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The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this... Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed. Detective Robyn Carter The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this... Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed. Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint. Then a woman is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her stepdaughter’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies are connected, and has the killer only just begun? When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing. Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost? An absolutely heart-stopping and compelling serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel Abbot and Robert Dugoni. What readers are saying about Carol Wyer: ‘Absolutely blew me away! ... man was this amazing! ... Would I recommend this book? YES! A million times yes! I can’t say enough amazing things about The Missing Girls.’ Mini Mac Reviews, 5 stars ‘Fantastic, right from page one I was totally hooked. I loved the characters, the story, and the writing style, everything about it. This book was full of twists and turns, it was emotional, dark in places and impossible to put down. I genuinely didn’t guess the ending which was awesome! ... one of the best books that I have read so far in 2017. Totally deserves 5 Stars.’ Bonnies Book Talk, 5 stars ‘Wow, wow, wow!! What a fantastic book ... I literally cannot wait until the next book. This series is getting stronger with every book, and if you haven’t read them yet, then this is a huge recommendation for you to do so. Fantastic author, fantastic series, fantastic book! Five big fat stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars


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The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this... Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed. Detective Robyn Carter The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this... Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed. Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint. Then a woman is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her stepdaughter’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies are connected, and has the killer only just begun? When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing. Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost? An absolutely heart-stopping and compelling serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel Abbot and Robert Dugoni. What readers are saying about Carol Wyer: ‘Absolutely blew me away! ... man was this amazing! ... Would I recommend this book? YES! A million times yes! I can’t say enough amazing things about The Missing Girls.’ Mini Mac Reviews, 5 stars ‘Fantastic, right from page one I was totally hooked. I loved the characters, the story, and the writing style, everything about it. This book was full of twists and turns, it was emotional, dark in places and impossible to put down. I genuinely didn’t guess the ending which was awesome! ... one of the best books that I have read so far in 2017. Totally deserves 5 Stars.’ Bonnies Book Talk, 5 stars ‘Wow, wow, wow!! What a fantastic book ... I literally cannot wait until the next book. This series is getting stronger with every book, and if you haven’t read them yet, then this is a huge recommendation for you to do so. Fantastic author, fantastic series, fantastic book! Five big fat stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

30 review for The Silent Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    THE SILENT CHILDREN is book 4 in the DI Robyn Carter series, by author Carol Wyer, a serial-killer thriller with a twist. I have read the first three books in this series and loved them, so now plan to read the remaining two books in the series. There are currently 5 books in the series that include: 1) Little Lost Girl 2) Secrets of the Dead 3) The Missing Girls 4) The Silent Children 5) The Chosen Ones A little boy stumbled across a man in a car with his “swollen tongue hanging from his mouth”. A man THE SILENT CHILDREN is book 4 in the DI Robyn Carter series, by author Carol Wyer, a serial-killer thriller with a twist. I have read the first three books in this series and loved them, so now plan to read the remaining two books in the series. There are currently 5 books in the series that include: 1) Little Lost Girl 2) Secrets of the Dead 3) The Missing Girls 4) The Silent Children 5) The Chosen Ones A little boy stumbled across a man in a car with his “swollen tongue hanging from his mouth”. A man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed. The child was horrified. DI Robyn Carter and her team are assigned to the case. Then a woman is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her stepdaughter’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies are connected, and has the killer only just begun? Robyn suspects both were murdered by the same person. When another body is discovered on a golf course…an apparent heart attack, Robyn is sure this is the work of a serial killer. She realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing. First of all, if I had to compare this novel against the previous three novels in the series, this would be my least favourite. I found this a long slow-paced novel, with so many characters to remember and keep track of, I found myself taking notes, which slowed down my reading speed, and took away from the enjoyment of the book. But most of all (without giving any spoilers) after finishing book 3, I was eagerly waiting for action regarding the explosive cliffhanger revealed at the end of book 3…but to no avail. I can only hope that it will be addressed in book 5. I really love this series and the characters come alive on the page. Looking forward to book 5. Many thanks to my favourite publisher, Bookouture via NetGalley for my copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Dooley

