The Silent Ones by K. L. Slater

The Silent Ones is an intense psychological thriller from author, K.L. Slater.

Ten-year-old Maddy and Brianna have been accused of viciously attacking an elderly woman in their small community. As far as the police are concerned, the girls aren’t helping themselves and are looking more guilty by the second. They’re refusing to speak. At all. Are they silent because they’re little monsters that have no regard for human life, or are they simply too afraid to tell what really happened to Bessie Wilford?

Juliet Fletcher is mother to ten-year-old Maddy. She cannot believe that her sweet, quiet, contentious daughter would commit the crime she’s been accused of. But why won’t she talk, even to her parents?

Chloe Voce is mother to ten-year-old Brianna. She is determined to prove her daughter had no part in the accused brutality? If she has to destroy her sister, Juliet, in the process, so be it.

Family therapist, Dana Sewell, has been brought in to evaluate the girls and get them to talk. Can Dana help Maddy and Brianna help themselves, or will their community get their wish that the girls be jailed for their crime?

The Silent Ones is a real thriller. The story is partially told through flashbacks to 2003. This method of providing backstory did not detract from the plot, which took unexpected twists that left me shocked. The characters are well-developed with complete backstories. Kudos to K.L. Slater. This is a 4 out of 5 star read that I recommend to everyone who loves a good psychological thriller.

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

Publication Date: July 24, 2019

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