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Silent Cry by Jenny O’Brien


Silent Cry by Jenny O’Brien
UK Publication: April 2020
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★]

This ARC was provided by HQ Digital (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Baby come back…

Synopsis from Goodreads: Five years ago, Izzy Grant’s boyfriend Charlie took their newborn daughter Alys out for a drive.

They never came back.

After years of waiting, Izzy has almost given up hoping that they’re still alive – until a note is pushed through her door telling her they’re fine, not to look for them. Suddenly the case is top priority again, and Izzy is swarmed with faces from the past: the detective who was first on the scene to help; an old friend who vanished not long after Alys and Charlie.

Izzy doesn’t know who she can trust, who is sending her notes, where Charlie and Alys might be. Her only ally is DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Cardiff and fleeing a painful past of her own.

Gaby knows something doesn’t fit with the case, and she knows Izzy won’t rest until she finds out what really happened to her daughter. Could someone she knew and trusted really have taken Alys from her?

Wherever Alys and Charlie are, Gaby is determined to find them, no matter what it takes. Somewhere in Izzy’s past is a clue, if Gaby can only find it…

My Thoughts:  Can you tell I am playing Netgalley catch-up? Another book that I have taken far too long to read, so long in fact that there are another 5 books in the series which considering this (book 1) published in 2020 is pretty good going by the author.

While this book is billed as the first in the Gaby Darin series Gaby herself largely takes a back seat, she has transferred to the police force in disgrace from another force and is trying to fit in, maintain a low profile and at the same time earn the respect she deserves for being a straight up kinda girl.

By the end of the book Gaby has taken more of a front seat but not without some personal cost to herself.

This is a solid mystery that kept me guessing at one point I was sure I knew what happened only to have my theories turned on their head. Once the first reveal happened I figured out what the next would be but that was not a bad thing as it made me feel kinda smart LOL.

Overall this was a good read and I enjoyed the Welsh setting.

Now I have 5 more books I need to read so I can find out where Gaby and Co have ended up.

Who would like this? I would recommend this to fans of Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks and those who enjoy a good police procedural mystery.

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