21 March, 2012

The Silent Treatment by Melanie Surani

While rebuilding her life after escaping an abusive boyfriend, twenty-five-year-old Kat Shergill doesn't expect to find a piece of forgotten movie history during a bout of retail therapy. But there it is: a coil of long-lost silent film tucked inside an antique from an estate sale. Unfortunately, Peter, the handsome host of the sale, disappears before Kat has a chance to return it to him. Curious, Kat watches the strip and is shocked to witness the brutal murder of a famous 1920's star by a fellow actor. Against Kat's wishes, the head of the department leaks the story of her valuable discovery to the media. Although she has no way of contacting Peter, who she keeps thinking about, guilt at being unable to return the piece, and unwillingness to reveal her idol as a murderer gnaws at her. 

After a news article cites Kat as the film's owner, she's followed by a strange white car, her apartment is broken into, and she learns why some mysteries should never be messed with.
~~~ (Summary from Goodreads) ~~~

What would you do if you found out that your favourite star could be a murderer? Would you report it immediately or would you try to cover it up? That’s one of the quandaries in Kat Shergill’s life, besides witnessing an 80 year old murder on film, being followed, having her apartment broken into and escaping a fierce past!

This is one of the few Suspense/Thriller books that has a leading lady and what a lady she is. She is real, she is flawed, she has ‘baggage’ of her own and she is just like you and me. She is a regular girl who needs retail therapy to cheer herself up but at the same time she also steps up and meet a challenge when she needs to.

What’s more is that the author, Melanie Surani, has managed to keep the language simple and the story gripping. The plot as a whole is fairly a good one though it could probably use a couple of more twists. Then again, I am a hardcore suspense/thriller fan for whom a couple of more twists are always welcome.

The good news is that this is just the first book in the Kat Shergill series. If this first book is any indication, I think, the books & plots are only going to get better.

Disclaimer: I received a free ebook from the author for review purpose. Beside that I did not receive any kind of payment or benefit from the author or the publishers for reviewing this book.


  1. Great Blog....love how you designed your blog name. You have read 77 books already? Wow!!

    Found you on Book Blogs.



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