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From the author of It’s Always the Husband comes a riveting new suspense audiobook about privilege, power, and what happens when we let ambition take control. For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls From the author of It’s Always the Husband comes a riveting new suspense audiobook about privilege, power, and what happens when we let ambition take control. For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls in with a crowd of wild rich kids who pressure her into hazing Rose, the sisters’ relationship is shattered. Rose turns to her dorm mother, Sarah Donovan, for advice. But Bel turns to Sarah’s husband Heath, a charismatic and ambitious teacher. Is Heath trying to help Bel or take advantage of her? In a world of privilege, seduction, and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth. In an audiobook full of twists, turns, and dark secrets, Michele Campbell once again proves her skill at crafting intricately spun and completely compelling plots.

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From the author of It’s Always the Husband comes a riveting new suspense audiobook about privilege, power, and what happens when we let ambition take control. For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls From the author of It’s Always the Husband comes a riveting new suspense audiobook about privilege, power, and what happens when we let ambition take control. For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls in with a crowd of wild rich kids who pressure her into hazing Rose, the sisters’ relationship is shattered. Rose turns to her dorm mother, Sarah Donovan, for advice. But Bel turns to Sarah’s husband Heath, a charismatic and ambitious teacher. Is Heath trying to help Bel or take advantage of her? In a world of privilege, seduction, and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth. In an audiobook full of twists, turns, and dark secrets, Michele Campbell once again proves her skill at crafting intricately spun and completely compelling plots.

30 review for She Was the Quiet One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... This was my first read from Michele Campbell and I really enjoyed it. The book opens with a young girl locked in a boarding school infirmary. She has a big lump on the back of her head but she can’t remember what caused it. She doesn’t want to turn off the lights or close her eyes because then the horrible images will come to her…bloody hands, the long hair fanned out, the face pale and still. She’s being accused of a terrible My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... This was my first read from Michele Campbell and I really enjoyed it. The book opens with a young girl locked in a boarding school infirmary. She has a big lump on the back of her head but she can’t remember what caused it. She doesn’t want to turn off the lights or close her eyes because then the horrible images will come to her…bloody hands, the long hair fanned out, the face pale and still. She’s being accused of a terrible crime and everyone thinks she’s guilty. In her heart, she knows that she didn’t do what they are accusing her of doing. But will anyone ever believe her? Just a few months earlier, Rose and Bel Enright were new students at Odell Academy. Their mother had just passed away. They were living with their wealthy but cold grandmother who thought Odell will be good for them. Rose is happy to be attending such a great school, but Bel hates the place on sight. However, she promises her sister that she’ll give the school a shot. Odell Academy changed everything. Bel is actually the first one to make friends at Odell. But when she gets involved with some of the notorious troublemakers at school things go from bad to worse. Sarah Donovan and her husband, Heath are happily married with two young children. They’ve just been appointed the new dorm heads of Moreland Hall at Odell Academy. Heath is thrilled about the new position. It’s all a part of his big plan. Sarah is anxious and has a sense of foreboding. They have been brought in to cleanup Moreland Hall’s bad reputation. There are a large number of spoiled alumni who are notorious for causing trouble. So Sarah and Heath, respected teachers and former Odell students will help to set a proper example and improve the image of the school. But Sarah worries that they know nothing about running a dorm or how to handle out of control, teenage girls who feel they can do what they want with no repercussions. But that's not the only thing that worries Sarah. She tries to reassure herself that what happened in the past won’t happen again. Heath is finally happy again, so she should be too. But when one of Sarah’s students is accused of a horrific crime, Sarah worries that Heath may know something about what happened. Could he know more than he’s letting on? I thought this was a great suspense novel. Told from multiple points of view, I enjoyed hearing from all of the characters. There were also transcripts of witness interviews and emails etc. interspersed throughout the novel which added to the suspense and gave more insight into everything that happened. I was completely caught up in the story, and I couldn’t wait to see how things turned out for everyone involved. With a riveting storyline and well-developed characters, “She Was the Quiet One” was a hard book to put down. I’m excited to see what this author comes up with next. I'd like to thank St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    A dark and twisted book about the complexities of sisterhood and the scandals that can rock a small community! This is my first book I’ve read by Michele Campbell, though I have been wanting to read her first book, It’s Always the Husband, and I really loved it! I read a Q&A with Campbell where she talks about the inspiration behind her first book being her fascination with the concept of frenemies and what the implications are for that type of relationship as they mature. In this book we se A dark and twisted book about the complexities of sisterhood and the scandals that can rock a small community! This is my first book I’ve read by Michele Campbell, though I have been wanting to read her first book, It’s Always the Husband, and I really loved it! I read a Q&A with Campbell where she talks about the inspiration behind her first book being her fascination with the concept of frenemies and what the implications are for that type of relationship as they mature. In this book we see the concept of frenemies escalate, as the love and jealousy between two sisters compounds into a complex relationship that ultimately ends in tragedy and scandal. What would the mash-up term for sister frenemies be?? I need to put some thought into this… Sisterhood is a fantastic and terrifying relationship for a thriller. Sisters love more intensely and also fight more intensely than even best friends do. The bond of sisterhood can so easily be tainted by jealousy. The sisters in this book, Bel and Rose, are fascinating! They both admire and covet a quality in the other, and neglect to appreciate the things about themselves that are enviable. About the Book In the wake of their parents’ deaths, teenage twin sisters Bel and Rose are sent by their grandmother to the prestigious boarding school where their parents met, The Odell School. Though the school is full of opportunities, Bel and Rose are having trouble adjusting to the social pressures of boarding school. Rather than drawing the sisters closer together, the school intensifies their ongoing rivalry, ultimately ending in tragedy. Sarah and Heath seem like the perfect couple: attractive, married with two young kids, former students at The Odell School, and current teachers and dorm supervisors at the school. But all isn’t as perfect as it seems. A group of senior girls has a bet that one of them will seduce Heath by graduation. Heath would never cheat on Sarah, and yet Sarah can’t help but wonder if there is something Heath is keeping from her. Does she really know her husband? And then scandal rocks The Odell School—one of the sisters has been murdered, and the list of suspects is as long as the school roster. Who had a grudge against the sisters?? Reflection Given that Bel and Rose are teenagers and the setting is a boarding school, I did wonder if this would verge on a Young Adult novel. It didn’t at all though! While young adult readers may enjoy this book, this is definitely an adult fiction/suspense book. The settings were so fun to read about! Campbell herself lives in a New England college town, so she writes about the school and town very effectively. Poor Bel and Rose! If these sisters could learn to support one another instead of fighting, what a difference it would make! Of course, in the wake of personal tragedy and the pressures of the social system in the boarding school, these sisters never had a chance. Their rivalry is quickly intensified by the opinions of those around them. The things that make them each unique—Bel’s beauty and Rose’s intelligence—become the weapons they throw at one another. Talk about frenemies!! Sarah and Heath’s storyline was fascinating. The doubts that they harbor, unspoken in an effort to support one another, almost overwhelm them. Theirs is a marriage that has survived some major hurdles, but what they face this year at The Odell School is beyond anything they’ve experienced. Beware of teenagers with an agenda!!! This book is not one filled with twists, though the epilogue has a nice little twist that left me smiling as I finished the book. This is a book that is driven by the darkness and suspense of a scandal and the unraveling of a fragile social system as secrets come to light. I read this book with some of my book besties, Kendall and Holly—we had such a fun time reading and discussing this book! I am excited to see what other readers think. It is completely salacious fiction! Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Michele Campbell for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a candid review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Back to boarding school again complete with privileged, bratty teens and the good twin/bad twin trope. Lots of angst about fitting in and falling out combined with misunderstandings and murder. It’s not bad but it is too long with characters’ inner turmoil on sensory overload. I certainly could have done without the epilogue.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4 intriguing and scandalous stars to She Was the Quiet One! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Somehow there is always a fascinating story to be told about a boarding school, and She Was the Quiet One is set at The Odell School in New Hampshire. Rose and Bel Enright are twins who have recently lost their parents. They are enrolling at Odell, and soon after, they develop a fierce rivalry. One sister is known for her beauty, while for the other it is her intelligence. At the same time, the students of Odell are living a life 4 intriguing and scandalous stars to She Was the Quiet One! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Somehow there is always a fascinating story to be told about a boarding school, and She Was the Quiet One is set at The Odell School in New Hampshire. Rose and Bel Enright are twins who have recently lost their parents. They are enrolling at Odell, and soon after, they develop a fierce rivalry. One sister is known for her beauty, while for the other it is her intelligence. At the same time, the students of Odell are living a life without rules or boundaries, and their collective disorderly actions are swelling towards tragedy. Sarah Donovan is the wife of Heath, a teacher at the school. Her husband is power-hungry and sees Odell as an opportunity to climb a ladder and gain fame. Reluctantly, Heath also has his doubts about Sarah. Gossip spread as the students make a bet involving Heath, and Sarah wonders if she ever knew her husband and of what he is capable. The scandals reach a fever pitch when someone is murdered, and of course, there is a long list of suspects. She Was the Quiet One is not a twisty-turny book. Its flavor is in the suspense of analyzing the scandal and watching it unfurl. Michele Campbell’s taut writing style compelled me to read from start to finish, and I found the epilogue to be a juicy little twist at the end. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. She Was the Quiet One will be published on July 31, 2018. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    She Was the Quiet One is the second thrilling novel by Michele Campbell and having read It’s Always the Husband last year I was rather curious about this one. You see, I was completely torn with It’s Always the Husband in the fact that I just didn’t care for the characters and a few details here and there but found the writing absolutely compelling anyway. Needless to say that I wanted to know if this new story would match up with her writing style that pulled me in. She Was the Quiet One opens w She Was the Quiet One is the second thrilling novel by Michele Campbell and having read It’s Always the Husband last year I was rather curious about this one. You see, I was completely torn with It’s Always the Husband in the fact that I just didn’t care for the characters and a few details here and there but found the writing absolutely compelling anyway. Needless to say that I wanted to know if this new story would match up with her writing style that pulled me in. She Was the Quiet One opens with a chapter showing the readers that there has been a murder but with only enough to pique the curiosity. After that we meet twins, Rose and Bel, who have just lost their mother and have been taken in by their grandmother who wants to send them to the Odell boarding school. Rose is excited about the opportunity, Bel not so much. At the school Sarah and Heath are two teachers that are married with children and in charge of the dorm that the girls get assigned to with each mentoring one of the twins. The story changes the point of view between the characters building what had happened to lead to that opening chapter. There are also flashes back to the current time where the investigation is playing out with that murder we had the glimpse into. First I would say that yes, I still found the author’s writing style to be completely compelling and quickly pulled me into the story. You just know the rich boarding school is going to spell out trouble any way as it’s an often used creepy story setting too. And thankfully in this book the characters weren’t necessarily “likable” but ones that I did find myself interested in knowing more and anxious to find the outcome to everything. If the book would have had a bigger “twist” to the overall story I may have even given five stars, the epilogue however was a nice touch. When finished I will definitely be back to try another from this author in the future since my rating did rise with this second novel. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    Twinsies+ scandalous unpredictable characters + murder + gossip + lies= addicting ride! This was my first book by Michelle Campbell and I have to say.. it won't be my last. There were many things I enjoyed about this novel. I loved the different POV perspectives in this one.... which is always a huge PLUS in my book :). Michelle does a fantastic job of leaving you wondering who, what, where, and why until the very end! I do have to say that... unfortunately the ending was a tad predictable in my Twinsies+ scandalous unpredictable characters + murder + gossip + lies= addicting ride! This was my first book by Michelle Campbell and I have to say.. it won't be my last. There were many things I enjoyed about this novel. I loved the different POV perspectives in this one.... which is always a huge PLUS in my book :). Michelle does a fantastic job of leaving you wondering who, what, where, and why until the very end! I do have to say that... unfortunately the ending was a tad predictable in my opinion. I was hoping for a huge twist at the end... but felt that this was a major component that this thriller was missing. Additionally, I felt it was lagging and dragging a tad towards the end. Despite not having the twist factors, the author does a great job keeping her readers on edge until the end. Overall, this wasn't my favorite psychological thriller but it was an entertaining read :). 3 quiet stars! Thank you so much to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts. Publication date: 7/31/18 Published to GR: 7/11/18

