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Under a Silent Moon (Detective Inspector Louisa Smith) Paperback – 8 May 2014
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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)
The start of a thrilling new crime series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith from a sensational, authentic crime fiction voice.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I don't often review books on here but.... I did enjoy this book, the pace, the characters etc, and I might look out for more from this writer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Really loved the authors other books and got this when it first came out, my expectations were high. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leighann
Polly has been found dead in her cottage. Barbara has also been found dead in her car at the bottom of a quarry. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tinalouise1969
I really enjoyed the first two books by Elizabeth Haynes, but she seems to have fallen into the `write by numbers` cliche that so many writers do. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pippa
This has been back to back EH novel reading for me with Book 2 of this duology next. It is fast-paced, exciting and has an authentic feel about it: as well it may do given EH's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen Timms
This is one.of the best books I have read in a long time. I hope to find a lot more by this authorPublished 6 months ago by Ronald Tunstall
I found this quite hard going, with too many characters and not enough to really distinguish them. I liked the idea of including the charts – but surely they should have been... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ESES
'Under a Silent Moon' is the first police/procedural novel I have read by Elizabeth Haynes. As a former Intelligence Analyst, she brings a great deal of inside information into... Read morePublished 6 months ago by prisrob
A really interesting read that kept you hooked all the way through. Good characters with enough back story to make them interesting. I will definitely be reading book 2.Published 7 months ago by dorisbird