- Hardcover: 374 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group,U.S.; First Printing edition (1 Mar. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399152970
- ISBN-13: 978-0399152979
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,193,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
S Is for Silence (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
At the centre of the novel is an 1950's unsolved disappearance of a small town 'totty' and the story line dives in and out of peoples experiences around the time of the disappearance.
I found I got a bit confused at times as to what we were being told and what information Kinsey gleaned from her investigations, however you can't help but get involved in the comings and goings of the characters which gives this book the 'cant put it down' appeal. Some of the plot is a bit woolly and incredible however the only significant criticism I can give 'S' is that I felt Grafton almost hurried the ending, giving the impression that she was in a hurry to get it finished and this somewhat weakened the plot overall. Even though the alleged killer shows their hand eventually, you are still left with many unanswered questions which you know will never get referred to in the 'T' book. However I cannot wait for 'T' and hope that Grafton can churn it out quick enough that I can read them all before I leave for that great library in the sky !!
Sue Grafton has written one of the most satisfying cold case stories that I've ever read. She makes the missing person, Violet Sullivan, both sympathetic and off-the-wall. At the same time, Ms. Grafton shows how an unsolved disappearance leaves everyone who cared about the person wounded to the core. They are victims too. In the case of S Is for Silence, some of the victims are more sympathetic than others . . . but they are all interesting.
The book mainly succeeds because Ms. Grafton creates an interesting series of characters and plot interactions both in her flashback chapters and in her development of Kinsey's investigation.
Ms. Grafton wisely keeps the investigation short. The mystery is unraveled in five days. To have strung the investigation out would have made the book boring, in my judgment. I was very impressed to find that the flashback information wasn't a direct hint as to how Kinsey would solve the mystery. She followed her own unique path.
Those who like to focus on Kinsey and her life as a single woman won't find this book very satisfying. The cold case is the story. Kinsey's friends and family have barely cameo roles in this book.
For those who like a classic missing person's story against the backdrop of volatile relationships in a small California town, this book will, however, be the right stuff.
That's not the case with S is for Silence.
It's a great place to start if you haven't read any of the other books.
I have read all of Sue Grafton's alphabet series, and generally enjoy the adventures of private eye Kinsey Millhone. They tend to be medium-to-lightweight thrillers; almost like traditional whodunnits with a little spice of modern life. They aren't the sort which are packed full of sadistic psycho-murderers at every turn and a bodycount reaching into the dozens.
Instead, Kinsey normally has one or two crimes to resolve and while there is always a hint of personal danger (it would be dull if not!), the entertainment comes from following the clues and from the pleasant buzz of familiarity when Kinsey visits her regular haunts and meets familiar people.
Sue Grafton has changed her writing style for this book, and has veered away from the repetition of those familiar faces. So if you stopped reading the series because 'they all seemed the same' then this is a good one to pick up. The story revolves around the plot and the personalities involved in the crime -- it's much more of a whodunnit and a lot less of a soap-opera about Kinsey's personal life.
Overall, it has reinvigorated the series and leaves me much more likely to pick up T is for ??Trouble?? when it comes out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book ,it was a great story told with gusto. I liked the twist at the end . Highly recommended.Published 7 months ago by Rosaleen Connolly
I am usually a big fan of Sue Grafton, however the ending left many unanswered questions regarding the key charactors. Read morePublished 11 months ago by shopper
Love all her books. Am hooked from first page. A great read.Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Y. Setters
Love all Sue Grafton books - it's probably the third time I've read this onePublished 16 months ago by annie
I realised early on into the book that I had read it. Like a lot of authors and Sue Grafton is a culprit as well, the descriptive text could be edited out and the book would loose... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mrs. I. Newton