Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me a free copy of She Was The Quiet One in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
I have mixed feelings on this book. I’ll start with the good. The writing is very well done, with a nice development of characters, plot and setting. The pacing is also very good, which is something that is important to me. Things progress steadily from the first page to the last. I liked that the reader doesn’t know which twin gets murdered. You know from the first page that one of the twins gets murdered and one is accused, but which girl is “the quiet one”? Different supporting characters described the girls in different lights to keep the reader guessing. I found this mystery compelling and it added a nice touch to the plot.
As far as what I didn’t like, I guess it is mostly the content. I felt like the whole bad girl at a boarding school angle has been used many times before. And the ending wasn’t all that shocking or clever. Without the angle of keeping the murdered girl a secret, this story would have been pretty straight forward. All of this leads me to believe that I just was not the right reader for this book.
So from a literary standpoint, very well done. A well planned out novel with mystery but none of the gore. From a content standpoint, just not my cup of tea. If you like gossipy/catty girl stories then you would probably love this one. So overall, I don’t think this was a bad book, but it wasn’t for me and I am going to rate it 3 out of 5 stars.