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The Silent Ones

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  4,238 ratings  ·  472 reviews
This morning, I was packing up lunches, ironing, putting on the laundry I should have done last night. Now my precious daughter is accused of murder.

When ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are arrested for a terrible crime, Maddy’s mother Juliet cannot believe it. How could her bright, joyful daughter be capable of such a thing?

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Published July 24th 2019 by Bookouture
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Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
Maddy and Brianna are cousins and best of friends. As is typically the case, one is more of a leader, the other a follower. So which is which?

An elderly woman is discovered brutally beaten, and unbelievably, the 10 year old cousins are brought in for questioning. Oh come on…how could they do this to a helpless woman? Was it both of them? One of them? One thing is certain. The girls aren’t talking! Neither will utter a single word!

The girls’ parents and grandparents arrive at the police
I’m a huge fan of this author. I heard some of my fellow book buddies not liking this one. So I went in with an open mind. Not expecting much and taking on board some sizzling gripes from other reviews. I expected to feel the same.

But I don’t.

Questioning two young children, how could they manage to kill a frail old woman?
This got me thinking. I then remembered several news headlines.
I also remember an event in a TV soap. Yes, it is plausible and yes it has been done. Evil things have been
Susanne  Strong
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
3.25 Stars

A terrible crime. 2 ten year old cousins accused. Their mothers both willing to do whatever it takes to protect their daughters. The problem? The girls refuse to speak and relationships are torn apart.

What on earth happened when Maddy and Brianna visited a family friend? Could they truly have inflicted harm on a little old woman? If only the girls would talk. When a therapist is brought in to help the walls come tumbling down, in more ways than one. What starts out as a tense read,
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, thriller
This was my first book by K.L.Slater and I hope not the last one. The premise is extremely interesting. Imagine a horrible crime and two children involved, children who wouldn't say a word to explain what happened, not even to defend themselves. Maddie and Brianna are first cousins. We know they are quite different (as any two children, even siblings, would be), but we also get slightly different descriptions (perceptions, perceptions, perceptions...) coming from their respective mothers Juliet ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2 Sisters, they run their own business, they have a daughter each, aged 10, they are best friends, they are all best friends, its a close knit family, life is good, no, life is great....

And then the 2 girls are accused of murdering an old lady in cold blood, they were there, there is evidence

Something very sinister and evil has happened

And its our job, as readers, wonderfully guided by the author to find out why, what, where and how these 2 young girls did such a dastardly deed

There is a major
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a pleasure to pick up the latest novel of one of your favourite authors and feel the instant connection to both the writing and the novel. The author writes in a punchy style that makes the books hard to put down and a relatively quick read. Normally 1 or 2 sittings for me. This one was no different and I devoured it very quickly turning the pages as quick as possible wanting to know more
Ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are arrested for a terrible crime and Maddy’s mother Juliet
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the story of two best friends who happen to be also cousins, Maddy and Brianna.
The interesting thing about this thriller is the fact that after an elderly woman is found beaten to death, the two 10-year-old cousins are brought in for questioning. Which is weird. You don't hear much about children being interrogated
From this moment on, the family becomes dysfunctional, everyone taking sides.
It is not a very plausible idea, this book, but it is not that bad either. It is readable
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Sensational, captivating, and unputdownable!
Slater's one of the best at keeping her readers guessing and she's proven it once again!

They found the old lady in her chair, snoozing. She looked thinner than when they’d seen her during the spring bank holiday week a couple of months earlier. On the small lamp table next to her were a few pound coins and a small piece of paper. To pay the milkman, she’d explained to them before.
Pressing her finger to her mouth, the girl with the
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: ...she gasped when she saw the blood seeping steadily from the side of Bessie's head. It pooled neatly on the worn patterned carpet and sank into the grooves around the corner of the cream tiled fire surround.

'What happened?' She swallowed down a knot of panic.

' was an accident,' her cousin stammered.

The girls backed out of the room and had just stepped into the kitchen when they heard it...a scuffling sound, like the movement of feet.