  7. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    4.5-stars! She Was the Quiet One is an Adult Thriller that takes place at a private school for very wealthy kids. Let's get this out of the way real quick - I am absolute TRASH for any story that takes place in a private school or prep school. I went into this book blind and had no idea that this was the type of story this was, so yeah, elated at that. The plot centers around twins, Bel & Rose Enright, who after losing both parents get sent to Odell Academy, a prestigious New England boarding 4.5-stars! She Was the Quiet One is an Adult Thriller that takes place at a private school for very wealthy kids. Let's get this out of the way real quick - I am absolute TRASH for any story that takes place in a private school or prep school. I went into this book blind and had no idea that this was the type of story this was, so yeah, elated at that. The plot centers around twins, Bel & Rose Enright, who after losing both parents get sent to Odell Academy, a prestigious New England boarding school (aka. playground for the priviledged) by their wealthy Grandmother. Rose, the more grounded and studious of the two, looks at this as a blessing - a place where she can reach new academic heights and strive toward loftier goals than ever before. Bel, the 'wild one', if you will, devastated by the recent loss of her beloved mother is more of a loose cannon and falls in with a group of 'bad girls' almost immediately. The story also follows a married couple, Heath and Sarah Donovan, who work at the school as teachers and dorm heads. Their marriage is explored in detail and although perfection on the outside, holds its own troubles, resentments and buried secrets. Heath has lofty goals of his own - dreaming of one day becoming headmaster of the school; Sarah the supportive wife is left on the sidelines a lot of time. Heath and Sarah's relationship is definitely where the adult element comes from, there are a lot of complicated themes woven into this storyline. The interactions between the students at the school, on their own, could fit in very well in a YA Thriller; it's when the adults and kids begin to mix that things become messy. If you are the type of reader who doesn't enjoy teenage drama, you may find this one tedious, so just know that going in. There is bullying, hazing, general romantic drama but for me, it absolutely worked. In my opinion, this wasn't wickedly suspenseful - it was more that things began to unravel before our eyes at a steady pace until the final scene. I loved the format of it - which mixes in detective interviews...okay, back up...a crime has been committed, you do not know to who or by who and that is what is revealed throughout the entire story. It was really well done and I applaud the author for keeping the pace steady and engaging the whole way through! I would recommend this to anyone who loves Adult Thrillers and I also would recommend this to readers who may be looking to transition from more YA books to Adult books, as it has elements of both. I would however say trigger warning for sexual assault, hazing, bullying and unlawful sexual contact. If these are topics that you are sensitive to please be aware before going in. Thank you so much to St. Martin's Press for providing me the opportunity to read this book and provide my opinions. I had so much fun with it and definitely plan to pick up Michele Campbell's other book, It's Always the Husband. Original Review:Ohhhhh mygoshhhh! I need to sleep on this before I rate it. 😀😁 the very end twist was so unexpected 😁😂 I just gotta sleep on it. Between and 4 and 5 star for sure! You guys, I just really enjoyed this one. Really, really. Full review to come. . . Stay tuned!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meredith B. (readingwithmere)

