An Act of Silence
'Sensational' Clare Mackintosh, No 1 bestselling author of I Let You Go.
'The definition of a page-turner' Sun
'Truly scary' Marian Keyes
MOTHER. WIFE. POLITICIAN. LIAR.
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.
NOW: What will...more
I would like to thank NetGalley for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed The Life I Left Behind I was keen to read An Act of ...more
"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 ...more
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?
*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.
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 ...more