They froze as a shadow loomed in the
Mandy White
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Silent Ones once again shows why KL Slater is one of my favourite authors. When I requested this from Netgalley I did not even have to read the blurb, I had to have it and didn't care what it was about. I have read and enjoyed all of her books and recommend them all to readers of this genre. The way these stories are written make it very hard to put the books down. I read this one in 2 sittings - damn sleep and work getting in the way otherwise it would have been one! The stories are ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded down

The book opens with a riveting scene in which two cousins, Maddy and Brianna, aged 10, enter the home of an elderly neighbor and act in an unspeakable way. One is an unwilling accomplice, the other one-perhaps a ”bad seed?” (Google the 1956 movie, if you are unfamiliar with that tale!)

But which one is which?

Neither girl will speak about what has happened, and the whole village has turned against the families, so a family therapist is called in to help get to the truth.

Louise Wilson
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The mother's of two ten year old girls are taken into the police station after a serious incident. The mother's, Chloe and Juliet are sister's who run their own business. The daughters, Maddy and Brianna, are accused of murdering an elderly woman. The girls are silent and won't talk about the event. Their mothers are shocked that their daughters could do such a thing. But it brings back childhood memories of an accident when their brother, Corey died and Juliet was blamed. What really happened ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater was a psychological thriller that had me hooked from the start and I read it in one day as I did not want to put it down.
Two ten year old girls are accused of killing an old woman and are taken to the police station. Neither of the girls will speak to the police or even their family and no one can get them to tell the truth of what happened.
This story is full of secrets and lies. It also has a twist or two to keep you guessing.
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The Silent Ones was a book I simply could not put down. I read it in less than a day simply because I wanted to know what was going on in that family. It seems that a lot of families are dysfunctional, However this one took it to new heights.
Two ten year old girls Maddy Fletcher and Brianna Voce are suspected of killing an old woman, Bessie Wilford in her own home and in the days of the Internet, it only takes a whisper of truth to turn friends into foes. It is not helped by the girls
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kim Slater is the Queen of thrillers, and nobody can do eerie like she does. When the first four pages of the book grips, you know you are in for a rocking ride and K. L. Slater is magnificent.

2 ten year old cousins were accused of murder, and they refused to talk to each other or to anyone else. Their mothers were perplexed and they had to be the voice of their daughters to get to the truth. And in the process, secrets kept pouring out like molten lava burning from inside out.

Her penmanship
Linda Strong
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

Maddy and Brianna are cousins ... both 10 years old... and both arrested for a terrible crime against an elderly woman who lives down the street. When they were picked up, both sets of clothes had blood splatter .. and neither of them are saying a word. Not to the police...and not to their parents.

Juliet, Maddy's mother, just cannot fathom her daughter doing anything to hurt anyone else. Chloe, Brianna's mother, feels the same about her daughter.

The police bring in Dana, a therapist, to see if
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free e-copy of The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater from NetGalley for my honest review.

Two cousins (Maddy and Brianna) become involved in a murder investigation after an old woman is brutally killed. The girls refuse to talk to anyone at first. But then there are secrets that are revealed that will shock everyone and change their lives forever.

A thrilling and mysterious read that grips you from the beginning!
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Woah! What a story and a half this one is!!!

The story starts off with the two mother’s of two ten year old’s being taken into the police station after a serious incident. As a mother my heart was in my mouth as your head starts thinking straight away about what if that was your child. It really was quite frightening and I could easily understand the turbulence of feelings that both sisters, Juliet and Chloe were going through.

Understandably there is a lot of unrest with people in the area and I
Kelsie Maxwell
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
The Silent Ones
K.L. Slater

The Silent Ones is an intense psychological thriller from author, K.L. Slater.

Ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna have been accused of viciously attacking an elderly woman in their small community. As far as the police are concerned, the girls aren’t helping themselves and are looking more guilty by the second. They’re refusing to speak. At all. Are they silent because they’re little monsters that have no regard for human life, or are they simply too afraid to tell
I am a huge fan of Kim Slater and I love her books, though I have yet to read them all. I had eagerly been awaiting it to land NetGalley and as soon as I did I requested it. The premise sounded interesting and I couldn't wait to dive into it. I've read "Blink", "Liar" and "Finding Grace" previously but this one was different. And I was not disappointed. For those who may remember, it had a hint of the Jamie Bulger murder case which occurred in the UK in the 90s. But in true Kim Slater fashion, ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley

Ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are arrested for killing an old lady living down their grandparents house. Their parents are in complete denial and the two sisters, Juliet and Chloe's lives are completely blown apart when they defend their accused daughters. To make matters worse the two cousins have taken a vow of silence and refuse to talk to the cops. To save their daughters Juliet and Chloe know they unlock their own secrets even if it means confronting their past , a past they swore
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The Silent Ones is the ninth novel by British author, K.L.Slater. Stunned disbelief is the reaction of sisters Juliet Fletcher and Chloe Voce when they are brought to Hucknall Police Station to learn that their ten-year-old daughters, Maddy and Brianna, are implicated in the fatal beating of an elderly woman in their quiet Nottinghamshire village.