    3.5 Stars! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the advanced Finished copy of this book! That Thing. Her Sister. Her Twin. This was my first Michele Campbell books. I've heard awesome things about It's Always The Husband (it's also sitting on my TBR shelf) so I was really excited when I heard she was coming out with a new one. This book has been receiving a ton of hype as a best book of the summer. Bel and Rose are fraternal twins. They've had a tough life and both of their parents have died. They 3.5 Stars! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the advanced Finished copy of this book! That Thing. Her Sister. Her Twin. This was my first Michele Campbell books. I've heard awesome things about It's Always The Husband (it's also sitting on my TBR shelf) so I was really excited when I heard she was coming out with a new one. This book has been receiving a ton of hype as a best book of the summer. Bel and Rose are fraternal twins. They've had a tough life and both of their parents have died. They go live with their Grandma who immediately ships them off to a family legacy boarding school. Rose is excited - these are her kinds of people, Bel is not as she's the rebel and doesn't like rules. They start to hang out with different crowds and this causes a rift between the sisters. Bel is hanging out with the troublemakers and Rose is trying to figure out how to get her sister away from them so she doesn't cause more trouble. Heath and Sarah are high school sweethearts. They're married with two kids and are the dorm advisors for the Odell academy (boarding school where the twins go). They seem like every normal couple: happy and in love with the perfect life until you realize everything isn't so perfect; in fact far from it. As the book continues on secrets start to unravel about Heath and the past is not so pretty. He's vying for the headmaster's job but these secrets may come back to bite him as the story unfolds. The story opens up where we find out only one sister is alive. How can a prep school with barely any locks and cameras have this happen? What secrets is everyone hiding? This book explores marriage issues, underage sexual affairs, hazing, bullying, assault, etc. That is one thing that I enjoyed about this book was that the author intertwined all of this subjects into one story but didn't rush any of them in the storyline. I think where this fell a little short for me was in two places: 1. This almost felt YA to me in a sense. I think it was because the two main characters were teenagers and I think I associate main teenage characters with Young Adult books. It's definitely not YA when it's all said and done but it had a YA feel to it at times. 2. The ending was predictable. I knew what happened pretty much from the beginning. With my thrillers I enjoy twists and turns until the end. Maybe this falls more into the light thriller/suspense category. I would recommend this book if you're looking for a book that addresses multiple subjects that could be considered complex. It explores relationships of siblings and a marriage/family. I think some people will find it interesting and others who are looking for a twisty thriller, well, this one is not for you. This publishes on July 31st!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    3.5 STARS Bel and Rose are orphaned twins and rivals, one is wild, one is quiet, but is one a murderer? The twins wealthy Grandmother sends them off to The Odell elite boarding school for their high dollar education. Bel seeks to "fit in" and be accepted by the cool group on day one, while Rose is studious and interested in her education. (OK, they are pretty much opposites). Family is family though, and these two sisters do care about each other beneath all the cattiness. It doesn't take Bel lon 3.5 STARS Bel and Rose are orphaned twins and rivals, one is wild, one is quiet, but is one a murderer? The twins wealthy Grandmother sends them off to The Odell elite boarding school for their high dollar education. Bel seeks to "fit in" and be accepted by the cool group on day one, while Rose is studious and interested in her education. (OK, they are pretty much opposites). Family is family though, and these two sisters do care about each other beneath all the cattiness. It doesn't take Bel long to start hanging with the wrong crowd known as the "it" group (oh the drama and the  many bad and brainless decisions these teenagers make).  Secrets begin to surface, and when someone is murdered, fingers are all pointing in one direction.  I had a few different theories which kept me engaged in the mystery and I changed my mind more than once. I enjoyed the suspenseful fast pace of this one. It had a bit of a YA feel (which I enjoyed). The conclusion was shocking, but perhaps a bit predictable. Thanks to the publisher for my copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    JanB

    DNF. It has more teen angst and mean girl shenanigans than I care to read about. Since I didn't finish it I won't be rating/reviewing it. I suggest reading the 1 & 2 star reviews as well as the 4 & 5 stars before deciding if this is a book you want to read. Thanks to Netgalley for my copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melisa

    Betrayal, deception, and lies! What a killer prep school slash mean girls murder mystery. And I mean that both literally and figuratively. At the beginning of the story, we have Rose and Bel, twins who have recently enrolled in Odell prep school - we know that one of the twins has been murdered, but we don’t know which one, why, or by whom. The reader has to unravel the story along with the characters in a mixed narrative as well as with police interviews. So many flawed characters - you won’t tr Betrayal, deception, and lies! What a killer prep school slash mean girls murder mystery. And I mean that both literally and figuratively. At the beginning of the story, we have Rose and Bel, twins who have recently enrolled in Odell prep school - we know that one of the twins has been murdered, but we don’t know which one, why, or by whom. The reader has to unravel the story along with the characters in a mixed narrative as well as with police interviews. So many flawed characters - you won’t trust anyone for a single moment. There is so much deception and villainy here, and several characters you will love to hate. Characterization on point, Ms. Campbell! I really didn’t like a lot of these people, and when you can create a visceral response to a character, you know the writing is strong! Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my advance copy. This book is now available!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    Boarding schools, much like summer camp, usually make great settings for mysteries. I think it's the lack of parental supervision that keeps things interesting because those darn kids are always able to sneak stuff past the adults in charge. In this book, twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright are sent by their grandmother to a boarding school in New Hampshire after the death of their mother. After arriving at The Odell School, the girls soon realize wealth and entitlement can lead to a whole lotta t Boarding schools, much like summer camp, usually make great settings for mysteries. I think it's the lack of parental supervision that keeps things interesting because those darn kids are always able to sneak stuff past the adults in charge. In this book, twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright are sent by their grandmother to a boarding school in New Hampshire after the death of their mother. After arriving at The Odell School, the girls soon realize wealth and entitlement can lead to a whole lotta trouble. When someone connected to the school is murdered, authorities interview staff and students to try and piece together what exactly happened and just who is responsible for it. Unfortunately, I just never got into that groove of reading when you just can't put down the book because you are so caught up in the story. Part of the problem was the writing style just felt very short, simple and to the point rather than being very descriptive. This hurt the story in my opinion because it never seemed to flow very well and the characters were underdeveloped. What kept me reading was I was hoping that at least when the mystery was solved it would be something shocking. Unfortunately, it's not something you didn't see coming a mile away. So a predicable mystery, characters who I didn't particularly care for one way or the other, and a writing style that just didn't work for me are the reasons this was only a 2 star read for me. Others seem to really like this book though so take my opinions with a grain of salt. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Thanks you to St. Martin’s for the gifted copy that was sent to me. She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell was quite addicting. This one is told in multiple POVs which is always fun. Orphaned fraternal twins, Bel and Rose, go to live with their estranged Grandmother after their mother passes. Immediately, Grandmother ships them off to the Odell high school, an elite boarding school. The girls are very different from each other and on day one at their new school they are already butting heads. Thanks you to St. Martin’s for the gifted copy that was sent to me. She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell was quite addicting. This one is told in multiple POVs which is always fun. Orphaned fraternal twins, Bel and Rose, go to live with their estranged Grandmother after their mother passes. Immediately, Grandmother ships them off to the Odell high school, an elite boarding school. The girls are very different from each other and on day one at their new school they are already butting heads. Bel seems to be the more popular twin while Rose is very focused on her classes and grades. Rose tries to look out for Bel but Bel has a mind of her own and she’s off with the *it* crowd. Let’s be honest here, the high school *it* crowd is not always the best crowd! Poor decisions, hazing, the drama... yea, no thanks! (And, pls send help when my 5yr old becomes a teenager!) Oooo the boys, DRAMA, lies, secrets, betrayal, the murder OH MY! I would say the ending wasn’t too surprising but hey, I read a lot of thrillers. All in all I thought it was a good quick read! 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marialyce