    Book 4 in a brilliant series but unfortunately for me the weakest in the series. A decent read but well below the standard of the other 3. We are back with Detective Robyn Carter and her team as the body of a man is found shot dead in his car in a park by a young child. Soon afterwards a woman is found murdered at the bottom of her stairs in her house and when Robyn makes a vague connection between the two, she suspects they were both murdered by the same person. When another body turns up on a Book 4 in a brilliant series but unfortunately for me the weakest in the series. A decent read but well below the standard of the other 3. We are back with Detective Robyn Carter and her team as the body of a man is found shot dead in his car in a park by a young child. Soon afterwards a woman is found murdered at the bottom of her stairs in her house and when Robyn makes a vague connection between the two, she suspects they were both murdered by the same person. When another body turns up on a golf course, apparently dying of a heart attack, Robyn is convinced that foul play has taken place and at the hands of the same killer. Can she and her team unravel who is killing this group of connected people and stop them before more lives are lost? The story here is a fairly simple one with of course plenty of threads and complications along the way. There is a lot of time devoted to flashback segments that don’t appear relevant to the story(but of course are) and this only becomes apparent towards the end. It’s a story of abuse, of greed and secrecy and of course ultimately murder. There is a large cast of characters and i did find it difficult at times to keep track of all the main protagonists. A shame really as they are all central to the story but I didn’t find them memorable enough to recall them by name a few chapters later. It moves at a bit of a snails pace and does seem to take forever for the investigation to garner real results without too much happening apart from interviewing the suspects over and over again. The book just feels too long. Took to long to tell it’s story. The flashback sequences I get and are there for a purpose but there is just too much of them and it felt like padding a bit. There’s just no way there’s enough of a story here to justify a 400 + page book. Another real annoyance(and I’m sure I’m not alone in this) was in book 3 we are left with a fantastic cliffhanger relating to Robyn’s personal life. A real bombshell that just had you counting the days until book 4. Well here it is and the storyline is given lip service at best. It’s barely touched upon or developed which I think was a big mistake and a bit of a disservice to the reader. I hope this will not turn into a never ending saga theme throughout the series. Anyway, it felt like an afterthought from the author in this story, despite being dropped from the sky in large capital neons at the end of book 3. A huge hook thrown out by the author and then rather awkwardly touched on in here. Such a shame. Despite all the above criticism I still love this series and Robyn Carter. Perhaps if I read this as a stand-alone I would have marked it lower, or perhaps I would have marked it higher as I wouldn’t have had the first 3 books as reference and been as disappointed in this one. It’s a bit like one of your favourite tv series where there’s always a season that isn’t great but you still watch it because you love the characters and their world, so you persevere despite the weak season. Well this is the weak season in this particular series. I wanted to like this one more than I did. I know Robyn and all her characters in her life and was glad to have them back but unfortunately the story just wasn’t up to scratch. The lack of development of the cliffhanger from the previous book was also a real annoyance and not a wise choice in my opinion I look forward to book 5 and hope it gets back to the standard of the first 3 because they really are special books and the character of Robyn Carter certainly deserves the best of storylines from her creator. Many thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Carol E Wyer for the ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    After reading the others in the series, I’ve been waiting to see if the series gets diluted, but it’s as thick and palatable as ever, in fact, it’s getting stronger. I’m so into this series I don’t want it to end. By all accounts there is another due out some time in March 2018 (I think) so mark your calendar for that exciting release. I’ve learnt so much more about what kind of woman Detective Robyn Carter is, not only in her job. I loved how the questioning of a child to bring out any informative After reading the others in the series, I’ve been waiting to see if the series gets diluted, but it’s as thick and palatable as ever, in fact, it’s getting stronger. I’m so into this series I don’t want it to end. By all accounts there is another due out some time in March 2018 (I think) so mark your calendar for that exciting release. I’ve learnt so much more about what kind of woman Detective Robyn Carter is, not only in her job. I loved how the questioning of a child to bring out any informative information sometimes in a fun way to get to know what the child may or may not know. Very well done. There’s a secret that needs to be broken, this may hold the key to open the door to the investigation. Clever plot. Great story. Kept me on my toes. My thanks to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Another Detective series with a female lead, but well worth a read. This is the 4th book in the DI Robyn Carter series by author Carol Wyer but my first taste and after enjoying this book I will be looking to read the others. There are quite a lot of characters in this book and it took me a while to remember who was who but I recommend that you don't let that stop you reading this book. DI Robyn Carter is asked to investigate the murder of Henry Gregson whose body was discovered by a child out on Another Detective series with a female lead, but well worth a read. This is the 4th book in the DI Robyn Carter series by author Carol Wyer but my first taste and after enjoying this book I will be looking to read the others. There are quite a lot of characters in this book and it took me a while to remember who was who but I recommend that you don't let that stop you reading this book. DI Robyn Carter is asked to investigate the murder of Henry Gregson whose body was discovered by a child out on the Gruffalo Trail in Cannock Chase. Henry who appears to be a well liked man was found shot dead in his car by the young child. When a woman is found in dead at the bottom of her staircase a seemingly insignificant detail in her stepdaughter’s statement makes Robyn wonder if the two bodies are connected, and if the killer has only just begun? A third body confirms Robyn's fears and she is left to chase the truth before the killer strikes again. A thoroughly entertaining read although if I am honest the plot does stretch my limits of what is credible. I would like to thank Net Galley and Bookouture for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    4.5/5 If you’re a new follower you may not know that this series is one of my absolute favorites, I’ve read and loved them all. I highly recommend starting at the first book and catching up as soon as possible because they’re SO good and you really need to read Robyn’s backstory to appreciate how excellent they are. The order is Little Girl Lost, Secrets of the Dead, The Missing Girls then this one, so get cracking and add them to your Christmas list! Wyer is a clever lady and I love her formula o 4.5/5 If you’re a new follower you may not know that this series is one of my absolute favorites, I’ve read and loved them all. I highly recommend starting at the first book and catching up as soon as possible because they’re SO good and you really need to read Robyn’s backstory to appreciate how excellent they are. The order is Little Girl Lost, Secrets of the Dead, The Missing Girls then this one, so get cracking and add them to your Christmas list! Wyer is a clever lady and I love her formula of inserting chapters pertaining to the case via flashbacks that she uses in each book. This time, an unknown boy is telling the story of his terribly sad life full of horror and abuse. The addition of these snippets in between chapters from Robyn and team gave this such a dark, harrowing and gritty feel that worked so well for me. Per usual there are several plot threads to keep track of and again, as always this has a highly complex storyline that I never could quite figure out, Robyn sure is a better detective than me 😜 Wyer is beginning to be the queen of curveballs and this was no exception, especially as it relates to Robyn’s personal life. I’m being purposefully vague in case you haven’t read the previous book but she’s torturing us readers by giving us a tiny piece of the puzzle and then moving on. I LOVE IT! Keeps me on my toes and makes me all the more eager for the next book. Fans of police procedurals/thrillers that haven’t read this are truly missing out, they’re fast paced, exciting, shocking and fantastically well written.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    With thanks to Netgalley and the fantastic Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I can't believe this is the 4th book in Robyn Carter series. I have read every book in the series, and it feels like meeting old friends. The books starts with the discovery of the body of Frank Gregson. Frank was found in his car murdered by a single gunshot to his neck. According to his wife Lauren, Frank should of been at work at the Minimart. Upon further investigation he turned out Fra With thanks to Netgalley and the fantastic Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I can't believe this is the 4th book in Robyn Carter series. I have read every book in the series, and it feels like meeting old friends. The books starts with the discovery of the body of Frank Gregson. Frank was found in his car murdered by a single gunshot to his neck. According to his wife Lauren, Frank should of been at work at the Minimart. Upon further investigation he turned out Frank was a man of secrets. He told Lauren his mum was ill and lived in a old persons home and his sister Libby was a drug addict. He turned out his Libby was the main carer for their mother who lived in the family home. Then the body of Tessa Hall is found dead at the bottom of her stairs. Murdered by a single blow to the head with a blunt instrument. Tessa was a nurse in a fertility clinic but the police found a million pounds hidden in a bank account, where did it come from? When a third man dies of a heart attack on a golf course it appears to be natural courses. He was penniless after divorcing his wife, but recently he had bought a huge flat screen TV. He also recently appeared to have a million pounds paid into his account. In between the story is the story of a unnamed boy and his younger sister and their abusive childhoods. In Carol's last book Robyn was sent a photograph of Davies at a UK airport on the day he died. When Robyn has Amelie over for a sleepover Amelie tells her she thought she saw Davies the previous month in a bowling alley. After unsuccessfully trying to trace Davies boss she ask Ross her cousin to investigate. This was another clever storyline from Carol Wyer. I thought I had guessed the identity of the boy but I was completely wrong. The chapters were short and snappy, one of those just one more chapter before bed books. I loved the cliff hanger at the end of this book, I look forward to reading what happens next to Robyn. I cannot recommend this series highly enough.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Another great thriller! I have yet to read the first two books in this series but not once have I ever felt lost. And, yes, I will get to the beginning of this series—eventually. This book Robyn finds her self solving a murder that just confuses her more than anything. There appears to be no reason why this particular murder happened but, of course, bodies start piling up. Not only is Robyn trying to put the pieces together but she’s also called her cousin Ross to help her find her ex, who is pr Another great thriller! I have yet to read the first two books in this series but not once have I ever felt lost. And, yes, I will get to the beginning of this series—eventually. This book Robyn finds her self solving a murder that just confuses her more than anything. There appears to be no reason why this particular murder happened but, of course, bodies start piling up. Not only is Robyn trying to put the pieces together but she’s also called her cousin Ross to help her find her ex, who is presumably dead. But clues are saying otherwise. This was fast paced, filled with twists that you don’t see coming and the characters really stand out. I’m ready for the next book! *Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    The Silent Children is the 4rth book in the DI Robyn Carter series. I have read the prior books and I was excited to read this one. This book did not disappoint and is a great addition to the series. The author gives enough background so that this can be read as a stand-alone without being lost. This is a fast paced, page turner that any police procedural and thriller lover will enjoy. A mystery that is full of twists and turns. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I highly rec The Silent Children is the 4rth book in the DI Robyn Carter series. I have read the prior books and I was excited to read this one. This book did not disappoint and is a great addition to the series. The author gives enough background so that this can be read as a stand-alone without being lost. This is a fast paced, page turner that any police procedural and thriller lover will enjoy. A mystery that is full of twists and turns. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of Carol Wyer's "The Silent Children" in exchange of an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Book Addict Shaun

