Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell

Silent Victim

Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a ...

Details Silent Victim

TitleSilent Victim
Release DateMar 1st, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Silent Victim

  • Gary
    This stand alone novel by Caroline Mitchell is a great read. I started the book very shortly after receiving it and due to the suspense built up by the author was unable to put it down. Emma loves her husband Alex and together with her son they are moving to a new home in Leeds. But Emma has a dark secret, for a number of years she’s been hiding the dead body of Luke, the teacher who seduced her as a teen. The book is written from the perspecti...
  • Liz
    I became a fan of Caroline Mitchell through her Ruby Preston series. This book is a stand alone.The story is told from multiple perspectives across a wide time frame. Emma is a young mother with a dark secret. She and her husband have been living in her family house in Mersea Island but her husband’s recent promotion means they will be moving. And that means she finally needs to dispose of the body of the teacher whom she killed four years prev...
  • Malia
    Silent Victim is my first book by Caroline Mitchell, but it won't be my last. For some reason, I had low expectations going into this book, however I am happy to report I was very wrong! It is a twisty, clever story with an engaging plot and well-developed characters. Recommended!Find more reviews and bookish fun at
  • Joanne Robertson
    OMG!!! Talk about a book being addictive! Once I started Silent Victim it became physically impossible to put it down! It has shot straight onto the list of my favourite books of the year so far and is definitely my favourite book by this author…….ever! I have always enjoyed her police procedural novels but this standalone is something very special indeed. The twisty plot, the unreliable narrative told by some rather unlikable characters and ...
  • Zoe
    Atmospheric, menacing, and incredibly riveting!Silent Victim is a character-driven, thrill ride that reminds us that skeletons often find their way out of the closet no matter how well they are hidden or buried and highlights just how easily someone's behaviour can be manipulated, misinterpreted, questioned, and used against them.The writing is taut and complex. The characterization is spot on with a cast of characters that are distressed, raw an...
  • Andrea
    I was hovering either to give book a 3.5 or 4* rating,gave a four as did enjoy this book a stalker or is it all in her mind.but found it abit slow in parts it's me I'm used to faster paced all comes together.good read.
  • Halley
    "She brushed an errant lock from her cheek, panting from the exertion of rushing to be on time. I regarded her with a look of amused curiosity. Inside I was thrilled that a gorgeous young creature would be subservient to me for the forthcoming year."Was very interested in the plot, but hoo boy was the writing terrible. Overwraught, immature and awkward. Little to no character development. Lots of long internal monologues that sound like nothing a...
  • Joey R.
    2.5 Stars— I noticed that “Silent Victim” has consistently averaged over 4 Stars on So, I thought I was up to giving an unknown British author a chance ( since this approach worked well in me ‘discovering ‘ John Marrs). First, I can conclusively state that Caroline Mitchell is no Marrs. Her writing is uneven, and the plot bogs down at times with unnecessary details about Emma’s (the main character’s) business and consist...
  • Amy
    Do you like books that keep you up late at night because there is just NO way you can put it down until you find out the truth? What about books that are relentlessly paced with short chapters that end on mini cliffhangers leaving you reading chapter after chapter until you realize you’re finished? Or what about books that are full of thrills and excitement but also have a domestic suspense vibe chock full of secrets and lies? If you answered y...
  • The Book Review Café
    Holy flipping moly Caroline Mitchell has only gone and written another fabulous psychological thriller that’s worthy of all the stars, it’s a MUST read. Darkly deceptive, chilling and thrilling Silent Victim has gone straight on my top reads of 2018 list. I’m a huge fan of this author I love her style of writing and her attention to detail. Whether it be crime or psychological thriller Caroline Mitchell knows how to grab the readers attenti...
  • Tulay
    Amazing thriller.So glad I picked this Amazon First Read selection of February books. Story is told as first person by three characters and jumps from 2003 to 2017. Author's writing style keeps your interest, keeps you in suspense. Thrilling, mysterious and suspenseful all the way to the breathtaking ending. Books written by British authors always takes me longer to read, because I have to stop and Google the places and read the news, look at the...
  • Dita
    Fast-paced and suspenseful! I never had any idea where this book was taking me but the ride was full of twists and turns and I was happy to be on it. It's tough to finish well and this one was satisfying if not the "bang" I was hoping for after being so enchanted by the rest.
  • Christina
    4 stars"A gentleman is simply a patient wolf."Emma is a loving mother, a devoted wife, a successful business owner and an accidental killer. The story opens up with Emma attempting to bury the body of a man named Luke, her former teacher who had seduced her, who she has just murdered. Fast forward 4 years and everything is going great in Emma's life. She and her husband, Alex, have an adorable son and a great relationship. Her business, a gently ...
  • Eva
    I’ve never been on a rollercoaster ride but I imagine coming off it, feels a little something like I felt when I finished reading Silent Victim : a little dizzy, maybe a tad nauseous and with legs like jelly.Emma hasn’t had an easy time but now she has a loving husband and a wonderful son. Things are looking up until her husband gets a job opportunity in Leeds and is set on moving and selling their house. Because the field at the back of thei...
  • Angela Marsons
