She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my free review copy. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in The Odell School, a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But the sisters could not be more different. The school brings out a rivalry between them that few ever knew existed. And the school itself has a dark underbelly: of privileged kids running unchecked and uninhibited; of rituals and traditions that are more sinister than they seem; of wealth and entitlement that can only lead to disaster.
For Sarah Donovan, wife of an ambitious teacher who is determined to rise through the ranks, Odell also seems like the best thing that could happen to their small family. But how well does she really know her husband? What lengths will he go to to achieve his goals? And when one dark night ends in murder, who is guilty, who knows the truth, and who has been in on it all along? SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE. Because murderers are almost never who you expect.
Review: My first thought upon opening this book was, how did I not know this takes place in New Hampshire?! Yes, I know it says that in the first sentence of the synopsis, but I don’t ever reread the synopsis before starting a book, so it was a pleasant surprise (because I live in NH for those of you that don’t already know). There’s something about boarding schools in VT/NH that authors seem to love, and I’m not complaining. I always love a book that takes place where I grew up, although I didn’t go to a boarding school so I can’t relate in that sense.
The catty friendship between the girls in this book had me instantly sucked into the story. The chapters are told from multiple POVs and sprinkled with excerpts from police interviews. Towards the middle and end the plot felt a little predictable, but I don’t think it was intended to be huge surprise. The biggest twist for me was the very last chapter, which gives the reader perspective to an angle that’s easy to forget about at that point. I appreciate that the author didn’t live that part of the story hanging.
I would recommend this book to fans of The Broken Girls and Pretty Little Liars.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Page Count: 352
Overall Rating: 3.5/5