The Silent Ones Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
This morning, I was packing up lunches, ironing, putting on the laundry I should have done last night. Now my precious daughter is accused of murder.
When 10-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are arrested for a terrible crime, Maddy’s mother, Juliet, cannot believe it.
How could her bright, joyful daughter be capable of such a thing?
As the small village community recoils in horror, the pressure of the tragedy blows Juliet and her sister’s lives apart. And things get even worse when their daughters retreat into a self-imposed silence. Can anyone reach Maddy and discover the truth before her fate is sealed?
Juliet is crushed. Nothing will ever be the same for her darling girl. But she knows that to find out what really happened that day, she and her sister must unlock the secrets of their own terrible past, a past they swore never to speak about again.
The most unputdownable psychological thriller you’ll listen to this year from the best-selling author K. L. Slater. If you love The Wife Between Us or Gone Girl, you’ll be totally hooked on The Silent Ones.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 35 minutes|
|Author||K. L. Slater|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 02, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #30,378 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#181 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#802 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,584 in Psychological Fiction (Books)
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The term “dysfunctional family” is used to describe aberrations in familial relationships on different levels. A story of sibling disputes might earn the description. With this novel, the family is dysfunctional through three generations. Maddy and Brianna act out a very substantial conflict about who has committed a possible crime. Their mothers, sisters Chloe and Juliet, have had conflicts from their childhood over the death of a sibling. The battle continues into their adult lives over the power roles in a shared business and mutual accusations over which daughter is responsible for the accident with Bessie. Ray and Joan are the parents of Chloe and Juliet. Joan completely dominates and emasculates Ray as the parents hide secrets from their daughters and emotionally favor Chloe over Juliet. Readers can decide how much this has further affected Chloe and Juliet’s raising of Maddy and Brianna. Secrets abound on all three levels with more than enough twists to fill the sixty-one chapter, three hundred two-page book.
We first meet two cousins, Maddy and Brianna, who exhibit the central conflict for the story. Maddy is usually confident, unassuming, and kind. Brianna is dominant, prone to having temper tantrums, and is not above bending the truth. Could these be typical ten-year-old children? The two are looking for fun during the last days of summer vacation, and they decide to visit old lady Bessie Wilford, something they have done several times before. Bessie is advancing through stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, but during her lucid moments, she recounts interesting stories while serving cookies and lemonade. On their most recent visit, Bessie has an accident after waking suddenly and striking her head. Maddy and Brianna become alarmed in the presence of unconscious Bessie and run from the room. When Bessie is found unconscious, police bring Maddy and Brianna to a police facility for questioning. Things turn serious when Bessie dies. Someone will be charged with responsibility for Bessie’s death.
Secrets are revealed by communicating in many forms, but primarily by talking. When police brought Maddy and Brianna into the station for interviews, the two refused to speak. Not one word. The two don’t even look at each other. Maddy and Brianna didn’t talk to the police, family therapist consultants, lawyers, their parents, or even each other. Their failure to communicate was a fascinating part of the novel for me as I have been involved in many interrogations. The cousins adopted the only effective resistance method to an interrogation, complete silence, but I found it difficult to believe two ten-year-old subjects held out so long.
It was bad enough that parents/grandparents Ray and Joan had always favored Chloe as a child; this family relationship continued into adulthood. Chloe and Brianna lived with Joan after Chloe’s husband, Jason, abandoned her. Chloe, therefore, spoke more often to Mom and always got her version of events to Joan before Juliet. An uncomfortable feeling of resentment, but not jealousy, consumed Juliet. A business run jointly by the sisters was not going well. Juliet, founder and theoretically dominant partner in the firm, felt that Chloe was telling all her business problems to Joan while neglecting routine business tasks and even deceiving Juliet about business problems.
Most readers will focus on Juliet as a likable, confused, and caring character. Juliet knows there are secrets but can’t figure out how to discover them. There are furtive looks between family members that will lead Juliet to believe husband Tom is having an affair. It is Juliet we watch as she tries to figure out whether daughter Maddy is responsible for a crime while at the same time trying to meet the contract deadlines of her struggling business. Dana, a family therapist and consultant to the police, will try to help Juliet and all members of the family in discovering the truth of the accident/crime as well as the hidden truths of the three-tiered family. Dana will also contribute secrets to the story as we learn about a past mistake that nearly disgraced Dana’s therapist career for good.
Lots of twists and turns in this fast-paced novel make this a book to schedule for reading in one session. Between chapters forty and forty-one, I experienced a shock that had nothing to do with content but with the timeline. Not every reader will experience this. I was so caught up in the story that I felt a temporal jolt. It was a form of a twist in a story with many twists. In the genre of psychological thrillers, I highly recommend The Silent Ones and consider it an excellent choice for a book club discussion.
The central characters are two sisters who have an ambivalent and tense relationship at the same time as their same-age daughters are close.
Within the first two chapters of the novel, the village police unit are obliged to detain these ten year-old daughters on suspicion of beating an older family friend and neighbor. Moreover, the woman they are suspected of attacking has died of her injuries. Neither girl will speak about what they did or did not do when they were at the now dead older woman’s house or about anything else.
Their mothers, long pitted against each other by their own formerly beautiful and consistently manipulative mother, are caught within a a tacit and strangling family set of unconscious rules.
The family web has extended to the husband of the younger sister as well as to their children and to that same sister’s best friend.
The father of the two sisters, grandfather of their daughters, has always taken the role of powerful enabler to his all-powerful and destructive emotionally damaged wife.
The older sister, who is divorced, has been used to aid in the family project of placing all guilt, small and large, on the younger one.
As the detective in charge of interviewing the young girls resists a too quick judgment, and as the well-known family therapist starts to pick apart the family history of secrets and lies involving
the young girls’ mothers and grandparents, we add the sisters’
younger brother, who died young, as another family member and piece of the puzzles within puzzles.
While the young girls, suspected of being heinous young killers, aren’t talking, their parents’ lives are coming apart. Soon their
grandparents lives are about to be torn apart.
Which one of the silent girls is guilty? Or is it both of them?
I liked the many
Characters with such intriguing personalities. Trying to guess how the story is going to go thinking that I have it figured out and another one is introduced to make me change my mind.
Top reviews from other countries
This book turns what you believe and expect on its head. It was interesting how a little village can turn against long term residents, even without all the facts. Great characters throughout the story and so many secrets in one family. A brilliant storyline, I highly recommended this book.
Kim Slater is a force to be reckoned with in the literary world and I cannot wait for her next book!!