The Silent Children – Carol Wyer

11 January 2018
The Silent Children Book Cover The Silent Children
DI Robyn Carter #4
Carol Wyer
7 December 2017

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this...

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.

Then a woman is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her stepdaughter’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies are connected, and has the killer only just begun?

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.

Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

Carol Wyer is my favorite author, and The Silent Children is the 4th in her DI Robyn Carter series. What else can I say, other than “Fantabulous”!?

At first, I was a little confused because I was expecting the book to be about children. But that doesn’t make it any less of a book, once I realized it wasn’t. Perhaps the adults are categorized as children. LOL

A little boy discovers a body in Cannock Chase of a man deceased in his vehicle, shot in the neck. Next thing we know, seemingly unrelated bodies start piling up.

The Silent Children was a twisty novel that had my brain everywhere, which I love. So why the four stars instead of my usual Carol Wyer five stars?

  1. I didn’t understand the title. I felt it didn’t fit the book. That may just be a misunderstanding on my part, but my wee brain couldn’t match that up anywhere.

  2. Book three had a cliff-hanger about Robyn’s former fiance, and I was hoping to hear a little more about that than I did.

  3. My book boyfriend Ross wasn’t much to be seen. I realize he’s a side character, but he was involved a lot in the first three books. So I missed him a lot.

On the other hand, everything else was terrific! I love Anna and Mitz. Their romance is adorable. And speaking of romance. I even adore Tom Scherer, Robyn’s cubicle crowding nemesis.

The storyline bounced back and forth between character histories and current investigation. I love when the past catches up with the present. Carol Wyer is very good at writing those types of stories.

And the storyline itself was different. Engaging. With a mix of creep-factor.

All in all, 4-stars doesn’t mean anything wrong at all. Carol Wyer is still a 5-star author who amazes and entertains me to no end.

The Silent Children by Carol Wyer

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