about what happened and the alternative chapters only added to that.

The characters are complex and interesting and all have good and bad traits. Although I never felt particularly drawn to any of them, I think that was intentional and worked well for this book and fit perfectly with the plot. For me it only added to the mystery and made for a more page-turning read.

Technically classed as Adult Crime, I feel this book fills a gap in the YA market and would definitely recommend it to anyone 15+ due to some adult themes.

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