The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell (Jennifer Knight #3)


Synopsis: Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.

Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.

A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?


KAT’S REVIEW: Okay, I know full well some people will not even entertain this ‘type’ of book. You know who you are when I say that because I was exactly the same. I would still say that any book even slightly featuring the paranormal is not my thing…with the exception of Caroline Mitchell (and another couple of authors). Mostly I find this type of thing way out of my comfort zone and if it’s not something you even remotely believe in, it makes it hard as a reader to absorb yourself in the story. What I found when I read CM’s first book is that she has done it well, it’s not overcooked or rammed down your throat and with each chapter that passes I found myself getting more and more involved in the lead characters life.

Although this is the third book in the series it wouldn’t do any harm if this is the first book you pick up. I prefer to read a series from the beginning as you get a feel for all the characters and their histories. I’m a fan of Jennifer’s colleague Will and love seeing recurring characters. We also get to see her other colleague Zoe and her boss Ethan. If you want to start at the beginning of the series read ‘Don’t Turn Around’ (Book 1) first followed by ‘Time To Die’ (Book 2).

Abigail and Olivia are twin girls but when Abigail goes missing Olivia becomes mute. DC Jennifer Knight is called in due to their home being ‘slightly atmospheric’ (shall we say) and she soon realises that the whole family set-up is not quite right. Without ruining anything all I will say is that this is certainly creepy the paranormal element is done with ease and it just leaves you feeling a little bit chilly. Olivia’s parents Nick and Joanna are odd to say the least, along with other characters. In fact I would go as far as to say that I didn’t trust one character in this book with the exception of Jennifer and her colleague Will. As the police continue the search for Abigail it seems like a race against time as to whether they find a lost and confused little girl, or start looking for a body and a suspect.

I read this in a mere 2 sittings and really enjoyed it. You are kept in the dark about most things and the story layers are revealed slowly, sometimes adding more questions that answers. The book builds in pace and as the reader you find yourself keeping up pace until the ending is revealed in a nice twist. I’m not the best person at describing things but I will say although this has elements of the paranormal, if you aren’t a fan of that don’t let it put you off. It’s done in such a way that instead of feeling put off you just get that goosebump kind of feeling. Overall I think the Jennifer Knight series is building in strength and I am really looking forward to seeing where she takes the series.

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