She Was the Quiet One: A Novel

She Was the Quiet One: A Novel

by Michele Campbell


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From the author of It’s Always the Husband comes a riveting new suspense novel about privilege, power, and what happens when we let ambition take control.

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.

Praise for She Was the Quiet One:

"Campbell’s skillful characterization and her shocking final twist make this follow-up to It’s Always the Husband well worthwhile. Readers who enjoyed Simone St. James’ boarding-school mystery, The Broken Girls, should give this a try." —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250081841
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 11,967
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, MICHELE CAMPBELL worked at a prestigious Manhattan law firm before spending eight years fighting crime as a federal prosecutor in New York City.

Michele is the author of She Was the Quiet One and It's Always the Husband.

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She Was the Quiet One: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
This is a book that is going to grab you from the the very first page and will keep you turning the pages until you get to the exciting ending. I devoured this book and loved every minute of it's suspense and mystery. The story is riveting and scary, with plenty of evilness—so much evil and conniving going on. At the same time you have to admire the characters who are strong when they need to be. I've read one other book by this author and her stories are amazing. I highly recommend her books and I'll definitely read her again.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
A page-turning story of teenaged twin girls (fraternal) who have been orphaned and sent to an elite East Coast boarding school by their grandmother who does not want to raise them. The twins, Rose and Bel, have a slight "twin bond," but once they get to the school, they become estranged. They both find trouble there, and make several questionable choices, resulting in a fatal outcome. Their story is told from several points of view in this gripping book and you will find it hard to put down or to forget. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
What a twisty, turny ride of a read this one was. What happens when recently orphaned twins have to move cross country and make a transition from public school to an exclusive private school? In this instance, murder and mayhem. Rose and Bel are very different, and not just because they're fraternal twins. The move and their subsequent actions drive a deep wedge between them, and their actions have serious consequences. The story is told from several different viewpoints, and there is much mystery surrounding who has done what, including who the actual victim is. She creates a lovely setting for a series of decidedly unlovely events. I really enjoyed this one - all those twists and turns kept me guessing right through to the epilogue. It definitely left me wanting to read Campbell's first book, and whatever subsequent books she writes.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Teenage Twins Bel and Rose Enright have had a tough time of late. Their mother has recently died and they have been forced to move across the country to live with their Grandmother who they haven’t seen since their dad died when they were little. Their Grandmother is the sort of woman who not only has a lot of money but a reputation to uphold and so sends the girls off to the prestigious boarding school that has seen many members of her family attend – Odell. The school though doesn’t have the best reputation of late after a previous teacher let the pupils do what they wanted, so to combat the problem two new teachers have been brought in to sort the place out – Sarah and Heath Donovon. Whilst Bel is popular and beautiful she’s not exactly academic and doesn’t want to attend Odell. Rose is all for getting a better education and doing well as she is very intelligent. The girls are complete opposites and soon the cracks appear in their relationship. Bel gets in with the wrong crowd and Rose wants to forget she has a sister. Surely though their squabbling wouldn’t lead to one murdering the other. But which girl is dead and is the other really the killer? She was the Quiet one is a psychological thriller that really plays with your mind. From the beginning, you know that one of the twins has been killed and the other is accused of her murder, however, it will take all your sleuthing to work out which one is dead and why. Given the title you would expect to be able to work it out but they are both quiet in their own way so that wasn’t really that handy in the end. At times I thought I knew and then it was like the author had thrown in a few red herrings just to lead me down the wrong path. The book opens with one of the twins held in the infirmary accuse of murder and then jumps back in time to the September before and the death of the girl’s mother. Throughout the book, you get to see both sides of the girl’s stories as well as sections from the police investigation into the murder and chapters told from the POV of both Sarah and Heath. The book has plenty of subplots that weave their way into the main and the characters were all fascinating to read about. As the plot unfolded towards the big reveal I was a little shocked and quite relieved to see I hadn’t worked everything out.
