Cat Carlisle 1: The Silent Woman – Terry Lynn Thomas

Good afternoon guys!

I’m on a blog tour for the second book in this series and when I read the synopsis of the second book I got the implication that you should have read the first one, so of course, I bought it and I’m really glad I did! The synopsis is borrowed from Goodreads;

Would you sell your secrets?

Catherine Carlisle is trapped in a loveless marriage and the threat of World War Two is looming. She sees no way out… that is until a trusted friend asks her to switch her husband’s papers in a desperate bid to confuse the Germans.

Soon Catherine finds herself caught up in a deadly mixture of espionage and murder. Someone is selling secrets to the other side, and the evidence seems to point right at her.

Can she clear her name before it’s too late?

The Silent Woman is set in London pre World War 2 aka one of my favourite historical periods, so that got my hopes up! This is a mystery and historical fiction novel and that makes it just my kind of book! I’m very excited to have been introduced to this series through the blog tours I’m attending from time to time. I was intrigued by The Silent Woman from the very first page. I read half the book in one sitting when I first started it. The pages just flew by. I’m already very excited to read the following books!

There’s a good set of characters in this story, and it makes it even better when the book has a female heroine, or maybe not a heroine directly, but a strong female character. I suppose we could debate whether or not Cat Carlisle is the heroine, but she’s definitely a strong character. Especially considering the time period the story is set in. All the characters in the book have a certain amount of mystery to them which makes it hard to figure out the plot of the story. I was very surprised when I discovered the end of it. I think my favourite character is young Annie. She has such a great spirit and she was not afraid to go all in for what she wanted for herself! The story in itself is told from the different perspective of the characters and that gives the reader a fuller picture of what’s going on without giving the plot away.

The way Thomas describes the surroundings in the book really pulls you in and makes you feel like you’re present in pre-war London among the high society. I would love to be able to walk the halls in the Carlisle house and watch it all. I love it when authors are good at describing surroundings because it makes it easier to get involved in the story. The story in itself starts off without too much drama, but the story builds itself up slowly and I didn’t even realize it because I was so engaged in the story.

The Silent Woman is a great book, and if you’re into World War 2 stories with some mystery to them, then I’ll recommend this one. Being the history nerd that I am this book really made my inner geek happy and excited for the book to come. I’ve already started the second one, haha!

Published: 2018

Genre: Historical fiction

Theme: Family, World War 2, secrets

– The Book Reader

 

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