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The Silent Woman

(Cat Carlisle #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,843 ratings  ·  285 reviews
Would you sell your secrets?

Catherine Carlisle is trapped in a loveless marriage and the threat of World War Two is looming. She sees no way out… that is until a trusted friend asks her to switch her husband’s papers in a desperate bid to confuse the Germans.

Soon Catherine finds herself caught up in a deadly mixture of espionage and murder. Someone is selling secrets to th
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published April 11th 2018 by HQ Digital
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Jody McGrath
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoyed this pre-WWII novel. It was a character driven spy thriller/historical fiction/mystery. You would think that would be confusing or jumbled but it wasn't at all. It was riveting. I read the entire book in one sitting in the morning. I loved the main character, Catherine. She started off somewhat lost and resigned to her life, but as the novel precedes she really comes into her own. The supporting characters of Anne and Thomas are both interesting and tell their own captivating ...more
Jane Hunt
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it

Set in a fascinating historical period, where Nazi Germany's nationalistic aims created unspeakable dark times for many. In stark contrast, the British establishment turned a blind eye to the interwar years' atrocities, until powerful, forward-thinking people forced them to act. The Carlisle family is wealthy and influential, but the glossy exterior hides emotional cruelty, festering anger and secrets that would rock the society they live in.

Easy to read this is an absorbing novel, the historica
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh My where to start, The Silent Woman by Terry Lynn Thomas, wow. I did not want to put it down and when I did I felt so guilty and desperately wanted to get back to it. Do not try to adult while reading this book. I promise you are going to want to sit and read this in one sitting. You are going to want to shut the world off while you devour this spy mystery. Set in England, just before the second world war there is so much historial intrigue and mystery in this one, that it reads like a more s ...more
The Lit Bitch
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Long before this book tour came about, I downloaded this book. I thought the cover was eye catching and I am a sucker for historical mysteries, so I downloaded it on my Kindle…….

And promptly forgot about it. Like everything else in my electronic life, things get buried before I even know they are there! My Kindle is full of great books that I have ordered and forgotten about.

So when this book came up for review as part of the HFVBT tour group, I was eager to join up. I didn’t even real
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars.

It took me a while to get into this, but once I did, it was really good. Definitely going to read the next book in the series.
Amy Bruno
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A woman heroine AND a woman baddie - YESSSSS!!!

Cat Carlisle is suffering in an unhappy marriage with her husband who works for the Air Ministry. Stuck living with her horrid sister-in-law, she looks for a way to escape so she secretly couriers messages for an old friend of her father's that works as a spy. One day a woman assualts her and she realizes just how dangerous the messages were. Then a murder occurs and Cat must clear her name and find the true killer.

Cat was a wonderful charcter and
Joanna Park
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tours, netgalley
I really enjoyed this fascinating historical thriller. I Iove historical fiction especially when it is set around WW2 and features spies or the resistance.  It always helps add to the tension and atmosphere as you realise that some people might have actually done the things described in the book.  I always wonder if I would have had the courage to stand up to Hitler and try and make a difference.

This story drew me in from the very intriguing prologue regarding a tense situation.  I immediately w
Ellie Midwood
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Silent Woman” is a gripping spy thriller set in pre-war England (and partially in Germany). I read a lot of WW2 historical fiction and this story pleasantly surprised me by the set of fresh, original characters, a strong female lead, an intriguing plot (till the very end I couldn’t guess who the murderer was), and a meticulously-researched setting.
Cat was a perfect choice for a central heroine, at least in my eyes. Her character development was brilliantly executed and I couldn’t help but
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this book and I’m hoping this will become a new series. This first book was more about situational and character developments.

This story occurs right before the beginning of WWII, in England. It involves espionage, secrets and a “Who done it” mystery. Catherine Carlisle is caught in a loveless marriage and feels trapped until a friend asks her to switch some of her husband’s business papers in order to confuse the Germans. A murder, accusations, spies... Catherine finds hersel
Terry Mckone
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book had the potential to be interesting. It takes place in 1937 before WWII. Most of the world doesnt believe Hitler is building an army to take over. We meet a group of characters in England who are handling secret papers and plans but we never know why. There are several plots going on around the secrecy including bad marriages, drunks, secret passions. There just isnt much depth to the story or the characters in it.
H.M. Holten
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Entertaining Read
The Second World War is about to begin. The first fugitives arrive from Germany, among them, there may be spies. All this seems unreal to Catherine (Cat), who has her own problems to deal with in a childless marriage. Her husband maybe never loved her, and she suffers the pangs of unreciprocated love. Her sister in law, Isobel, despises her and shows it. It’s the old class pattern: Cat comes from a less privileged family, and Isobel grabs every opportunity to show Cat that sh
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
A cozy mystery with the ensuing war as the back drop? I am all in! I enjoyed reading this and enjoyed Cat as a character. I will definitely be reading more from this series!
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The year is 1937. Catherine Carlisle, desperate to leave her husband and loveless marriage, not to mention hostile relationship with her sister in law, takes on work as a courier. She doesn’t deliver just any messages, though — Catherine has become affiliated with the British spy network. It’s money, after all, and Catherine does want her freedom; however, when a woman attempts to steal the documents Catherine is
I enjoyed the historical aspects of this novel. It captures the essence of life in the UK during the years leading towards the Second World War.

