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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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  • 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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  • Intense!

    Six books. The same excitement as the first time I picked a novel by K.L. Slater. With series, you know what you are going to get. You will meet the same characters, you will walk places you’ve visited before. The risks to be disappointed are lower in this case. To create one standalone after the other and manage to keep things original, addictive, and refreshing takes talent. But Kim Slater doesn’t just write standalones… My life has been all over the place this month, and my reading… Well, let’s say a slump was underway! I had tried to fight it with the beautiful novels waiting for me but nothing appealed to the mood reader I am. Until a name appeared on my Kindle. No blurb. All I had was a cover and an author’s name. I felt my fingers itch and twist, ready to turn pages. Is there a better feeling? Nope! Take a lovely family picture. Add a few cracks kissed by a blue sky. Welcome in Chloe and Juliet’s lives. Sisters and business partners, they have different personalities that appeared clearly in the early chapters of The Silent Ones. It doesn’t prevent their daughters to be best friends. The two cute ten years old cousins spend a lot of time together, being kids, getting into small troubles, trying to have fun. The fun takes a bad turn when they are found in the home of an old lady with serious injuries. The blame falls on both girls, but the accusations only met silence. ‘What could keep those children from speaking?’ was my first thought. Even quiet young souls usually can’t stop talking, and in the light of recent events, you’d think they’d react and defend themselves. I am not one for favourites. Favourite kids, favourite dogs, favourite aunts… My heart is big enough for many different relationships, as affinities make us lean towards certain people more than others. But… When the news that two small girls have attacked an elderly hit the village, people start talking. They start gossiping. The venin is out. Kim Slater has brilliantly depicted the urge for an audience to point the finger, their urge for revenge, and their need for someone to be punished. Those details, the small scenes showing the strength and quick reactions from a crowd were so vivid it hurt. We see it every day outside of the pages of a book. Remember the tales of infuriated villagers brandishing torches and demanding justice? (Yes, I am adding a reference to the first Shrek movie here, because there’s so much truth in it that I just had to!) Fed with eye-catching newspaper headlines and unknown sources claiming to know the ins and outs of the case, people are quick to judge and condemn. The girls are guilty. They must pay. This made me so uncomfortable, as I recognized all too well this behavior. This time, it could cost two little girls their lives. Thankfully, the police want to get this right, despite the pressure weighing on them. I usually don’t rely on police work much when it comes to psychological thrillers as they’re always one step behind, but the author gave me faith in the team she assigned the case to. Aware of the consequences their choices will have, they handle this dangerous investigation with care and heart, without ever going soft. Oh, my heart wanted them to find a way out, but also to get answers about what had happened to that poor old woman. I was torn. I was sweaty and on edge, as if it were my own daughter’s fate hanging in the balance. The difficult situation the girls are in put the entire family in despair. It also acts like an earthquake and soon enough, the ground stops supporting them all. A distinct crack appears, and I picked a side. I know I said I didn’t like favourites, but Juliet’s pain tugged at my heartstrings. I guess I felt close to her as I used to be a people pleaser, cutting myself in a million parts to make everyone happy, carrying so much on my shoulders that I was in a constant state of anxiety. Chloe puzzled me. I was irritated with her one minute, then feeling sorry for her the next. I guess that’s what having siblings feels like! I was wary of her, I was scared for her, I was offended by her. I just couldn’t stop changing my mind! As if a brutal attack and the unthinkable horror of holding girls responsible for a devious act were not enough to keep your heart racing, Kim Slater slathers each interaction between the adults with thick layers of the past, distorting the present and poisoning the family dynamics. If I’d always been in awe of the author’s abilities and a huge fan of her plausible and gob-smacking twists, I only took in how much she understands and plays with psychology when everyone got thrown into a mad washing-machine, forcing them to show their true colours. Turning and fighting their feelings, protecting themselves and those around them, keeping quiet or shouting, they all ended up speaking to me. The key to the kids’ words lays in the adult’s tale. Juliet is riddled with guilt, worried sick, and swimming against the current. Chloe is fighting like a mama

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  • A Compelling Read

    Wow! what a compelling, captivating, terrifying and tense read. I must admit, that I went into this a little hesitant due to what the book is about, but I am so glad that I read it. I mean c’mon, it’s Kim Slater and you know that you are going to be in good hands, no matter how difficult the subject matter is. I always make sure that I have set aside plenty of time when reading Kim’s work, as I can guarantee that it is always a late night-early morning once I start one and this is definitely one of those books! Kim doesn’t waste any time and the reader is thrown in right from the get go, with a prologue so chilling, I still get goosebumps when I think about it. Kim sure does know how to get the readers attention and is so skilled in grabbing onto you tightly from the beginning and not letting you go until the final page. Kim’s writing style is also second to none. It is so engaging that you also feel apart of the story. The short snappy chapters also a make for an easy read, where each one is as enthralling as the next. While the plot of this book is very well put together, the subject matter of two ten year old cousins, Maddy and Brianna who are arrested following a horrific crime is just terrifying. It makes you question, what would you do if this was your child? How far would you go to protect them and yourself from the community that is out to crucify your family? It is hard to imagine that there could not be anything worse for a parent to face, but is made worse for Juliet and her sister Chloe by the fact the two girls are remaining silent. A backstory has also been created which takes the reader to the past, too when Juliet and Chloe were young girls, where a tragic event shaped the different relationship they have with their parents and how that has effected them in the present as well as with each other. A divide has been created and you feel the pain of one sister as she struggles alone when she should have the support of her all of her family during the most difficult time in their life. The past is integral to the story in the present and it all comes together nicely with a satisfying twist for the finale. The characters are a mixed bag of likeable and unlikable ones. Kim does a great job in creating tension between Juliet and Chloe and showing the cracks within their family unit and where loyalites lie. I resonated with Juliet the most out of everyone and felt her pain not just with what she has to face with what her child may have done, but also coming to terms with the lack of support from the rest of her family. All up this is a great read. Kim has a created a chilling read that will stay with you long after you finish it. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and K.L. Slater for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Silent Ones which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • Chilling

    This book was so good!! The first thing I did when I finished it was call my sister and tell her that she had to read it. Talk about a parent’s worse nightmare or very close to it. Dynamic characters. Exciting plot. Twists and turns and surprises that you just do not see coming.

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