I had read other reviewers chatting about the Detective Lottie Parker series and was curious to read Silent Voices even if it was #9 in the series. I wasn’t quite prepared to be so caught up in this absolute thriller!
The words blurred as she read the note. She could feel her blood turning to ice. ‘Before you make the biggest mistake of your life, meet me. If you don’t, her blood will be on your hands.’
When Beth Mullen returns home, expecting to find her twin Rachel waiting for her, the silent house sends a shiver down her spine. She races upstairs to find her beautiful beloved sister cold in her childhood bed, her sparkling blue eyes closed forever, the morning after attending a glittering party…
Newly engaged Detective Lottie Parker knows that Rachel has been murdered the minute she enters the bedroom. Rachel’s neck is bruised and a shard of glass placed in her throat. Confronted with such a horrifying killing, Lottie wastes no time in pursuing every clue.
While interviewing the partygoers, Lottie discovers that Rachel’s handbag and keys are nowhere to be found. But as she is searching for them, a brilliant young doctor is found murdered with glass in her throat. The doctor was nowhere near the party and Lottie is forced to question everything. Two beautiful young women with the world at their feet have been brutally silenced. Why did the killer need them to die?
Desperate to find proof of what really happened to Rachel that night, Lottie gets close to the hostess of the party, whose two daughters were friends with Rachel. But Lottie’s hunt for the truth is getting under the killer’s skin, and when Lottie’s fiancé Boyd goes missing, will she be able to find him before it’s too late? Or will he too be silenced forever?
An unputdownable crime thriller from bestselling author Patricia Gibney, with an ending that will blow your mind. If you like Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine you’ll be totally hooked by Silent Voices.
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Let me say at the outset that I absolutely fell in love with Lottie Parker from the get go. It’s rare to find someone as disinterested in their own wedding as I was in mine! But Lottie had plenty on her mind, not in the least two gruesome murders and the prospect of a serial killer on the loose. Ready to do whatever it takes to solve the crimes, Lottie is fierce yet vulnerable too where her personal life is concerned.
A marriage gone bad, addiction, young women being taken advantage of sexually, dark family secrets, sibling rivalry, employee resentment – all these were offered as possible causes for someone to start this series of murders. The victims were all connected in one way or another and that added to the fear as to who would be the next victim. The story had such an intricate plot that at one point it seemed that every character except Lottie’s family, her fiancé, Boyd and her other police colleagues were the only ones beyond suspicion. I liked how all the loose ends were tied together, the mystery solved and there was a hopeful end for the survivors.
The story did not suffer for me not having read the previous books in the series, which only goes to show what a great writer Gibney is. Now for me to catch up on the previous 8 books in this series!
Patricia Gibney is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!
In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.
Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.
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Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.