The Silent Children by Carol Wyer #BookReview

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What’s it about?

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this…

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.

Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.

Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

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I’m not up to date usually reading a series but DI Robyn Carter is one of two exceptions I’ve made thanks to this author’s great writing. Carol Wyer just never fails to deliver an extraordinary story with every new novel that is published. All four books are entertaining, engrossing and if you like to read police procedurals then this series is absolutely one of the best and shouldn’t be missed out on. I adore police procedurals that are construed this way, with plenty of investigation, lots of possibilities to go through and where every tiny piece of information they gather seems to be a part of one big puzzle but can’t be pieced together right away. Robyn Carter is such a star in finding out how they all fit together.

Suffice to say, I very much liked this fourth novel and I believe it was the meatiest storyline yet, one which came with a whole slew of different characters that emerge one after another throughout the story and provide new questions and suspects. When starting this novel absolutely nothing gave me an indication where this story was going to wander off to and I was stunned when I saw the direction this took and the implications that came with making one important but – there’s no other way to see this in my opinion – quite immoral decision. Never did I suspect the people in the story to be connected in this way but it was fun to discover their connection and see the possibilities opening up. I did have an inkling of what might have been a motive once their connection was revealed but then I still didn’t know one hundred percent who was behind it all, even though I could follow someone’s story told from the time he was a child to the present day interspersed through the novel. I was really invested into these alternate chapters but still couldn’t figure out who he was and if this person was in fact responsible for people’s untimely deaths. I couldn’t predict the killer for a very long time which is what I love in these type of novels.

With every new novel I also get to know Robyn a little better and there are mysteries in her own life that continue to puzzle her as well, even though it wasn’t really explored very deeply yet. My only wish is I could have heard a little more about what happened on her late husband’s last day, I was so looking forward to it. Luckily she gets some diversion from little Schrödinger, a little black cat who reminds me of my own little furry friend and stole my heart from the minute I read about him. The novel ends with an interesting storyline in sight that could give some serious dilemma in the future for Robyn so I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m definitely continuing this series, it’s so good!

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

10 thoughts on “The Silent Children by Carol Wyer #BookReview

  1. Great review Inge. I missed out on a great series. I only read the first book before I decided to take a break from cop procedural novels. This series sounds great though especially Robyn’s characterization so I think I will go back and read it.

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  2. I’m starting to think what makes these kind of novels even better is the fact that they’re a series and the main characters appearing are becoming really important to readers… It’s like going to visit a friend and listening to stories about their day/work/life…
    Great review! 🙂 You always make me want to try out the books you read!


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