    3.5 do we really know those closest to us stars If you have grown up with siblings, you are probably acutely aware of the rivalry that oftentimes occurs in a family. There is always that competition, be it for parent's accolades, a school's praise, or even being judged on attractiveness. It crops up in one's daily life that look for and need for acceptance, for love, for knowing out of all the rest, you are the best. Such was the need for twins Rose and Bel Enright in the book She Was the Quiet O 3.5 do we really know those closest to us stars If you have grown up with siblings, you are probably acutely aware of the rivalry that oftentimes occurs in a family. There is always that competition, be it for parent's accolades, a school's praise, or even being judged on attractiveness. It crops up in one's daily life that look for and need for acceptance, for love, for knowing out of all the rest, you are the best. Such was the need for twins Rose and Bel Enright in the book She Was the Quiet One. Having read and enjoyed Ms Campbell's other book It's Always the Husband, I was looking forward to a exciting read. Bel and Rose Enright are twins, but that was probably where the similarities end. They are both totally at different ends of the spectrum and when the girls are sent to an exclusive boarding school by am aloof grandparent, trouble is on the horizon. Bel finds herself caught up in the "it" girls group at school. They are callous, insensitive, and totally focused on themselves. Yet, they are the ones who think themselves exceptional, the darlings of the school, the risk takers, the ones all others aspire to be and Bel is to become one of them. Poor Rose, she is indeed the quiet one, the one where school is important, where she longs to be popular yet, knows she will never be. She is the loner, the forgotten one, the one so looking for acceptance for her place in the sun. Then there is Sarah, the wife of a very ambitious man, mother of two children, who is about to have her world turned upside down as she slowly discovers the dark underbelly of the school she and her husband are such a part of. Who is the man she married and how are situations at school spiraling out of control and resulting in the ultimate horror they are now experiencing? This book again points out that we really so often do not know the people who are the closest to us. Do we ever really know another, and what if that other is the one we married or the one who we shared our mother's body with for nine months? Is deception part of our DNA? This book was a quick read, one possessing quite a few twists with an ending that held quite a surprise. It was somewhat predictable, but easily one that held this reader's interest. This was surely a novel where "The only quiet woman is a dead one." (Sylvia Platt) Recommended to those who liked a book possessing artifice and intrigue. Thanks you once again to my local library, a place that never disappoints this proud patron. My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    I received a free e-copy of She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell from NetGalley for my honest review. This book is about fraternal twin girls. Their father died when they were young and then their mother passed away when they were teenagers. They then went to their their paternal Grandmother's who lived in a big, beautiful home in Connecticut. The Grandmother, being very wealthy purchases all new clothing for the girls and then sends them to an exclusive boarding school that all of her famil I received a free e-copy of She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell from NetGalley for my honest review. This book is about fraternal twin girls. Their father died when they were young and then their mother passed away when they were teenagers. They then went to their their paternal Grandmother's who lived in a big, beautiful home in Connecticut. The Grandmother, being very wealthy purchases all new clothing for the girls and then sends them to an exclusive boarding school that all of her family had attended for generations. Bel, immediately gets involved with some Senior girls who are know as trouble makers. Rose, the good girl, studied, made some good friends and stayed out of trouble. The girls fought a lot in their new school. Bel gets involved in a hazing incident of her sister Rose and Rose's room mate. Bel, also falls for a married man. Although the book had a lot going on including suspense, murder, family drama, a crazy love triangle it had a somewhat soap opera feel for it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    After the death of their mother, twins Rose and Bel Enright wind up at Odell Academy in New Hampshire. They are sent by their wealthy grandmother, who has no idea what to do with the teenagers now foisted upon her. Rose is the good twin--good grades, good friends, good behavior. Bel, on the other hand, is known for going a bit wild. But it was Bel their mother favored--much to Rose's consternation. Floundering after the loss of their mother, Bel winds up with the wrong crowd at school and then t After the death of their mother, twins Rose and Bel Enright wind up at Odell Academy in New Hampshire. They are sent by their wealthy grandmother, who has no idea what to do with the teenagers now foisted upon her. Rose is the good twin--good grades, good friends, good behavior. Bel, on the other hand, is known for going a bit wild. But it was Bel their mother favored--much to Rose's consternation. Floundering after the loss of their mother, Bel winds up with the wrong crowd at school and then turns on Rose when she calls her out on it. Meanwhile, Heath and Sarah Donovan have been brought in to clean up Moreland Hall, the dormitory where the twins are staying. It has developed a reputation for trouble. It's a daunting task, especially since so many of the girls come from storied, rich Odell families. Both Sarah and Heath are Moreland alums--they met at the school--and not all of their memories are pleasant. As for Heath, his dreams extend far beyond teaching high school English. But something in his past holds him back; he's hoping to parlay their time at Moreland into something more. But soon things at Moreland--and Odell--are out of control, with the Enright twins and the Donovans right in the middle of all the trouble. From the beginning of the novel, we immediately know that an Enright sister is dead, but not which one. The narration from Bel, Rose, and Sarah is interspersed with snippets from police interviews, as we try to piece together exactly what happened to lead to murder. This was perhaps my favorite part of the story--trying to figure out who had been killed--and why the other sister is the prime suspect. The format of the novel is very well-done and extremely compelling. In the beginning, some of the dialogue seemed stilted: I couldn't imagine the sisters really talking to each other in particular ways, for instance. Rose and Bel's instant fighting seemed rash, and it was hard to take. In fact, the entire boarding school drama seemed a little too much, at times. I understand the fact that girls can quickly turn on each other--especially when they all live together--but the twins threatening to kill each other over a sweater? It was tough and it was a lot of drama, so fast, so often. Rose was incredibly prissy and tough to like for a lot of the novel. And then poor Sarah, who was such a doormat, with an incredible lack of judgement--she was a hard character to find sympathy for as well. The novel also seemed to march toward a fairly inevitable conclusion. I kept waiting for a big twist or surprise to throw me off and while the epilogue offered a little bit of that, there really wasn't much. The book focuses more on the unraveling of the families than twists and turns, and that was a little disappointing for me. I like to be thrown off the trail a few times. Still, I really enjoyed the format of this one: wondering and waiting to find out who was dead, along with the pieces from the interviews. I liked the boarding school setting and how it added to the story. While I didn't always enjoy all the characters, I really came to feel for for Bel Enright, and I did sympathize with Rose, as well. Even if things were fairly predictable, Campbell kept me reading and interested the entire time. 3+ stars. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review (thank you!). Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram

