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The Silent Woman

By: Minka Kent
Narrated by: Christine Lakin,Kate Rudd
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Summary

Newlywed Jade Westmore has finally found her forever in husband Wells, a charming, successful, and recently divorced architect—only there’s one caveat: behind the gates of their elysian estate, hidden from street view in the caretaker’s cottage … lives Wells’s first wife, Sylvie.

Three years ago, the original Mrs. Westmore suffered a nervous breakdown—and hasn’t uttered a sound since. Not a physician, psychologist, or world-renown specialist has been able to elicit so much as a word from the silent woman … until now.

On an ordinary Tuesday while Wells was away—despite instructions to never disturb the fragile woman—Jade visited her isolated predecessor bearing a peace offering: a bouquet of white lilies. Only she wasn’t expecting Sylvie to have something for her as well: a slip of torn notebook paper with a single word scrawled in shaky black ink.

That word? Run.

©2022 Minka Kent (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Not gripped

From the start I thought I'd struggle to carry on with it. I'd like to say it got better but it didn't. I don't like giving bad reviews and whilst it wasn't a bad book it was just average. It was predictable and at times not believable or relatable in any way which is a shame. Just an easy listen and if you zone out you can easily get back into it without rewinding. Didn't like the narrator that much. Dissapointing

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I’m baffled by the 5 star reviews

This was utterly predictable nothing had me guessing at other characters. The writing is ok although I did find myself switching off frequently. The main character is an idiot who one minute describes her husband as perfect the next as selfish. Glad it was free as I would be furious to waste a credit on it.

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Found this too predictable and waited for the twist that didn’t happen.

The narrators were very good but this story wasn’t very strong. A bit predictable. Not for me I’m afraid but I didn’t have to pay for it.

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Fascinating

Interesting story line
Characters realistic
A really good listen
Probably wouldn’t have enjoyed reading as much as I did listening
Held my attention to the end

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Great story

Really enjoyed this book. Lots of suspense and twists and turns. Very clever plot leaving the reader guessing.

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ok, not sure I'd recommend

this was ok, I Finnished it just to find out the end that was poorly thrown together. started off good. I think the narrator may of spoiled it, had I read it myself it may of been better

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Not engrossing by any means

I hoped I was going to be rewarded with a twist at the end…..it didn’t happen. Dull

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Interesting listen

I nearly gave up at the beginning. The story didn't grip me but then it became interesting. The characters are well developed. The ending was a bit rushed in my opinion. Overall a listen that kept me entertained after the first chapter

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Continuity problems

Why didn’t Jades mother in law tell Sylvia’s mother that Sylvia was still alive? This made the whole story unbelievable!

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Riveting girl power read

Enjoyed the narration and story, was keen to see it progress. Lots of suspicious behaviour

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  • 15-11-22

I'd like the 7.5h of my life just stolen returned

This is the absolute worst book I've ever listened to. Here I was thinking there would be a great, surprise ending when there's literally nothing surprising at all. I'm still in shock at just how horrible this book was. I pre-ordered it and was so looking forward to listening to it, only to be traumatically disappointed. wow - just WOW

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  • 11-11-22

Terrible

A total waste. Stupid characters, absurd and predictable story. Don’t hold your breath for plot twists—there are none. I am shocked this was published by Blackstone. I usually assume their books are well done. Will not do so from now on.

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  • R Nicole
  • 04-11-22

A bit dry

Whatever you you’re thinking after reading/hearing the description is all u need to know. Just a bunch of blah in between. Narration was ok,

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  • MBryan
  • 17-01-23

Nothing special …

This book wasn’t the thriller it was advertised to be. Too shallow. Sorry I spent the money for n it

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  • Anonymous
  • 11-01-23

Horrible

I’m sorry but this book is terrible. The plot is so boring, the main character is an idiot, there is not a single twist or turn to this book. The characters are all boring and very predictable. The narrator has a super annoying voice. I started this book and listened to about half of it then had to stop. I listened to two other books then came back to this one because I was out of credits and I didn’t even need to refresh my memory because nothing happens in the book.

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  • 07-12-22

Unbelievable!!!!

I’m in the middle of listening to this audio book and in chapter 9 at the 34:59 mark, Mary Claire (Wells’s mother) just said “Wells’s and I’s relationship”. This is a major pet peeve for me. The word “I” should NEVER be made possessive. How does someone who writes for a living not know this? The word is “my”. It should read, “Wells’s and my relationship”. Let’s stop propagating this horrific misuse of the English language!

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  • m.webster
  • 05-01-23

Don't waste a credit...

The book was discombombulated, weird, not in a nice way. The narrator screams for half the book in a high pitched voice - listen to the example before you buy.

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  • Shanonymous
  • 04-01-23

Totally Predictable, Worst Kent Book

I'm a big fan of Minka Kent, and listened to this entire story all the way through on a 12-hour drive. There wasn't even a single twist. I like psychological thrillers, and this disappointed me. I'm going to contact Amazon to refund this credit. Bummer, I preordered this book months ago, was a little bummed about the delay from September to November for release, but I thought it'd be totally worth the wait. I was wrong.

I'm still going to pre-order Gone Again, but if it fails to entertain me, that's the last Minka Kent I'll read, as this book was actually THAT bad - to turn me completely off to a writer I enjoy is no small feat.

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  • jullee
  • 08-12-22

Cringe worthy

It’s ridiculous how perfect the main character thinks her husband is and that she doesn’t realize how messed up the situation is. She seriously thinks he’s a saint for making his disabled ex wife live on the same property with him and his new wife. The main character is incredibly stupid. It defies logic. I can’t take hearing about the perfect, thoughtful, poor Wells anymore.

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  • Laura Lemar
  • 06-12-22

Zero plot or substance

This is the most obvious book I have ever read/listened to. It’s like an (attempted) murder mystery for toddlers. Do not waste your time.

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