#BookReview of She was the Quiet one by Michele Campbell @MCampbellBooks @HQStories #SheWasTheQuietOne

Posted December 31, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 0 Comments

She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell
Published by HQ on July 31, 2018
Genres: Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 437
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From the author of It’s Always the Husband comes a riveting new suspense audiobook about privilege, power, and what happens when we let ambition take control.

For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls in with a crowd of wild rich kids who pressure her into hazing Rose, the sisters’ relationship is shattered. Rose turns to her dorm mother, Sarah Donovan, for advice. But Bel turns to Sarah’s husband Heath, a charismatic and ambitious teacher. Is Heath trying to help Bel or take advantage of her? In a world of privilege, seduction, and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth.

In an audiobook full of twists, turns, and dark secrets, Michele Campbell once again proves her skill at crafting intricately spun and completely compelling plots.

My Review

Just woah there! What a book! I was addicted to this book, and if it was not for Christmas I would have finished this book a lot quicker otherwise. A story revolving around a boarding school in America hell yeah I am there.

All you know when you enter this book is someone has been murdered, someone has been locked in the infirmary, who and why and what the hell happened and why do the Enright twins hate each other?!?! So many questions.

Halfway through the book, I suspected who the murderer would be, and my guess was right but what I did not guess was the fall out to come. It all happened so quickly and it was just shocking! Then came that final chapter, which on one hand tied everything up nicely but left me screaming for more!

Rose and Bel are twins but not of the identical kind. I wanted to smack their heads together and after their mother died and they lived with their Grandma their relationship began to deteriorate and then boarding school, the Odell Academy broke them. Secrets, fights, betrayal, hazing, bullying and lies all are evident here and the struggles of leaving everything you know and love, plus throw in a murder to boot.

However, the focus is not just on Rose and Bel, but Sarah and Heath Donovan the dorm father and mother of Moreland Hall, the dorm for Rose and Bel. Sarah and Heath both attended Odell, fell in love and have been together ever since. However, a scandal rocked their marriage, could Odell be the place to save them or destroy everything they hold dear.

You really do not know people and what goes on behind closed doors as this book really shows you.

If this was a tv show this is the sort of thing I would watch whilst relaxing one evening, a bit of teen angst, a bit of murder and drama thrown in. The book was flitting between the past and present. The present being the interviews with the police, everyone hiding something until we get to the climax of the story. Reminded me of How to get away with murder (I love that show!)

The story itself is quite a sad and heartbreaking one when you reflect back, but to say any more would ruin it for you. It may seem a crazy thing to say especially I found hardly any of the characters likeable and the one I did well they tried to justify everything away instead of looking at the truth…until it was too late!

I loved Ms Campbells’ writing style, she had piqued my interest and kept it going throughout the book. I was in the zone, living the life with the Enright girls, living the fear and the crazy life that entailed. I did not want to put this down. I was compelled to finish the book to solve the murder and put the tortured soul to rest. If I had not already done my Top books for the year this would have had a feature in there! I now need to read Ms Campbells’ debut novel It’s Always the husband and get myself ready for her new book A Stranger on the Beach. 

Until next time xx

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My thanks to the Publisher who invited me on the tour and for the copy of the book in return for my honest and unbiased review.

About Michele Campbell

Michele Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School and a former federal prosecutor in New York City who specialized in international narcotics and gang cases.

A while back, she said goodbye to her big-city legal career and moved with her husband and two children to an idyllic New England college town a lot like Belle River in IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spent her time teaching criminal and constitutional law and writing novels.

She’s had many close female friends, a few frenemies, and only one husband, who – to the best of her knowledge – has never tried to kill her.

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