Jan 08 2018

Review for The Silent Girls (Detective Anna Gwynne #1) by Dylan Young

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 16 Comments

Review for The Silent Girls (Detective Anna Gwynne #1) by Dylan YoungThe Silent Girls (Detective Anna Gwynne #1) by Dylan Young
Published by Bookouture on January 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Crime, Police Procedurals
Pages: 309
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
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The Silent Girls: A gripping serial killer thriller (Detective Anna Gwynne Crime Series Book 1)‘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?
An absolutely page-turning thriller that will have you hooked. If you love Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and M.J. Arlidge, you won’t be able to put down The Silent Girls.





The Silent Girls thrilling tale of a serial killer and the detective who is on a quest to find the truth. This was previously titled, Come Out to Play, but I do like this title a lot more. It seems to fit the story as a whole quite well. This was one those books that I found my immersed in, and didn’t want to put it down.

The story opens with a young girl going missing, it bares the similarities to a previous crime that took place 18 years ago. Neville Cooper AKA The Woodsman, who is the man who was convicted of the murder all those years ago has recently had his conviction overturned and is out of prison. The police are quick to judgement that he has killed this girl as well. But there is a new task force that reviews old cases, with a detective that believes that Cooper is not behind this specific murder. Detective Anna Gwynne has her work cut out for her, because the town and the police believe they have the right man. Will she be able to find who is really behind this horrible crime and without putting herself in danger before he strikes again?

This has a pretty wide cast of characters, you have the townspeople, the families of the murdered girls, and the suspects family members, and of course many law enforcement officers involved. Some of the officers were questionable and were strictly by the book. But Anna Gwynne is one that will do what she needs to do to uncover the truth. She was smart and an excellent investigator, she follows her instincts, even if they take her to an unlikely source for help on the case. Hector Shaw is a convicted serial killer, but he was full of information, some that would help in the case and some that was just to get under Anna’s skins. I didn’t quite understand the connection that Anna and Hector had, and at first I was a little leery of it all, I did come to understand why she went to him though. But wow, Hector was one manipulative man! With so many characters, it is hard to go over all of them, but each one played their part very well. The questionable ones too.

As all the pieces start in place, with multiple suspects and truths being discovered, the suspense builds keeping me on my toes. And then I found myself trying to figure out who the Woodman really was, was I wrong all along? It all leads up to a fairly intense and gritty ending. It was a satisfying conclusion, and I am curious to see where Young will take Detective Ann Gwynne next in Blood Runs Cold.

The Silent Girls was a suspenseful and eerie ride, and a fantastic start to the series. I can’t wait for the next book!!



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16 Responses to “Review for The Silent Girls (Detective Anna Gwynne #1) by Dylan Young”

  1. Kristin @ Addicted to HEA

    For some reason, I immediately went to “Silence of the Lambs” because she was using a criminal for help. But it does sound good and I hope the second book is just as good!! BTW, the cover is phenomenal 🙂 Great review!!

  2. Lily

    oh man this sounds interesting, hopefully the long list of characters does not deter from following the storyline

  3. Heidi

    This sounds awesome. I have been reading lots more thrillers the last couple of years. I will add this to my list. Thanks for the recommendation, Jenea.

  4. Literary Feline

    The Silent Girls sounds intense! I am really picky these days about serial killer type thrillers, but thus sounds really good. I will definitely keep my eye out for this one.

  5. Sophia Rose

    Man, I could see myself really getting into this one, too. Good to know that it had you questioning your own guesses and had a great thriller aspect to it. Enjoyed your thoughts on it, Jenea.

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