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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751549592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751549591
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Intense, gripping . . . utterly unputdownable (S. J. Watson)

Haynes does a great job in ratcheting up the suspense . . . and there are many lip-biting moments (Daily Mail)

Check the locks on your doors and windows and surrender to this obsessive thriller (Karin Slaughter)

As Haynes herself is a police intelligence analyst she is well placed to add authenticity to her skills of storytelling. Unputdownable (Red Magazine)

A chilling, page-turning read (Rosamund Lupton)

Oozes authenticity (Daily Express)

The sprinkling of jet-black comedy and the authentic voice... keeps you going back for more (Sun)

Elizabeth Haynes offers it all. She draws on her experience as a police analyst to give everything a ring of authenticity; the dialogue, the characters and the inquiry... [Haynes] packs this crime novel with enough surprises to keep you mystified right to the end (Essentials)

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The start of a thrilling new crime series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith from a sensational, authentic crime fiction voice.

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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2013
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Under A Silent Moon is something of a new direction for Elizabeth Haynes and follows a murder investigation headed up by DCI Louisa Smith. Told over a six-day period and interspersed with source documents, readers are able to interpret the evidence alongside Lou and her team.

A suspected murder and a suspected suicide - both on the same night, both victims living within yards of each other, both victims linked to many of the same people. Lou Smith is the newly-appointed Detective Chief Inspector, this is the first time she's been in charge of a murder investigation and she is determined that the killer will not get away.

Elizabeth Haynes has delivered a well-researched, incredibly well-written crime novel. Her vast knowledge gained when working as a police intelligence analyst is apparent throughout the story, this is an exciting, compelling and extremely gripping crime drama. Lou and her team are characters that are so realistic that they become part of your life when reading about them. Lou has an especially difficult relationship with her DI, Andy Hamilton, they have a past, he's a bit of a playboy and something of a loose cannon. Her relationship with Canadian Jason, her assigned analyst is much easier and their relationship develops throughout the story.

There is nothing that I hate more than solving a crime mystery half way through the book, there was absolutely no chance of this happening during Under A Silent Moon. This is a tightly plotted story, with many twists and turns, lots of associated characters and so many potential suspects, just when you think you've solved it, something else happens, and bang! you realise that you were so so wrong.
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By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2014
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A young woman is found brutally murdered in her cottage, and her female neighbour is later found dead at the bottom of the local quarry, having apparently driven her car over the edge. The coincidence of two deaths happening at the same time in a small village lead the police to think they may be linked, so newly promoted Louisa Smith finds her first case as DCI leading the Major Crime team head is to investigate both. She soon discovers that the murder victim Polly has been the cause of jealousy in more than one relationship around the village, and that she also had links to local gangster Nigel Maitland, on whom the police have never been able to get enough evidence to charge with anything...

This is probably the most 'procedural' police procedural I've read. Haynes, who apparently was a police intelligence analyst for several years in real life, gives a very detailed and convincing picture of how a police investigation works. She includes copies of reports, departmental e-mails and other case documents as a method of providing a feeling of verisimilitude to her story. On the whole this works well - Haynes keeps it down to a level where it remains interesting. However, she also includes fairly in-depth descriptions of team meetings and briefings, and while these make the investigation feel very realistic they also slow the plot down a little too much. The picture that most investigations are probably 90% routine tedium is, I'm sure, more accurate than the usual action-fest, but perhaps the book veers a little too much towards authenticity at the expense of entertainment on occasion.

The plot is complex and interesting, if a bit patchy at times - the obvious gets overlooked or we revert back to something that has already been considered earlier and dismissed.
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 May 2014
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This book follows the investigative process with DCI Louisa Smith who is leading this enquiry as her first. She will get some things very right and make a few mistakes, one of which will be crucial. The book is written very much following the process and even includes documents such as witness statements to show how this is done.

I like paperwork and forms so I liked the way in which the information was revealed here. I like systems and processes so I really enjoyed seeing exactly how such an investigation would work. I saw this as a great strength of this book and it gripped me. Where the book suffered because of the way in which it was told was that I lost track of who was who once or twice and how the two families were connected. Maybe I needed more documents ! There was a lot of emphasis also on the lives of the police officers and that also detracted from the murder suspects' characterisations.

I was gripped by this book but I really wished that the author hadn't made Louisa's sex life part of the plot. It woudl have been nice to see her as a strong woman without knowing who she had slept with and who she wanted to - I suppose that it made her seem more real but for me it detracted from her role as a woman in authority by making her colleagues seem like conquests rather than colleagues.

In the end the book was slightly too long and I did get the characters mixed up a few times in my head but on the whole I really enjoyed this book and liked its unusual style. I received a free copy from the publishers via NetGalley.
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