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Wall of Silence

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  19,334 ratings  ·  1,182 reviews

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

Melissa Byatt’s 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 c

Kindle Edition, 381 pages
Published April 1st 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Patrick Byatt is found by his wife Melissa severely injured on their kitchen floor, with his three children looking on. Patrick has been stabbed. The story is told by Melissa, interspersed with the killers thoughts and Facebook entries from the unpleasant Forest Grove community where they live. I appreciate that others really liked this so I’m out of step with them. However, this is such a thin storyline which is hidden beneath irrelevance and the messages that I quickly grew very bored. Sorry, ...more
At the end of Wall of Silence, in the author's notes, it says: "I hope you're reading this letter with a bit of a tear in your eye and a smile". Sadly, I did not. For whatever reason, and I'm not sure I can pinpoint a particular reason, I was never able to connect to the characters in this book. However, as much as I would have liked to have cared more about the characters, I still thought the mystery was fairly decent. It began a bit slowly, but built in intensity in the second half of the book ...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.
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 doesn’t take her too long to reali ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Does a perfect family exist? Well, that’s 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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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. ...more
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
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 whe
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book starts with a prologue, and in it we the readers seem to learn who the alleged attacker is, but that can't be right. But there has to be more to the plot than that. This is definitely thriller. The plot thickens with more twists. I really loved this thriller, and learning slowly and gradually more about the main characters, especially the three children- Lilly and Lewis who are fifteen year old twins, and their younger sister Grace. This is one of my favorite passages referring to Meli ...more
Julia Lyman
Mar 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was awful

In what world is it ok that kids stab their dad? The book was poorly written. What mother would cover up for her kids without knowing anything? She didn’t want to push them, they had been through so much. What?
It felt like a 12 year old wrote the book. I was ready to put it down early on but i just sped read it to the end so i could find out what possibly could be written to explain this. The ending didn’t make it any better. Trust me - it’s not worth finishing.
Es Summer
***ARC received in exchange for an honest review.***

The story begins with a flashback from the killer and you move on to the present when Melissa discovers her husband is murdered, probably by one of her children.
The whole concept sounded very interesting from the start.
A small town, a murder mystery, with the wild nature in the background.
The premise of the story already made me very excited to read it.
And it was an interesting read. The characters were well-developed and you really get to
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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Ruthy lavin
A good, well written and suspenseful story.
I could only award it 3.5 stars as I felt it lacked a little gusto to deserve 4, but it’s definitely worth a read.
3.5 stars 🌟
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
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 I’ve 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 character’s web of lies and silence. I was captivated from page one, entertained throughout, and shocked over the final reveal. Loved it!
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
4.5 rounded up! What a pleasant surprise! I don’t understand why this book hasn’t gotten more attention- I loved it! I enjoyed the characters & the plot was original. The tension was thick & completely believable (& understandable!)- it kept me on the edge of my seat. & I couldn’t help wondering what I’d do in similar situations.. Really good! & i’d definitely recommend the audiobook! The narrators did an excellent job!
Lisa-Books Smiles
3.5 stars
Does the perfect family actually exist? Well, that's the image the residents of Forest Grove have of the Byatt family. That and the fact that the residents of Forest Grove also live in the perfect village, perfectly carved out at the edge of a thick forest, that had never existed up until a couple of decades ago. But when a tragic incident occurs and as the cracks start to appear, it soon becomes clear that nothing is what it seems in this close-knit community.

Melissa Byatt returns home one even
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Melissa comes home to her husband being stabbed to death. The shocking part about what she witnessing is that her children are around the deceased body and one is holding a knife. Can her children be so heartless or is there something that she is missing?

It took me only a few minutes to read this. I skimmed the majority of this but there was a few major highlights such as the dialogue between the social media posts about what happened to Melissa’s husband. It was interesting to read through all
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap. No, let me rephrase that: Holy shit. Stop whatever you’re doing and read this novel. Immediately. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just buy this and read it. It’s amazing.

I don’t give many 5 star reviews. But this one grabbed me from the blurb and didn’t let me go. It’s 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. I’m a part of them. I thought the author’s use of Fac
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
When Melissa’s 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? Patrick’s 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 ga
Mar 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great writer!

"...because that’s what we do, don’t we, risk our lives for those we love?"

This was SO GOOD! The story had twists and turns from page one that had me hooked until the final sentence!

Also, this was my first book by this author and it won't be my last.

Loved it!
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. difficult childhood, kids stab dad, husband and in-laws are loaded with secrets plus small town gossip make for a great little story
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a disappointing read and I’m not entirely sure why. I loved the original idea, what a mystery that is and there were a few other secrets unearthed along the way, although they failed to get me really excited they did keep me going.

So the basic premise is full of intrigue: a woman comes home to find her husband has been stabbed and is lying in a pool of his own blood, surrounded by his three children. The mother is sure one of them did it, who else could it have been, but they are refusi
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 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
A Struggle to Finish

The book seemed to drag and repeat itself after about a quarter of the way in. There was little depth to the characters, and their behavior was not always consistent with their descriptions. Finally, Melissa, the mom and major character, was so weak and wishy-washy that I wanted to slap some sense into her. I finished the book, but it was a frustrating read.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good suspense

Melissa Byatt arrives home to find her husband Patrick close to death on the kitchen floor surrounded by their young children, twins Lilly and a boy name that begins with “L” that has flown from my mind, despite the fact that I literally finished this book minutes ago, and ten years old Grace. A bloody knife is there as well and the children present a united front - they refuse to tell Melissa what happened. Now Melissa must choose - protect her children and possibly hamper the
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thought really hard about giving this book a four star review.. well because not every book can be "The Hobbit" but this book also has trees and for me.. that's enough..

But seriously now.. this book deserves every point on that 5 stars. From the moment I started reading this.. it was one of those books that I wanted to get through fast but I never wanted it to end.

Melissa comes home to find her husband bloody and barely alive on the kitchen floor surrounded by her 3 children. She doesn't not
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 exce ...more
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