Apologies for the day delay in posting this review, I have explained that due to internet issues I need to catch up on reading and reviewing books and will do so as quickly as I can. However, once again please do bear with me, especially as I have literally just finished reading this book due to being unable to download the book until recently due to said issues.
I am delighted to be on the blog tour for Graham Smith’s ‘The Silent Dead’, many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part and the ARC. Here is my review:
He’d found an angel for his collection. But one angel at a time was never enough…
Detective Beth Young has just joined the Cumbrian major crimes team when a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner – arms spread and graceful wings attached – at a crumbling castle in the hills of the Lake District.
The entire police force are on red alert. But Beth begins to feel she’s the only one who can follow the disturbing clues left by the twisted killer. Because she doesn’t think like everyone else. To Beth, crimes are puzzles she can solve. Even if real life is a little harder.
As more bodies are discovered in derelict stately homes across the Lake District, she knows she’s in a race against time.
But the killer is looking for another victim to add to his collection… Will Beth be able to save her? Or will he get there first?
What does TWG think?
Having only finished reading this book a few minutes before typing this review, my thoughts on the storyline are still incredibly fresh which I hope is a good thing! That said, because of the intense complexity of the novel, I hope I am able to get my opinion across without sounding like a woman who is fangirling a popular boyband!
Beth Young….or ‘Young Beth’ as she is known – a complex character with so many layers. Just when I thought I had her personality sussed, the storyline took a darker turn and I found myself in the dark once again. Her confidence and bulshy attitude made for excellent reading and, whilst it was evidently clear that she was very good at her job, I couldn’t help but feel as though we weren’t given much on her background or who she was outside of work.
Pardon the pun, ‘The Silent Dead’ is a slow burner of a read and that’s what makes the storyline a lot more intense and, I suppose some might say – gratifying. Sounds weird doesn’t it, calling this type of novel gratifying, yet the fact that the author teased his readers with minimal information at times allowed my thought process to become gripped by what may or may not happen.
I had no idea beforehand, how the storyline was going to conclude, and I felt that putting a name to the ‘whodunnit’ wasn’t as important as it usually is. I mean, we are given snippets of the persons psyche by the way they anonymously conduct themselves, yet it was more their actions which held a lot more importance than their identity. Well, that’s what I thought anyway.
‘The Silent Dead’ is a very, very cleverly written novel which grows in intensity as the story develops. I would have loved to learn a bit more about the main characters outside of their day job to make them feel a bit more ‘human’, nonetheless they were a very colourful bunch which made for excellent reading. Let’s just say that where ‘Dowdy’ is concerned, the phrase ‘never judge a book by its cover’ could not be more apt.
A psychologically intelligent, gripping and complex start to a brand new series – I’m looking forward to watching Beth Young’s personality develop in further books.
About the author.
Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel – The Silent Dead is published by Bookouture and set in Cumbria / the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.
He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.
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