Sunday, 21 February 2016

Review - The Silent Girls by Ann Troup

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Silent Girls by Ann Troup, a book which I thoroughly enjoyed and which I’m delighted to be sharing a review with you for today. The Silent Girls was honestly everything I love about a book, being full of intrigue, twists and turns throughout. It kept me hooked from beginning to end and based on how much I loved this book there’s absolutely no doubt that I will be back for more by this author. 

In The Silent Girls we meet Edie as she returns to 17 Coronation Square, a house she has avoided visiting for many years but which she is obliged to return to after the death of her aunt in order to completely clear it of its contents. It’s a mammoth task and as she sets about it, and starts talking to the neighbours it becomes apparent that there was far more to her family than she ever knew before. They may not have been quite so cut off from the five murders that took place in the neighbourhood many years ago as they made out to be…

The Silent Girls was not short of tension and drama and from the very first page I was completely and utterly in love with Ann Troup’s writing style. Ann has really gone to town in this book, creating one which was beautifully detailed and incredibly descriptive. Throughout the novel this was something that allowed me to visualise and build up a picture of everything perfectly and feel fully immersed and wrapped up in the action. This is something I really appreciate in any book.

There were a number of characters in this novel and I sometimes find that, with a lot of characters, it can be hard to keep track of what each is up to. However, that is not the case with The Silent Girls as each character has a critical role to play in the unfolding mystery and Ann expertly weaves each of them in and out of the story at just the right moments. It has to be said that I particularly admired Edie’s character who clearly had a lot to deal with and sort out but who remained resilient, determined and willing to help others throughout. 

This was undoubtedly a magnificent book that was also completely unpredictable and a real privilege to read. I’m now ashamed to say that I hadn’t read Ann’s debut novel, The Lost Child, before picking this book up but can say that all the praise that she has received for her fabulous writing is very well-deserved. I really can’t wait to see what this author will treat us readers to next but in the mean time definitely look forward to catching up on her previous book. The Silent Girls is not a book to be missed!