The Silent Girls – Dylan Young

19 January 2018
The Silent Girls Book Cover The Silent Girls
Detective Anna Gwynne #1
Dylan Young
Psychological Thriller
January 19, 2018

‘Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl.’ A sob choked off the sentence… ‘It’s my daughter.’

When a young girl disappears from the edge of the local forest, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the same killer who stabbed to death beautiful, young Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.

Only Detective Anna Gwynne thinks he isn’t the real killer.

Anna can’t find proof and as time is running out, she realises she needs to get inside the killer’s twisted mind. And she knows just who to ask. Hector Shaw, in prison for killing the six men who caused his own daughter’s death.

Can Anna get what she needs from Hector before another life is lost, or could he lead her down a path that puts her own life in grave danger?

The Silent Girls by Dylan Young

The Silent Girls by Dylan Young is the first book in the Anna Gwynne series. What a great start!

17-year-old Nia has a sleepover in her family’s stable for her birthday one evening. Her father goes to check on her and finds her friend drugged and barely conscious and his daughter missing.

Soon, Nia is found dead, in a shallow grave, with her arm reaching out and stab wounds all over her body. Strikingly similar to Emily’s body found eighteen years earlier.

And as luck would have it, Emily’s killer has just gone free from prison. The case seems pretty open and shut. But niggling questions are hanging in the air as to whether an innocent man may have done time for a crime he didn’t commit.

The Silent Girls drew me in right away, and Dylan Young wrote a good story! The characters were likable, and the story was intriguing.

Seeing someone possibly wrongly accused of murder is a sad affair. The storyline veered off onto three different tracks. First, the current investigation, second, the prior investigation/possible wrongful imprisonment, and third, seeking help from a killer who knows the minds of killers.

I was most intrigued by the investigation into the wrongful imprisonment, but the entire book was very engaging. I’m looking forward to more Dylan Young books, including Anna Gwynne #2. 4-Stars.

I was very fortunate to be able to take part in the Publication Day Blast for The Silent Girls by Dylan Young.  Please be sure to check out the other blogs listed below!  Thank you to Bookouture and Dylan Young for an advanced copy of The Silent Girls.  My review is unbiased and solely my own.

The Silent Girls - Publication Day Blast


Author Bio:

Dylan Young grew up in a mining village in South Wales before boarding a train for university in London. A career in the NHS followed, but the urge to write never went away. Three dark psychological thrillers for Random House emerged in the late nineties, two of which were made into BBC films. Over the last decade, under different pseudonyms, he’s written children’s books and an adult contemporary fantasy series. But his liking for crime (writing) never died. The Silent Girls releases 19th January with the second book to follow soon after.

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