I’m honoured to be taking part in this blog tour. I read An Act Of Silence a little earlier this year and was blown away by it.
These are the facts I collect.
My son Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a bar. She went home with him where they had sex. The next morning she was found in an allotment.
Mariela is dead.
Gabriel has been asked to report to Camden Police station in six hours for questioning.
Linda Moscow: loving mother to Gabriel. Linda promised herself years ago that she would never let her son down again. Even if it means going against everything she believes in – she will do anything to protect him. She owes him that much.
Gabriel Miller: the prodigal son. He only ever wanted his mother’s love, but growing up he always seemed to do the wrong thing. If his mother could only see the bad in him – how could he possibly be good?
How far will a mother go to save her son? Linda’s decision might save Gabriel, but it will have a catastrophic impact on the lives of others. What would you do if faced with the same impossible choice?
Sometimes, there are books that you read that just make you stop in your tracks. The reality of the book becomes your reality, the fear, your fear and the horror, your horror. I wrote a few words down as I was reading An Act Of Silence – harrowing, disturbing, intense and heart-wrenching.
The last book that made me feel like this was Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus (it was my top read of 2016) and I don’t think that’s coincidental. There are similar themes between the two books, albeit McBeth’s has a distinctly British flavour to it.
The phrase ‘National Treasure’, conjures up a variety of faces – some who are genuinely revered; others who are now infamous. Colette McBeth tells the story of Linda Moscow and her son, Gabriel, through different time periods and multiple viewpoints. Very skilfully, McBeth even shows the same scene but from two different views. This is a book that starts off in one direction – with the murder of a young woman – but leads to something else entirely. An Act Of Silence has a plot worthy of Line Of Duty (if not better) and would make great TV.
I don’t want to give too much away about the story but there are plenty of twists. This was a book that I read late into the night and snatched times during the day, in between writing and looking after children – in fact the children were left to their own devices and didn’t complain. It’s a book that stays with you, long after you finish it. This isn’t just down to great characters and a twisty plot, but superb writing as well. This was the first book I’ve read by Colette McBeth – it won’t be the last.
To find out more about Colette and buy An Act Of Silence, click here.
About the author
Colette McBeth was a BBC TV News Correspondent for ten years. Her debut novel, PRECIOUS THING, was published in 2013 and THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND in 2015. She lives in Hove with her husband and three young children. You can find Colette on @colettemcbeth and Facebook/colettemcbethauthor.