    I have read this author's books from the very beginning and have followed her career with interest and I have to say that with each new journey she shows me something fresh. I always claim that the last was my favourite and this is no exception with Silent Victim. My favourite books in the whole world are the ones that waste nothing. In this book every scene either serves to move the plot forward or characterise. I loved that it was straight in t...
  • Melania 🍒
    1,85/5 Silent Victim has done nothing for me. It’s not a mystery, since we know from the beginning pretty much everything that’s going on and the surprise elements weren’t such a big surprise, it’s barely a thriller , the characters are awkwardly written and the story is so over-the-top , I’ve rolled my eyes dozens of times while listening to this book. But what I disliked the most was the way the main character was built.She was so des...
  • Hans
    A superb stand alone story. It starts slow but profound. The end is very unsuspected and utterly believable.
  • Sarah
    I’m a big fan of this authors books so couldn’t wait to read her new stand alone novel, Silent Victim.The story flicks mainly between husband and wife, Emma and Alex. Emma’s chapters feature past and present so we can see the build up of events with her teacher and present, where her life seems to be spiralling out of control.Moving house and a brand new start is something that most of us would love and look forward to. Emma though is someo...
  • Shell Baker
    OMFG Caroline mitchell is back on form with this corker of a book! Seriously I loved it that much I actually don't know where to begin with this review. So i will start off by saying that I am a massive fan of Caroline's writing and this is her best book yet….it has totally blown me away.I have to say that I sucked in hook, line and sinker from the very first page and from that moment I knew it was going to be the bollocks…. And it certainly ...
  • Carole Gourlay
    SILENT VICTIM by CAROLINE MITCHELLWell, what can I say!! I think Caroline has become one of the best crime writers for suspense I’ve ever read. It doesn't matter whether she's writing about murders or psychological thrillers, she excels at both. I’m an avid crime reader, and read through books like a knife through butter, but her writing even leaves me bewildered and bemused. Just as you think that you’ve got it straight in your head, and w...
  • Book Addict Shaun
    Silent Victim is the first psychological thriller I have read by Caroline Mitchell and I absolutely loved it. It became one of those books that consumed me as I read it, and was that addictive that I had to also download it to my Kindle for iPhone app so I could read it when I was away from my Kindle. I love books that stay in your thoughts all day long, I was thinking about these characters even when I wasn’t reading the book. One of the thing...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    DNF, skimmed through to figure out what happened. I’m in the minority; most readers enjoyed the story.SILENT VICTIM is told from the points of view of Emma, her husband Alex and Luke, the man Emma “murdered” from time periods of 2002, 2003, 2013 and 2017. I was often confused whose first person POV I was reading and from what time period. I didn’t like or feel connected to any of the characters, didn’t know who was a reliable narrator o...
  • Sibel Hodge
    Brilliantly gripping and deliciously creepy. Make sure you clear your day as you won't be able to put Silent Victim down! :)
  • Bill Kupersmith
    Having many fond memories of my days as an overseas member of the West Mersea Yacht Club, I couldn’t resist reading Caroline Mitchell’s Silent Victim. And the basis for the plot, a relationship between a teenage school student and a teacher is always a draw for me both as a reader and a writer. And as Caroline Mitchell is both an author of paranormal stories (including her own) and a delightful Twitterer, I so wanted this book to succeed. Par...
  • Lynda Kelly
    This was my Kindle First choice this month to buy in advance. So happy I made the right choice as it's terrific.....and there was no way to resist the story's premise. For some reason I was SURE I'd already read something by this author but I went through all my lists and nope, I haven't !! I will be reading more by her, though, since she has quite the comprehensive back catalogue. I must've seen them before as they're in my most popular reading ...
  • Roz
    “You can’t walk away from your demons… They’ll catch up with you in the end.” I feel like this could’ve been a good book if the first half wasn’t dragging as much and the second half wasn’t so rushed. It wasn’t the most original book and I wasn’t impressed with the ending either.I wasn’t happy with the characters either, they were two dimensional with no personality whatsoever, the multiple POVs had the same voice, even the...
  • Noelle
    My thanks to the author, Caroline Mitchell for an ARC of this book – below you will find my honest opinion/thoughts on this novel.Set on Mersea Island/Colchester the reader is immersed in a world where a fear of discovery, abuse of trust, lack of self- control, manipulation, secrets, guilt, shame, vulnerability and mistrust wraps itself around us as we follow the story to uncover the truth but… Sometimes the truth hurts more than a lie. 😱W...
  • Debbie
    Initially, I was very drawn to this story, setting and characters. There is such a haunting feel and a deep palpable darkness that it was irresistible to my dark heart. Emma is hiding secrets from her past in order to preserve the life she’s overcome so much to achieve. Secrets she thought were long dead and buried but now, what she buried so long ago has been unearthed, re-emerging to threaten not only her life but her sanity, as well. I was a...
  • Betty
    Emma and her husband, Alex, live in her family home on Mersea Island with their young son. Alex hates the seclusion and is overjoyed when a promotion at work offers the opportunity to move to the city, but Emma is sick with worry over leaving because she killed a man years ago—her former teacher, Luke—and buried him on the property. Determined to move the body, she is confronted with an empty grave instead. She confesses the sordid tale to he...