gisellsamaniego More than 1 year ago
This novel was gripping from the start! I love the way it captivated the reader without giving away one of the major plot points until 3/4 of the way in. The characters were realistic and believable, made all the more impressive because most are teenagers. The situations they find themselves in and issues they encounter were relatable in the sense that it was entirely probable that would be the way they think, act, speak and behave. The only downside is that, at times, the dialogue was a bit repetitive. All in all, a real page-turner.
SarahJoint More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, twisted read that is easy to devour quickly. I probably would have read it in two sittings if I'd had the time. Sadly, it ended up stretched out a bit more. The good thing is that the characters stayed in my mind, so I had no problem jumping right back in where I left off and didn't have to go back and re-orientate myself with the story or characters. I love books featuring twins, it usually makes for an interesting story. These twins aren't quite as close as most are, but they still have a bit of that connection that twins are known for... even if they'd rather be without. They are quite different people with different voices, but they're both fun to read about. Rose and Bel have recently lost their mother, and custody was given to their grandmother. She is well off but not entirely willing to take on full-time care of two young women, so she quickly enrolls them in a boarding school. Rose is excited by the new beginning: finally, she'll have peers that actually care about their schoolwork! Being smart isn't for nerds! Bel isn't nearly as into the new school, and would rather stay home. Her beauty and relaxed attitude is what gets her in with the cool kids, and the gap between the two sisters begins to widen. Pressured by her new friends, Bel plays a part in a hazing ritual that could destroy her relationship with her twin forever. Sarah and Heath both work at the prestigious school, and Heath has big plans of running the whole place one day. Sarah spends her time caring for their children and the large extended family of the school, unaware that some of the students have plans for her handsome and charismatic husband. No one's life will be the same by the end of the year... and someone's will quite literally be over. Jealousy, manipulation, and death... this story is full of drama and will keep you guessing until the very end. St. Martin's Press kindly sent me a copy of this book, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
LlamaJen More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!! I became a fan of the author after reading and loving "It's Always the Husband." Right from the start you know one twin is dead and the other is locked up in the infirmary for being the killer. Of course I was hooked from the start!! I was immediately drawn into the story and felt like I was actually at the school with Bel, Rose and the Donovans. The twins are sent to the boarding school by their grandma after the death of their mother. Rose and Bel are completely different from each other. Rose loves school and follows the rules. Bel makes friends with a group of seniors who are known more for making trouble than good grades. These girls even start a contest to see who can be the first to sleep with Donovan, the new dorm parent. There was also a slipper attack. The victims ended up being treated worse than the actual attackers. The way Rose's grandma treated her after the slipper incident was horrible. The twins never seem to make up properly and Bel doesn't seem to take the blame for any part she plays. Bel's secret relationship on campus doesn't help. I wasn't a big fan of either twin. I loved Sarah and how she was able to finally figure everything out while suffering through the flu. Loved the ending. I enjoyed the story and writing style. Some of the characters were just horrible people, which did make for a great book. Heath made my skin crawl and I knew from the beginning he would be trouble. Zach was also another creepy character. I was happy when Rose's grandma got rid of her awful lawyer, Warren. I never guessed who was really behind anonymouse. I actually thought it was someone else and was surprised it wasn't. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading more by the author. Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and the author, Michele Campbell, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
Fictionophile More than 1 year ago
This thriller will be loved by many, though it didn't resonate with me as much as I had hoped. It is a novel with themes of jealousy, infidelity, betrayal, cliques, intimidation, love triangles, lost trust, and blinding ambition. It was plotted in a clever way - in that you weren't sure who the murder victim was until near the end of the book. From a literary standpoint, this novel has great pacing, an atmospheric setting and is very well written. From a content standpoint, just not my cup of tea. If you like 'mean girl' stories then you would probably love this one. I don't think this was a bad book, but it wasn't a personal favourite.
MackenzieH More than 1 year ago
