She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell – Book Review

She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell – Book Review

She was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

She Was the Quiet One

Author – Michele Campbell
Publisher – HQ
Pages – 448
Released – 10th January 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-0008301811
Format – ebook, paperback, Audio
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Because murderers are never who you expect…

She was the quiet one… but is she guilty?

For twin sisters Rose and Bel, enrolling at the prestigious new boarding school should have been a fresh start. But with its sinister rituals and traditions, Odell soon brings out a deadly rivalry between the sisters.

For Sarah and husband Heath, the chance to teach at Odell seems like the best thing that ever happened to their small family – a chance to rise through the ranks and put the past behind them.

Until one dark night ends in murder.

But who’s guilty and who’s telling the truth? And who’s been in on it all along..?

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Teenage Twins Bel and Rose Enright have had a tough time of late. Their mother has recently died and they have been forced to move across the country to live with their Grandmother who they haven’t seen since their dad died when they were little.

Their Grandmother is the sort of woman who not only has a lot of money but a reputation to uphold and so sends the girls off to the prestigious boarding school that has seen many members of her family attend – Odell.

The school though doesn’t have the best reputation of late after a previous teacher let the pupils do what they wanted, so to combat the problem two new teachers have been brought in to sort the place out – Sarah and Heath Donovon.

Whilst Bel is popular and beautiful she’s not exactly academic and doesn’t want to attend Odell. Rose is all for getting a better education and doing well as she is very intelligent. The girls are complete opposites and soon the cracks appear in their relationship. Bel gets in with the wrong crowd and Rose wants to forget she has a sister. Surely though their squabbling wouldn’t lead to one murdering the other. But which girl is dead and is the other really the killer?

She was the Quiet one is a psychological thriller that really plays with your mind. From the beginning, you know that one of the twins has been killed and the other is accused of her murder, however, it will take all your sleuthing to work out which one is dead and why.

Given the title you would expect to be able to work it out but they are both quiet in their own way so that wasn’t really that handy in the end. At times I thought I knew and then it was like the author had thrown in a few red herrings just to lead me down the wrong path.

The book opens with one of the twins held in the infirmary accuse of murder and then jumps back in time to the September before and the death of the girl’s mother. Throughout the book, you get to see both sides of the girl’s stories as well as sections from the police investigation into the murder and chapters told from the POV of both Sarah and Heath.

She Was the Quiet One has plenty of subplots that weave their way into the main and the characters were all fascinating to read about. As the plot unfolded towards the big reveal I was a little shocked and quite relieved to see I hadn’t worked everything out.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

Michele Campbell

Michele Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School and a former federal prosecutor in New York City who specialized in international narcotics and gang cases.

A while back, she said goodbye to her big-city legal career and moved with her husband and two children to an idyllic New England college town a lot like Belle River in IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spent her time teaching criminal and constitutional law and writing novels.

She’s had many close female friends, a few frenemies, and only one husband, who – to the best of her knowledge – has never tried to kill her.

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22 Responses

  1. Gemma says:

    This sounds like a great read. I’ll be adding this one to my TBR. Thanks for sharing.
    Gemma @

  2. Fizah Saeed says:

    Sounds Intriguing, Nice Review

  3. Jo Linsdell says:

    I want this one. Great review.

  4. jennifer gaarder says:

    Always have to watch out for the quiet ones! Anyway, great I think I might read this one!

  5. DJ Sakata says:

    well done – I wants it!

  6. Stormi says:

    Excellent post! I want it.

  7. Emma Mane says:

    Five days into the new year and I’m already feeling my bank balance dwindle due to your lovely reviews. I’m now adding this to my list of books to buy this month.

  8. Karina says:

    I don’t usually read my psychological thriller. Great review!

  9. Floryie says:

    I can’t wait to get it on Jan 10..I just can’t resist a mystery/thriller.. Adding to my TBR at present..

  10. Melissa's fandom world says:

    looks intriguing! great review!

  11. It really is. I hope you enjoy it.

  12. I hope you get to read it. Thank you.

  13. That’s why I’m always loud!! Hehe. It’s a great book which I’m sure you would enjoy.

  14. Thank you. You really should read it.

  15. Thank you. Some of my best reads have been psychological thrillers.

  16. Brilliant, I hope you enjoy it.

  17. It is, thank you.

  18. Megan | Ginger Mom and Company says:

    Great review! I love covers like this one – it really conveys the mystery/thriller theme 🙂 I haven’t heard of this one before but now I’m intrigued (as long as I don’t chicken out LOL).

  19. Fab, you should read it, it’s not scary just thrilling.

  20. Sorry about that 🙂