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I recently read and loved the first three of Carol Wyer's Robyn Carter series, and anybody who has read The Missing Girls will know that it ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger, leaving readers guessing about the real fate of Robyn's assumed dead husband, Davies. I expected to start reading The Silent Children and seeing Robyn absolutely determined to find out more about this and whether or not Davies was in fact still alive. It's clear in the previous books how much she loved and still does l I recently read and loved the first three of Carol Wyer's Robyn Carter series, and anybody who has read The Missing Girls will know that it ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger, leaving readers guessing about the real fate of Robyn's assumed dead husband, Davies. I expected to start reading The Silent Children and seeing Robyn absolutely determined to find out more about this and whether or not Davies was in fact still alive. It's clear in the previous books how much she loved and still does love him and think about him, however we are expected to believe that instead of putting real effort into trying to find out more, it's just pushed to the back burner and left to her cousin Ross to do some digging. In fairness to Robyn she does have her hands full with a murder that soon becomes complicated when the bodies start to pile up. Carol Wyer's previous books have been great with such strong storylines that had me gripped. In this one I was left a little bit annoyed, and quite frankly bored at times as this investigation plodded along. When it's obvious that the two murders are connected and a third body is found (and assumed to be a heart attack), Robyn, Shearer and their boss actually doubt whether this third body is connected. What, a third body turns up connected to the other two and just because it's not an obvious murder you would doubt the connection? Very poor policing and not very believable. The investigation moves along slowly, there's a whole myriad of characters that could have been responsible and it was only when it was revealed how this cast of characters were truly connected that the story picked up a little bit of pace and I was very impressed with how it all tied together, especially the story that we were following in the background about two abused children. Unfortunately I just didn't care about the characters that I was reading about. The story itself didn't grip me and I was annoyed that not enough focus was given to Davies and on whether he was alive or not. Readers of Peter James’s Roy Grace series will know that he dragged out the saga of Grace's missing wife for something like a decade worth of books. If you're going into The Silent Children looking for answers on whether he is still alive, let me save you the time by saying you aren't going to get them. The book ends on a little bit of a cliffhanger concerning Davies which is hugely disappointing. After all, if Robyn can't even be arsed to care enough to look into his death herself, why should the reader care about whether he's alive or not? After three extremely strong books I think this fourth one has just hit a dead end and I'm not too sure I'll be reading the fifth.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    Cor! Way to hit the ball out of the park! The DI Robyn Carter series is one of my favourites and I realise I say this quite a bit but it’s not my fault there are so many good ones out there! I can’t believe we’re already at book four and Carole Wyer shows no signs of slowing down. I do most heartily recommend you start with the first book so you get to know Robyn and her team and an especially intriguing background story. Now, if you have read the previous ones and you’re hoping for some sort of c Cor! Way to hit the ball out of the park! The DI Robyn Carter series is one of my favourites and I realise I say this quite a bit but it’s not my fault there are so many good ones out there! I can’t believe we’re already at book four and Carole Wyer shows no signs of slowing down. I do most heartily recommend you start with the first book so you get to know Robyn and her team and an especially intriguing background story. Now, if you have read the previous ones and you’re hoping for some sort of conclusion after the mind-blowing ending of book three, weeeell, let’s just say Carol Wyer has this teasing thing down to an art. There are some breadcrumbs, some clues but the focus is more on a truly fabulous murder investigation. It’s pure torture but it’s also awesome and a surefire way to keep me coming back for more. Love it! As for the investigation, a man is found shot to death at a local park. By all accounts, he seemed to be a much loved person so why would anyone want him dead? When a second person is found murdered, Robyn wonders if these cases are somehow connected. But how? Cue an incredibly complex and multi-layered plot that had me guessing until the end. With a combination of utterly emotional, heartbreaking, harrowing chapters dealing with abuse set in the past and a hard-hitting investigation in the present, I was absolutely gripped! For the longest time, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was going on and I will always love an author who manages to do that. This is one of those stories where you start reading and the hours just pass by without you realising. Totally addictive and engrossing! As if investigating murders and bumping into dead ends all over the place wasn’t enough, Robyn and her team are also dealing with some unwelcome guests when they are forced to share their office space with Shearer and his team. That can’t possibly go well, can it?! Again, as in the previous books, I’m loving these team dynamics, the diversity and the banter. Getting to know the other team members better each time adds that little something extra. If you’re not reading these books, you are missing out and I strongly urge you to correct the error of your ways! This is an absolutely fantastic series which just keeps getting better and better. This latest instalment is immensely gripping and compelling and dare I say, the best one yet. I so can’t wait for the next one!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    *thank you to Netgalley, Carol Wyer and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 2 stars. Unfortunately this book fell short for me. I haven't read the 3 previous in this series and maybe that makes a difference. There was quite a lot of characters that seemed as though they had backstories in the previous books so it felt like I had been missing a lot of information which made it a bit confusing. When a story requires a bit more thinking than usual, it runs the risk of *thank you to Netgalley, Carol Wyer and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 2 stars. Unfortunately this book fell short for me. I haven't read the 3 previous in this series and maybe that makes a difference. There was quite a lot of characters that seemed as though they had backstories in the previous books so it felt like I had been missing a lot of information which made it a bit confusing. When a story requires a bit more thinking than usual, it runs the risk of becoming more like a chore instead of something to relax into. This was bordering on doing that. It didn't really hold my interest but there were scenes that I had enjoyed at times. While this isn't for me, if you had enjoyed her first 3 in this series, I'd say you would probably like this too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    Oh Carol Wyer, you adorable tease and amazing writer, whatever am I going to do with you?! Guys and gals, if you have read this series, then you know that ending of The Missing Girls was a jaw dropper and I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on this, book four, to see where she was going to go with the story line. Little teases and prods to book 3 found me continually turning pages to try and figure out if I'll get any answers. CAROL, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME?! She does what she does best, and that is Oh Carol Wyer, you adorable tease and amazing writer, whatever am I going to do with you?! Guys and gals, if you have read this series, then you know that ending of The Missing Girls was a jaw dropper and I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on this, book four, to see where she was going to go with the story line. Little teases and prods to book 3 found me continually turning pages to try and figure out if I'll get any answers. CAROL, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME?! She does what she does best, and that is bringing in multiple characters with a new mystery to solve and still expounding on Carter's life as we race to find the killer with her. I love her rhythm of past to present. This time we see a boy and girl who are abused at home and watch them grow from various chapters. The present shows a body count piling up while Carter tries to piece them together... all the while trying to piece her life together as well. (And who doesn't love a cat named Schrödinger??) I really want to be vague about everything because while you could conceivably read these as a stand alone in terms of the case at hand, you really want to read these books in order to get familiar with Robyn Carter and her life. It's well worth it, I assure you. Another page turner that any police procedural and thriller lover will enjoy. I highly suggest you get on this series. So far, Wyer has done no wrong and I can only see this series continuing to grow and take further hold on my soul. 🤣 That ending again... uff, another teaser. I was really hoping for just a little bit more from this plot line. It does its job well though - you KNOW I'm keeping my eyes peeled for book 5 and no on will stop me!! Big thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for this copy! 4.5 stars rounding to 5 for GR

