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Wall of Silence

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,837 ratings  ·  235 reviews

Her children have a deadly secret. Can she uncover it before the police do?

Melissa Byatts life in Forest Grove seems as perfect as can be: a doting husband, three loving children and a beautiful house in a close-knit community. But appearances can be deceiving.

One evening, Melissa arrives home to the unimaginable: her husband lies stabbed on the kitchen floor, their

Kindle Edition, 381 pages
Published April 1st 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Christi M
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Wall of Silence opens with the inner thoughts of the person who has stabbed Patrick Byatt, the husband and father of the family. It is automatically clear that one of the three children is responsible for it and there is a cover-up being formed, not to mention overall panic. Soon, Melissa comes home from a bike-ride to find her husband bleeding on the kitchen floor. The children provide some responses to her questions on what happened, but being their mother it doesnt take her too long to ...more
Alayne Emmett
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It had all the elements I love except too many characters which confused me at times. I loved the way this book kept me guessing at who did the murder and the ending surprised me.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Does a perfect family exist? Well, thats the image that the residents of Forest Grove have of the Byatt family. Yet, after a tragic event, cracks rapidly start appearing, proving that nothing is what it seems in this very close-knit community.

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Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Melissa comes home to find her husband stabbed, all signs point to one of her children being responsible, and she decides to protect them. Understandable, but she took such a passive approach that it seemed unbelievable. She confronts the kids (who are 15 year old boy/girl twins and their 10 year old sister) and basically they tell her they just can't talk about it. So Melissa's response is basically, "OK, I guess they need some space." WHO REACTS THAT WAY?!?! Melissa was happy in her marriage, ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WALL OF SILENCE is wild, a who-dun-it rollercoaster. The story launches with a bang with one of the most original openings Ive read. Tracy Buchanan has crafted a novel where the plot literally thickens with every page turned and new secrets simmer as the reader is pulled deeper into her cast of characters web of lies and silence. I was captivated from page one, entertained throughout, and shocked over the final reveal. Loved it! ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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Louise Mullins
I hadn't read any of Buchanan's books before this one but was gripped from the very first page to the last, and look forward to reading her future novels. Part literary in that it delves into the individual characters lives: their personalities, beliefs, desires, fears, motivations, and their relation to each other, part psychological as it also offers a plausibly described explanation of familial structure. The plot is so authentic I kept forgetting I was reading a novel. This is a work of ...more
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When Melissas husband Patrick is stabbed, she knows one of her three children is to blame. Was the culprit one of her fifteen-year-old twins Lilly or Lewis? Could their younger sister Grace be responsible? On the outside, the family seems so perfect. But is any family? Patricks parents are oh so supportive. Oppressively so. Neighbors gossip online with theories and innuendo while Patrick lays in a coma. One child confesses in a diary. Which child?

WALL OF SILENCE is a wild ride. Red herrings
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap. No, let me rephrase that: Holy shit. Stop whatever youre doing and read this novel. Immediately. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just buy this and read it. Its amazing.

I dont give many 5 star reviews. But this one grabbed me from the blurb and didnt let me go. Its character driven (a must for me) and all the characters are incredibly well developed. At the end of it, I was a little tearful because I now know these people. Im a part of them. I thought the authors use of Facebook
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Melissa returns home one evening to find her husband stabbed and her three children standing around him. She soon realizes her kids have something to do with the stabbing, but none of them are telling her what happened. Melissa's instincts are to protect her children, but she needs to know what happened to her husband.

A gripping domestic suspense novel. Melissa wants to protect her three kids - 15-year-old twins Lewis and Lilly and 10-year-old Grace. She also wants to know what happened between
Eloise Smith
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great read with some unexpected twists. As soon as I read the first couple of chapters of this book, I was drawn in. For a while it was quite hard to work out why what had happened had happened, but after a few careful clues - I had an idea, yet there were further twists I did not expect. I thought including the Facebook group was clever and very realistic in todays modern world with all the community groups.

I sometimes found it hard to remember everyones names as there are quite a few
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read; I was pulled into the overall backdrop of small town gossip with snippets of same gossip via the community FB posts, giving a more realistic feel of just how messy people in these communities can really be.

Parts of the book did drag a bit, and although it seemed as though the revelations came crashing down all at once in almost a forced/rushed way, it was still enjoyable, sad and mind-blowing.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book

I found that I could hardly put this book down. I probably would have read it in one setting if "real life" didn't come into play. I have read other books by this author but this is by far my favorite. I don't give many 5 star ratings but felt this book truly deserves it.
Diana Yerkess
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my March free book choice from Amazon Prime and wow, what a great one.

Mainly strong characters and a plot that kept me guessing (usually wrongly) till right at the end.

A bit of Stepford wives, Agatha Christie mixed up in a modern day tragedy all around a real page turning mystery.

