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The Silent Daughter

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  13,657 ratings  ·  592 reviews
'Schoolgirl missing', the ticker reads, and the camera cuts to a girl's face. Blonde hair waterfalling over her shoulders, serious eyes, lips a little parted like she's about to speak. That's when I realize I've been holding my breath, because the gasp when I inhale almost chokes me.

Sadie Kelly has lost her job. Until last month, she was a teacher at Horton College – the s
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2020 by Independently Published (first published May 6th 2020)
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Linda Strong
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sadie Kelly, a teacher at Horton College until last month, has moved back to her childhood town.... staying not not with her family, but with a close friend's mother. Her friend died 10 years ago in circumstances that she's been trying to forget ever since.

On TV news is a report that Devon Hundley, a 16 year old girl attending Horton College has gone missing. Sadie is taken aback .. Devon is the daughter of Philip Hundley ..a man Sadie knows all too well.

Sadie can’t stop thinking about the last
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sadie Kelly recently lost her job as teacher at Horton College, the school she went to when she was younger. When Sadie was younger she lost her best friend Fiona on graduation night. Sadie has never got over losing her. Sadie is offered her job back after Devon Hundley a pupil goes missing from Horton College. Sadie knows Phil Huntley, Devon’s father personally.

Things to start to happen to Sadie and the people around her and Sadie is concern what has happened to Devon.

This was book was ok.

May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
I really wanted to like this book based on the description of the book. Although I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it. I felt too much time was spent on Sadie's inner dialect and repeating many of the same things about her past.

The twists were all shoved in almost at the end, which seemed almost like a rushed ending. I would have liked one or two of the small twists revealed earlier in the book. The characterizations were average and didn't really leave me being thrilled with any of them. It
Crystal Hiatt
Sadie Kelly lost her best friend, Fiona, in high school and still hasn't fully dealt with the loss.
Present day, Sadie has just lost her job at the prestigious Horton College and is living with Fiona's mother (because Sadie and her mother don't get along). She's having trouble finding a new job due to the circumstances of her job loss and has turned to Benzos to help her cope. On top of all that, one of her former students from Horton College has just went missing, and Sadie has a personal tie t
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very well done, very suspenseful and very gripping. There wasn't a point in the book when I lost interest or I felt it lagging.
There were constant twists and turns in the story that kept me guessing until the very end.
The one thing that I noticed was that this book took place in Connecticut with seemingly American characters, but I could easily see this taking place in the UK instead. I picked up on a few things that I've seen before by British/Irish authors (I've read
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read with an ending I never saw coming!
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young woman named Sadie Kelly returns to a small town she has so eagerly left a decade ago, a private school (as a teacher) she found profoundly traumatizing as a kid, a woman she loves as her own mother, a mother she doesn’t really know and a bucketload of difficult memories associated with the death of her childhood best friend. Soon after a 16 year old star swimmer at the school, a girl from a wealthy local family, disappears and so much of the long buried ugliness starts rising back up for ...more
Quick read, grand plot. Nothing too exciting, I could round it up to a 4, but no.
Brianna Clark
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fast read. It held my interest from beginning to end and had a good flow. There were a few times when there was a confusing time shift , but I'd read the paragraph over and and get re-oriented into the story. The book is mostly told in the present, going back occasionally to 10 years earlier, or a few months or year earlier. The prestigious Horton School, where Sadie and her best friend Fiona had attended and graduated from as scholarship students, plays a huge rule in their live ...more
Jun 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
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William G. Loeffler

This entire book makes almost no sense. I did read it all the way through waiting for some real conclusion but there was none.
Sep 19, 2020 marked it as could-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 10%. I didn’t like the writing, and the story was boring.
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

A good psychological thriller. Private girls schools are solid choices for grudges and grievances past and present. Sadie Kelly, a disgraced teacher finds herself back teaching at her old Alma mater when a student goes missing. Parallels from the past complicate events in the present.

