Title: The Silent Girls
Author: Dylan Young
Published: January, 2018
Series: Detective Anna Gwynne book 1
Source: Netgalley for Review
Length: 309 pages
Synopsis: ‘Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl–’ A sob choked off the sentence. ‘It’s my daughter…’
When beautiful young Nia Hopkins goes missing from her family’s farm on the icy outskirts of the Forest of Dean, her blood soaking the floor, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the killer who stabbed to death Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.
But Detective Anna Gwynne thinks the press frenzy is making them obsess over the wrong man. He doesn’t fit the profile she’s been trained to see. This killer is sadistic. The suspect isn’t capable of that kind of crime.
And when Anna finds a link to other cold cases, she realises the killer is manipulating the police to cover up other unspeakable crimes.
With no one listening, Anna knows she’s the only one who can hunt down this serial killer. But if she goes out alone, is she putting her own life in danger?
My Rating: ♥♥♥
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*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion in any way. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher of this book, for sending me a copy.
When I read the synopsis on Netgalley I was intrigued. Unfortunately it took me a while to get around to finally reading it!
We follow Anna Gwynne, who is a police officer, who has been made Inspector while the boss is recovering from a heart attack. She is thrust into investigating a cold case which a man was wrongly convicted for. Since he has been out of prison, however, there has been another murder in the same manner as the original. The officers investigating this new crime are hung up on the original suspect, but Anna thinks they are on the wrong track.
Anna needs to solve her cold case and assist on the new cases and put all the pieces together to find out who the real killer is.
This book was an enjoyable read. I liked the style of writing adopted by Dylan Young, it was easy to follow – even when the story itself was a little confusing. The way in which I was lead to believe the perpetrator was a certain person, only to find out it was someone completely different, someone that I was definitely wasn’t expecting, was a great twist, and made the ending less obvious.
Anna as a character was great. I enjoyed following her and seeing how she solved the crime. Detectives from the other area who were investigating the newer crimes got on my nerves however. Just in the way that they didn’t appreciate that the boss was a woman. It worked for the story and I am glad they were like that, even though they frustrated me!!
All in all, The Silent Girls was a good read, I will most likely look out for the next one in the series, Blood Runs Cold, to see where Anna’s story goes.
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