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The Silence: A Psychological Thriller Paperback – August 4, 2020
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From the author of The Bone Keeper comes The Silence, another sinister psychological thriller of secrets, revenge, and a lurking serial killer.
We killed a stranger and covered it up.
It was supposed to be our last weekend away as friends, before marriage and respectability beckoned. But what happened that Saturday changed everything.
The six of us promised we would never tell anyone about the body we buried, even when we realized our victim was a serial killer.
But now the silence has been broken. And the killing has started again...
A twisted thriller that asks if we ever truly know our friends, and just how high price is for our silence.
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"The suspense mounts relentlessly in this hard-to-put-down story. Veste is on a roll." ― Publishers Weekly
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- Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark (August 4, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492678740
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492678748
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2021
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So consider this your warning label - contains major flashback scenes, that, IMO, are unnecessary.
This is my first book by this author, and I will try another since the story was decent. But I wish I hadn't chosen this one to start with.
Six friends go camping while attending a concert. It was supposed to be a great time. It turned into a nightmare. In the night someone died. They agreed to keep the body they buried a secret. But now almost a year later, someone else is dead. Is the past coming back to haunt them? Did someone see what they did in the woods? Will their secret be too much from some to bear?
"You don't know what's coming. You can't do anything about it."
Although this was an enjoyable book, there was something missing here for me. I really liked the idea of the "candle man" and that six friends had to keep a secret. This almost had the feel of "I Know What you did last summer" for me to a small degree. For me, this book just wasn't creepy or scary. There is a killer here, but it felt a little predictable and was not a shocker at all. What I did enjoy was the exploration of the psychological effect of keeping such a secret and how it affected individual characters. Having said that, I didn't really feel connected to any of the characters so when one went missing, it really didn't pull on my heartstrings or have me worrying about the character.
If you aren't a fan of gory or blood and guts, you will be happy. This does not have that. This is more of a psychological book that has a serial killer. Again, I enjoyed the psychological effects of keeping the secret the most in this book. How the characters began to unravel as fear began to sink in.
Others are enjoying this book slightly more than I did so I encourage looking at those reviews as well.
I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
Suspenseful, a bit spooky, and a little over-the-top like you expect serial killer books to be, The Silence is also psychologically honest in a way serial killer books often aren't. Books/movies tend to gloss over the emotional aspects of killing when it's done for the greater good or self-defense. In real life I imagine the guilt and grief would be more like what is shown in The Silence than the superhero moving on without a substantial backward glance that is more frequently portrayed.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. The opinions in this review are honest and my own.
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The characters were one-dimensional with no depth whatsoever. Not particularly likeable but not enough about them to build up any sort of feelings.
For a group of young festival going people, they were devoid of humour and I found it an odd writing style that even when faced with ‘shocking events’ no one swears. Felt very unrealistic.
And the pay off ‘twist’ was laughable in its lack of substance and explanation.
I hate to give a bad review but this sadly merited my harsh opinion. Which is all it is and others may enjoy this immensely.
This is an unusual book. At first it appears to be more of a psychological thriller, with Matt’s first-person narrative expressing his confusion and fear at what has happened. And this impression continues when we see the deterioration of his mental health and possible paranoia. Later, it morphs into more of a murder mystery as Matt tries to unpick what happened that fateful night and make sense of events that have happened since.
For me the second half was a much pacier, more enjoyable read, I almost gave up during the beginning, which continued to reiterate Matt’s emotional response to what had happened (for too long, I thought).
In the end, I was glad I didn’t stop reading though, as once the focus changed, things started to get interesting. I was a little disappointed at the ending though, as I thought it was a little predictable (for a reason I can't share, without giving the game away).
Overall, I liked the style of writing and thought the interaction between the characters was especially well portrayed.
Set in Liverpool, the reader is taken on a journey of friendship, relationships, secrets, fear, consequences, blame, change, growing up, mistrust, the truth and finally justice…
WOW! WOW! WOW! Luca Veste delivers a short, sharp and oh-so-shocking opening that had me hooked! But then…OMG…I can’t say… how the heck do you come back from that?! There’s a real psychological edge to this crime thriller – a build up of suspense with a dual timeline and some red herrings thrown in to keep us amateur detectives on our toes! With a good pace, great sense of place and a tight and somewhat unreliable narrative at times, this story is very much character driven.
The story is told mainly from Matt’s POV and we get a good picture of the five friends both in the present time and how their past formed their future friendship/relationships. I liked that we get to learn about each person through reflections of their history together to the point where we start to see where everything changed – cracks develop and then OMG…like I said at the start – where do you go from there! The one thing that connected them all together forever…ultimately split them all apart.
Would I recommend this read? In a heartbeat, I would! A spine-tingling page-turner that will get right under your skin. It was dark, edgy and will keep you turning the pages well into the night! I definitely recommend you grab a copy of THE SIX – can’t wait to see what the author has coming next from that twisted brain! 4.5 ⭐️‘S
There are a lot of similarities between the group of friends and King’s Losers’ Club in IT. The relationships in The Six are well developed, although as we see everything through the eyes of one character there are gaps in what we learn about the rest. This works well for the plot as we question who to trust. Is everyone truly who they appear to be?
It feels close to being great in places, but overall I think it’s a little too ambitious to really deliver. One or two less plot strands, a bit less laboured with the connections made and there would have been more room to focus on increasing the suspense factor. Instead it’s all left to a drawn out conclusion to deliver the suspense, and for me it didn’t quite hit the mark.