While forensic evidence indicates the girls were at the scene, Maddy and Brianna are maintaining a stubborn silence, making it impossible to know
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Of the books I’ve read by the prolific K.L. Slater, I think this is probably my favourite - the plot was really intriguing, with a couple of genuine surprises. (Though it took me far too long to make a certain connection which, in retrospect, was obvious. Must’ve been off my game.)

Ten year old cousins, Maddy and Brianna, are accused of a horrific crime - a brutal assault on a vulnerable elderly woman, Bessie. Whether they’re guilty or not is unclear - their mothers, sisters Juliet and Chloe,
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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are rather bored and have managed to sneak away to visit an elderly woman named Bessie. This was something the girls often did. They were watched by their grandmother, who obviously wasn't paying close enough attention. The girls were up to no good and have just been arrested for harming Bessie. When Bessie succumbs to her injuries, the charge is raised to murder.

However, neither girl will talk, not to the police, not even to their
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I thought this story was brilliant, this book was well written and had a great plot that kept the reader invested in the story. You are sucked into the book and it has you turning the pages quickly to discover what will happen next. The mystery is full of shocking revelations and the conclusion was a complete surprise to me. I actually hated most of the characters and that made it fun. I found that the plot twists and the well drawn characters kept me riveted. I found the book quite
*thank you to Netgalley, K.L. Slater and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

5 stars.

Ohh this book! It is one of those that you really don't want to have to put down. It wasn't full on intense or dramatic but the story was so good! It was interesting and I really wanted to know what was going on. I HATED, (yep strong word but it's a strong feeling I felt), the family. The Grandparents (well the grandfather/dad I didn't mind) and the sister Chloe. Their
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sisters Chloe and Juliet run their own business, and both have 10 year old daughters. Their daughters, Maddy and Brianna, are accused of murdering an elderly woman. Dana (child psychologist) and Neary (detective) are in charge of figuring out the truth of which girl committed the crime and why.

Just enough family drama to maintain interest, and the plot twist at the end was not something I predicted. I will say that the last third of the book was drawn out of me, and I did catch myself skimming
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Wow. Just WOW. That's the first thing that came to mind when I finished the book.
The blurb couldn't be any better to explain what this book is all about - "An absolutely gripping psychological thriller" - this book had me in its clutches completely and kept me glued to the pages until the end. What a glorious read! I could hardly put it down.

This book felt like an convoluted, massive web of lies, secrets and deceptions. The lives of the main characters are literally built on lies and secrets,
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
K.L Slater does it again, another brilliant offering in the shape of the silent Twins. I have read most of her books and this one doesn’t disappoint.
Ten-year-old cousins Brianna and Maddie are accused of murdering Bessie Wilford in her home. When they are picked up by the police, they are both silent and will not talk about the event. Their mothers and both sisters Juliet and Chloe are shocked that their daughters could do such a thing. And the shock brings back memories of their own childhood
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Kim's titles are also published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

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“pick Maddy and Josh up from Mum’s house no later than six each day, and we’re always home around ten minutes later. I thought that was enough to qualify me as a good mother, a parent who is there for her children. Yet I feel a niggle deep down that tells me he’s right. Once I get through the door each evening, I simply set my laptop up on the kitchen counter and carry on working. I often cook the children’s tea around updating the InsideOut4Kids website. The reality is, I’m there… but I’m not really there. Not all of me. For the first time, I consider the echoes of my own childhood, when Mum spent so much time in her bedroom. I can’t remember the last time we all sat down and ate together, or watched TV as a family. We often stay in different rooms until it’s time for bed. And the outings to the park or the cinema we used to plan and enjoy at weekends? I seriously can’t remember the last time we did that. I thought I was being Superwoman, and it turns out I’m struggling to tick all the boxes like any other mere mortal. The realisation renders me speechless, and it doesn’t take Tom long to” 0 likes
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