The Silent Children by Carol Wyer (Detective Robyn Carter #4)


Synopsis: 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 nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies 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 lost?

Kat’s Rating: 4/5

Kat’s Review: In all truth I was going to go the middle of the road with a 3 star rating on this latest Carol Wyer, however overall I really did enjoy the storyline so didn’t feel that was fair, BUT I do have a major niggle with this book that drove me mad! For those that are up to date with the series, they will be aware that book 3 left is with a cliffhanger regarding Robyn’s husband. I was fully expecting that to be the basis for this book, but sadly the subject is only lightly touched upon and that drove me crazy! Other famous authors have dragged out such major plot threads but I really hope Carol doesn’t do the same as I would be hugely dissapointed. I have come to really like Robyn as a character and leaving something so huge just doesn’t fit with her and for that reason it bugged me throughout the entire book!

That small niggle aside the actual storyline for this latest release is a pretty good one and the story itself drew me in. When a dead body is found shot in a car park, Robyn and her team are on the case and before long it becomes a lot more complex. We see the return of DI Shearer as their team are forced to join Robyn’s meaning their working space is overcrowded. The story features flashbacks which are intertwined at various points in the story and I found these to be a fantastic addition and they were done incredibly well. I was getting the background on the person speaking and all the while pieces of the puzzle are slowly slotting into place. We also briefly see Robyn’s cousin Ross appear (relating to the Davies element of the story) and I couldn’t help but be dissapointed we didn’t see more of him.

Overall a meaty story and a decent enough installment in this great series. I am just crossing my fingers in the hope that Wyer doesn’t stretch out the numerous questions over too long otherwise it fear it may become a lot less engaging. I am really looking forward to the next book though in the hope it delivers all the things I now need to know about!

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