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Carol Wyer gets better and better. This was such a twisty plot. A man is found dead in his car by a young boy on the Gruffalo Trail. He has been shot in the head. His phone has slipped to the floor, on it an unfinished text message - "I can't keep this secret any longer." Soon a nurse, Tessa Hall, is found dead at the bottom of her stairs - suicide, accident or murder? DI Robyn Carter thinks the cases may be related but the powers that be are not convinced. As the bodies stack up some disturbing Carol Wyer gets better and better. This was such a twisty plot. A man is found dead in his car by a young boy on the Gruffalo Trail. He has been shot in the head. His phone has slipped to the floor, on it an unfinished text message - "I can't keep this secret any longer." Soon a nurse, Tessa Hall, is found dead at the bottom of her stairs - suicide, accident or murder? DI Robyn Carter thinks the cases may be related but the powers that be are not convinced. As the bodies stack up some disturbing evidence comes to light. It seems some of the dead people have recently deposited one million pounds into overseas bank accounts. What the heck is going on? Robyn has her work cut out for her on this one. There are also some strange goings on which lead her to believe Davies could still be alive. How is that possible? How could he do this to her and his daughter? And how can she find out the truth? We will have to wait for the next book. This is an excellent series with great plots and fantastic characters. It is fast becoming a favourite.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zannie