From the apparently abstract opening in Germany, there are hints of an espionage story.

Only much later in the book does the significance of these early events become clear.

I liked the way the characters are developed. I feel sure that the central character, Catherine Carlisle may have more to offer in future books. I hope this is the case, because I woul
Barbara Davis
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't stop reading this book! Set against the gripping backdrop of a WWII espionage spy ring, Thomas weaves an intricate tale of both political and personal drama, peopling it with character's whose actions and motives will keep you constantly guessing. With a well developed cast of characters, and a mood subtly reminiscent of du Maurier's Manderly, The Silent Woman will keep you turning pages long into the night, and eagerly awaiting the next installment of Catherine Carlisle's story. ...more
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
What a wonderful book, this is what I would call a serious ‘Girl Power’ book. Not only have we got a fabulous lead heroine but the villain is a woman too. It’s about time that we had a book with a strong female led cast of characters. This is the first I have read by this author and it most certainly will no be the last, I have fallen in love with her clever and articulated writing style. This book is fresh and ridiculously addictive to read, this is only book one in the Cat Carlise series but I ...more
Tristan Robin Blakeman
I'm deep into reading "Fear" by Woodward and needed to take a mystery/thriller break from the political noise.

I chose this book from my Nook library simply because it was short, I knew nothing about it, and I wanted to get back to the absurdity that is our nation's government right now.

I recommend Terry Lynn Thomas' The Silent Woman for anybody who wants a short, easy, intriguing novella with a mash up of genres: murder mystery/thriller/spy/historical novel. I was most pleased to realize about h
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a big fan of historical fiction, I knew right away that I will love this book. However, I was very surprised by Catherine's courage and fearfulness.

After fifteen years and loveless and childless marriage, Catherine decided to leave her husband and moved out of Carlisle's mansion that she is sharing with her husband, his sister Isobel and her secretary Marie. But in order to move out, Cat needs to save money first, and that's when her late father's friend comes in. Reginald asks her to delive
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Silent Woman by Terry Lynn Thomas is a marvellous historical suspense that had me engrossed from the start.
Opening in 1930's Nazi Germany with Hitler in power, ordinary lives are beginning to be affected. Anti Semitism is rising. Opposition is squashed. "If he could carry on as usual, he could convince himself that things were just as they used to be." No one should have ignored the actions of Hitler.
Action moves to London. The reader is treated to espionage, murder, spies and double dealing
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Vanessa Wild
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story about espionage and murder set in London just before WWII. It’s fast paced and well plotted. I liked the writing style, it flows beautifully and is easy to read. There is a whole cast of interesting and likeable characters, my favourites being the leading lady, Cat Carlisle, and her trusty maid, Annie. Of course, there is the odd villain to add a bit of spice! I had fun trying to unravel the plot to find out just who the miscreant was.

I believe this is the first i
Angela Sanford
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read by Author Terry Lynn Thomas and it definitely will not be my last! The first book in the Cat Carlisle Series, The Silent Woman, is an edge of your seat, page turner! Cat is living in a hell of her own due to a husband that treats her cold and as if she doesn't exist and a vindictive, hateful sister in law who hates Cat for just being alive. Feeling lost and alone, Cat begins a job as a courier for a friend of her late father. Unbeknownst to Cat, she will s ...more
Carol Deegan
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This well written book is set in 1937 when Hitler was preparing his weapons for WW II. This is the first book I have read about this time period. Besides the main plot that has Catherine ‘Cat’ Carlisle secretly switching her husband’s papers in order to confuse the Germans, her sister-in-law has her own secrets and the new very young maid has her own story. I would recommend this book to any WW II fiction readers. I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are my own. ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Silent Woman by Terry Lynn Thomas I love a good WWII genre book and this is one I truly enjoyed. The author made me feel the pressure of living in London right before WWII and not knowing what was coming next. The mystery of 'who done it" was an extra bonus in a well told story.
Well developed characters that you will love and some you will hate. I would recommend this book to friends and give it a 5 star rating.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being a fan of historical fiction and mysteries, a combination of the two, which this one is, was a treat.
Set in the war time, with strong characters, it was a page turner that I read in a couple of sittings.
Chris Tunnicliffe
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
England in the late 1930's is on the verge of another war. Cat Carlisle who is trapped in a loveless marriage, becomes involved in the world of spies and other adventures. A good historical mystery. Looking forward to more adventures involving Cat. ...more
DonnaJo Pallini
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Car Carlisle is a woman who is determined to retake control of her life. I enjoyed the characters and the historical references. Good read.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this historical fiction murder mystery. I can't wait to read another by this author. ...more
Susans bookworld
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
first book by this author i have read really enjoyed it as i do like books that are set in the war so this is really interest me so glad i got to read and review this book
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a well written book this is! Each character was so well described I felt I was part of the story!
Fast paced, interesting and a bloomin great read - do not pass this one by - I couldn’t put it down!
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Terry Lynn Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches, windy dunes, and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earne ...more

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