A dark and twisted book about the complexities of sisterhood and the scandals that can rock a small community! This is my first book I’ve read by Michele Campbell, though I have been wanting to read her first book, It’s Always the Husband, and I really loved it! I read a Q&A with Campbell where she talks about the inspiration behind her first book being her fascination with the concept of frenemies and what the implications are for that type of relationship as they mature. In this book we see the concept of frenemies escalate, as the love and jealousy between two sisters compounds into a complex relationship that ultimately ends in tragedy and scandal. What would the mash-up term for sister frenemies be?? I need to put some thought into this… Sisterhood is a fantastic and terrifying relationship for a thriller. Sisters love more intensely and also fight more intensely than even best friends do. The bond of sisterhood can so easily be tainted by jealousy. The sisters in this book, Bel and Rose, are fascinating! They both admire and covet a quality in the other, and neglect to appreciate the things about themselves that are enviable. About the Book In the wake of their parents’ deaths, teenage twin sisters Bel and Rose are sent by their grandmother to the prestigious boarding school where their parents met, The Odell School. Though the school is full of opportunities, Bel and Rose are having trouble adjusting to the social pressures of boarding school. Rather than drawing the sisters closer together, the school intensifies their ongoing rivalry, ultimately ending in tragedy. Sarah and Heath seem like the perfect couple: attractive, married with two young kids, former students at The Odell School, and current teachers and dorm supervisors at the school. But all isn’t as perfect as it seems. A group of senior girls has a bet that one of them will seduce Heath by graduation. Heath would never cheat on Sarah, and yet Sarah can’t help but wonder if there is something Heath is keeping from her. Does she really know her husband? And then scandal rocks The Odell School—one of the sisters has been murdered, and the list of suspects is as long as the school roster. Who had a grudge against the sisters?? Reflection Given that Bel and Rose are teenagers and the setting is a boarding school, I did wonder if this would verge on a Young Adult novel. It didn’t at all though! While young adult readers may enjoy this book, this is definitely an adult fiction/suspense book. The settings were so fun to read about! Campbell herself lives in a New England college town, so she writes about the school and town very effectively. Poor Bel and Rose! If these sisters could learn to support one another instead of fighting, what a difference it would make! Of course, in the wake of personal tragedy and the pressures of the social system in the boarding school, these sisters never had a chance. Their rivalry is quickly intensified by the opinions of those around them. The things that make them each unique, Bel’s beauty and Rose’s intelligence, become the weapons they throw at one another. Talk about frenemies!! Sarah and Heath’s storyline was fascinating. The doubts that they harbor, unspoken in an effort to support one another, almost overwhelm them. Theirs is a marriage that has survived some major hurdles, but what they face this year at The Odell School is beyond anything they’ve experienced. Beware of teenagers with an agenda!!!
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Selena More than 1 year ago
I received a free e-copy of She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell from NetGalley for my honest review. This book is about fraternal twin girls. Their father died when they were young and then their mother passed away when they were teenagers. They then went to their their paternal Grandmother's who lived in a big, beautiful home in Connecticut. The Grandmother, being very wealthy purchases all new clothing for the girls and then sends them to an exclusive boarding school that all of her family had attended for generations. Bel, immediately gets involved with some Senior girls who are know as trouble makers. Rose, the good girl, studied, made some good friends and stayed out of trouble. The girls fought a lot in their new school. Bel gets involved in a hazing incident of her sister Rose and Rose's room mate. Bel, also falls for a married man. Although the book had a lot going on including suspense, murder, family drama, a crazy love triangle it had a somewhat soap opera feel for it.
ASalt More than 1 year ago
“She Was the Quiet One” by Michele Campbell follows the tale of two sisters—practical and quiet Rose, and wild and irresponsible Bel—where one sisters is accused of killing the other. The main mystery revolves around which sister was killed, by whom, and what really happened. It takes place at a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, where both sisters are sent off to by their rich grandmother. Rose falls into studying and Bel falls into socializing with the older girls, whose ringleader, Darcy, has dark plans of her own, that go wrong after some students get suspended and the sisters end up on the opposite of the conflict. Then there’s the English teacher Heath Donovan, who has secrets of his all—having run away from scandal previously. Now is his chance to start fresh as he unexpectedly gets a chance to rise up the career ladder. All the girls have crushes on him—including Bel. As their