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She Was the Quiet One

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  6,591 ratings  ·  1,173 reviews
From the author of It’s Always the Husband comes a riveting new suspense novel 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 w
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
I am absolute TRASH for any story set at a private school. We know this. Surprisingly enough, I didn't know that was to be the setting of She Was the Quiet One.

Once I discovered that was the case, I knew this book would be a good fit for me.

The story centers around twins, Bel and Rose Enright, who after losing both parents in a horrible accident, get sent by their wealthy Grandmother to Odell Academy.

Odell is a prestigious New England boarding school filled to the brim with over-privileged kids
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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This was my first read from Michele Campbell and I really enjoyed it.

The book opens with a young girl locked in a boarding school infirmary. She has a big lump on the back of her head but she can’t remember what caused it. She doesn’t want to turn off the lights or close her eyes because then the horrible images will come to her…bloody hands, the long hair fanned out, the face pale and still.

She’s being accused of a terrible
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
A dark and twisted book about the complexities of sisterhood and the scandals that can rock a small community! This is my first book I’ve read by Michele Campbell, though I have been wanting to read her first book, It’s Always the Husband, and I really loved it! I read a Q&A with Campbell where she talks about the inspiration behind her first book being her fascination with the concept of frenemies and what the implications are for that type of relationship as they mature. In this book we see th ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Back to boarding school again complete with privileged, bratty teens and the good twin/bad twin trope. Lots of angst about fitting in and falling out combined with misunderstandings and murder. It’s not bad but it is too long with characters’ inner turmoil on sensory overload. I certainly could have done without the epilogue.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 intriguing and scandalous stars to She Was the Quiet One! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Somehow there is always a fascinating story to be told about a boarding school, and She Was the Quiet One is set at The Odell School in New Hampshire.

Rose and Bel Enright are twins who have recently lost their parents. They are enrolling at Odell, and soon after, they develop a fierce rivalry. One sister is known for her beauty, while for the other it is her intelligence. At the same time, the students of Odell are living a
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
She Was the Quiet One is about Rose and Bel, 15 year old fraternal twins, who are sent to a prestigious New England boarding school after their mother dies. Rose is studious and loves the idea of going to this new school but Bel, the wild, rebellious one, immediately falls in with a bad group. Rose confides in Susan Donovan, who heads the dorm along with her very ambitious and popular husband Heath. Bel is drawn to Heath and this is where the dark tale takes off. Heath is a weak man in many ways ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
She Was the Quiet One is the second thrilling novel by Michele Campbell and having read It’s Always the Husband last year I was rather curious about this one. You see, I was completely torn with It’s Always the Husband in the fact that I just didn’t care for the characters and a few details here and there but found the writing absolutely compelling anyway. Needless to say that I wanted to know if this new story would match up with her writing style that pulled me in.

She Was the Quiet One opens w
"The only quiet woman is a dead one."

Sylvia Plath

― Michele Campbell, She Was the Quiet One

Trigger alert warnings: Student/Teacher sex, hazing, violence.

My review:

My review maybe more of a love letter to this novel. I adored it.


I wont say what I am speaking of with that'll just have to read the book.

So I have a weakness for campus novels. I also have a weakness for books about twin sisters. I read one book about twins last week which was a major let down.

This more than made
Twinsies+ scandalous unpredictable characters + murder + gossip + lies= addicting ride!

This was my first book by Michelle Campbell and I have to say.. it won't be my last. There were many things I enjoyed about this novel. I loved the different POV perspectives in this one.... which is always a huge PLUS in my book :). Michelle does a fantastic job of leaving you wondering who, what, where, and why until the very end!

I do have to say that... unfortunately the ending was a tad predictable in my
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!

Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the advanced Finished copy of this book!

That Thing. Her Sister. Her Twin.

This was my first Michele Campbell books. I've heard awesome things about It's Always The Husband (it's also sitting on my TBR shelf) so I was really excited when I heard she was coming out with a new one. This book has been receiving a ton of hype as a best book of the summer.

