Review: The Silent Woman (Cat Carlisle #1) by Terry Lynn Thomas

Long before this book tour came about, I downloaded this book. I thought the cover was eye catching and I am a sucker for historical mysteries, so I downloaded it on my Kindle…….

And promptly forgot about it. Like everything else in my electronic life, things get buried before I even know they are there! My Kindle is full of great books that I have ordered and forgotten about.

So when this book came up for review as part of the HFVBT tour group, I was eager to join up. I didn’t even realize that I already owned the book until I went to download it again and found that I already had it!

Now I had a reason to actually read it and I was happy that I could unearth it from my Kindle and check out a new to me heroine!

Summary

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? (summary from Goodreads)

Review

This book had a lot of things going on, but never once did I feel lost in the fray. There are so many books out there set during the world wars, but I love this time period where it’s leading up to the war but the world isn’t fully enveloped in it. I thought the setting worked particularly well in this mystery because there was this growing sense of unease within the story and it’s characters but also in the larger world pre war and when combined I thought it added a lot of suspense to the story.

There was adequate character development for me and I thought that there is definitely room for Cat to grow in future books as well as some of the secondary characters. I was disappointed that there was no real romance in this book, but it seems like there might be some to come in the future so that’s promising. In some was, I think adding a romance might have been a little overkill for a book full of mystery, suspense, and spies, but at the same time—for me—I enjoy a little romance in my historical mysteries.

I thought this was a quick and easy read that was perfect for my Mother’s Day weekend read-a-thon. I was engaged in the story and interested in the characters but was also able to pass a few hours quickly reading and ready to start the next book in the series. I love when books are a fast enjoyable read. It makes for a pleasant reading experience and I loved Thomas’s easy and well executed prose.

Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour for more reviews and a giveaway for an Amazon gift card happening on the main tour page! 

Book Info and Rating

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published April 11th 2018 by HQ Digital
ASIN B076GVWSW1
Free review copy provided by, HFVBT, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genre: historical mystery

WHERE TO BUY (AFFILIATE LINKS)

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 29
Review at Coffee and Ink
Feature at To Read, Or Not to Read

Tuesday, April 30
Review at My Reading Chronicles

Wednesday, May 1
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Feature at Clarissa Reads it All

Thursday, May 2
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, May 3
Review at Orange County Readers
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, May 6
Interview at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Tuesday, May 7
Review at Macs Books
Feature at The Book Junkie Reads

Wednesday, May 8
Review at Bibliophile Reviews

Thursday, May 9
Review at Passages to the Past
Review at Jennifer Van Hoy – Instagram

Friday, May 10
Review at Hooked on Books
Feature at View from the Birdhouse

Monday, May 13
Review at Comet Readings
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Tuesday, May 14
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Wednesday, May 15
Review at The Lit Bitch
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on May 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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2 thoughts on “Review: The Silent Woman (Cat Carlisle #1) by Terry Lynn Thomas

  1. I made the misfortunate mistake of listening to the audiobook of this novel – the narrator killed the joy for me and as I stated on the interview I hosted for the blog tour, I want to requeue this to read (in print) at a point in the future where I can re-attempt to sink into the world where Cat Carlisle resides as I felt so strongly this would have been a good fit for me. Have you ever had that happen? I know you recently started taking on listening to audiobooks but have you come across a narrator who just ‘took you out’ of a story rather than giving you a chance to feel immersed by their narration of the world?

  2. Hallo, Hallo —

    I made the misfortunate mistake of listening to the audiobook of this novel – the narrator killed the joy for me and as I stated on the interview I hosted for the blog tour, I want to requeue this to read (in print) at a point in the future where I can re-attempt to sink into the world where Cat Carlisle resides as I felt so strongly this would have been a good fit for me. Have you ever had that happen? I know you recently started taking on listening to audiobooks but have you come across a narrator who just ‘took you out’ of a story rather than giving you a chance to feel immersed by their narration of the world?

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