MOTHER. WIFE. POLITICIAN. LIAR.
THEN: How far did she go to conceal the truth?
Politician Linda Moscow sacrificed everything to protect her son: her beliefs,
her career, her marriage. All she wanted was to keep him safe.
NOW: What will she risk to expose the lies?
When the voices she silenced come back to haunt her, Linda is faced with
another impossible choice. Only this time, it's her life on the line...
I was lucky enough to receive an early proof copy of An Act of Silence at an event in London last year but for one reason or another I never quite got around to reading it until I was invited to be part of the blog tour. And having just finished reading this last night I can honestly say it is one of the best psychological thrillers that I have read over the last couple of years so I am seriously kicking myself that I left it this long to read!
An Act of Silence was a complex, heartbreaking, character driven story with a disgraced politician at the heart of it as she attempts to right a wrong from her past, but when her life and that of her son's are at risk will she still do the right thing? I didn't particularly warm to either Linda or her son Gabriel but did find my opinion constantly changing as I was reading, one minute I had sympathy for them as I read about certain situations but then the next I despised them because of their actions. They were both seriously flawed characters and their relationship was not that of your typical loving mother/son, even Linda despised her own son at times.
I know it's sounds cliche to say that a book was a page turner but this truly was, and if I had the luxury of time I'm sure I would have wanted to devour it in a single sitting, as I was drawn into the twisty drama as the dark secrets from the past and events in the present day unfolded. Through her brilliant style of writing Colette McBeth really brings the characters to life and you go through every emotion with them, the sense of excitement at first of experiencing something new then fear as the realisation hits as to what's in store for those affected, the abuse of power from others and the desire to get justice for the victims. It's a storyline that is so current but it's difficult to actually go into any more detail without giving anything away other than to say that it was utterly compelling.
Colette McBeth is a writer who I believe is truly coming into her own with each book that she writes so I for one am looking forward to what she has in store for us in the hopefully not too distant future.