Bel and Rose are fraternal twins. They've had a tough life and both of their parents have died. The
Holly  B
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

Bel and Rose are orphaned twins and rivals, one is wild, one is quiet, but is one a murderer?

The twins wealthy Grandmother sends them off to The Odell elite boarding school for their high dollar education. Bel seeks to "fit in" and be accepted by the cool group on day one, while Rose is studious and interested in her education. (OK, they are pretty much opposites). Family is family though, and these two sisters do care about each other beneath all the cattiness.

It doesn't take Bel l
Nov 08, 2018 marked it as dnf
DNF. It has more teen angst and mean girl shenanigans than I care to read about. Since I didn't finish it I won't be rating/reviewing it. I suggest reading the 1 & 2 star reviews as well as the 4 & 5 stars before deciding if this is a book you want to read.

Thanks to Netgalley for my copy.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Betrayal, deception, and lies!

What a killer prep school slash mean girls murder mystery. And I mean that both literally and figuratively.

At the beginning of the story, we have Rose and Bel, twins who have recently enrolled in Odell prep school - we know that one of the twins has been murdered, but we don’t know which one, why, or by whom. The reader has to unravel the story along with the characters in a mixed narrative as well as with police interviews.

So many flawed characters - you won’t tr
Katie B
Boarding schools, much like summer camp, usually make great settings for mysteries. I think it's the lack of parental supervision that keeps things interesting because those darn kids are always able to sneak stuff past the adults in charge. In this book, twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright are sent by their grandmother to a boarding school in New Hampshire after the death of their mother. After arriving at The Odell School, the girls soon realize wealth and entitlement can lead to a whole lotta t ...more
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Teenage Twins Bel and Rose Enright have had a tough time of late. Their mother has recently died and they have been forced to move across the country to live with their Grandmother who they haven’t seen since their dad died when they were little.

Their Grandmother is the sort of woman who not only has a lot of money but a reputation to uphold and so sends the girls off to the prestigious boarding school that has seen many members of her family a
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
"She Was the Quiet One" is Michele Campbell's second novel and who is the Sunday Times bestselling author of her debut book "It's Always the Husband". Michele is a new author to me and after reading this gripping book - which literally had me hooked from the first page - I'm now very interested in buying her debut book too.

When fifteen year old twin sisters, Rose and Bel Enright enrol at a prestigious boarding school following their mother's death, it seems an excellent opportunity too good to m
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 2018
4 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

*** mini review ***

Michele Campbell has written one heck of a compulsive story! Bursting with delicious drama and teenage angst. Good twin bad twin, a prestigious boarding school, and a scandalous crime.

In the beginning of the book we are made aware that a horrible crime has been committed. Then we are introduced to twin sisters, Rose and Bell. Rose is the straightlaced studious twin and Bell is the impetuous rebellious twin. The privilege and the drama at this boarding school seepe
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
3.5 do we really know those closest to us stars

If you have grown up with siblings, you are probably acutely aware of the rivalry that oftentimes occurs in a family. There is always that competition, be it for parent's accolades, a school's praise, or even being judged on attractiveness. It crops up in one's daily life that look for and need for acceptance, for love, for knowing out of all the rest, you are the best. Such was the need for twins Rose and Bel Enright in the book She Was the Quiet O
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks you to St. Martin’s for the gifted copy that was sent to me. She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell was quite addicting. This one is told in multiple POVs which is always fun.

Orphaned fraternal twins, Bel and Rose, go to live with their estranged Grandmother after their mother passes. Immediately, Grandmother ships them off to the Odell high school, an elite boarding school. The girls are very different from each other and on day one at their new school they are already butting heads.

After the death of their mother, twins Rose and Bel Enright wind up at Odell Academy in New Hampshire. They are sent by their wealthy grandmother, who has no idea what to do with the teenagers now foisted upon her. Rose is the good twin--good grades, good friends, good behavior. Bel, on the other hand, is known for going a bit wild. But it was Bel their mother favored--much to Rose's consternation. Floundering after the loss of their mother, Bel winds up with the wrong crowd at school and then t ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Straight from the opening chapter I was completely drawn in, wanting to know how they tragic events of a murder on a school campus had unfolded.

