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Guest Review of Splinter The Silence

Tracey Reviews Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid

Published in the UK on 27 August 2015 this is the ninth book in the Tony Hill / Carol Jordan series.

What They Say:

"Psychological profiler Tony Hill is trained to see patterns, to decode the mysteries of human behaviour, and when he comes across a series of suicides among women tormented by vicious online predators, he begins to wonder if there is more to these tragedies than meets the eye. Similar circumstances, different deaths. Could it be murder? But what kind of serial killer wants his crimes to stay hidden?

Former DCI Carol Jordan has her own demons to confront, but with lives at stake, Tony and Carol begin the hunt for the most dangerous and terrifying kind of killer - someone who has nothing to fear and nothing to lose . . ."

What Tracey Says: 

A new Val McDermid book is one of the highlight of my reading year. The author's great skill is in developing a cast of realistic characters and throwing them into situations that are intricately plotted, keeping the reader guessing but slipping in enough hints to make you feel one step ahead of the investigation team. This always provides a gripping and interesting read.

Splinter the Silence reunites several familiar characters from previous books in the series and it was like catching up with old friends (and a couple of enemies). I hope there will be many more cases for the team as this series shows no signs whatsoever of becoming stale or predictable, as has happened with some other crime series I follow. I'm already looking forward to the next instalment.

Although this book could be read as a standalone, you'll be missing out on the complex nature of the relationships between characters if you don't read the earlier books.

If you've seen the TV adaptations (Wire in the Blood) you won't be able to see anyone but Robson Green as Tony Hill but that's no bad thing in my opinion.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the team at Little Brown for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and thanks to Tracey {@TraceyWalsh_) for reading and reviewing this for me!

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