The third blog tour bus is for Colette McBeth and it stops with me, TWG, as I review her newest novel, ‘An Act of Silence’. Huge thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and Wildfire Books for a copy of the book. Here is my review:
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 . . .
An Act of Silence is about the abuse of power, the devastating effects of keeping the truth buried, and the lengths a mother will go to save her child.
What does TWG think?
I have to say, unfortunately, that this book was such a slow starter for me. I was unsure whether I should continue reading, or whether I should give up and try again later as I just couldn’t seem to gel with it. Seeing as I am writing this review, it’s pretty clear which option I did – yes I finished reading it! I found the first five or six chapters quite confusing as there seemed to be a lot going happening, yet nothing seemed to stick.
I am really glad that I listened to my gut and continued to read this book as about halfway through, the pace started to quicken up and things became really interesting. In all honesty, it felt like I was reading a completely different book! The whole vibe of the storyline went up a notch, with the strength of the characters were close to rivalling The Hulk!
I had absolutely no idea which character to believe, especially since the story was told from various different characters points of view. One moment I was siding with one character, then as soon as the next chapter arrived with yet another character at the forefront, I soon changed my mind and got myself completely and utterly blindsided by the complex events.
I think Colette McBeth has hit the nail on the head in regards to the theme of her book as power and accusations are two, highly current and talked about at the moment. Whilst there were a lot of hard to read situations within the book, I found myself in awe of the author for approaching the subject with such realistic and relatable descriptions. I’m glad I felt uncomfortable at times because if I felt comfortable during the abuse of power moments, I would be questioning my morals one hundred percent.
Now, seeing as I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, I will only say that I have a favourite character in the book who has not been mentioned in the blurb, therefore I won’t mention who they are so I don’t ruin anything for those who still need to read this book. I say favourite like I’m talking about my favourite pair of shoes, but, given the nature of this book it’s not quite like that. I think that perhaps ‘admired’ might be a better way to phrase it. Yes, I admired this character!
Personally, the latter half of the book stole the show and made ‘An Act of Silence’ worth reading. I loved the grit, the intensity and the overall vibe of what the author set out to achieve.
A nail-biting, current, and exceptionally gritty read from Colette McBeth.
‘An Act of Silence’ can be bought now from Amazon UK