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The Silent Children: A serial killer thriller with a twist (Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Did the book live up to them? Oh so very yes and a whole lot more. I love these books. Love the local setting (Stafford is quite literally only 14 miles from my front door to the town centre), love the characters and I love the nail biting plots which Carol Wyer comes up with. She has me captive every dang time. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
I loved the intricacies of the plot in this one, a story so twisted, murders so cold, that you have to wonder just who could be this callous and why. I have to admit, I was kind of worried to begin with. The story starts with a family visiting Cannock Chase to complete the Gruffalo trail, and I have to be honest, with the title of the book my nerves were on edge, my mind on full alert. She couldn't possibly go there ... could she? Well ... if you want to know you'll have to read for yourself but what happens is quite shocking really and leads Robyn and her team to a case which has so many layers, built on so many secrets and lies, that you have to wonder if there is any way for the team to ever find the truth.
The story itself is told in two separate threads, that of the main investigation and also of a young boy who is growing up in an abusive household. That boys story is quite shocking and the emotions Carol Wyer is able to evoke, so strong that I really felt for him. It is not immediately clear who he is, or how he will come to inform the story, and believe me when I say that it could be one of several characters, the true identity cleverly concealed until the end of the book. The motives for the murders? Well, one of the classics to be fair, but again, not one you would guess. Not by a long chalk.
I love the way in which the author has developed the characters throughout the series. Aside from the fact that Robyn is a brilliant lead character, independant, determined but ultimately human, each one of Robyn's team has a unique personality which adds to the story and which you see developing with each new book. Surprisingly, you see more of Tom Shearer throughout the story. Although not directly involved in the investigation, he is forced to share office space with Robyn and always seems to be there. Much like Robyn, you never really get to understand the motives behind his actions ... well, at least not straight off the bat. We don't see as much of cousin Ross in this story but he is on his own mission, one which seems set to continue at least into the next book. But I do like the way in which PC Anna Shamash is growing as a character. She has real guts and a great instinct. She's hard, if somewhat impetuous, something which could see her in quite a bit of trouble this time around.
And as for that last cliffhanger from The Missing Children ... If you haven't yet read that book I suggest that you read it first for elements of this story, particularly Robyn's preoccupation, to make sense. Hell, you should read them all in order just because they are absolutely fabulous and you're doing yourselves a disservice if you don't. Does the cliffhanger get resolved? Maybe, maybe not. Not for me to say. That's for you to read and find out.
Go on. You know you want to and you will not be disappointed. Totally top banana kind of read. I loved it. Where's the next one?
Having said that, obviously Robyn Carter has a backstory - one that sounds incredibly intriguing - but I didn't feel confused or that I couldn't follow what was going on with her in this instalment - I just had an enormous itch to go back and start at the beginning because I am desperate to know what's been going on, it sounded so dramatic and emotional. I genuinely liked Robyn's character so much that I want to know more about her and the journey she's been on before this point. I warmed to Robyn and felt she was a refreshing character - a determined Detective, an intelligent woman as well as being realistic, emotional, authentic and easy to relate to. She has a backstory of her own which adds a bit more depth to the plot but she also faces challenges and complications from her colleagues and the case which means she becomes very three dimensional as a character. I felt I got to know her well in these pages and would definitely like to read more stories in which she is the protagonist. It takes great skill to write a series where a new reader can join mid point and not be excluded and at the same time, fans that have loyally read from the beginning of the series still feel satisfied that the character is developing, remaining authentic and that they are somehow continuing on a more emotional journey with her.
I enjoyed Wyer's writing a lot - in fact I was struck by how readable it was. By that, I mean it made me feel relaxed and that I was in the hands of confident and polished author, and I settled in to the storyline from the first page. It was easy to get to grips with the characters, relate to the emotions, events and understand the dynamics between the characters quickly. I was so engaged in the action that I found I had read 20 pages when I thought I'd only read 10, that it was dark outside and dinner was burned because I thought I'd only been reading for 3 minutes but in fact 30 had passed!
The Silent Children has a skilfully executed plot. It is a difficult subject and there is plenty of shocks, emotional scenes and harrowing moments, but it is not sensationalised and although powerfully depicted it is done with care not to overwhelm the reader. The use of italics for the shorter sections help break up the text and define the different voices. Between each of these sections there is plenty of narrative focusing on the police procedural side. Within these sections, the interaction and issues between Robyn and the rest of the team ensure a finely tuned balance between the crime and the rest of the story which means that the more traumatic elements of the crime do not completely overwhelm the reader or ever become too much.
This detective novel is full of cliffhangers, it is well paced with great dialogue and well crafted characters. It has the suspense, tension, twists, complications and revelations that every crime reader loves, set against a loud ticking clock which ramps up the sense of threat and pressure. I'm delighted to discover this great series and now I do need to go back and start at the beginning but only because I really want to get to know Robyn more! I am so glad I finally got the chance to read Wyer and now I understand why so many crime readers rave about her work. If you are looking for a good read, a page turner with the all the ingredients for you could wish for in a detective novel then look no further!
The story starts with Aiden Moore and his brother Kyle are walking along he Gruffalo spotting trail on Cannock Chase, with his Grandma Hannah, Aiden takes a turn until he comes to a clearing where a car is parked and a man’s body is found Henry Gregson. He has been shot in the neck. When Robyn informs his wife of his death she said she didn’t understand as he said he was working in the Minimart that day. She also heard that he told people that his sister was a drug addict and his mother was in a care home when really, his sister was the main carer for his mother. Why was he telling these lies? Then a few days later the body of Tessa Hall has been found at the bottom of the stairs and something that is said between her stepdaughter and D.I Robyn Carter that she realises that the two murders are linked in some way.
When a third body turns up of a man dying on a golf course but this time of natural causes. They think he is penniless but they discover that there was a million pounds in his account. Robyn Carter is set out to investigate these pattern of events. It seems it’s all linked to a lottery syndicate.
I really enjoyed the other books in this series and this one also doesn’t disappoint. It gripped me from start to finish. The only query of this story that was nagging at me was, how did they know that the stolen ticket would produce a winning ticket? I also enjoyed the cliff-hanger at the end regarding Davies. I can’t wait what happens for that part of the story in the next book.
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Enjoyed it immensely, like I have all Carol Wyer's books,