An Act of Silence: blog tour and review

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Atmospheric, believable, chilling, heart-rending: this is a superbly executed psychological thriller.

Three aspects of the book really stood out to me:

  1. The complexity of the structure: multiple points of view and timelines are handled effortlessly, to create a multi-layered book in which we see the story from different angles and piece together the big picture bit by bit. The result: a suspenseful, intricate, engrossing read.
  2. The exploration of the mother–child bond: as a mother myself, I engaged well with this and understood Linda’s motives. I found some of the difficulties between Linda and Gabriel harrowing to read.
  3. The sordid secrets at the root of the plot: without wishing to give anything away, I found these (depressingly) believable and (equally depressingly) topical.

I had only one niggle with the book: the comma splices, which distracted me as I read. Given the serious tone of the book, I’d have expected a stricter approach to editing.

Overall, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and heartily recommend it to readers who enjoy well-crafted, intelligent, unputdownable fiction.

* My rating: Five stars *

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book details

Author: Colette McBeth

Genre: Crime thriller (psychological/political)


These are the facts I collect.

My son Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a bar. She went home with him. They next morning she was found in an allotment.

Mariela is dead.

Gabriel has been asked to report to Camden Police station in six hours for questioning

Linda Moscow loves her son; it’s her biological instinct to keep him safe. But if she’s not sure of his innocence, how can she stand by him? Should she go against everything she believes in to protect him?

She’s done it before, and the guilt nearly killed her.

Now, the past is catching up with them. As old secrets resurface, Lind is faced with another impossible choice. Only this time, it’s her life on the line…

Publisher: Wildfire (Headline)

Publication date: 29 June 2017

Length: 352 pages

Available from: Amazon