Hope you’re all having a good week. The weekend is nearly here and if you’re in the UK a bank holiday. I’m looking forward to an easy going weekend with not much planned. In true British style, the weather isn’t going to be too pleasant but that just means I can stay cosy indoors.
I saw the cover for this book and thought mmm that looks interesting and right up my street, let’s give it a go. I didn’t realise that it was the third book in a series, but it all worked out ok. Thank you to @Writer_Nell and @HarperCollinsUK for this advanced audio copy of The Silent Suspect in return for an honest review. The Silent Suspect is published today and you can get a copy here.
Paige Northwood is back for the third book in a series. She is a British Sign Language interpreter and is working alongside Sasha Thomas who is a social worker. Paige receives a panicked phone call from one of Sasha’s clients begging her for help. His house is on fire with his wife trapped inside the house.
Paige has worked with the police before and can’t help but get involved in this investigation too. Despite warnings for her to stay away as she is officially a witness, she continues to dig around and it turns out that there is much more behind the fire than it appears.
General Thoughts 🤔
This isn’t the first time I’ve picked up a book that is midway through a series and it won’t be the last I’m sure. I was happy to find that there were no moments where I found myself confused or feeling like I was missing out on some history. So this could definitely be read as a standalone.
As thrillers go, this wasn’t as fast paced as I’d usually like however I thought that the other aspects of the story made up for that. I liked that Paige’s personal life, away from the investigation was explored in the book and it helped me understand her character. Other readers who have followed the series probably feel even more invested in her story.
There were multiple layers to the story which I liked as it gave many different possible avenues for where the story could go. I was definitely kept guessing and had a nice feeling of completion when all was revealed at the end.
I thought that Paige was an interesting character. She was very nice and sweet to the point that when she swore it took me by surprise; kind of like hearing a teacher swear. Although she ultimately helped in solving the mystery, her insistence on being involved and sometimes crossing boundaries with the police kind of annoyed me.
Lukas was my favourite character in the story and I had huge empathy for him. I can’t imagine the fear he must have felt and I thought that he dealt with his situation admirably considering the circumstances. That’s not to say that he wasn’t flawed but isn’t everyone?
Writing Style ✍️
The book starts before the fire and periodically, the timeline jumps back to the past in the hours running up to the fire. I really enjoy this structure as I find that those sections are where you can find clues as to where the story is going to go. I think that the author did a great job of tying the two timelines together.
This is purely a personal opinion, but I thought that the writing was just a little bit too “nice” for me. I find it difficult to explain what I mean but it was kind of like watching a movie with a plot that should have been an 18 but had been modified to be PG. I think I prefer my mystery thrillers a bit more gritty.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖️
Overall I did enjoy this book and it was a great book to listen to. It had lots of twists that kept me on my toes but personally I think I would have liked it to be a little more raw. Judging by the ending, I don’t think this is the end of Paige Northwood, so fans of the series will be super happy I’m sure.