The streets are no place for a child …
After a traumatic event that almost ripped Jen Garner’s family apart, life is finally starting to get back to normal.
Then a woman’s body is found in the river. Shortly afterwards, a young boy is discovered wandering the streets. He refuses to speak to anyone, just repeats one name over and over, to the confusion of most of the local authorities –but Jen knows exactly who he’s asking for, and it’s enough to make her blood run cold ..
I remember reading the previous book by this author and being very happy with the story as well as with the characters. It’s very hard for me liking a book when the protagonists get on my nerves, but here everyone was either very likeable or deliciously bad. 😉
I also remember saying in my review that I would not mind a series with said characters and it seems like my wish was granted. 🙂 Would it work too if I said I would not mind winning the lottery? 😉 Guess not. LOL
Back to the book. 🙂
On the one hand we have the investigation by the police with two teams working together. On the other hand there are a few chapters told by another character to give us the much needed background information. Those are things the police will probably never discover, but the reader needs it in order to grasp the story completely.
For some revelations I had to wait till the end of the book, but an attentive reader (like myself LOL) will figure something out much earlier.
Can you read this book as a standalone? Yes, but I would advise you to start with book one (Perfect Lie), because there are too many things happening there that are linked to this book and vice versa. You won’t regret it. 🙂
A great story, sometimes maybe a bit too slow paced, but certainly worth reading. I enjoyed it. 4 stars.
Thank you, Claire Sheldon and Ruby Fiction
About the author
Claire lives in Nottingham with her family, a cat called Whiskers and a dog called Podrick.
She suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and as a result of the disease had to reduce her hours working in insurance for an Insolvency Insurer. This spare time enabled her to study a creative writing course which inspired her to write her debut, Perfect Lie.
When Claire isn’t working she enjoys reading crime novels and listening to music – the band Jimmy Eat World is her biggest muse! Claire is also an avid reader and book blogger. The inspiration for her novels comes from the hours spent watching The Bill with her grandparents and auntie; then later, Spooks and other detective programmes like Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost and Midsomer Murders.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Silent-Child/dp/B092RC3WLX/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1QJBPBKSTJH0L&dchild=1&keywords=a+silent+child+claire+sheldon&qid=1626632966&sprefix=a+silent+child%2Cstripbooks%2C199&sr=8-1