From the beginning, Gledé Browne Kabongo’s Conspiracy of Silence grips you with a big question: What is Nina Kasai hiding? Why would this beautiful, successful executive—an Ivy League graduate—deceive her loving husband and her best friend? And what is the real identity of the blackmailer who threatens to upend Nina’s life if she defies his will?
Kabongo takes us deep into Nina’s world as one by one the pillars of deceit Nina has spent much of her life building come crashing down. Through skillful writing, the reader is kept wondering whether Nina is a lying sociopath, or if there is method to her deceit. Through masterful pacing, the essence of Nina’s internal and external conflict is revealed, one heart-rending detail at a time. Will Nina have the courage to face her demons, or will she let her fear of the truth continue to rob her of happiness and peace of mind?
Conspiracy of Silence is a satisfying read on multiple levels. A story about justice and what happens to those who flout it, and about the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions and making restitution to others and to oneself, when appropriate. I recommend this gripping suspense novel to readers who want to lose themselves in an emotional story that is impeccably written, with deeply drawn characters entangled in a major conflict. A cautionary tale of devastation wrought when one hides from the truth.