The story picks up 5 months earlier as twin sisters Rose and Bel are enrolled into a prestigious boarding school by their grandmother, having recently been orphaned.

It’s not long before the pair start to head down different paths as Bel soon falls in with a bad group of girls who’s main purpose is to set various pranks and challenges, this includes tryin
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free e-copy of She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell from NetGalley for my honest review.

This book is about fraternal twin girls. Their father died when they were young and then their mother passed away when they were teenagers. They then went to their their paternal Grandmother's who lived in a big, beautiful home in Connecticut. The Grandmother, being very wealthy purchases all new clothing for the girls and then sends them to an exclusive boarding school that all of her famil
Judy D Collins
5 Stars + Bestselling author, Michele Campbell returns following (2017) It's Always the Husband with her latest "unputdownable" edgy suspense thriller SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE—Cleverly crafted, twisty and dark, this cat-and-mouse tale will grab you and never let go until its grisly, gratifying, and jaw-dropping conclusion. Dirty little secrets.

“The only quiet woman is a dead one.” —Sylvia Plath

Twin sisters Rose and Bel find themselves pitted against one another as the school brings out a dange
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
You would think that twins sisters would have a bond like no other. Especially if they had lost both parents and all they had were each other. Are Bel and Rose Enright an exception to this rule? Bel is outgoing, a fashion trend setter, artsy, makes friends easily. Rose is quiet, polite, studious, the rule follower. They are twins but they couldn't be more different.

Bel and Rose lose their mother leaving them no other family except for their grandmother. Their grandmother greets them with less th
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh, man this was so good! I thoroughly enjoyed Campbell's previous book entitled "It's Always the Husband" so I was eager to get my hands on this one and it didn't disappoint! "She Was the Quiet One" follows the lives of twins Rose and Bel who are very different to one another. When their mother passes away, they move to New England to live with their grandmother and are both enrolled in Odell academy, a school attended by rich, privileged kids. Rose loves her new school and uses it to full adva ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
As is the case with most thriller/suspense novels that I read, my review will be relatively short, since I believe it’s always best to go into these types of books knowing as little as possible. I will admit that I was a little put off at first from reading this book, as I read in the summary that the story revolves around a murder mystery at a boarding school and quite honestly, this past year, I had already read more than 1 book with this same setup. However, I decided to give it a go and am g ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

This thriller earned 4 very chilly, twisty stars from me!

Bel and Rose, land at the prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, Odell, when their mother dies and they are sent to live with their long lost, very wealthy grandmother. Although the girls are twins, they couldn’t be any more different. Rose is a responsible, quiet, studious rule follower while Bel is a bit of a reckless wild child in the making. Despite their differences, they have always gotten along well but that chang
Jamie Rosenblit
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

Michele Campbell's debut, It's Always the Husband was a book I very much enjoyed in 2017 and since this one was announced, I had been looking forward and am pleased to announce it did not disappoint. There is something about books set at boarding schools that immediately intrigues me, I'm not sure why, but usually this is a breeding ground for salacious drama (my favorite kind)! One other thing I love - TWINS! and twin drama!

Read this book and understand exactly who is "The Quiet One" and
Zoe Mann
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do you ever finish reading a book and feel like you've just watched a movie? I can picture every single character and scene from "She Was the Quiet One" by Michele Campbell like it unfolded right before my eyes.

Campbell had me hooked from the very beginning. A twisted story of 2 orphan twins who attend a new boarding school which results in one ending up dead and the other being accused of murder.

"She Was the Quiet One" is worded so well yet so complex sometimes you feel like the answers are r
Nikki Joyce
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars

Many thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC!

Twin sisters + haughty boarding school + murder= A book full of characters oozing with petulance and malice. It’s like Mean Girls meets Cruel Intentions in this psychological thriller, full of immorality and wicked cliques.
While I felt there was much to be desired in terms of shocks and twists, nonetheless, this book kept me reading and hanging in there until the very end. It goes by quickly and reads more like a YA b
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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 spen

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