Mystery/Suspense · Thriller · Young Adult

SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE by MICHELE CAMPBELL | Book Review (Contains one minor spoiler)

Title: She Was The Quiet One

Author: Michele Campbell

Pages: 444 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Publication Date: January 10, 2018

Publisher: HQ


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.

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She Was The Quiet One is a compelling psychological thriller and turned out to be different from what I expected it to be. I expected the drama to mainly revolve around Sarah and Heath’s relationship while Bel and Rose being a part of it. But what I got was a teen hostel drama with mean girls and their far fetched bullying.😅

It begins with Bel and Rose’s mother passing away and their Grandmother taking up their guardianship and eventually enrolling them at a posh and prestigious boarding school Odell. Once there, Rose gets Sarah as her mentor and Bel gets Heath. And the drama starts to unfold….

It’s not that twisty but the thrill is there. You know one of the sister died but you don’t know which one and it was a great element of the storytelling.

The writing is effortless and weaves together a simple plot with complicated emotions. The combination is captivating.

The characters… umm.. well I found Heath and Sarah’s quite intriguing while that of Bel’s somewhat annoying.

The relationships and the turns they took were definitely real in all their forms. Their fears, selfishness and care. I think that is what stood out the most to me.

There was a part where Bel finally realises that what she felt about Heath was a strong admiration and not romantic love. At an young age it can hard to confront and look through these feelings. I know because I myself have had such feelings for a boy I admired. And had a tough time differentiating and validating my specific feeling of such strong admiration. Which can very easily be confused with love. But even if it gets requited it can’t fulfil your desire because you never wanted that from them in first place. You wanted the attention and the validation from them.

I have a contradicting feeling the about the climax. It felt bit stretched but there also was quite an adrenaline rush!🤷‍♀️

My Rating: 3.75/5


She Was The Quiet One’ is available as Paperback, Hardcover, E-book and Audio book.

Buy Links : Amazon(IN), Amazon(UK)

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