  17. 4 out of 5

    Judy Collins

    5 Stars + Bestselling author, Michele Campbell returns following (2017) It's Always the Husband with her latest "unputdownable" edgy suspense thriller SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE—Cleverly crafted, twisty and dark, this cat-and-mouse tale will grab you and never let go until its grisly, gratifying, and jaw-dropping conclusion. Dirty little secrets. “The only quiet woman is a dead one.” —Sylvia Plath Twin sisters Rose and Bel find themselves pitted against one another as the school brings out a dange 5 Stars + Bestselling author, Michele Campbell returns following (2017) It's Always the Husband with her latest "unputdownable" edgy suspense thriller SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE—Cleverly crafted, twisty and dark, this cat-and-mouse tale will grab you and never let go until its grisly, gratifying, and jaw-dropping conclusion. Dirty little secrets. “The only quiet woman is a dead one.” —Sylvia Plath Twin sisters Rose and Bel find themselves pitted against one another as the school brings out a dangerous rivalry between them, and the wife of one of the school's teachers begins to question the man she's married to. What is going on at this prestigious school behind closed doors? LOVED! From sibling rivalry, social media, schoolgirl crushes, privilege, power, ambition, hazing, deception, stalking, infidelity, dark secrets, to murder — this scandalous thriller set in this prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, has it all! Never a lull in the suspense and the author cleverly keeps the reader guessing until the explosive nail-biting conclusion. Two twin sisters. Bel and Rose Enright. Bel hated Odell Academy. However, she had promised Rose to give it a real try, so she kept silent and pretended. Two different personalities. Their mom had died in May from cancer. Bel and her mom were close. She was an artist and the bohemian lifestyle. They were all alone in the world until they found their paternal grandmother —(blue blood) Martha Brooks Enright. They had not seen her since their dad at age five. The orphaned twins moved from California to their grandmother’s home in Connecticut. Soon she shipped them off to boarding school. After all, it was something rich people did. They would reside at the pretentious prep school in the fall and come home only for the holidays. They did not have a choice. Rose was delighted to be able to attend one of the top schools in the country. Odell Academy in New Hampshire with its beautiful brick and iron gates and lush green campus. Both were coming in as sophomores, and soon the two sisters went their separate ways. Not only were they not roommates, but they were also no longer friends. Bel and Rose moved in different crowds. Rose was the good girl. She got perfect grades, played the violin, and did her charity work. Bel thought Rose’s friends were dweebs like her. She was sure Rose would fit in. However, Bel was lured in by some older popular girls. She liked to party and wear fun clothes. She was not interested in studying like her sister. These girls are bad news. Darcy, a senior, was trouble as well as the girls she hung out with. Soon they did not even associate with one another. Rose was concerned about Bel hanging out with the wrong crowd. Bel was a follower, not a leader. Rose must find out what is going on. Bel is secretive. Until she plays dirty tricks on her roommate and her. Betrayal. Enter more trouble . . . The new headmaster Heath Donovan (hot, good-looking, teaches English) and coach of the cross-country team. His wife, Sarah (math teacher) and their two small children— Henry and Sophia all live on campus. They are coheads at Moreland. There is a lot of stress and pressure for the two of them to keep down the crime at the school. The bad girls, of course, think Sarah is mousy and soon make a bet to see which girl could seduce her husband first. To make things even more intriguing, Heath has a secret past. Sarah is trying to trust him, and this move was to create a new start. Sarah comes from a wealthy family, and her husband’s past misdeeds were covered up. Heath (narcissistic) is ambitious and wants to make a name for himself. He is a good father and supposedly a loving husband, or so his wife thinks. He tells his wife to ignore the girls; they do not want to draw attention to trouble. Rose soon gets comfortable with her math teacher, Sarah. She is her advisor and spends time with her and the boys babysitting. Whereas, you guessed it —Bel, the wild manipulative one has a crush on Heath, the husband. He is her advisor, teacher, and cross-country coach. Any time she can cozy up to him, she finds a way. Bel wants to please Marcy Madden. These girls are power at the school. Darcy controls Bel and the hazing. Then everything goes wrong. Someone is texting Sarah about her husband. There is a photo. He is good-looking, athletic, ambitious, and charming (and a good liar). They both went to this same school, and Sarah knows all too well not to trust these girls. Especially Darcy’s crowd. However, she has to protect her family, their job, and their reputation. She had kept Heath’s secrets, and he trusted her. Things get heated. More people are involved. There is a murder that rocks the campus. A full-blown investigation. Someone is driving these texts and emails. Now one twin is murdered, and the other is holding a knife. However, is there something more sinister at play? Could sisters turn on one another, or is this a setup? Who would kill to keep their dirty secret hidden? Will the grandmother and her lawyer believe her? The impending peril creates a ticking clock. The ongoing lurking darkness in the woods. The secret meetings. Dirty secrets. You know something terrible is going to happen — and everyone is a suspect. You are holding your breath as you flip the pages. Wow! Campbell turns up the heat and intensity with this twisty and dark psychological suspense thriller. Not only does she give voice to the hormone raged college campus students, the hazing, and the vicious scheming —the introduction of Sarah and Heath, their past, and their current marriage domestic relationship brings complexity and intrigue to an even deeper level. Also, the deliciously evil secondary characters will keep you guessing . . . And the chilling ending! Your mouth will drop. Michele Campbell is such a dynamic storyteller (hello, have you seen her bio)? Typically, college drama does not really get me excited; however, SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE was so much more. Very compelling and great character development! Read it and find out why! Nothing is as it appears. Highly recommend! My Top 20 Books for July and Top Books of 2018! For fans of Big Little Lies. A special thank you to #StMartinsPress and #NetGalley for an advanced reading copy #SheWasTheQuietOne. JDCMustReadBooks

