ARC – Silent Pretty Things, O J Lovaz – A Review

Hello friends and fellow bookworms! I’m here today bringing you my review of Silent Pretty Things by O J Lovaz.. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this from NetGalley and BooksGoSocial in return for an honest review.

Silent Pretty Things by O J Lovaz was published on the 17th August and you can read the synopsis here on Goodreads.

Overall rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Silent Pretty Things but I certainly didn’t expect it to be as good as it was, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and how well it read and flowed.

The writing style was excellent, it was eloquent and descriptive which made it feel immersive and surrounding in turn, I felt as though we were in the history museum, at the family dinner, with Frank, Anna and their mother, it was incredibly well written. There were a few times that I felt the writing hit a sticking point, but these were few and far between, and on the whole it was excellent.

My enjoyment of this book was further enhanced by the light atmosphere that had an undercurrent of mystery, it was the perfect combination and the two balanced each other out as I read through the book. The sense of foreboding was very much in the background until the book reached a point where it needed to come to the surface, and then it was as if a switch was flicked, there was a sudden change in the atmosphere, that fit perfectly with the story.

All of the characters in Silent Pretty Things were well worth their inclusion into the story, they all added so much value. Michael, Anna and Frank all bounced off each other so well, Dianne and Sarah were excellent additions to the book, and whilst I didn’t particularly like their father, he was a necessary addition who was so well written that you couldn’t help but hate him from the start.

I do have one small criticism of the book, which is that there were small sections where it felt a bit flat and as if the author was trying to fill time with lower quality writing, and it did feel like a let down in relation to the rest of the book.

That being said, the plot itself was brilliant! I was a bit worried at first that it would be really simple and easy to guess but it ended up tying me in knots, I had no idea what was going to happen!

I thought I’d guessed it, I like to have a go and guess these things, but I was completely wrong 😦

And as we reached the end of the book it just went absolutely crazy, I felt as if we’d just dropped on a rollercoaster, I had no idea what was happening or what would happen, and the ending was just so unexpected I had to read it twice.

Overall, Silent Pretty Things was an incredibly well written book, with a cracking plot to boot! It had everything you could want from a mystery and a twisty ending that will leave you reeling and needing to re-read the pages you just read!

Let me know if you’ve ever read Silent Pretty Things and what you thought or if it’s on your TBR!

Until next time, Em xxx