Book Review: Perfect Silence

Maybe one day I'll pick up a book that isn't a thriller but today isn't that day. When the book tour for Perfect Silence landed in my inbox I knew it was too good to pass up. A gruesome murder mystery? Right up my street.

Perfect silence book review

THE PLOT...

When the body of a young girl is found dumped by the road in gloomy Edinburgh, it would be easy to think this was just another simple murder. But then the pathologist makes a gruesome discovery: the outline of a doll has been carved into the victims skin.

This is 4th in the series following DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach and follows them as they struggle to find any leads as to who's behind the grim killing. That is until a doll made out of skin is found next to an abandoned baby...

When yet another girl is brutally killed they soon realise that the 'babydoll killer' is playing a wicked game and it's going to be a race against time to stop them.

THE GOOD...

I've always been completely enthralled by the police force and spent much of my childhood reenacting scenes from The Bill, what can I say; there weren't iPads to entertain us those days. Therefore I love a good book that is told from the police's perspective. That being said I can sometimes find them a bit too heavy and get utterly confused by all the lingo. The great thing about Perfect Silence is that I thought it expertly mixed  the police lingo with the back stories of the characters. There was no scrimping on developing the characters which helps you connect with them as the story progresses.

There was actually a secondary plot which explored a local drug epidemic. Sometimes when books like this add in another plot line it can send everything spiralling down a tunnel of confusion and unanswered questions. Luckily that wasn't the case and this is probably one of the best books I've read in terms of seamlessly interweaving the two.

There's also heaps of twists and turns, just when I thought I'd figured it all something else would come up which would make me realise that I wasn't even close. Another great thing about this book was that you got the chance to get inside the victims minds which is pretty unusual for these kind of books. Normally they're already cold once the book has begun and you learn little else about them. This did mean that the story had a bit of a sad tone to it as you learnt about all their hopes and dreams knowing full well they would never achieve them *reminds self it's just a story and not real.*

 

THE BAD...

One thing I didn't realise before I picked this up is that it's actually the 4th in a series. Although this didn't impact the story as a whole as it's a standalone case, it was clear that there was a lot of 'water under the bridge' between the 2 lead characters. They've got a bit of a will they won't they relationship going on which I presume was developed in the previous books.

I'm not gunna lie to you, this book is pretty gruesome in parts. You've probably gathered by the plot that it's hardly all sunshine and roses but the descriptions really go in depth. Now it didn't bother me too much but it might be worth bearing in mind if you've got a weak stomach.

If you like a good murder mystery then I would definitely recommend picking this up. I'll be keeping an eye out for the previous books in the series to add to my to-read list.

 

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