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A Deathly Silence Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 April 2020
- Publisher : Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (1 April 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1787719529
- ISBN-13 : 978-1787719521
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2 teenagers find the body of a woman in an abandoned factory and run for their lives. Not ;long after the body is found and the police are called. It turns out that the woman is a police officer and her body has been mutilated. DCI Helen Lavery is called back from injury leave to lead the case with her team. From all reports the victim Sinead was very well liked and a loving family woman. Who would want her dead? As the investigation progresses Helen discovers that there was more to the woman than most people knew. But then more people connected with Sinead are killed in an attempt to hide the secrets.
Helen is a great character. She is a single mother of 2 boys after her husband died. She is bringing them up with the help of her mother. She is a clear and meticulous worker and well liked by most of her peers.
Thanks to Jane Isaac and TBC on Facebook for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
Helen is a police officer and a widow raising two kids with the help of her mother. She has just come back from injury leave and is thrust straight into a case of murder - one of their own. What makes it worse is that the slain officer's husband is also a cop.
Lots of twists and turns in this book. There was no reason, on the surface, for Sinead to be targeted. She was well liked, a good mother, a good wife, a good cop. And yet, there is that burner phone that very few knew about and why was this well-liked woman tortured?
4.5 stars from me.
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The book opens in very dramatic style, with the discovery of a murdered woman by two young boys. Now it is pure chance, and perhaps a touch of bad luck on their part, that they even find her, given that she has been left in an abandoned factory, one which no-one would be expected to visit any time soon. Her murder is brutal, the violence inflicted extreme, but it is more than just the nature of her injuries that gives the Police cause to want justice. the victim is one of their own, and as her first case back after injury and losing someone close to her, becomes personal, emotional and all too consuming for Helen.
What I loved about this book is the way in which Jane Isaac really brought the characters to life for me. Although it was my first time with the team, I got the measure of them very quickly and they became characters I was very invested in. The author has a great way of making the characters feel real, and really capturing their emotions, be it the kids who are up to no good and get far more than they bargained for, or the family who are torn apart and broken by Sinead's murder. Even the way in which the Police Officer assigned to the case are affected is emotionally sensitive and authentic. It really drew me into the story and made me care about what was happening.
Aside from great characters, we are treated to a really intriguing story and a complete mystery as to why Sinead would be murdered in such a grotesque way. And while the method of murder is quite dark, it is never too graphic, always just enough to enrage you as a reader but not push you away. The author takes readers down a number of roads before we finally find out who the killer is, and in quite dramatic fashion. In spite of her occupation, Sinead has no clear enemies and the reasons for her murder, which seems almost gangland in design, are baffling. I loved that uncertainty, the question mark that hung over Sinead's life and that of those around her. It kept the tension high and made we want to read more.
The pacing was spot on, slow and reflective at times, but full of frantic action when needed, especially towards the end in a high stakes showdown with Sinead's murderer. It really got the adrenalin pumping and took me a little by surprise when the killer was finally revealed.
I'm looking forward to catching up on the rest of the Helen Lavery series. If this book is anything to go by, I'm in for a real treat.