From the author of It’s Always the Husband comes a riveting new suspense novel about privilege, power, and what happens when we let ambition take control.
When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in The Odell School, a prestigious New England 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.
In a novel full of twists, turns, and dark secrets, Michele Campbell once again proves her skill at crafting intricately spun and completely compelling plots.
SHE WAS THE QUIET one had many layers which allowed for a deeper read. Twin sisters, death, fellow peers, teachers, detectives, family members and ultimately the boarding school setting called for twists and turns that I could have never imagined.
After the tragic loss of their mother, 15-year-old twins, Rose and Bel, move to the East Coast to live with their grandmother. Once there they are enrolled in Odell Academy, a prestigious boarding school in New England.
Bel is the edgier twin. Always pushing the boundaries and is definitely not looking forward to Odell. Rose on the other hand, is the studious, quiet twin and extremely excited about this opportunity.
Both sisters take different paths at the school. Bel falls in with the wrong crowd, and Rose becomes victim to their malicious games. But everything begins unraveling when Mr. Donovan gets involved. Is Mr. Donovan more than just Bel’s adviser?
Bel and Rose are only 15 when the book starts. They just lost their mother and are thrusted into a new school where the students are extremely privileged and cliquey. Bel hits it off instantly with a senior and begins running with the wrong crowd. Rose tries to warn her to stay away from the seniors but Bel doesn’t see anything wrong. This causes a huge divide between the sisters, one that doesn’t get repaired.
The last book I read I rated it a 1 star. Trying to get over that exhausting experience I picked up several books, but nothing stuck and kept my attention until I started SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE. Right away I was drawn into Bel and Rose’s dark story about loss and navigating through new experiences.
Bel’s decisions throughout this story are due to peer pressure and the need to feel accepted by her older group of friends. The author, Michele Campbell did a wonderful job at taking issues that teen’s deal with daily and magnifying them. It was truly heartbreaking to watch Bel slowly lose who she was, especially once Mr. Donovan was introduced.
I really appreciated the how the author constructed the story. The story was told in several different POV’s as well as chapters that were interview recordings conducted by the detectives AFTER the murder. With so much going on at once, it was nice to see all the layers merge and create a full picture.
In the synopsis we learn that one twin is murdered. Throughout the story by the way it was told we don’t know which twin that is. This allowed for an “on the edge of your seat” reading experience. Michele Campbell’s ability to tell a twisted story is evident from page one, and I couldn’t have been more shocked by the ending.