    Carol Wyer is my favorite author, and The Silent Children is the 4th in her DI Robyn Carter series. What else can I say, other than "Fantabulous"!? At first, I was a little confused because I was expecting the book to be about children. But that doesn't make it any less of a book, once I realized it wasn't. Perhaps the adults are categorized as children. LOL A little boy discovers a body in Cannock Chase of a man deceased in his vehicle, shot in the neck. Next thing we know, seemingly unrelated b Carol Wyer is my favorite author, and The Silent Children is the 4th in her DI Robyn Carter series. What else can I say, other than "Fantabulous"!? At first, I was a little confused because I was expecting the book to be about children. But that doesn't make it any less of a book, once I realized it wasn't. Perhaps the adults are categorized as children. LOL A little boy discovers a body in Cannock Chase of a man deceased in his vehicle, shot in the neck. Next thing we know, seemingly unrelated bodies start piling up. The Silent Children was a twisty novel that had my brain everywhere, which I love. So why the four stars instead of my usual Carol Wyer five stars? 1. I didn't understand the title. I felt it didn't fit the book. That may just be a misunderstanding on my part, but my wee brain couldn't match that up anywhere. 2. Book three had a cliff-hanger about Robyn's former fiance, and I was hoping to hear a little more about that than I did. 3. My book boyfriend Ross wasn't much to be seen. I realize he's a side character, but he was involved a lot in the first three books. So I missed him a lot. On the other hand, everything else was terrific! I love Anna and Mitz. Their romance is adorable. And speaking of romance. I even adore Tom Scherer, Robyn's cubicle crowding nemesis. The storyline bounced back and forth between character histories and current investigation. I love when the past catches up with the present. Carol Wyer is very good at writing those types of stories. And the storyline itself was different. Engaging. With a mix of creep-factor. All in all, 4-stars doesn't mean anything wrong at all. Carol Wyer is still a 5-star author who amazes and entertains me to no end.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Robertson

    Although I love Carol E Wyers wonderfully wicked sense of humour in her women’s fiction, I have been loving how she is exploring her darker side in this crime series featuring Detective Robyn Carter which is set in Staffordshire. Having loved the first three books in the series, I was excited to get stuck into The Silent Children and what a breathtakingly brilliant addition to the series this is! Problems at work with office sharing are probably the least of Robyns worries here but it certainly d Although I love Carol E Wyers wonderfully wicked sense of humour in her women’s fiction, I have been loving how she is exploring her darker side in this crime series featuring Detective Robyn Carter which is set in Staffordshire. Having loved the first three books in the series, I was excited to get stuck into The Silent Children and what a breathtakingly brilliant addition to the series this is! Problems at work with office sharing are probably the least of Robyns worries here but it certainly doesn’t help her now that DI Shearer and his team have had to relocate from their offices to hers so that the counter terrorism unit can move in. That means she’s not in the best of moods when she is called out to a murder that has taken place in an area mainly used by children and families. In fact, the prologue was so truly horrific that when it changed from being a lovely family day out for two young boys and their grandmother to one of those young boys being utterly traumatised by discovering a murder victim in their car, I was just as traumatised as they were!! And as I’ve actually been on that Gruffalo trail with my own grandchildren, it hit me even harder as I could visualise the scene perfectly in my head, knowing exactly how awful the discovery would have been for that young boy. Such a magical place should have remained untouched by the horrors he would have seen and I would hate to think of the therapy ANYONE would need after that-I personally would never be able to look at The Gruffalo again without major flashbacks!! And I LOVE The Gruffalo! Once again Carol Wyer has delivered a taut and unrelenting narrative that packs a punch straight to the gut! There were so many twists and turns and complex plot threads here that I had absolutely no idea what was waiting for me around those blind corners in the maze of suspicion! Robyn is such an engaging character creation, likeable and determined with an intriguing personal story. Each book also brings something new and fresh to her professional life and I am thoroughly enjoying each and every intricately crafted case that comes her way. The Silent Children is more twisty than eating spaghetti whilst driving around Spaghetti Junction!! There is not a chance in hell you will work out who the murderer is here and why they are embarking on one of the most horrific killing sprees Robyn has had to face so far! And I’ve no idea how she finds the time to do a little personal searching of her own on the side, but after a chance remark by Amelie leads Robyn to make a rather shocking discovery it ended up leaving me on such a cliffhanger that I need book 5 in this series and I need it……NOW!!!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Renita D'Silva

    Brilliant, as always! This author never fails to deliver strong, gripping stories that are also emotional and topical, making you think and care about the characters. A wonderful series that keeps getting better. Fabulous and very highly recommended. I cannot wait for her next.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ingstje