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bkwmlee

    As is the case with most thriller/suspense novels that I read, my review will be relatively short, since I believe it’s always best to go into these types of books knowing as little as possible. I will admit that I was a little put off at first from reading this book, as I read in the summary that the story revolves around a murder mystery at a boarding school and quite honestly, this past year, I had already read more than 1 book with this same setup. However, I decided to give it a go and am g As is the case with most thriller/suspense novels that I read, my review will be relatively short, since I believe it’s always best to go into these types of books knowing as little as possible. I will admit that I was a little put off at first from reading this book, as I read in the summary that the story revolves around a murder mystery at a boarding school and quite honestly, this past year, I had already read more than 1 book with this same setup. However, I decided to give it a go and am glad I did, as this one turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Most books with this type of theme usually have a narrative that focuses primarily on the students at the school and the various trouble they get into, with the teachers and/or faculty usually only briefly mentioned as side characters -- this one was different in that two of the central characters the narrative revolved around were actually teachers at the school and their roles in advancing the plot were equally as important as the students. With that said though, I didn’t particularly like any of the characters and actually found myself getting increasingly frustrated with some of them as the story moved along, but that didn’t prevent me from enjoying the overall story, which was quite compellingly written. The narrative format, alternating between the viewpoints of various characters interspersed with witness testimony from the police interrogation, actually worked really well in this instance – I liked that the testimony was worked cleverly into the plot in a way that helped build up suspense but without giving anything away. Overall, I enjoyed this one, as the story was engaging and kept me turning the pages, despite the fact that I had already figured out most of the “mystery” early on. Perhaps I am getting better at figuring these things out now, but I felt that, while it definitely had its suspenseful moments, this was not the type of story that was filled with so many twists and turns that it ended up feeling like a roller coaster ride. The only real twist was in the Epilogue, which I thought was cleverly done in that it was unexpected, though not necessarily shocking. My only real complaint is the ending, which felt a bit rushed to me and was also a little too predictable, to the point of feeling anti-climactic, but luckily it didn’t detract too much from the rest of the story, at least not for me. She Was the Quiet One is the second suspense / thriller attempt by new author Michele Campbell. I haven’t yet read her first book It’s Always the Husband , which came out last year, but I have that one on my TBR and do intend to read it one of these days. While I can’t comment on how Campbell’s sophomore effort measures up to her first, I will say that this one was encouraging enough to get me interested in reading more from this author. Received ARC from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Oh, man this was so good! I thoroughly enjoyed Campbell's previous book entitled "It's Always the Husband" so I was eager to get my hands on this one and it didn't disappoint! "She Was the Quiet One" follows the lives of twins Rose and Bel who are very different to one another. When their mother passes away, they move to New England to live with their grandmother and are both enrolled in Odell academy, a school attended by rich, privileged kids. Rose loves her new school and uses it to full adva Oh, man this was so good! I thoroughly enjoyed Campbell's previous book entitled "It's Always the Husband" so I was eager to get my hands on this one and it didn't disappoint! "She Was the Quiet One" follows the lives of twins Rose and Bel who are very different to one another. When their mother passes away, they move to New England to live with their grandmother and are both enrolled in Odell academy, a school attended by rich, privileged kids. Rose loves her new school and uses it to full advantage but Bel ends up falling in with the wrong crowd and the twins grow even further apart. Then tragedy strikes. As in Campbell's previous novel, the characterisation is exquisite, the plot intriguing and the pace perfect. A masterfully crafted book that is full of suspense. There are plenty of dark secrets and twists and turns throughout, whilst the POV alternates between several different characters keeping the mystery under wraps until the very end. Once I picked this up that was it, I was shut away reading until I finished it. The author knows how to engage you in the first few pages and is adept at holding your interest the whole way through. Many thanks to St Martin's Press for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    4.5! Michele Campbell's debut, It's Always the Husband was a book I very much enjoyed in 2017 and since this one was announced, I had been looking forward and am pleased to announce it did not disappoint. There is something about books set at boarding schools that immediately intrigues me, I'm not sure why, but usually this is a breeding ground for salacious drama (my favorite kind)! One other thing I love - TWINS! and twin drama! Read this book and understand exactly who is "The Quiet One" and 4.5! Michele Campbell's debut, It's Always the Husband was a book I very much enjoyed in 2017 and since this one was announced, I had been looking forward and am pleased to announce it did not disappoint. There is something about books set at boarding schools that immediately intrigues me, I'm not sure why, but usually this is a breeding ground for salacious drama (my favorite kind)! One other thing I love - TWINS! and twin drama! Read this book and understand exactly who is "The Quiet One" and what that means...you'll be glad you did. Thank you to St. Martins Press for an advance copy. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    3 stars Many thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC! Twin sisters + haughty boarding school + murder= A book full of characters oozing with petulance and malice. It’s like Mean Girls meets Cruel Intentions in this psychological thriller, full of immorality and wicked cliques. While I felt there was much to be desired in terms of shocks and twists, nonetheless, this book kept me reading and hanging in there until the very end. It goes by quickly and reads more like a YA b 3 stars Many thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC! Twin sisters + haughty boarding school + murder= A book full of characters oozing with petulance and malice. It’s like Mean Girls meets Cruel Intentions in this psychological thriller, full of immorality and wicked cliques. While I felt there was much to be desired in terms of shocks and twists, nonetheless, this book kept me reading and hanging in there until the very end. It goes by quickly and reads more like a YA book. As a fan of psychological thrillers, this was not my personal favorite, yet I can see its appeal to the readers of the thriller and YA genres. **She Was the Quiet One is set to be released this summer.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Wallace

    4 Stars This thriller earned 4 very chilly, twisty stars from me! SUMMARY Bel and Rose, land at the prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, Odell, when their mother dies and they are sent to live with their long lost, very wealthy grandmother. Although the girls are twins, they couldn’t be any more different. Rose is a responsible, quiet, studious rule follower while Bel is a bit of a reckless wild child in the making. Despite their differences, they have always gotten along well but that chang 4 Stars This thriller earned 4 very chilly, twisty stars from me! SUMMARY Bel and Rose, land at the prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, Odell, when their mother dies and they are sent to live with their long lost, very wealthy grandmother. Although the girls are twins, they couldn’t be any more different. Rose is a responsible, quiet, studious rule follower while Bel is a bit of a reckless wild child in the making. Despite their differences, they have always gotten along well but that changed almost immediately upon their arrival at Odell. In the first chapter of the book, it is revealed that one of the twins has been murdered and the other twin is being held for the murder. The rest of the book backtracks and takes the reader through the events leading up to this horrific event. We get a front row seat to the deterioration of the sister’s relationship, along with the choices, factors and decisions which brought them to this point. The story is told from multiple points of view but mainly from those of Bel and Rose, the dorm head Sarah Donovan and transcripts of police reports enabling the reader to see the story from various angles. WHAT I LOVED I loved the setting; an old New England boarding school with cool September mornings, snow storms, historic buildings and people with old money. I can only imagine the upper crust accents. I liked the twisty plot itself. There were so many small loose ends that I didn’t figure out until they were tied up for me in the end. I LOVE the cover. I loved the Donovan’s kids. They added some light moments to the book. I particularly liked when 4 yr old Harper wanted to wear a princess dress to an Odell event. Such a real life moment for anyone who has ever tried to manage wardrobe for small children. WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE At times I almost felt like I was reading YA. There was just so much emphasis on high school students and their social rituals that it just felt young at times. Although a couple of the characters were complicated and well written enough to keep me wondering about their true intentions (Zach, Rose), quite a few of the characters were one dimensional and I knew right off the bat if I liked them or not. For example, I knew by the middle of the second chapter that I LOVED Sarah and HATED Heath. They could have used a little more complexity. OVERALL I loved reading this book and couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it for people who enjoy a twisty thriller!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Mann

    Do you ever finish reading a book and feel like you've just watched a movie? I can picture every single character and scene from "She Was the Quiet One" by Michele Campbell like it unfolded right before my eyes. Campbell had me hooked from the very beginning. A twisted story of 2 orphan twins who attend a new boarding school which results in one ending up dead and the other being accused of murder. "She Was the Quiet One" is worded so well yet so complex sometimes you feel like the answers are r Do you ever finish reading a book and feel like you've just watched a movie? I can picture every single character and scene from "She Was the Quiet One" by Michele Campbell like it unfolded right before my eyes. Campbell had me hooked from the very beginning. A twisted story of 2 orphan twins who attend a new boarding school which results in one ending up dead and the other being accused of murder. "She Was the Quiet One" is worded so well yet so complex sometimes you feel like the answers are right in front of you and the next minute you are questioning your paranoia and wondering if you have it all wrong. This novel is due to be released in July and if you are a fan of psychological thrillers "She Was the Quiet One" is a MUST read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Joint

