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    A book that keeps you thinking and guessing.

    You know those books that you wake up during the night and trying to figure out who did what and guess the ending? This is one of those. A book to keep you guessing. To wrap your head around how one or both ten year old girls could really kill an elderly lady with dementia. Then when arrested they refuse to speak at all to anyone. Not even their parents. The girls are cousins in a very dysfunctional family. The story takes place over a few days at the police station. However, a lifetime of painful memories are stirred up and current complicated relattionships come to a boiling point. The sisters, mothers to the girls always had a wedge between them, created mostly by the parents, are now pointing fingers at each other's child. So many secrets come out that will change their lives forever. Surprises that will shock you. And two little girls sit silent while the police put together a very strong case against them. Thank you NetGalley, publisher and author for allowing me to read this advanced readers copy this is my honest opinion. I like a book that keep you guessing and thinking. Did Brianna or Maddy Kill Bessie Wilford? Or are they little girls driven by the past sins of family. .
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    An excellent psychological thriller

    The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Brianna and Maddy are 10-year old cousins, their mothers are sisters. Maddy's Mom Juliet has been really busy with her new clothing business, perhaps leaving both Maddy and her husband Tom on their own a little too much.  But the business is taking off, and she can't seem to find time right now.  She is stressed, and back on her anti-depressants. Brianna's Mom Chloe works with Juliet, and is having her own issues, but is afraid to tell her sister because she knows how much stress she is under. When their girls are arrested for abusing an elderly woman, both Juliet and Chloe are stunned.  When the girls refuse to talk, their mothers are terrified that they will be charged without anyone hearing the true story.   In their small town, public opinion has already convicted them, and their families and businesses are being targeted. Dana Sewell, a psychologist who consults with the police in cases involving juveniles, agrees to help.  She has a way with children, and hopes to get the girls talking.  Even when Dana starts making progress, she senses that there is more going on in this family than is evident at first glance.  She has no idea.... My Opinions:   I really struggled at the beginning, because I absolutely hated the idea of two 10-year old girls beating up a poor old lady.  I kept reading ONLY because it was written by Kim Slater.  I am glad I did. The book is more about families than it is about elder abuse.  It is based on the secrets and lies that are told within a family, and the repercussions many years later.  It is also about how much we are willing to put up with if the person is within our family unit. As always, the writing is good, the characters deep, and the plot....well, it grew on me.  I think the "thoughts" of the perspective mothers felt right.  Not always charitable, but always looking after their own child. I was pleasantly surprised (and somewhat mortified) by the final twist. I highly recommend this.
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    Surprising Thriller!

    The Silent Ones K.L. Slater The Silent Ones is an intense psychological thriller from author, K.L. Slater. Ten-year-old Maddy and Brianna have been accused of viciously attacking an elderly woman in their small community. As far as the police are concerned, the girls aren’t helping themselves and are looking more guilty by the second. They’re refusing to speak. At all. Are they silent because they’re little monsters that have no regard for human life, or are they simply too afraid to tell what really happened to Bessie Wilford? Juliet Fletcher is mother to ten-year-old Maddy. She cannot believe that her sweet, quiet, contentious daughter would commit the crime she’s been accused of. But why won’t she talk, even to her parents? Chloe Voce is mother to ten-year-old Brianna. She is determined to prove her daughter had no part in the accused brutality? If she has to destroy her sister, Juliet, in the process, so be it. Family therapist, Dana Sewell, has been brought in to evaluate the girls and get them to talk. Can Dana help Maddy and Brianna help themselves, or will their community get their wish that the girls be jailed for their crime? The Silent Ones is a real thriller. The story is partially told through flashbacks to 2003. This method of providing backstory did not detract from the plot, which took unexpected twists that left me shocked. The characters are well-developed with complete backstories. Kudos to K.L. Slater. This is a 4 out of 5 star read that I recommend to everyone who loves a good psychological thriller. My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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    A fast-moving and an excellent read.

    My Rating: 4.5 Stars Ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are rather bored and have managed to sneak away to visit an elderly woman named Bessie. This was something the girls often did. They were watched by their grandmother, who obviously wasn't paying close enough attention. The girls were up to no good and have just been arrested for harming Bessie. When Bessie succumbs to her injuries, the charge is raised to murder. However, neither girl will talk, not to the police, not even to their parents. Their mothers, Juliet and Chloe, feel their daughters could never have committed this act. Juliet and Chloe had a bit of a strained relationship as it was, but with their girls not saying a word, things begin to deteriorate between them. Time drags on while they are trying to get the girls to talk, Juliet is especially haunted by the family's past. This very past has affected Juliet more than any member of the family, and this ultimately has changed her relationship with husband Tom. The combined strain of the murder accusation, their daughter's silence and her childhood past is about to unravel Juliet. I was on tenterhooks while reading The Silent Ones. It was so tragic with the girls being so quiet, but as the recollections of the past were revealed, my sadness increased. The story was a fast-moving one and had some powerful revelations and long-hidden secrets revealed as well as a shocker a conclusion, one that left me applauding and a bit emotional. This was another excellent book by K.L. Slater, and I literally lost sleep as I read it from cover-to-cover. I look forward to reading more by her soon. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    Thrilling page turner

    A psychological thriller with more twists and turns than you could ever imagine and the lives of two little girls and their families that will forever be torn apart by the dark secret that can never really be forgotten. A horrible crime is committed and two 10 year old girls were the only ones there, and they refuse to speak. Two sisters who were never really that close to begin with will see their relationship unravel further when their children are held for assaulting and elder woman. Many different view points and it's definitely pretty messes up! I could never imagine the horror and the heartbreak that comes with a child being interrogated and held in custody for a heinous crime, especially when you begin to question what they are really hiding from you. Intense and definitely twisty and turny and not to be missed. An enjoyable read I finished in a few hours and I would recommend to anyone how enjoys a thriller that will leave you guessing and a little out of sorts.

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