    I’m not up to date usually reading a series but DI Robyn Carter is one of two exceptions I’ve made thanks to this author’s great writing. Carol Wyer just never fails to deliver an extraordinary story with every new novel that is published. All four books are entertaining, engrossing and if you like to read police procedurals then this series is absolutely one of the best and shouldn’t be missed out on. I adore police procedurals that are construed this way, with plenty of investigation, lots of I’m not up to date usually reading a series but DI Robyn Carter is one of two exceptions I’ve made thanks to this author’s great writing. Carol Wyer just never fails to deliver an extraordinary story with every new novel that is published. All four books are entertaining, engrossing and if you like to read police procedurals then this series is absolutely one of the best and shouldn’t be missed out on. I adore police procedurals that are construed this way, with plenty of investigation, lots of possibilities to go through and where every tiny piece of information they gather seems to be a part of one big puzzle but can’t be pieced together right away. Robyn Carter is such a star in finding out how they all fit together. Suffice to say, I very much liked this fourth novel and I believe it was the meatiest storyline yet, one which came with a whole slew of different characters that emerge one after another throughout the story and provide new questions and suspects. When starting this novel absolutely nothing gave me an indication where this story was going to wander off to and I was stunned when I saw the direction this took and the implications that came with making one important but – there’s no other way to see this in my opinion – quite immoral decision. Never did I suspect the people in the story to be connected in this way but it was fun to discover their connection and see the possibilities opening up. I did have an inkling of what might have been a motive once their connection was revealed but then I still didn’t know one hundred percent who was behind it all, even though I could follow someone’s story told from the time he was a child to the present day interspersed through the novel. I was really invested into these alternate chapters but still couldn’t figure out who he was and if this person was in fact responsible for people’s untimely deaths. I couldn’t predict the killer for a very long time which is what I love in these type of novels. With every new novel I also get to know Robyn a little better and there are mysteries in her own life that continue to puzzle her as well, even though it wasn’t really explored very deeply yet. My only wish is I could have heard a little more about what happened on her late husband’s last day, I was so looking forward to it. Luckily she gets some diversion from little Schrödinger, a little black cat who reminds me of my own little furry friend and stole my heart from the minute I read about him. The novel ends with an interesting storyline in sight that could give some serious dilemma in the future for Robyn so I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m definitely continuing this series, it’s so good!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    DI Robyn Carter is back with a bang along with her entire team. And what a team she has! Each one works diligently to bring the case to a close. The cohesiveness of such a team is wonderful to see. There is genuine respect and great camaraderie. The investigation is bang on, and when the points start getting connected as the book progresses, there was only me going — oh yeah.. why didn't I see that? I would have never guessed such a plot. This is Carol Wyer's fourth book in the Robyn Carter seri DI Robyn Carter is back with a bang along with her entire team. And what a team she has! Each one works diligently to bring the case to a close. The cohesiveness of such a team is wonderful to see. There is genuine respect and great camaraderie. The investigation is bang on, and when the points start getting connected as the book progresses, there was only me going — oh yeah.. why didn't I see that? I would have never guessed such a plot. This is Carol Wyer's fourth book in the Robyn Carter series, and she has done it again. Created an outstanding piece of work where investigation is built up part by part thoroughly, and every clue is followed up. The story is an investigative thriller. A man shot dead in his car with a half written message on his phone + a nurse dying of a blunt force trauma to the head + a man having a cardiac arrest of the golf course = 3 unconnected deaths with Robyn investigating all three separately and then jointly. What is the common factor between the three murders?? How do the clues add up when there was hardly any?? What is the motive of all the 3 deaths?? How many more will there be till Detective Carter makes her discovery?? There is also a parallel story which increases the inner need-to-know-now curiosity. This story runs from childhood to adulthood. Who are the kids as adults now?? And how do they connect to these murders?? To add oil to the already lit curiosity flame, Carol has created a lovely mystery in DI Robyn Carter's personal life and this does nothing but whet my appetite for more of her books. The best part of Carol's book is every step of investigation is written thoroughly and she doesn't focus on the macabre. Most of the thrillers available in the market now, have writers describing a murder scene or a torture scene in such detail that it reads more like a post mortem report. Such books put me off. But Carol's way of writing brings the scene to light without making it icky. This was classy!! There are a few niggles for me, when the investigation turns intense, there are too many characters all of a sudden, and then it requires total concentration to recollect the parts the characters play. I still had some unanswered questions regarding certain characters at the end of the book. In saying this, I do declare that Carol has written a delicious classy thriller (as always) where every scene is like a jigsaw puzzle which DI Robyn Carter tries to fit together till the final picture emerges. And it always is a different, shocking ending. In this book too, she leaves me in blinding eagerness to read her next book, with her lines on the last page... I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    Book 4 and the series just keeps getting better! Robyn Carter is one of my favourite characters.. she is strong, determined and never gives up. After the massive cliffhanger that ended the previous book I could not wait to read this book... and Carol Wyer has again left me wanting more!! A fantastic book.. highly recommended. Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book to read and review