relationship heats up, Rose finds out and is at odds about what to do—Heath’s wife Sarah is her friend and advisor. When Bel isn’t trying to romance Heath, she’s fighting off her stalker and fellow student Zach—who Rose happens to have a crush on, which is another source of contention. But like Heath, Zach also has his own agenda. All of this ultimately shapes the mood at the school and set the scene for murder, as the chapters switch back and forth between the events of the school year prior to the murder, and the police interviews afterwards. What kept me turning the pages (besides the mystery) was the tension, which kept getting retched up as the conflicts between the characters kept progressing more and more until someone was going to snap. The isolated but elite boarding school setting was equally intriguing and creepy—almost like being its own character in the book. Overall, an engaging read.
Katie__B More than 1 year ago
Boarding schools, much like summer camp, usually make great settings for mysteries. I think it's the lack of parental supervision that keeps things interesting because those darn kids are always able to sneak stuff past the adults in charge. In this book, twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright are sent by their grandmother to a boarding school in New Hampshire after the death of their mother. After arriving at The Odell School, the girls soon realize wealth and entitlement can lead to a whole lotta trouble. When someone connected to the school is murdered, authorities interview staff and students to try and piece together what exactly happened and just who is responsible for it. Unfortunately, I just never got into that groove of reading when you just can't put down the book because you are so caught up in the story. Part of the problem was the writing style just felt very short, simple and to the point rather than being very descriptive. This hurt the story in my opinion because it never seemed to flow very well and the characters were underdeveloped. What kept me reading was I was hoping that at least when the mystery was solved it would be something shocking. Unfortunately, it's not something you didn't see coming a mile away. So a predicable mystery, characters who I didn't particularly care for one way or the other, and a writing style that just didn't work for me are the reasons this was only a 2 star read for me. Others seem to really like this book though so take my opinions with a grain of salt. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an advance digital copy. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
Rhonda-Runner1 More than 1 year ago
What an intriguing whodunit this book is! Rose and Bel Enright go to live with their wealthy grandmother out east when their mother dies. They are just turning 16 and grandmother decides to send them to Odell Academy, a very prestigious New England boarding school. Rose is quiet and studious, a very obedient young lady while Bel is on the wild side and always looking for a good time. Sarah and Heath Donovan join the staff at Odell as teachers and dorm parents. Heath is very handsome and the female students all fall in love with him. This is a story of privilege, manipulation and seduction with dark secrets, twists and turn culminating in a shocking final twist. I highly recommend this page turner to anyone who is looking for a very suspenseful read. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
“She Was the Quiet One” by Michele Campbell is a captivating, intriguing and intense novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Mystery, Suspense and Thriller. The timeline for this story is mostly the present and goes back to the past only when it pertains to the characters or events of the story. The setting of the story is mostly in The Odell School, a private, New Hampshire boarding school. The author describes the characters as complex, and complicated. Rose and Bel Enright are fraternal twin sisters that are now orphans, and are sent by their grandmother to The Odell School. Both sisters are as different as night and day. At the prestigious boarding school, there are some groups of students that don’t abide by the rules. The senior students in this group are mean and cruel and bully and belittle the younger students. They have a negative attitude and a feeling of entitlement. .One of the sisters is immediately accepted into this group, even though she is younger.This strains the relationship with the other twin. What is even worse, is that this group is determined to alienate both sisters from each other. The school has hired the Donovans, both teachers with young children to supervise and help control the bad influence and character at the school. Mr. Donovan has a magnetic and charismatic personality, and the students love him. Mrs. Donovan is more reserved. They have hidden past secrets. Mr. Donovan’s goal is to be the Headmaster of the school, and he is extremely ambitious. Many of the characters are suspicious. There are twists and turns, betrayals and lies. Some of the characters are ambitious, jealous, insecure, and unbalanced. Everything is not what it seems to be, and everyone is not who they seem to be. All these factors lead to disaster and tragedy. I would recommend this edgy novel for those readers who enjoy suspenseful mysteries and thrillers. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago