Book #45: The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell

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I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …

Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.

Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.

A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?

A darkly gripping, page-turning thriller that will enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls and Mark Edwards.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. There was no compensation, except for the personal enjoyment of reading.

The Silent Twin is a police detective procedural with paranormal elements in it. I was intrigued by the blurb and cover when there was a giveaway of another book by the author through Goodreads. Since I didn’t win it, but found out there was a NetGalley for this one, I wanted to try out the author. Thankfully, I was accepted and got to read it.

This book may be the first I’ve read in the DC Jennifer Knight series, but it is actually the third book. I may not have begun with the beginning of DC Knight’s paranormal foray, but I wasn’t confused nor did I have issues getting to know the character. I don’t think there was much in characterization of DC Knight though.

She was a fairly easy character and didn’t have much personal drama that coincided with the case at hand. This didn’t deter me from the reading, but I felt she needed some substance and perhaps this was what I was missing by beginning with the third installment of a series.

The case itself was interesting. I didn’t expect the main baddie right away and I like being surprised. I do wish there was a bit more of a paranormal element; whether through Knight or Olivia, the twin of the missing girl. There was some paranormal stuff going on, but again, I wanted more.

The book did start strong, but the middle was a bit slow. I found myself setting it aside to do other things. Not that that is a bad thing, but when it comes to reading, I actually like devouring a book and I found little bites made this book more digestible.

That doesn’t mean the ending was just as difficult to finish. In fact, at about seventy-five percent in, I was reading quickly. It all had to do with the father’s secret. It was an important secret to the overall case, but one I feel should have been taken care of quicker than it did. Once it was revealed, the rest of the case basically followed suit.

In all, the book wasn’t bad. It got me to read one of Caroline Mitchell’s other books, a creative nonfiction of her own paranormal experience. I think I will try out the other two books in the DC Knight series as well.

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