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Gunderman-Harris

    This is one of my absolute favorite books from Carol Wyer! She has me completely hooked on her series and i am even more excited about the next book! As usually Carol ALWAYS wows me and keeps me on my toes with this series and this book is no different! It was only more intense that it has been before! With each installment there is always something new and exciting going on in the DI's life, and it doesn't stop there. With each day the DI's life becomes more and more questionable when it comes to This is one of my absolute favorite books from Carol Wyer! She has me completely hooked on her series and i am even more excited about the next book! As usually Carol ALWAYS wows me and keeps me on my toes with this series and this book is no different! It was only more intense that it has been before! With each installment there is always something new and exciting going on in the DI's life, and it doesn't stop there. With each day the DI's life becomes more and more questionable when it comes to her ex fiance who is supposed to have died. but something shows up and proves her otherwise. She constantly is questioning what happened the day he was pronounced dead and if it was even possible that he lived. But she knows something is wrong with what happened. But with everything that is going on she has to make sure that she finds justice for the silent children that she is looking for. She left this book with such a cliffhanger and so many questions I am anxious to see what happens in the next installment!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I am a massive fan of Carol's books and I started reading this book as soon as it arrived on my Kindle - after the cliff-hanger of an ending to book 3, I really wanted to start book 4 as soon as possible! The book started out with a bang straight away and the story was off at a steady pace, building up gradually towards the end, I will be honest and say that it did take a while for me to get in to the story as I felt it was at a slower pace that the other b https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I am a massive fan of Carol's books and I started reading this book as soon as it arrived on my Kindle - after the cliff-hanger of an ending to book 3, I really wanted to start book 4 as soon as possible! The book started out with a bang straight away and the story was off at a steady pace, building up gradually towards the end, I will be honest and say that it did take a while for me to get in to the story as I felt it was at a slower pace that the other books in the series but that is really my only criticism of the book! I liked how the book went from the past to the present and back to give an added edge to it and extra suspense to keep you guessing.  It is an intricate plot that has been woven very well and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  For me one of the highlights was just picking the book up and getting reacquainted with the characters I've learnt to know and love.  I don't want to say any more as I don't put spoilers in my reviews but I will say that it is a solid 4 stars from me and another excellent addition to this series - looking forward to book 5!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Greed. Betrayal. Secrets. Lies. All components of a compelling plot. Cannock Chase in Stafford: A 33 year old male, Henry Gregson, has been found shot dead inside a car. With little evidence to go on, DI Robyn Carter and her team -- Mitz, Anna, and David -- begin the tedious and painstaking investigation that they hope will lead to the killer. Days pass without much progress when a second victim, Tessa Hall, is found dead on her kitchen floor. Are the two murders connected? Then, Anthony Hawkins Greed. Betrayal. Secrets. Lies. All components of a compelling plot. Cannock Chase in Stafford: A 33 year old male, Henry Gregson, has been found shot dead inside a car. With little evidence to go on, DI Robyn Carter and her team -- Mitz, Anna, and David -- begin the tedious and painstaking investigation that they hope will lead to the killer. Days pass without much progress when a second victim, Tessa Hall, is found dead on her kitchen floor. Are the two murders connected? Then, Anthony Hawkins drops dead on a deserted golf course in the early hours of a Saturday morning. Did these three people know each other? Every single person that the police interview seems to be hiding something, and Robyn cannot figure out if these deaths are the result of actions by a single perpetrator since Hawkins had a heart attack. Yes, indeed, there is a relationship, but DI Carter can't seem to work it out. Mostly a police procedural with the solving of the case the main focus, there is a lot going on in this complicated narrative. Included are chapters from the POV of a child describing his life with his sister and the abuse they suffered. You know it has something to do with the "why" of what has happened, but it's very unclear. Until it isn't. I figured out where this was going fairly quickly but it took quite a while for me to understand the motive behind it all because of the many characters and their relationships. As far as Robyn -- this is the first in the series I've read, and it's #4, so I've missed a lot of the backstory and it did affect my whole perception of her and I wish I'd started with #1. I felt like I came into the middle of something that everyone else knew and I didn't! She's definitely a character I would like to know better, and I sure hope she gets some resolution to her personal situation that seems to be occupying a lot of her time, emotion and energy beyond the job. The other members of the team show potential for a lot of development as well. I'll probably try to find the first 3 books in the series at some point. I'd definitely read another in this series because this one ended with a bit of a cliffhanger and I just hate an unanswered question! Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the e-book ARC of this novel to read and review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    I like the author, but I didn’t have much love for this one. It’s not a serial killer novel (it really isn’t). The tons and tons of flashbacks have nothing to do with anything. And the reason behind everything is so…banal. It was especially disappointing because I was into the book. I really wanted a good sociopathic or psychopathic reason to things. I wanted a charming or brutal or anything really serial killer with a personality. I wanted suspense and dread and just plain creepiness. As a proced I like the author, but I didn’t have much love for this one. It’s not a serial killer novel (it really isn’t). The tons and tons of flashbacks have nothing to do with anything. And the reason behind everything is so…banal. It was especially disappointing because I was into the book. I really wanted a good sociopathic or psychopathic reason to things. I wanted a charming or brutal or anything really serial killer with a personality. I wanted suspense and dread and just plain creepiness. As a procedural, it works. I like our main character and enjoyed the investigation and interviews. But the killings and the reasons behind them? A disappointment. I’ll read the author again. I may just forget this one, though. *ARC Provided via Net Galley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 3.5 STARS (I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY) (Review Not on Blog) "The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this... Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed. Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his RATING: 3.5 STARS (I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY) (Review Not on Blog) "The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this... Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed. Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint. Then a woman is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her stepdaughter’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies are connected, and has the killer only just begun? When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing. Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?" (From Amazon) I was a bit confused with the back and forth on the alternating voices for each chapter. Once I got the hang of it I started to see where this was going but didn't guess it completely right, so yay! I am down for the rest of this series ad anything by Carol Wyer.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Clair

    The Silent Children is book 4 in Carol Wyer’s fabulous DI Robyn Carter series, I absolutely loved The Missing Girls so I could not wait for this next instalment. Spookily, in my last review I said that I was waiting for book 4 with baited breathe…and it was around that time that the cover was revealed for this one! The Silent Children opens with a grandmother and her two grandsons enjoying a morning walk, following The Gruffulo Trail up on Cannock Chase however it doesn’t end brilliantly (of cour The Silent Children is book 4 in Carol Wyer’s fabulous DI Robyn Carter series, I absolutely loved The Missing Girls so I could not wait for this next instalment. Spookily, in my last review I said that I was waiting for book 4 with baited breathe…and it was around that time that the cover was revealed for this one! The Silent Children opens with a grandmother and her two grandsons enjoying a morning walk, following The Gruffulo Trail up on Cannock Chase however it doesn’t end brilliantly (of course not with this being a crime book after all!) when one of the boys diverts away from the trail and finds a man dead in his car, shot with precision and at close range. There is very little evidence as to why he was killed and who is the perpetrator, in fact all the team have to go on is a size ten shoe print. When another body turns up, again in mysterious circumstances, the teams resources are stretched. A tenuous link between the two victims is found but is it enough to determine the same murderer? Alongside the murder investigations, DI Carter and her team are having to adjust to working in close proximity to DI Shearer’s team following some office moves and lack of space – this puts a different type of strain on both the teams, trying to do their own investigations in a small amount of space! I really like these personal challenges that Wyer throws in rather that solely focussing on the investigation – it gives a personal and authentic air to all the characters. Interspersed within the present day investigation, there is a dual narrative set in ‘Then’ which is the abuse of a young boy and his sister. These chapters make for difficult reading, as to be expected, but are written sensitively. I was frustrated (in a good way!) as to what this had to do with the overall storyline but of course, that all becomes clear only when the author is ready to reveal. In addition to the main narrative, the sub narrative that has run through the series so far regarding the death of Carter’s husband, Davies, continues. Robyn’s cousin, Ross, is looking into the circumstances of Davies’ death which is shrouded in secrecy given the nature of his job. Again, I love the personal side of Robyn that this draws out and I am absolutely desperate to find out what really happened and my gut feeling is with Robyn’s that all is not what it seems! Once again, the writing and pacing of this book is fabulous, the dual timelines are handled perfectly and come together brilliantly for that ending…all I’ll say is BOOM, just fantastic! The Silent Children is another brilliant outing from DI Carter and her team so once again, waiting with bated breath for book 5 🙂

