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Review: She Was the Quiet One

by Shana
Review: She Was the Quiet OneShe Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 31, 2018
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 352

From the author of It’s Always the Husband comes a riveting new suspense novel about privilege, power, and what happens when we let ambition take control.

For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls in with a crowd of wild rich kids who pressure her into hazing Rose, the sisters’ relationship is shattered. Rose turns to her dorm mother, Sarah Donovan, for advice. But Bel turns to Sarah’s husband Heath, a charismatic and ambitious teacher. Is Heath trying to help Bel or take advantage of her? In a world of privilege, seduction, and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth.

In a novel full of twists, turns, and dark secrets, Michele Campbell once again proves her skill at crafting intricately spun and completely compelling plots.

She Was the Quiet One is a well written psychological thriller by Michele Campbell bound to appeal to those who enjoy twisted thrillers.

While I found this an enjoyable read, it didn’t blow me away. We have twin sisters who are complete opposites. Put them into a similar environment, in this case college, and the stage is set for the beginnings of a twisted decent into sister rivalry; pitting the “good” twin against the “unstable”.

That Thing. Her Sister. Her Twin.

Through a series of events and misunderstandings we are led down a path bound for disaster. It’s just a matter of what form that will take. Generally I enjoy these types of stories. It keeps me on edge wondering what the “train wreck” will look like. For me the extreme over the top angst was a bit much but could definitely appeal to others.

Please keep in mind that I read a lot of these tropes so my expectations could be a tad high. I’d recommend this for those looking for a very well written psychological-thriller. Without a doubt Michele Campbell is a talented writer and I eagerly await her next book!

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This review is voluntary and all opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Jennifer October 20, 2018 - 4:43 pm

I’ve read so many stories about twins doing awful things to each other, I think I need a change. Seems okay though.

Shana October 21, 2018 - 9:37 am

Ya. I wonder sometimes why this type of theme is so popular:)

Nikki @ Saturday Nite Reader October 20, 2018 - 10:03 pm

I add this on my TBR because I liked the cover, but will reconsider. Thank you for your review!

Shana October 21, 2018 - 9:38 am

That’s exactly why I picked it! i thought cover was lovely LOL

DJ October 20, 2018 - 10:10 pm

I have been curious about this author – but maybe I’ll wait for her next release

Shana October 21, 2018 - 9:42 am

She’s a talented writer for sure.

Joselyn Raquel October 20, 2018 - 11:46 pm

interesting plot, psychological thrillers are my thing

Shana October 21, 2018 - 9:41 am

love them!

Ayushi Nair October 21, 2018 - 2:57 am

Great interview I love psychological thriller 💕💕💕💕

Tasha October 21, 2018 - 4:28 am

I read a lot of thrillers and do like a good psychological thriller, but I have read many over the years so have high expectations. Great review.

Shana October 21, 2018 - 9:40 am

Those high expectations make it hard for me to find great thriller!. Txs

Robin Taylor October 21, 2018 - 6:13 pm

Oh I love psychological thrillers. I will have to put this on my TBR.

Whispering Stories October 22, 2018 - 4:02 am

I love psychological thrillers, they are my go to genre when I want something exciting. Great review

Shana October 24, 2018 - 9:17 pm

Thank you!

Karla October 22, 2018 - 6:32 pm

I don’t do many psychological thrillers but it’s especially a bummer when they are too predictable. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Katiria Rodriguez October 23, 2018 - 3:09 pm

Great review, I absolutely love a great twisty suspense thriller book and this one looks and sounds absolutely great and right up my alley. I might need to check it out one day, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting the book on my radar.


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