An Act of Silence

I’ve read and enjoyed a few psychological thrillers this year, and seeing this was highly recommended, I thought I would give it a try.

Linda Moscow, once Home Secretary (until a role in a cash for contracts scandal ended her political career) is horrified to discover her only son Gabriel is wanted for questioning in a murder case. Gabriel wants his mother’s reassurance that she believes him, so why is it so hard for her to trust her son? 

Despite this worrying turn of events, Linda continues to pursue her leads for a book she is writing, revealing the truth about a sickening series of abuses within the care system and involving some very powerful men. However, Linda has already been silenced once in the past, and these men will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden.

The idea behind the story was interesting, and worryingly, very relevant. The first half of the story contained lots of twists and revelations and was a real page-turner. However, after that the twists and reveals seemed to slow down, and the story lost its pace. The multiple narratives made it occasionally repetitive and the ending really did not hold the impact it could have. Also, at times the story did not seem to have a clear focus: the mother-son dynamic, the abuse cases, the murder investigation. None of them were given the full attention they really required and the time-shifts within the narrative proved distracting and made for disjointed reading.

At times thought-provoking, but the lack of pace let this story down unfortunately.

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