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The Silent Children is the fourth book in the D. I Robyn Carter series. I have loved the rest of the series so I was looking forward to reading this. The story starts with Aiden Moore and his brother Kyle are walking along he Gruffalo spotting trail on Cannock Chase, with his Grandma Hannah, Aiden takes a turn until he comes to a clearing where a car is parked and a man’s body is found Henry Gregson. He has been shot in the neck. When Robyn informs his wife of his death she said she didn’t unders The Silent Children is the fourth book in the D. I Robyn Carter series. I have loved the rest of the series so I was looking forward to reading this. The story starts with Aiden Moore and his brother Kyle are walking along he Gruffalo spotting trail on Cannock Chase, with his Grandma Hannah, Aiden takes a turn until he comes to a clearing where a car is parked and a man’s body is found Henry Gregson. He has been shot in the neck. When Robyn informs his wife of his death she said she didn’t understand as he said he was working in the Minimart that day. She also heard that he told people that his sister was a drug addict and his mother was in a care home when really, his sister was the main carer for his mother. Why was he telling these lies? Then a few days later the body of Tessa Hall has been found at the bottom of the stairs and something that is said between her stepdaughter and D.I Robyn Carter that she realises that the two murders are linked in some way. When a third body turns up of a man dying on a golf course but this time of natural causes. They think he is penniless but they discover that there was a million pounds in his account. Robyn Carter is set out to investigate these pattern of events. It seems it’s all linked to a lottery syndicate. I really enjoyed the other books in this series and this one also doesn’t disappoint. It gripped me from start to finish. The only query of this story that was nagging at me was, how did they know that the stolen ticket would produce a winning ticket? I also enjoyed the cliff-hanger at the end regarding Davies. I can’t wait what happens for that part of the story in the next book. Thank you Bookouture, Netgalley and Carol Wyer for an ARC of this book for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Inn Auni

    It took me weeks. There were too many characters, flashback and confusing paragraphs just to throw the reader off for the mysterious purpose. Unfortunately, it got boring too soon for me. And so when the mystery was solved, I wasn't surprise anymore.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Megan (Coffee by the Novel)

    4.5 stars-review to come

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: December 19th 2017 "Jealousy and love - two very powerful emotions that drove people to commit heinous acts." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and .. in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I've been a fan of the DI Robyn Carter series ever since the first book, and this is already the fourth book of the series published. Things are moving fast! Fast-paced, engaging, suspenseful and always a new intriguing mystery Finished reading: December 19th 2017 "Jealousy and love - two very powerful emotions that drove people to commit heinous acts." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and .. in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I've been a fan of the DI Robyn Carter series ever since the first book, and this is already the fourth book of the series published. Things are moving fast! Fast-paced, engaging, suspenseful and always a new intriguing mystery and bad guy to hunt: DI Robyn Carter never lets us readers down. And The Silent Children is without doubt another winner. While I think I ended up enjoying it slightly less than book two or three (for reasons I can't exactly put my finger on), there is no doubt this fourth book is still an excellent detective thriller that simply delivers. The case Robyn Carter and her team has to work on this time is another interesting one and wrapped in a big pile of secrets all there waiting for someone to uncover them. The mystery around the deaths and what is happening will keep you reading until you finally find out exactly what is going on... The Silent Children is without doubt a great addition to this series! (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Best Crime Books & More

    In all truth I was going to go the middle of the road with a 3 star rating on this latest Carol Wyer, however overall I really did enjoy the storyline so didn't feel that was fair, BUT I do have a major niggle with this book that drove me mad! For those that are up to date with the series, they will be aware that book 3 left is with a cliffhanger regarding Robyn's husband. I was fully expecting that to be the basis for this book, but sadly the subject is only lightly touched upon and that drove In all truth I was going to go the middle of the road with a 3 star rating on this latest Carol Wyer, however overall I really did enjoy the storyline so didn't feel that was fair, BUT I do have a major niggle with this book that drove me mad! For those that are up to date with the series, they will be aware that book 3 left is with a cliffhanger regarding Robyn's husband. I was fully expecting that to be the basis for this book, but sadly the subject is only lightly touched upon and that drove me crazy! Other famous authors have dragged out such major plot threads but I really hope Carol doesn't do the same as I would be hugely dissapointed. I have come to really like Robyn as a character and leaving something so huge just doesn't fit with her and for that reason it bugged me throughout the entire book! That small niggle aside the actual storyline for this latest release is a pretty good one and the story itself drew me in. When a dead body is found shot in a car park, Robyn and her team are on the case and before long it becomes a lot more complex. We see the return of DI Shearer as their team are forced to join Robyn's meaning their working space is overcrowded. The story features flashbacks which are intertwined at various points in the story and I found these to be a fantastic addition and they were done incredibly well. I was getting the background on the person speaking and all the while pieces of the puzzle are slowly slotting into place. We also briefly see Robyn's cousin Ross appear (relating to the Davies element of the story) and I couldn't help but be dissapointed we didn't see more of him. Overall a meaty story and a decent enough installment in this great series. I am just crossing my fingers in the hope that Wyer doesn't stretch out the numerous questions over too long otherwise it fear it may become a lot less engaging. I am really looking forward to the next book though in the hope it delivers all the things I now need to know about!

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