Review: The Silent Girls

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Book Title: The Silent Girls
Author: Ann Troup
Series: None
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Fiction, Contemporary

Date Read: 02/17/16
Pub Date: 02/18/16

What if everything you knew was a lie…
This house has a past that won’t stay hidden, and it is time for the dead to speak.

Returning to Number 17, Coronation Square, Edie is shocked to find the place she remembers from childhood reeks of mould and decay. After her aunt Dolly’s death Edie must clear out the home on a street known for five vicious murders many years ago, but under the dirt and grime of years of neglect lurk dangerous truths.

For in this dark house there is misery, sin and dark secrets that can no longer stay hidden. The truth must come out.

Finding herself dragged back into the horrific murders of the past, Edie must find out what really happened all those years ago. But as Edie uncovers the history of the family she had all but forgotten, she begins to wonder if sometimes it is best to leave them buried.

4.5 stars rounded to 5!

This book was a class act; never before have I read a book with such dark subject matter that felt like such a light and breezy read. If life had not intervened I probably could have devoured this in a day or two; however, I’m glad I was forced to read this one slowly as it seemed the equivalent of a fine wine that was better consumed in small, appreciative sips. This almost had a feel of historical fiction, so I feel fans of that genre might enjoy this as well.

The plot revolves around Edie and her quest to clear out her recently deceased aunt’s apartment that resembles something off an episode of Hoarders. I won’t say more than that as its spoiler central and would take away from the experience. I will say that instead of there being one giant twist at the end, there were tons of medium sized twists spaced throughout the entire story. I really liked this style of storytelling; it kept me on my toes and surprised me constantly because I assumed there could only be so many twists in one book, but I was wrong. I really found myself attached to the characters and was so sad to leave them behind after it all ended; this also surprised me as most of the characters were a detestable lot. I would highly recommend this to those looking for a suspenseful novel from multiple POVs that makes you think. I will be going back to read the author’s first novel, The Lost Child, as I was impressed by her writing and humor!

* I received my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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