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The Silent Daughter

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  17,093 ratings  ·  683 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
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
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
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.
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
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.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read with an ending I never saw coming!
Quick read, grand plot. Nothing too exciting, I could round it up to a 4, but no.
Sep 19, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 10%. I didn’t like the writing, and the story was boring.
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
Sep 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not sure I was going to like the ending of this book. It seemed there were just too many characters and I couldn't see it all coming together. I was pleasantly surprised at how the author brought it all together. Some thought provoking concepts within the story. ...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
Dave Wheeler
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a great book, I loved it right to the start Sadie is a great character far from perfect but no matter how damaged she's still fighting on there but then she has no other choice.

Sadie gets a job at the girls school she was a student then years prior different head but Horton still attractived the cream those who had money and don't mind flaunting it which included their precious children who follow their parents examples. After Sadie is asked to leave not really knowing why, she is then invi
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
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 mean..it keeps coming till the end lol

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Jun 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
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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
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.
Lynda Kelly
Jul 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new author to me and I've marked it 3.5* and rounded up since it's a first novel.....there are too many errors in it for the full complement from this eagle-eyed reader, I'm afraid.
I was pretty annoyed that Sadie kept being called Miss Kelly then it would change to Ms Kelly and then revert back to Miss. Needlessly irritating.
Tupperwares needed capitalising, there were apostrophe mistakes and for some reason, nearing the end, speechmarks were eschewed in favour of apostrophes !! THAT was very p
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.
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
Rose Wood
Jun 11, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting story of a person living in the past. Not able to let go of a tragic loss. Guilt so strong she looses herself. The suspense was good but most of it was the last chapter. The rest of the time the author spent having the main character going back and forth from the past to present. Repeating her memories. It is a good story plot and was an easy read.
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
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twisting tale on coming to acceptance of self and others. Sadly enjoyable and overall clean. Well narrated.

A nicely imparted author’s “thank you” at the end.
Billed as unputdownable but didn't grip me ...more
Renita D'Silva
Feb 24, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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!

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