Book Review: The Silent Girls by Dylan Young

Friday, 5 January 2018

Title: The Silent Girls

Author: Dylan Young
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Published: 19/1/18
Star Rating: ⭐ 


‘Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl.’ A sob choked off the sentence… ‘It’s my daughter.’

When a young girl disappears from the edge of the local forest, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the same killer who stabbed to death beautiful, young Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.
Only Detective Anna Gwynne thinks he isn’t the real killer.
Anna can’t find proof and as time is running out, she realises she needs to get inside the killer’s twisted mind. And she knows just who to ask. Hector Shaw, in prison for killing the six men who caused his own daughter’s death.
Can Anna get what she needs from Hector before another life is lost, or could he lead her down a path that puts her own life in grave danger?

Spoiler-Free Review:

I really enjoyed reading The Silent Girls and felt as though it hooked me from the very beginning. This is a detective mystery novel, which I often read, and enjoy - and it focused around a serial killer, with a thrilling plot-line! Detective Anna Gwynne has a gut feeling that the convicted killer she is investigating is innocent, when his name comes up in an investigation 18 years later. But can she convince anyone?

In terms of the writing, I think Dylan Young really knows how to write a suspenseful mystery/thriller, and although it isn't a fast thriller, it is well-paced and the suspense builds throughout the read, toward a satisfying and not very predictable wrap-up. That being said, there are scenes which I think are a bit over-the-top, and seem fairly un-realistic. 

Characterisation is strong in this book also, Anna's character has a lot of depth, and I feel as though Young gives the reader a clear understanding of who she is. Anna is a strong female lead, intuitive, desperate and dedicated. Shaw's character is also extremely well done, especially with the manipulative aspect of him. Whether you like these characters or not, I think you'd have to agree that they are well-written and interesting enough to warrant a reappearance in the sequel. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend The Silent Girls, which is a well-paced novel of suspense, which isn't wholly predictable and has interesting characters to keep you interested. I will be sure to pick up the sequel and see where these characters go next!

Let me know if you plan on picking this one up! I hope you really enjoy it, as much as I did!


*This book is released on January, 19th 2018 in the UK*

I received this E-ARC in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to Bookouture for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book. 

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