She Was The Quiet One – Book Review 5/5

She Was The Quiet One by Michele Campbell

Published by St. Martin’s Press

Published on July 31st 2018


There are so many things I want to say about this book. I’ll start first by saying I have NOT yet read Michele Campbell’s first book “It’s Always the Husband”. I say that because it lets you know that I went into this story not knowing at all what to expect.

Campbell is a brilliant writer that kept me flipping pages. This has been one of those weeks where I’ve not been allowed to get solely immersed in a book, which proved to be rather frustrating as I wanted to finish this in one sitting. (But alas, it’s my daughter’s tenth birthday and I have to make a cake). However, three days later, here I am…having finished the book, finally!

She Was the Quiet One tells a tale of twin sisters on their journey at a new boarding school following their mother’s death. The sisters grieve in vastly different ways and it comes between them, proving to be fatal. The question is, which sister dies and who is at fault.

I really enjoyed how Campbell would insert interviews with characters and the detectives throughout the story. The differing point of views between chapters flowed flawlessly. Sometimes (and more recently for me) the change of POV gets confusing and hard to follow, but Campbell was able to create an effortless experience here.

I don’t think there was that one big “wow” factor that I always expect from thrillers but that didn’t take away from the story for me. There was a fun twist at the end that was a great addition to the plot. All in all, it was a great read that I’d highly recommend to anyone. It’ll definitely give you something to think about when interacting with loved ones. It may make you stop and think about what another person may be experiencing. She Was the Quiet One shows that empathy can go a long way.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.



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