    This is a fun, twisted read that is easy to devour quickly. I probably would have read it in two sittings if I'd had the time. Sadly, it ended up stretched out a bit more. The good thing is that the characters stayed in my mind, so I had no problem jumping right back in where I left off and didn't have to go back and re-orientate myself with the story or characters. I love books featuring twins, it usually makes for an interesting story. These twins aren't quite as close as most are, but they st This is a fun, twisted read that is easy to devour quickly. I probably would have read it in two sittings if I'd had the time. Sadly, it ended up stretched out a bit more. The good thing is that the characters stayed in my mind, so I had no problem jumping right back in where I left off and didn't have to go back and re-orientate myself with the story or characters. I love books featuring twins, it usually makes for an interesting story. These twins aren't quite as close as most are, but they still have a bit of that connection that twins are known for... even if they'd rather be without. They are quite different people with different voices, but they're both fun to read about. Rose and Bel have recently lost their mother, and custody was given to their grandmother. She is well off but not entirely willing to take on full-time care of two young women, so she quickly enrolls them in a boarding school. Rose is excited by the new beginning: finally, she'll have peers that actually care about their schoolwork! Being smart isn't for nerds! Bel isn't nearly as into the new school, and would rather stay home. Her beauty and relaxed attitude is what gets her in with the cool kids, and the gap between the two sisters begins to widen. Pressured by her new friends, Bel plays a part in a hazing ritual that could destroy her relationship with her twin forever. Sarah and Heath both work at the prestigious school, and Heath has big plans of running the whole place one day. Sarah spends her time caring for their children and the large extended family of the school, unaware that some of the students have plans for her handsome and charismatic husband. No one's life will be the same by the end of the year... and someone's will quite literally be over. Jealousy, manipulation, and death... this story is full of drama and will keep you guessing until the very end. St. Martin's Press kindly sent me a copy of this book, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I have a bit of a thing about mysteries set in schools, so I couldn’t resist giving this a try. The novel opens with a girl locked in the infirmary, a large lump on her head, and an accusation of killing her twin. Of course, we do not know who, or which one, indeed. We then go back from the events in February, to the previous September, when two twins – Rose and Bel (Isabel) Enright – arrive at Odell Academy, a prestigious, private school. The twins are fifteen and, after their mother died at ju I have a bit of a thing about mysteries set in schools, so I couldn’t resist giving this a try. The novel opens with a girl locked in the infirmary, a large lump on her head, and an accusation of killing her twin. Of course, we do not know who, or which one, indeed. We then go back from the events in February, to the previous September, when two twins – Rose and Bel (Isabel) Enright – arrive at Odell Academy, a prestigious, private school. The twins are fifteen and, after their mother died at just forty, their grandmother takes them in. They are not close to her, but, before they get any chance to settle, they are told they will be going off to boarding school. Rose, studious and quiet, is happy as this turn of events, while Bel is less pleased. The two are placed in Moreland Hall, which certainly has a reputation. With Bel having got into trouble at her previous school, Rose is urged to try to give Bel advice. However, Bel has already found the troublemakers and is quickly making friends. This novel follows the twins and also a young couple, Heath and Sarah Donovan, who are the new dorm heads of Moreland Hall. Sarah is, of course, rather dowdy, while kind. Heath is gorgeous and sets the teenage hearts a-flutter. What follows is a picture of some very unpleasant girls and behaviour, leading up to a tragedy and a twist that was a little obvious. This was a reasonable read, but nothing special, and the characters lacked depth while, for mystery fans, I think the ending was just too expected to be a surprise.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. When Bel and Rose Enright are sent to The Odell School, a prestigious private school, after the death of their mother, they quickly begin to drift apart. Bel falls in with the “wrong crowd” and is soon pulling pranks and risking suspension while Rose is towing the line and following the rules, almost too compulsively. The new dorm parents, Heath and Sarah, are adjusting to th Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. When Bel and Rose Enright are sent to The Odell School, a prestigious private school, after the death of their mother, they quickly begin to drift apart. Bel falls in with the “wrong crowd” and is soon pulling pranks and risking suspension while Rose is towing the line and following the rules, almost too compulsively. The new dorm parents, Heath and Sarah, are adjusting to their new position at their alma mater, with Heath ambitiously trying to climb the ranks to headmaster. When one of the students is murdered, Rose is blamed but Sarah has her doubts. Could her husband be responsible? How much does she truly know the man she married? How far would he go to achieve his goals? As with “It’s Always the Husband”, Campbell is back with a high-intensity, suspense-filled murder mystery. An unpredictable thriller, “She was the Quiet One” delves into the secrets people keep and how far they will go to keep them secret. Initially, this novel started with Rose and Bel fitting in and adjusting to life at Odell, an elite private school. I know nothing about this life and in fact, the idea of an entire dorm full of adolescent, catty females had me ready to give up. But thank goodness, the novel’s drama and suspense started rather quickly. The plot shifted from the inner workings of the “popular” kids, to the murder of a student and how she got that way. Bel and Rose Enright are both teenagers, but likable ones, and their inner dramas are true to life. Heath and Sarah Donovan have a seemingly perfect marriage, with many deep-rooted secrets. Sarah was far more patient and tolerant (kind of a patsy to be honest) than I would ever be, but she was also a character that I pitied and felt for throughout the novel. Similar to “It’s Always the Husband”, the ending of this novel was succinct and final. Although the culprit was relatively predictable if you are a fan of this genre, the details were a mystery (until the end of course). The novel wrapped up in a nice pretty bow, with everyone getting their just desserts. This novel was a pleasure to read, and I recommend Michele Campbell to anyone who enjoys tense, dramatic murder-mystery or “whodunit” thrillers. Following on the tail of such an addictive novel as “Husband”, “Quiet One” is just as enjoyable!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bill Kupersmith

