#BookReview An Act Of Silence by Colette MacBeth @wildfirebks

A powerful psychological thriller about a mother faced with an impossible choice, and the consequences of her decision for years to come. Perfect for fans of APPLE TREE YARD, DISCLAIMER, and television dramas STATE OF PLAY and NATIONAL TREASURE.

These are the facts I collect. 

My son Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a bar. She went home with him. They next morning she was found in an allotment. 

Mariela is dead. 

Gabriel has been asked to report to Camden Police station in six hours for questioning

Linda Moscow loves her son; it’s her biological instinct to keep him safe. But if she’s not sure of his innocence, how can she stand by him? Should she go against everything she believes in to protect him?

She’s done it before, and the guilt nearly killed her.

Now, the past is catching up with them. As old secrets resurface, Lind is faced with another impossible choice. Only this time, it’s her life on the line… 

Published by 29th June 2017 by Wildfire Books (UK) 

Having read and really enjoyed Precious Thing by Colette MacBeth a few years ago I was keen to read another book by this author, although An Act Of Silence sounded very different. Not a problem though, because I think this one’s even better!

Linda Moscow was once a leading member of the government – the Home Secretary none the less. However, we join her as a recluse with her political career shattered long ago and her famous comic son’s life spiraling out of control in drug and alcohol fueled self destruction.  When he turns up one morning in desperation, she’s shocked to hear that the woman he spent the night with has been found murdered and he is the prime suspect. When he has a violent outburst injuring Linda, it seems that the police may be right. But as Colette Macbeth takes the reader back and forward in time, between the present day and both the distant and recent past, it becomes clear that old political secrets and grudges from Linda’s government days are still simmering. Could Linda’s past and her son’s current situation be linked?

Oh. My. Word! What a complex, fascinating, gripping, page turner of a read this is! Packed with suspense, intrigue, corruption and danger, this book is UNPUTDOWNABLE. There is so much layering of secrets and of people not being who or what they seem, it’s impossible at times to know who the good guys are and who’re the bad – making for addictive reading as twist after twist is revealed.

An Act Of Silence takes on the relevant and harrowing topic of historical sex abuse by people in power, and the corruption and cover-ups over the decades which both trap and ruin people as they become unwittingly entangled in the perpetrators web of lies and blackmail. It constantly has the reader questioning how this can happen and who exactly can be trusted? Alongside this is the subject of a mother and son’s relationship, and the damage caused by secrets and misunderstanding on both parts. There’s also the question of how far would a mother be willing to go to protect her son, and I thought this was done particularly well, making for some shocking  revelations.

Colette MacBeth has written several complex, layered characters in this book, all fully developed with backgrounds, personality quirks and circumstances leading to one explosive and catastrophic event. There’s shades to all of these characters who have found themselves caught up in a situation not of their making. I never once found them unbelievable, finding them convincingly human and flawed.

An Act Of Silence is a an extremely clever and twisty book, with intricately woven secrets and dark lies making for a tense and compulsive read – I highly recommend it.

(I read an advance proof copy couresy of the Amazon Vine program)

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