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An Act of Silence

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  85 reviews

'Sensational' Clare Mackintosh, No 1 bestselling author of I Let You Go.

'The definition of a page-turner' Sun

'Truly scary' Marian Keyes


THEN: How far did she go to conceal the truth?

Politician Linda Moscow sacrificed everything to protect her son: her beliefs, her career, her marriage. All she wanted was to keep him safe

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 29th 2017 by Wildfire
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May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth was a thriller about sex abuse and how it can be covered up. I found it quite hard to read in parts because I was shocked at the scale of the intimidation used to keep the story under wraps and how badly the victims were treated. This is a very relevant subject and one that people should know about.
I would like to thank NetGalley for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
 Li'l Owl
What had been done could never be undone. They are untouchable.


He hasn't made a sound for over an hour, which makes me think he might have gone, slunk out as quickly as he crept in.
Inching upstairs, I'm careful to avoid the squeaky floorboards. If he's still here, I don't want to rouse him. I check the rooms, one, two, three, and finally I find my son lying on his old bed, curled up, fists in a ball, exactly how he slept when he was a child.
This vision of him overcomes me. Since morning
Liz Barnsley
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly compulsive, utterly heartbreaking, beautifully written. A psychological thriller of depth and beauty.

That was the soundbite review I put up on Goodreads after finishing this novel and the gap between then and now has only enforced that feeling – I have not read a psychological thriller that has as many beautifully layered themes to it for a long time. An Act of Silence is a true page turner, incredibly compelling storytelling, sublime writing, delivering just the right amount of unpr
Rachel Hall
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Having read and enjoyed both of Colette McBeth’s previous psychological thrillers, particularly The Life I Left Behind, I was keen to read An Act of Silence. The basic premise of this novel is based around the difficult relationship that exists between a mother and son which is tested to the limit when the son is embroiled in the matter of a murder. However this isn’t simply a test of a mother's love, it is an examination of unspoken mistakes of the past and their cumulative impact. Former Home ...more
Dale Harcombe
No rating as I gave up on this book. It annoyed me the way it kept jumping around. I didn’t care about any of the characters and just could not get into it at all. Persisted for a while but I’m over reading books that don’t engage me. It may not be the book’s fault. Maybe I am just not the right reader for this book.
Dash fan
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4☆ Hard Hitting and Powerful

An Act of Silence sums it up really well.
Things are deeply covered up to such an extent people are willing to stop at nothing to make sure despicable acts stay covered up.

When Linda's estranged Son Gabriel turns up asking for he's mothers help... how far is she willing to go to protect her Son?

Gabriel is being charged for the murder of Mariela. She went home with Gabriel they had sex. The next day Mariela is found dead in one of the allotments backing onto Gabriel's h
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Though this wasn't as engaging to me as the other's previous book, The Life I Left Behind, but I did enjoy it and especially towards the last third, found myself eager to know how it would end. The author is good at creating multi-dimensional characters and building tension. I did think the multiple POVs, of which I am usually a fan, as well as the jumping around in time, took a little while to get used to, though. All in all, a solid mystery to start the new year:-)

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Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-crime-2017
Colette McBeth has established herself as one of the top writers of psychological crime. Effortlessly she produces consistently intelligent and gripping stories. The latest An Act of Silence is no exception. It just reeks of realism; touching on political cover ups, scandals and the long term repercussions of evil deeds.

It is hard to know where to start when describing this book. I really don’t want to give the game away too much. I want to hint at how it messes with your perception. It is so cl
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed the previous book by Colette McBeth, The Life I Left Behind and was excited by the news of a new book. An Act of Silence is a very different and a much darker read.

Centred around Linda Moscow, a previous incumbent of the post of Home Secretary, Linda now spends her days as a recluse after a political scandal that she was involved in ended her career. Her son Gabriel has had a chequered life but is now a successful stand-up comedian. When Gabriel appears in Linda’s kitchen one
Tracy Fenton
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book I've read by Colette Mcbeth and in my opinion her best book so far.

