Format: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Carina UK
Published: 18th February 2016
Pages: 276 Pages
This house has a past that won’t stay hidden, and it is time for the dead to speak.
Returning to Number 17, Coronation Square, Edie is shocked to find the place she remembers from childhood reeks of mould and decay. After her aunt Dolly’s death Edie must clear out the home on a street known for five vicious murders many years ago, but under the dirt and grime of years of neglect lurk dangerous truths.
For in this dark house there is misery, sin and dark secrets that can no longer stay hidden. The truth must come out.
Finding herself dragged back into the horrific murders of the past, Edie must find out what really happened all those years ago. But as Edie uncovers the history of the family she had all but forgotten, she begins to wonder if sometimes it isn’t best to leave them buried.
Thank you to Jenny from Neverland Book Tours and author Ann for the copy of The Silent Girls to read and review.
Edie arrives at Coronation Square to attend her Aunt Dolly’s funeral, she too has the mammoth task of cleaning out Number 17 ready to sell, sadly her Aunt won’t be needing it anymore.
There are memories a plenty for Edie and a few home truths that she didn’t know existed. You learn about Edie’s turbulent childhood and the fact that she barely knew her mother or father, she wasn’t that concerned about it either – she seemed to get on with life.
I have to admit that the first couple of chapters took me a while to get into, but the more you read about the seedy lifestyle of the Coronation Square residents, the more you can’t put the novel down.
During the novel, Matt Bastion pops up, he believes his father is innocent in the case of the Coronation Square murders and will try in all his might to prove the innocence. He has his own incident room in his bedsit, complete with witness profiles and victim information. He believes Edie’s family are the culprits and the more he sees Edie, the more she is convinced of it too.
You find yourself becoming novice detective whilst you try to piece together who committed the crimes because it’s far too obvious to be Matt’s father. Nothing is predictable, your mind jumps from one suspect to another and even then, you’re not overly convinced.
Edie also becomes friends with Sophie, a bad part of the square. Sophie is dirty and loud mouthed, with no care in the world. However, she and Edie become the best of friends. Edie needs Sophie and vice versa, they have no family close to home and no one that really cares, so their friendship is valued. They both needed each other and I’m glad they helped one another in times of need.
The ending was totally unexpected, you would never guess the turn in events! I did not expect the murderer to be who it was and I doubt you will expect it either. Let’s just say, don’t be fooled by nice people, they’re not always as they seem.