Today it’s my great pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for the paperback release of An Act of Silence, the gripping thriller from Colette McBeth. My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours/Random Things Through My Letterbox, for inviting me to be apart of the tour. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the book in just a short while, as soon as we’ve taken a look at what the book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
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.
Power corrupts. There is evidence of that throughout history, and never more frequently can you find such evidence than within the hallowed halls of governments across the globe. This is one of the central themes within Colette McBeth’s skilfully drawn thriller, An Act of Silence. Once a Minister with a promising career ahead of her, Linda Moscow had a severe fall from grace after getting caught in the midst of a major scandal.
It is some time after this event that we meet her and her son, Gabriel, a famed comic about to suffer a similarly spectacular fall. But whilst Linda was charged with corruption, Gabriel is set to face up to a much more serious crime. Murder.
But is he guilty or innocent? His mother would know the truth. Wouldn’t she?
Oh what an intriguing book this was. I don’t really want to go too far into the plot as this is story which needs to be read to allow you the pleasure of pulling all of the individual threads of this story, allowing them to unravel and pool at your feet as you slowly uncover the truth which is hidden beneath the skilfully woven tapestry of secrets and lies. For this book is full of them.
From the very start I was pulled into Linda’s world, consumed by her strained relationship with her son and keen to find out what they had both done and why such distrust existed. And it takes time to get to the bottom of that particular mystery, the author keeping the reader hanging until near to the very end, something which works brilliantly. You see the breakdown between them slowly build as you hear Gabriel’s story from his childhood, the distance between them which only grows as he ages. These are some very interesting chapters, the full extent of what Gabriel is explaining quite hard to fathom. At least at first. A really clever ploy by Ms McBeth and used to great effect. I found my feelings towards Gabriel shifting so many times during the story that it wasn’t until the end that I had a real measure of him.
As the central protagonist, Linda is also a difficult character to get to know or to trust entirely. You know she has been caught in a scandal, that she is a woman who is struggling, but she also has a secret project, one which is very important and forms the central theme of the book. The reason for her fall from grace. The true extent of the corruption. The true horror. But is she complicit or a victim herself? You need to read to fully understand, but I have to say that given all of the headlines of the past few years, the story is highly topical and sadly not unbelievable. And it is a hard thing to talk about without giving too much away but it is a scandal which will rock so many key figures, some of whom still hold positions of influence in the government, making Linda some very powerful enemies.
The central theme is handled in a very mature and careful way. It is easy to over sensationalize the topic but I feel the author handled it sensitively while still getting across both the pain of the victims and the greed of the people who are abusing their trust. The styling of the novel, told in several different voices, can take a little getting used to as the action moves both between the different characters and back and forth in time, but once you are used to the individual characters, then is it very effective in getting over the extent of the situation. And in many ways it helps you to develop empathy for them too, although it takes longer in some cases than others.
This is a story of betrayal, of abuse and of corruption. It will make you angry and it will make you equally emotional. What it will also do is draw you in and hold your attention from start to finish. It certainly did me. It is not a fast paced political thriller if that is what you are looking for, but there truly are moments of real tension where Colette McBeth uses setting to great effect. Be it the grand opulence of a country estate or the isolation of the remote Scottish landscape, the tone reflects the mood and the nature of the story. But it is also a story full of intrigue and, at times, emotion, that forced me as a reader to think hard about how far people were willing to go to cover up or to expose the truth.
A great read and one which has me looking for more by the author. Highly recommended.
My thanks to publisher Wildfire Books for providing a copy of the book for review. An Act of Silence is available now from the following retailers.
About the Author
Colette McBeth is the author of three critically acclaimed psychological thrillers. Her latest, An Act of Silence, is part domestic, part political thriller. In her former life Colette worked as a political correspondent for the BBC at Westminster, a news reporter and started out on regional newspapers. She lives by the sea with her husband and three children and never has enough time.
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