Will definitely be reading more from Tracy Buchanan (this was my first)

Mrs A. J. Turbfield
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
A bit convoluted but brilliantly finished. A different

Pace o qhat I normally read, but the ending made up for the slower pace. Mot sure of I will reaf more by this author.
Emma Taylor
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Absolutely loved this book! I read it in 2 days and now I'm gutted I have finished it. Best book I have read for a while.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book!! Lots of twists and truly could not put it down!!!!
Laura Steinert
Mar 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely not the right author for me. Backstories with endless details; then backstories for the backstories. Long Facebook "chats" of the nastiest sorts. A thin story buried under heaps of detail and every detail beaten to death, expanded upon and explained multiple times. Perhaps a book for people with nothing to do. Reading level appropriate for young teens, but the story content s not appropriate for teens at all.
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The residents of Forest Grove think that the Byatt family is perfect. Yet, like with everything in life, nothing is it seems. After a tragic event, cracks begin to appear unleashing chaos within this close-knit community.

The setting of residents living on the edge of the forest is idyllic and skilfully depicted by the author Tracy Buchanan in a way that you can vividly see and feel this village. It is a sort of oasis. However, the darker side of this village community is the Facebook Group,
Suzanne Eisenhauer
Wow, am I the only person who really didn't like this book? In fact, I was surprised I even finished it, given that I put it down time and again after becoming frustrated with the lead character.

Here's the deal, when you live in a tiny insular Peyton Place, where everyone knows everyone else's business, how in the world can you remain ignorant to practically everything that goes on around you -- especially when it pertains to your own family? I mean, there's even a Facebook "chit chat" page
Mrs V
Mar 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
A nasty dispiriting read.

This is only the second time that I have only given a 1 star rating as I try to see something good in all books that I choose to read and strangely enough, this book is just like "What You Did" by Claire McGowan which had my first 1 star rating! The storylines are so similar that it makes me wonder....hmm.

Yet again the premise of the book features a happily married woman with children married to a man with the morals of a tomcat, who has a 'best friend' who really isn't
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, all of these people suck major ass. The mom is desperately trying to cling on to this semblance of a perfect life, and it comes at the cost of her children. Also, not the best mother with all the yelling and shaking of her kids. I get that youre going through a tragedy, but thats really bad coping mechanisms. I get it, shes had a rough life. We all tend to follow suit of what we know. As for her husband... well hes a giant sociopathic asshole. He deserved what was coming to him and *spoiler ...more
Tom Stretton
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read that will keep you guessing.

I selected this book as my 'First Reads' book for this month based on the blurb. I am absolutely delighted that I did and I think I'd go as far as to say it is the best first reads selection I've ever made.

A story of the seemingly perfect Byatt family that is thrown into turmoil from the opening pages of the story as Patrick, husband of Melissa and father to Lewis, Lilly and Grace lies on the kitchen floor of their family home with a head injury and
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Dark, suspenseful, and intriguing. I couldn't put it down. Good character and town background that kept me wanting to read to find out more. Also, I liked the format of this book a lot with the mixed in chapters of the Facebook group chats. Very good way to tie in and felt a little like the "Big Little Lies" format which I LOVED.

This definitely wasn't perfect. A lot of hints and clues thrown out there weren't fleshed out, the ending was SUPER rushed, and it ended up focusing on only solving the
Robin Martin
Melissa comes home from work to find her husband laying on the floor in a pool of blood and their three kids standing over him. Parts of this mystery are not really mysterious. In the opening chapter, you find out that one of Patrick's children has stabbed him and none of the three is talking. Patrick is put into a medically induced coma while the police try to figure out who stabbed him. But Melissa is determined to find out first, even if she has to help her child get away with attempted ...more
Hattie Elizabeth
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wall of Silence is a BRILLIANT book and I highly recommend others to read it! I will definitely be reading more by this author.

This story is cleverly crafted to evoke an array of emotions within the reader, and I'm very greatful to have chosen this novel as my Amazon First Reads for March - but it is well worth the money should you not have Amazon First Reads.

BUCHANAN writes beautifully and makes it easy for the reader to visualise the forest setting in which this story is based. I loved the
Sandra Knapp
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good!

The synopsis on this book was a real tease. It hooked me. I just had to know what it was about. Wow, talk about a surprise ending!

I really enjoyed this story, from start to finish. I was drawn in from page 1, and never let go to the very end. What is going on here, and why are all of the children refusing to say anything to anyone about what happened to their Father. How was he injured, to the point of near death? The story moved right along at a good pace, adding more and more mystery
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a book worth buying

i was extremely impressed with this novel. it had an incredible number of characters, yet every one of them had a place, and i had absolutely no trouble following the story whatsoever. the writing was excellent, and the storytelling felt natural for such a riveting and eventful book.

the surprises and twists kept on coming; even the few things which were predictable came about in often very unpredictable ways. the ride started on the first page and didn't stop until the last.

Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A closed community where everyone knows every one else's business can be extra stressful when your husband gets stabbed. Everyone wanted to try and solve the crime to ensure their neighborhood remained "safe". In reality it was full of nosy, snobby, and/or fake people who tried to make themselves out to be better than they were, especially the husband's family.

This was a quick read, fairly interesting. You keep guessing who might have done it and wonder if there is a bigger secret that the kids
Terri Lewis
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was available as a First Read for March with Kindle Unlimited. I wasnt sure which book to pick this month, there were some good ones to choose from. I am glad I picked this one! I loved it! The story: You walk in your house, see your husband bleeding from a head wound and a stab wound, your 3 children are standing around him looking scared then you see a bloody knife on the floor. When the paramedics get there, you notice the knife is gone, the kids had to be the ones that moved it, ...more
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