Tuesday, 5 September 2017

An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth

An Act of Silence
By Colette McBeth
Published by Wildfire Books (29 June 2017)
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.

Publisher's description
These are the facts I collect.
My son Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a bar. She went home with him. The 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...

My verdict
An Act of Silence is a story of family relationships, political corruption and the lengths people will go to to protect secrets and lies. My conclusion on reaching the end of this book was that Colette McBeth is a plotting & writing genius.

The book has a multilayered complex plot that had me gripped all the way through. I thought it was going one way, and then there was a major change of direction, increasing the suspense, tension and intrigue. The great writing and fast-paced plot are as concise as you can get, with no unnecessary facts or superfluous words. I loved how all of the threads wound round each other, twisting one way, then another, teasing the reader, and then finally welded together by the end to create a satisfying conclusion.

Using multiple viewpoints, Colette McBeth has created a whole host of believable characters, putting you right into their heads with her well-written dialogue and narrative. This is an intelligent psychological thriller and a rollercoaster read.

Highly recommended!

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