An Act of Silence is a gripping page turner with several narrators retelling a clever, twisted tale of conspiracy, cover ups, murder, child abuse and politics.

A fabulous intricately woven story which kept me intrigued  throughout from start to finish and my feelings towards the main characters Linda and Gabriel were constantly changing with each revealing chapter.

If you enjoy intelligent and twisty psycho
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny man TV comic Gabriel Miller always lived in the public eye. His mother, Linda Moscow was a Home Secretary, when a scandal broke out. Gabriel was well-known for always dating lots of woman for the one thing sex. One evening Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a Sushi bar. She went home with him where they had sex, but the next morning Mariela was found dead in an allotment. He needs his mother to believe him that he didn’t kill Mariela, but his mother wants to know how he got the scratch ...more
Joanne Robertson
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Colette McBeths first two novels but wasn’t sure about this one when I first read the blurb as it sounded like a political thriller which isn’t really my cup of tea! But as I’ve enjoyed her books so much in the past I thought I’d better give it a go and OMG I’m SO glad I did! I absolutely loved it from start to finish! This book has not only become my favourite book of hers so far but it has definitely reserved itself a place in my top books of 2017! Honestly, you need to put any preconc ...more
Tori Clare
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this book 5 stars because I can't not. There is a 'but' - my usual one. That said, the criteria for 5 stars on GR is "it was amazing", and it was, so I'm awarding 5 stars because I have to. This doesn't mean that I enjoyed every scene. I didn't. Some of it was too explicit for my taste and that is my 'but'. I skim-read what I couldn't stomach (not a great deal of it to be honest and I'm sure it was handled as respectfully as possible) and would normally back out of a book at the point ...more
Brilliantly ingenious and gripping. Wow!

Renita D'Silva
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
A brilliant and sensitive exploration of the love between mother and son. Beautifully written. A great story.
Jacob Collins
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I read a sample of An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth when I attended the Killer Women Festival in London last October. After reading the first few pages I couldn’t wait to read the rest of the book and I was thrilled when my Netgalley request was approved.

In the novel we meet Linda Moscow, a former politician who was once the home secretary. When her son Gabriel returns home to ask for her help she is put in a difficult
Joanna Park
Wow i so enjoyed this book.  It was such a chilling, tense and emotional story that I just couldn’t put down and it is one that will be staying with me for ages.

An Act of Silence explores the very difficult subject of abuse that was very difficult to read about.  I think it’s the knowledge that situations like those mentioned in the book has actually happened in real life that makes this book quite so chilling.  It’s amazing to me that abuse like this still happens and worse that some people can
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Act of Silence picks at the scars of the past leaving them forever unhealed, as facts are creatively twisted to provide a sickening substitute for the truth.

The headline of “comic arrested on suspicion of murder” is no laughing matter. Multiple narrators step in and out of recurrent past and present time periods to raise their voices from an orchestrated hush to an almighty roar. They are each painted as wholly unreliable and their dependability remains cleverly disguised in plain sight throu
Cleopatra  Pullen
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Colette McBeth provides us with a nuanced and multi-layered tale in this story which could be plucked from the tabloids.

Linda Moscow is a former Home Secretary who resigned under a black cloud and of course had her disgrace splashed all over the red-tops. Imagine her horror when her son, Gabriel, a stand-up comedian, turns up in her kitchen informing her he is supposed to be presenting himself to the police in a few hours in connection with the death of a woman. Yes, Linda loves her son, can she
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
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I have to say, unfortunately, that this book was such a slow starter for me. I was unsure whether I should continue reading, or whether I should give up and try again later as I just couldn't seem to gel with it. Seeing as I am writing this review, it's pretty clear which option I did - yes I finished reading it! I found the first five or six chapters quite confusing as there seemed to be a lot going happening, yet noth
Janet Emson
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, owned-books
Linda Moscow is shocked to find her son Gabriel in her kitchen one morning. It emerges that he has been told to report to a police station after a woman’s body was found in an allotment at the back of his home. He has come to her for help. It wouldn’t be the first time she’s compromised her beliefs for her only child. But the past has a way of catching up with a person, and Linda’s past is catching up with her.

