She Was the Quiet One, Michele Campbell

A woman stares out from the cover. We only see her left side.

Okay, this is probably my least favorite of Campbell’s books, and I think because there is just so much drama involved and so much incompetence on behalf of the police and school staff. People seem to think they can wipe phones, and poof, there’s no record of anything. *If I could, I would insert the image of the woman saying, “that’s not how this works, that’s not how any of this works.” And these people are hearing rumors of teachers having inappropriate relations with students, and they’re just blowing it off as gossip. Yikes, I would hate to be in their clutches because they’re failing all the females in this school. And posting nudes of underage girls on the internet? Yeah, that lands you in jail, not with a slap on the wrist.

But, amidst all that drama, wow, it’s an addicting story. You get sucked in like a soap opera because once things start going wrong, they go fantastically awry. It’s great drama and keeps the reader engaged in the book. I have this one in paperback, so my notes are on a post-it, but I think they sum up my thoughts fairly quickly. One says, “page 8 and I can’t stand Keith.” And the next one says, “ugh, Rose is just awful.” Campbell has created characters you love to hate with all the twists. Overall, it’s a dramatically addicting, enjoyable read.

This review is on Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub.

She Was the Quiet One is available on Amazon, Bookshop, and B&N.

About the Book:

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 a novel 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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