The Silent Girl by Kelly Heard – review.

Publication date: 9th April, 2021.


I wake in a bed, with a stranger leaning over me. She asks my name and I realise I don’t know what it is. I don’t know who I am or why I’m here…

I’m grateful to the people who rescued me. To the doctors, too, who brought me back from the brink of death.

But I see the suspicion in their eyes.

They don’t believe me when I say I don’t remember who I am. They are unsure if I can be trusted.

Am I the innocent victim? Or guilty of a terrible crime?

No one has reported me missing or come looking for me. But today, a bouquet of blood-red roses has been delivered to my room.

Am I in danger? Or is someone trying to help me?

Searching for anything in this town that might seem familiar, I’m cornered by a woman with wild eyes who calls me I name I don’t know. She tells me my brother is in danger and only I can save him.

But how do I know if I can trust her, if I can’t even trust myself?

A totally gripping psychological suspense novel that you won’t be able to put down and will keep you turning the pages late into the night. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in the Window and The Silent Patient.

About the author

Kelly Heard is a novelist from Afton, Virginia. She published poetry in literary magazines before signing her debut novel, Before You Go, with Bookouture.

Kelly prefers writing to most other pastimes, but you’ll occasionally find her in the garden, hiking, or exploring antique shops.

For more updates, follow Kelly on Twitter: @kheardbooks


My thoughts

Ooh, this was a fabulous mystery! My first thought was, how terrifying to wake up in hospital, unaware of how you got there and not knowing your own name. Sophie’s confusion was so well written, I felt as though I was taking this journey of exploration with her. There was the threat of whatever violence she’d been subjected to coming back for another go. That kept me whizzing through the book.

I loved the settings. Dovemore was so atmospheric it gave me a shiver as Sophie was experiencing it. History oozed from its foundations and I lapped up the story of Zenaida which ran through the book. The same dwelling had at first felt like a safe haven but this soon took a more sinister turn. I never knew what to expect from it which kept me guessing. The town of Hazel Bluff felt like the perfect backdrop for the novel too.

Nathaniel and Lincoln’s characters brought a lot to the story and as the Sophie got to know them, I began to feel like there was even more at stake for her as tensions rose. As the mystery began to unravel, the stakes upped and I had to know how things would end for Sophie. The ending was full on nail biting.

If you love a solid mystery with a great big helping of threat, then The Silent Girl is a fab read for you! I couldn’t put it down.

Thanks for reading!

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About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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