• Publication date: 1 Mar 2018
• Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
• Language: English
Source: Thanks to the author and publisher for my ARC copy via NetGalley
Other reviews for Silent Victim
Silent Victim is fast-paced, twisty, and it chilled me to the bone…I loved every minute of it!” —Robert Bryndza
“The very definition of a page-turner. Unreliable narrators mean you never quite know where you stand until it all builds to a richly satisfying climax. A fantastic psychological thriller.” —John Marrs
“Brilliantly gripping and deliciously creepy. Make sure you clear your day as you won’t be able to put Silent Victim down!” —Sibel Hodge
“Dark, shocking, and utterly compelling.” —Mel Sherratt
I’m going to start my review with an observation I made about her previous books in an earlier review. It applied then and still applies now.
I love the way Caroline Mitchell writes. There’s a fluidity and clarity about her writing, but also an authenticity that can only come from someone who has actually served as a police officer.
This suspenseful tale explores the topical and frightening reality of the grooming of young and often vulnerable adults by an older person they trusted. The author, I would guess from the way this was written, has had experience of investigating crimes of this nature during her police career.
The action starts at the very beginning of the book with the first narrator and female protagonist Emma admitting that she has murdered someone from her past – Luke, a former teacher who groomed and manipulated her into having a relationship with him when she was a young underage teenager and ended up stalking her and not leaving her alone.
Emma admits to burying him not far from where she lives after she’d killed him in fear for her life, but now her and her husband Alex and their young son need to move away from their Mersea island home to Leeds for Alex’s new job but she can’t leave Luke’s body in situ for fear of the discovery of her terrible crime, because although he might have deserved his fate, murder is a heinous crime and Emma fears that she’ll be found out and the devastating effects this would have on her family.
The story progresses with 2 more narrators giving their versions of the events and I was left wondering who was the reliable narrator and who wasn’t, or are in fact any of them reliable. That was the mystery in this gripping psychological thriller. None of the characters were particularly likeable, although I wanted to believe Emma’s version. She was the victim, or was she?
Very cleverly written and as the story is revealed there are shocks and surprises that I didn’t see coming AT ALL.
Had a few nightmares after reading this, but that’ll teach me not to read such psychological chillers late at night. I keep saying this but I’ll never learn!
Can’t wait to find out what’s next for Caroline. Did someone say there’s a new series coming in 2018? Count me in!
A chilling, thrilling and compelling page turner
About The author
Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time.
Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston trilogy is described as terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers.
Caroline also writes psychological thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim, has been described as ‘brilliantly gripping and deliciously creepy’. Her new DI Amy Winter series is published by Thomas & Mercer and launches 2018.
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