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Thursday, December 21, 2017

#CJSReads REVIEW: The Silent Children by Carol Wyer @bookouture @carolewyer

The Silent Children
by Carol Wyer

Another fantastic book from Carol Wyer - not surprised considering how much I loved the first three in this series! Come see what we all had to say about it!

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this... 
Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed. 
Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint. 
Then a woman is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her stepdaughter’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies are connected, and has the killer only just begun? 
When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing. 
Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is los
Jessica's Thoughts
Guys, if you haven't read Carol Wyer, then you need to fix that now. I'm amazed that all of her books have been equally suspenseful, thrilling, and addictive. THE SILENT CHILDREN is book 4 in the DI Robyn Carter series and just like the preceding three books, this one did not disappoint! Robyn is back and with another gruesome case - can she find the killer before it's too late? 
Wyer brings us back and forth from the past to the present as Robyn faces a new serial killer on the loose. A man is found shot to death in the park with an ominous text on his phone, "I can't keep this secret any longer". The recipient was unnamed. DI Robyn Carter is on the case, and it's proving to be a difficult one. With little evidence, they're having a hard time progressing.
When more bodies start to turn up, Robyn realizes they're dealing with a serial killer and they need to solve the case soon - before more bodies are found. In a twist of events, a member of her team disappears. The pressure is on to unearth a terrible secret in order to save them.
The intertwining storylines, past and present - Carol knows how to bring the reader on quite the adventure. This could be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend picking up the other books in this series. Not only because they're just as thrilling, but because then you can get acquainted with Robyn Carter.
Overall, this is a strong continuation in the series and I don't see any stop in sight! Thank goodness, and there was definitely a hint at a book 5 (don't keep up waiting too long!). If you want a good police procedural that isn't too heavy on the technicalities of the investigation then this will be perfect for you. It's a page turning thriller with a great female lead!
I give this one 5/5 stars!
Sam's Thoughts
Carol Wyer writes a seriously addicting thriller.  Anyone who has read her work will know within the first few pages that it will be an absolute struggle to put down one of her books.  The Silent Children, the fourth book in the DI Robyn Carter series, was no exception.  I sat down to read this one and had it finished in an afternoon. 

As mentioned, this is the fourth novel in the series that follows female detective. Robyn Carter.  I did read the first novel in the series, Little Girl Lost, and just never got around to reading book two and three.  They are in my TBR pile, it is all just a matter of time!  I am happy to report that this novel did read well as a standalone.  Now, be warned, Wyer is teasing out some information about her protagonist’s personal life and I did receive some of the backstory from some other bloggers so I was pretty much up to speed.  This doesn’t bother me at all, but I do know that this would bother other readers, so, if you want the FULL experience, then I would absolutely recommend reading the books in their order.

This novel follows the discovery of some seemingly unrelated bodies and the story of abuse from a young boy.  Told in snippets to the past and Robyn and her team working in the present,  I was on the edge of my seat!  Red herrings and twists and turns aplenty, I was left in the dark until the A HA moment!

I am shocked that Wyer is able to bang out these books as fast as she does and with such finesse.  The series appears to be getting better and better!!   Now excuse me, while I catch up on the series and wait patiently for book five!

My Thoughts

Oh Carol Wyer, you adorable tease and amazing writer, whatever am I going to do with you?! Guys and gals, if you have read this series, then you know that ending of The Missing Girls was a jaw dropper and I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on this, book four, to see where she was going to go with the story line.  Little teases and prods to book 3 found me continually turning pages to try and figure out if I'll get any answers.  CAROL, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME?!

She does what she does best, and that is bringing in multiple characters with a new mystery to solve and still expounding on Carter's life as we race to find the killer with her.  I love her rhythm of past to present.  This time we see a boy and girl who are abused at home and watch them grow from various chapters.  The present shows a body count piling up while Carter tries to piece them together... all the while trying to piece her life together as well.  (And who doesn't love a cat named Schrödinger??)  I really want to be vague about everything because while you could conceivably read these as a stand alone in terms of the case at hand, you really want to read these books in order to get familiar with Robyn Carter and her life.  It's well worth it, I assure you.

Another page turner that any police procedural and thriller lover will enjoy.  I highly suggest you get on this series.  So far, Wyer has done no wrong and I can only see this series continuing to grow and take further hold on my soul. 🤣 That ending again... uff, another teaser.  I was really hoping for just a little bit more from this plot line.  It does its job well though - you KNOW I'm keeping my eyes peeled for book 5 and no on will stop me!!

4.5 stars from me!

1 comment:

  1. I am over the chuffing moon with these reviews - you ladies are the best! Thank you so much for ending what has been a great year for Robyn Carter, on such a high. Thank you too for reading, reviewing and telling everyone about the books. Wishing you a fabulous festive season and a fantastic 2018. XXX