Jul 10 2018

Review for She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 12 Comments

Review for She Was the Quiet One by Michele CampbellShe Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 31st 2018
Genres: Adult, Psychological, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
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When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in The Odell School, a prestigious New Hampshire 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.




Rose and Bel have lost their mother and find themselves being shipped off to live with their grandmother. Who in turn sends them off to Odell School, something has been in their Enrigth family for generations. Things go all wrong for this set of twins. A murder has occurred at the school.

It was apparent from the start that these two are different from each other many ways. Rose is more conservative, a rule follower and more academic and maybe a little timid. Bel on the other hand was lively and will do just what she needs to be able to fit in with the girls at the school. Even if it gets her into some trouble. Talk about sibling rivalry, these two have it down to a T! There was a competition going on who would sleep with the new hot dormitory head Heath. Who happens to be there with his wife, but it doesn’t stop any of the girls and their little group of “friends” This whole group of girls are what you’d call the “mean girls” of the school. The tease and haze the other girls something horrible.

The story is told in multiple POV’s and also the transcript of the investigation of the murder as well, giving little clues along the way. Character-wise, there aren’t really any likable characters. They are mean and spiteful, but a whole much of girls all together tends to be, so maybe they weren’t really meant to liked at the much in the first place. But it was kinda hard to for me to feel a connections to them or even care about them. the adult characters were much better. Heath is a teacher, he should know better that to get caught up in anything with the girls drama. And this wife Sarah is oblivious to her husbands “happenings”. The murder mystery is what kept me reading. The who, the why and who was the killer.

This is labeled as a women’s fiction type thriller, but these are the ya vibes with all the drama and events that take place. Like the slipper attack. Hazing pure and simple. There are some scenes that might be a little hard to take, so I just wanted to mention it. This was one of my highly anticipated reads and I have to admit, I was a little let down. The ending was fairly good and the epilogue did save the story as a whole for me. I guess in the end despite my issues with the characters, it did turn out to be an okay psychological thriller.





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12 Responses to “Review for She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell”

  1. Christy

    I don’t mind unlikeable characters, and even end up liking the unlikable characters in many cases as long as the story is good. Sounds like this could’ve used some work.

  2. Anne @ The Reading Life

    Characteristically opposite twins? Reminded me of The Cruel Prince haha. I’ve always loved the idea of twins, I think they’re really cool. But…ultimately I’m just an only child. Great review!

  3. Debbie Haupt - The Reading Frenzy

    sorry it let you down a bit but glad the ending made up for it, and I can see where this would lean toward YA maybe they said women’s fiction because of the frightening scenes. Thanks Jenea another fantastic review 🙂 I love reading them

  4. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I tend to struggle when all/most of the characters are unlikable. As a reader, I’m much more character focused over plot so unlikable characters can often be a deal breaker. Sorry that this one wasn’t a bigger hit for you, Jenea.

  5. Jen Ryland

    Boarding school! Psychological thriller! This would have sounded right up my alley so good to know that you didn’t love it. Hope your next book is better!

  6. verushka

    The blurb of this sounds fantastic, so I am sorry it didn’t work out. The sisters certainly are combustible… to say the least.

  7. Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

    The murder mystery sounds interesting, and I like boarding school novels. I’m not sure how I feel about the characters. If I understand character motivations, I don’t have to like them, but it can be a hit or a miss.

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