Review published on October 6, 2016.
Silent Scream is a really good crime thriller set in the Black Country, with a feisty female lead detective and good cast of supporting officers investigating a spate of murders that appear to have links with bodies discovered at a former children’s home.
The story has plenty of twist and turns, is fast paced and multi layered. It provides a good starting point to tease out information about DI Kim Stone’s past life and give an insight into the woman she is, making it a very personal investigation for her. There is enough background information about the rest of the team to make the reader care about them and to look forward to learning more about them in subsequent books.
The subject of abuse and neglect in the care system would provide an interesting opening for discussions for book groups, Angela Marsons handles this topic and mental illness in a way that conveys the horror but without being overly graphic. In amongst the dark subject matter, the random act of kindness with the puppies provide a lightness that accentuates the bleak outlook of the situation which Stone and Bryant find themselves in.
Jan Smith 4/3
Silent Scream by Angela Marsons
Zaffre 978-1785770524 pbk Jul 2016
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