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed The Life I Left Behind I was keen to read An Act of
Tracey Walsh
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cleverly plotted tale with disturbing themes that reflect stories of historical abuse that have hit the headlines in recent years.

"Linda Moscow loves her son; it's her biological instinct to keep him safe. But if she's not sure of his innocence, how can she stand by him? Should she go against everything she believes in to protect him?"

Prepare to be immersed in a story full of secrets and lies, scandal and cover-up. And be warned that things are most definitely not what they seem.

The characters
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Though well written and a comment on society, I didn't enjoy this novel at all due to the content matter.

However I would thank Netgalley and the publishers for the chance to read and review.
Chris Roberts
Jan 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ride red highway,
child laying in the backseat,
breathe, not breathe, shallow
turn onto logging road,
ground frozen, dig, dig, shallow,
ride red highway.

Chris Roberts, God of Multiple Skies
Beth (bibliobeth)
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm ashamed to say that I've had this book, my first read by Colette McBeth on my Netgalley TBR list for a long time now and all these naughty other books kept getting in the way, preventing me from starting it. After finally getting round to experiencing the author's style, I'm delighted to report that she writes precisely the sort of books I want to be reading. I was instantly pulled into the world of our lead female character, her son and her past and the story moved at such a steady pace (wi ...more
Sue Wallace
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An act of silence by colette mcbeth.
These are the facts I collect.
My son Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a bar. She went home with him. They next morning she was found in an allotment.
Mariela is dead.
Gabriel has been asked to report to Camden Police station in six hours for questioning
Linda Moscow loves her son; it's her biological instinct to keep him safe. But if she's not sure of his innocence, how can she stand by him? Should she go against everything she believes in to protect him?
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
I found myself having to really concentrate to get through this book - I wonder if it's just me that felt this way?

*I feel that potential readers should be warned in advance that there is an unexpected, detailed sub-plot centred around horrific historic child abuse*

It was a good book, but the effort it took to read it detracted from my enjoyment.

Thanks to Headline for allowing me to read this arc in exchange for an honest review.
Linda Hill
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With a highly troubled relationship between them, mother Linda and son Gabriel need each other more than they can know.

I thought An Act of Silence was utterly brilliant. I genuinely couldn’t tear myself away from it and resented every moment when I couldn’t read it. I had a real dilemma. I wanted to read quickly to see what happened next, whilst simultaneously wanting to read slowly to savour every word. I think it was the wonderful overall quality of the writing that so captivated me. The varie
Megan Jones
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Linda, is a disgraced former MP living a sheltered life, she loves her son Gabriel very much but cannot always show it. Then Gabriel turns up at her door in need of her help, the police will be looking for him after a woman he spent the night with, Mariela, is found dead. Gabriel desperately needs his mother to believe in his innocence but Linda cannot be sure. However, Gabriel is her son and she will do whatever it takes to protect him, she went against her beliefs once for him and she will do ...more
Angela Smith
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is a tense thriller set in a very relevant storyline to various things that have been revealed over the last few years in the media. Historical cases of sexual abuse that have been covered up and committed by the "friendly faces" of entertainment legends. To name a couple, Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris spring to mind. ( like Bill Cosby if US readers are scratching their heads over the names I've mentioned)

My point is that these things happen for real and monsters lurk beneath the faça
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Colette McBeth had been a BBC News reporter for 10 years when she won a place on the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course and started her first book, Precious Thing. She lives in London with her husband and three children but dreams of being beside the seaside.

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