Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayless are back and they’re simultaneously pursuing two crucial investigations. The first is the disappearance and possible abduction of a four-year-old child. The second case is the gruesome murder of a University student, which soon turns out to be the work of a vicious serial killer. Racing against time, the detectives and their co-workers must find the killer before he kidnaps and murders another unsuspecting victim.
Once again, author Helen Durrant has woven several storylines into one fast-moving detective novel. The murders are grisly and descriptive. There’s plenty of personal drama thrown in for additional interest, which adds even more substance to the book. Being a cop is difficult. It spills over into private lives and Ms. Durrant portrays this realistically. The author has also added some new character-based twists and turns to kick things up a notch and keep readers guessing. Readers should know that the ending is most definitely a cliffhanger. The story could go in several directions, but I’m willing to read the sequel to find out.
I’d recommend Dead Silent to readers looking for an engaging and suspenseful detective novel. The author has an intelligent and straightforward style of writing, which moves things along nicely. It’s a quick read, yet it’s packed with plenty of action.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
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