    When we break a good resolution, we usually tell ourselves that it is only this one time and for a good reason. In my case, asking She Was the Quiet One from NetGalley after swearing only to request review copies of new books by authors I had previously read and liked was the specious attraction of the setting—Odell, a boarding school in New Hampshire. I had just completed a novel of my own set at a boarding school in New England that I thought it would be fun to compare notes on how it is done. When we break a good resolution, we usually tell ourselves that it is only this one time and for a good reason. In my case, asking She Was the Quiet One from NetGalley after swearing only to request review copies of new books by authors I had previously read and liked was the specious attraction of the setting—Odell, a boarding school in New Hampshire. I had just completed a novel of my own set at a boarding school in New England that I thought it would be fun to compare notes on how it is done. In this case, Michele Campbell ought to have known that teachers are mandated reporters; that means they are required to report any instances of what they reasonably believe to be physical or sexual abuse to the appropriate authorities. In the case of Sarah and Heath Donovan, who are the housemasters of Moreland Hall, they are informed of a hazing incident when a girl in their dorm beaten on her bare buttocks with a leather slipper and a video posted on Snapchat, and their first concern was how it might affect Heath’s chances of becoming headmaster. As it turns out, the girl withdraws from school but her family sue the perpetrator’s family for the absurdly astronomic sum of $20 million, though the only lasting injury was to the victim’s self-esteem. I doubt law school was part of the author’s formation: later we see a lawyer imagining that asserting girl’s Miranda rights means that she cannot co-operate willingly with the police. Two sisters are involved. Rose and Bel, fraternal twins. (Is it sexist to refer to twin sisters as “fraternal”? My dictionary doesn’t have an adjective derived from “soror.”) Orphaned, they are sent off to boarding school at the behest of granny’s lawyer (the one who’s not so up on Miranda) boyfriend. They are opposite personalities: Rose is studious and serious; Bel is unfocused and pliable, and finds herself involved in an affair with housemaster Heath Donovan, who is definitely the instigator and consummates their relationship at midnight in the laundry room of the dorm. There’s “a contest, which senior girl can bed Donovan”—I wondered why. If one is going to portray illicit relationships between teacher and student, make it attractive; feature some class. Have the teacher at least pretend to sophistication, caring, attentive and considerate sexually, devoted to the student-lover’s intellectual maturity. What the Greeks called paidea. Instead Heath makes Bea slog through muddy winter woods to meet him in a car park and then he drives her to a sleazy motel where she finds out that his amatory technique is of the wham-bam variety. On route he orders her: “A car’s coming. Get down.’ She ducked into the passenger-side foot well, and rode down there the whole way to the motel.” Not exactly a romantic relationship. Campbell provides us with the stock characters who populate the run-of-the-mill prep school story. There’s Darcy, the classic mean girl: “Life in Darcy’s circle was a big joke. The terrible pressures of Odell—the crushing workload, the college-admissions race, the sane three-hundred-page code [sic] of conduct manual—vanished at the flick of Darcy’s shiny, blond hair. Bel needed to be part of that.” Of course she’d be a blonde. Interestingly though, she hang around after her expulsion and contribute to a minor plot twist. And of course there’s the school bully. “Brandon was a mouth-breathing delinquent. He was also very, very rich, his dad being a real-estate billionaire”! Um! I wonder who he might be based on! And Heath and Sarah’s imagining that promotion to Headmaster and “first lady” (that’s really what somebody calls it in this book) will give them a life of abundance and easy and luxury instead of the endless rounds of fund-raising, ingratiating themselves to parents and potential parents, and scrupulous devotion to the welfare of every single student that the responsibilities of a real school head require. Stylistically, Michele Campbell scarcely misses a cliché: “He bolted down the front path like he’d been shot from a cannon”; “Sarah was weak as a kitten”; “you scream like a banshee” are a few samples. So, I have to add She Was the Quiet One to my growing list of bad school stories, that is to say, badly told stories about bad schools. Usually the implicit author of such novels seems to be suffering from a terminal case of class envy, portraying an institution run by bullies and snobs. I’ve written my own story about a school afflicted with some very evil characters. But if an author is aspiring to tragic dignity there should also be characters who genuinely care about formation and education and understand that the welfare of their students is their primary duty, however short they fall of their responsibilities. In this story we have instead an unintentional comedy with teachers who never engage in anything that remotely resembles education, a lawyer who knows nothing about criminal law, police detectives unacquainted with police procedure (they leave a suspected murderess in the school infirmary because she has flu symptoms), and a sleazy seducer whose idea of a love nest is the basement laundry room. Which last pretty much sums up the artistic, moral and educational values this school story inculcates. I am grateful to NetGalley and St Martin's for an ARC.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I have to point out how much I love Campbell’s titles, It’s Always the Husband is so clever and this one is pretty smart as well! In an over saturated market things like a strong title always stand out from the crowd and after reading both of her books I can now say that there’s much more to her books than an eye catching title. They’re of the slow building, character driven variety but they sure pack a punch in the end. This is told from various viewpoints, you have sisters Bel and Rose as well I have to point out how much I love Campbell’s titles, It’s Always the Husband is so clever and this one is pretty smart as well! In an over saturated market things like a strong title always stand out from the crowd and after reading both of her books I can now say that there’s much more to her books than an eye catching title. They’re of the slow building, character driven variety but they sure pack a punch in the end. This is told from various viewpoints, you have sisters Bel and Rose as well as Sarah, who is married to a young, handsome and charismatic teacher. The blend of two teenaged viewpoints and one adult gave this a YA vibe in a really good way. Campbell nailed the voices of both teenaged girls just trying to get through high school and a young wife and mom trying to keep multiple plates spinning while being scrutinized by an entire campus. Once again this isn’t a fast paced, twisty, edge of your seat thriller but the ending was ultimately satisfying and it still managed to read like a fun page turning mystery with a heavy emphasis on character development and the bond between sisters. Twin sisters are always interesting and when you’re never sure how they really feel about each other it’s just double the fun 😜 She Was the Quiet One in three words: Simmering, Enthralling and Intelligent.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ Traveling Sister ❄️⛄️

    You would think that twins sisters would have a bond like no other. Especially if they had lost both parents and all they had were each other. Are Bel and Rose Enright an exception to this rule? Bel is outgoing, a fashion trend setter, artsy, makes friends easily. Rose is quiet, polite, studious, the rule follower. They are twins but they couldn't be more different. Bel and Rose lose their mother leaving them no other family except for their grandmother. Their grandmother greets them with less th You would think that twins sisters would have a bond like no other. Especially if they had lost both parents and all they had were each other. Are Bel and Rose Enright an exception to this rule? Bel is outgoing, a fashion trend setter, artsy, makes friends easily. Rose is quiet, polite, studious, the rule follower. They are twins but they couldn't be more different. Bel and Rose lose their mother leaving them no other family except for their grandmother. Their grandmother greets them with less than open arms. Instead of nurturing the twins in their time of grief, she keeps with family tradition by shipping them off to an exclusive boarding school. Thrown into a new life with no friends or family to turn to, the girls cling to the Donovan's whom are the dorm heads. This twisty tale is exactly what you would think a high end co-ed boarding school full of teenagers would be like. This is a very realistic view of present day problems- bulling, cliques, teenage attractions, obsessions and rebellions. Throw in some snap chat and face book and you have a real life drama. Except things go too far. How well do you know your spouse, your sister, your friend? Are you sure? You may be surprised at the secrets they keep. Would you cover for them? No matter what? Even if you would be destroying lives? This is a suspense filled read that kept my interested until the end. This is my first book by Michele Campbell and I look forward to reading more from her! Thanks to Michele Campbell, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Rose and Bel Enright are twin sisters. After their mother dies, their grandmother becomes their guardian, and enrolls them in a prestigious boarding school. Rose is excited about the opportunity, but Bel is not looking forward to the new changes. Heath and Sarah Donovan are teachers at the school, and they have recently been promoted to a position over one of the dorms. The dorm where Rose and Bel reside. Once at the school, the sisters drift apart, and as they grow further apart, each turns to Rose and Bel Enright are twin sisters. After their mother dies, their grandmother becomes their guardian, and enrolls them in a prestigious boarding school. Rose is excited about the opportunity, but Bel is not looking forward to the new changes. Heath and Sarah Donovan are teachers at the school, and they have recently been promoted to a position over one of the dorms. The dorm where Rose and Bel reside. Once at the school, the sisters drift apart, and as they grow further apart, each turns to the Donovans. Rose seeks advice from Sarah. Bel looks to Heath. As things escalate between the sisters, rumors fly, and only one of them lives to tell the truth. In the first pages of the book, we learn one of the sisters is murdered. The story then rewinds to the beginning of the school year. As the school year progresses, we discover how they adjust to their new environment, and what leads to the death of one sister. The boarding school atmosphere presents both sides of the student body, the academic-focused students and the wilder partying students. The sisters are on opposite sides. The story is told with flashbacks and from the multiple viewpoints of Rose, Bel, and Sarah. Rose is focused and goal oriented. Bel is a rebel and a dreamer. Sarah is reserved and trying to be supportive of her ambitious husband. With two teenagers and one adult voice, this reads as a young adult novel. Secrets and gossip fuel this dark and twisty tale. Family drama, scandal, and suspense. I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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