I really enjoyed reading The Silent Girls and felt as though it hooked me from the very beginning. This is a detective mystery novel, which I often read, and enjoy – and it focused around a serial killer, with a thrilling plot-line! Detective Anna Gwynne has a gut feeling that the convicted killer she is investigating is innocent, when his name comes up in an investigation 18 years later. But can she convince anyone?
In terms of the writing, I think Dylan Young really knows how to write a suspenseful mystery/thriller, and although it isn’t a fast thriller, it is well-paced and the suspense builds throughout the read, toward a satisfying and not very predictable wrap-up. That being said, there are scenes which I think are a bit over-the-top, and seem fairly un-realistic.
Characterisation is strong in this book also, Anna’s character has a lot of depth, and I feel as though Young gives the reader a clear understanding of who she is. Anna is a strong female lead, intuitive, desperate and dedicated. Shaw’s character is also extremely well done, especially with the manipulative aspect of him. Whether you like these characters or not, I think you’d have to agree that they are well-written and interesting enough to warrant a reappearance in the sequel.
Overall, I would definitely recommend The Silent Girls, which is a well-paced novel of suspense, which isn’t wholly predictable and has interesting characters to keep you interested. I will be sure to pick up the sequel and see where these characters go next!
Let me know if you plan on picking this one up! I hope you really enjoy it, as much as I did!
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