Nicely done especially for a debut author. Kept me guessing and entertained.
It was pretty easy reading, but failed to draw me in as a thriller should. I love when I can feel connected to a story's characters, but that wasn't the case in this book. It certainly has twists and turns, but not enough for a 4 star review. ...more
Courtney Stuart
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Fiona and Sadie had been friends for years. From the poor side of town in Connecticut, they created a bond as close as sisters, perhaps more so. Both intelligent, they were awarded scholarships to the fancy private girl's school in the area that catered to the rich families of the region, but they were to remain outsiders, never to be acknowledged by the girls who most obviously belonged to the school. Fast forward a decade or more and Fiona is nothing more than a memory that is painful to Sadie ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story is told from Sadie's point of view. Sadie grief over the loss of her best friend, Fiona and she blame herself for what happened to Fiona in the past.
Btw I have no idea how this story would end and damn I didn't see that coming at all!

This story is filled with a lot of twists and turns but every twists were told at the end. I keeps coming till the end lol

Thank you Netgalley for The Silent Daughter ARC!
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the first book I’ve read from this author, but definitely won’t be the last. I enjoyed the way we gradually got to know Sadie, and all of her dimensions. The boarding school setting is the perfect place for mystery and intrigue. The story skillfully unravels to reveal many secrets and surprises.
Sue Wallace
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Silent daughter by Claire Amarti.
Schoolgirl missing', the ticker reads, and the camera cuts to a girl's face. Blonde hair waterfalling over her shoulders, serious eyes, lips a little parted like she's about to speak. That's when I realize I've been holding my breath, because the gasp when I inhale almost chokes me.
A very good read. Good story and some good characters. 4*.
Very slow paced book.
Jill Burgin
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by Claire Amarti and I thoroughly enjoyed the well paced, cleverly written domestic thriller. Told from the POV of Sadie, this young woman loses her teaching position and decides to go back to her hometown which she vowed never to return to after her best friend was killed. Well, we knew she couldn’t go back without trouble and the plot slowly builds to a great stunning ending. Definitely a four star solid book.
Feb 15, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yikes! Another book that makes me glad I'm a fast reader and only wasted a few hours of my life with it. First, the author was clearly not American but trying to act as if she is (I read her bio, she's Irish but now lives in the US). We have "windshields" not "windscreens", we go "around" and turn "around" not "round", we don't "ring" people we "call"them. On top of all of that, the book was just crammed full of every type of tragedy you can imagine, and basically all at the end. The scene on th ...more
Wendy Del Toro
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this a slowly moving story that is hard to nail down in terms of genre. Playing a main role of the story is a missing girl yet it is not a typical police procedural story; there's no police investigation at all actually and the missing girl does not have the only starring role. Her co-star is a young teacher who has ties to the girl and her family and secrets alluded to. The storytelling is fairly restrained, I wasn't filled with tension and TBH I wasn't holding my breath waiting to find ...more
Gwen Hight
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Silent Daughter A gripping page turner of family secretariat a twist

This is a good story about a young woman that has been raised by her friends mother and her friend dies and then she finds out family secrets
Evie Pey
A great start, however there were a lot of different plot lines that diluted the characters stories.
Billed as unputdownable but didn't grip me ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great, quick, fun read!

I really enjoyed this book. There were several twists and turns and I will say I wasn’t 100 percent sure how this was going to end.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
An excellent debut. I enjoyed the build-up of the noises at night, cold chills, and secret messages.
Jenna Milne
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ordered this book to take on vacation. It is well written and kept my interest right from the start. And a lot of twists and turns at the very end! Loved it
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Well, this book was a total surprise. It is a fascinating, well-written suspense tale. I was expecting something else, but this was a “can’t put down” read. Mystery abounds and again, I couldn’t figure out who did what. The end was a shock to my investigative mind, as I didn’t see it coming. So, I highly recommend this to readers of mystery and suspense.

The story revolves around Sadie and the boarding school she attended in high school. She is now teaching there. Nothing has chan
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Hi there! I’m an author who writes suspense stories about ordinary women – women like the ones we all know and love – who find out that their ordinary lives may not be quite so ordinary after all! My hope is that you will root for them, fear for them, and find yourself holding your breath when the action starts to get a little hairy!

When I’m not writing, I can be found strolling the streets of Bro

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