Silent Scream by Angela Marsons ~ Fiction Book Review

wpb24I added this book to my to-read list after seeing several positive reviews from friends on Goodreads. Yes, I’m one of those people who stalks hangs out on Goodreads checking out what other people are reading and recommending. If you want to be one of those people, add me! I’m (mostly) friendly. You can find me here.

Anyways, I added this books thanks to my Goodreads friends, and that’s why I recognized it when I saw it in the used book bin at my local bookstore. Silent Scream is yet another debut book by a British author, (what can I say, I think I’m hooked), and is the first installment of an intended series featuring D.I. Kim Stone.

I had a hard time in the beginning. I think I was five pages in when I logged in to Goodreads to double check that this was a recommended book with good rating and reviews. (Yes, if we’re friends, I’ll trust you that much!) And it was. So I kept reading. I’m very glad I did.

D.I. Kim Stone is a very likable character (seems like it’s been forever since I encountered one of those). The plot was well paced and planned, with a nice bonus at the end. And whatever it was that bothered me in the beginning dropped away at some point, leaving me quite happily immersed in the story.

Will you like it? As far as British mystery thrillers go, this is a nice mid-range option; not too cozy, but not as brutal as Mo Hayder. Disturbing, but not in too much detail. It may have the sniffles, but it’s not completely sick. Think early Patricia Cornwell – a nice, meaty murder mystery. Five stars.

Fiction Review ~ Mo Hayder “Skin” & “Gone”

mobook I very rarely read two books by the same author in a row, but by some strange twist of fate the stars aligned and I 1) had the next book in the series already waiting to be read on my shelf and 2) was so disappointed by Skin that I knew I had to hurry up and read Gone. Please don’t get me wrong – Skin is a good book. It kept my attention, was entertaining, and my all means would probably have been a five star book for me IF it hadn’t been written by Mo Hayder.

As those of you who have read a Mo Hayder book before know , this British author is absolutely brutal. A courageous, take no prisoners, leave no line uncrossed, write the absolutely unthinkable type of author. For those of you who haven’t read Hayer’s Jack Caffery series, you should – if you have a strong stomach and like your detective mysteries vicious, cruel and ruthless. You’re not going to find anything cozy in these books.

mobook1That’s why I was so shocked by Skin. It was kind of tame, focusing more on the two main recurring characters, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery and Sergeant Phoebe “Flea” Marley than on the book’s namesake storyline. In fact, this book was more of a character development of the two, moving along the subplot that’s developed between them. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Under normal circumstances. But when I pick up a Mo Hayder book, it’s because I want my earth shattered. I want to lose my breath over the atrocities on the pages.

Which led me to suspect that since Skin was so tame, Gone would be a wild riot. And it was. If you like a book that makes you flinch, hold up your hand and read through splayed fingers, Hayder’s your girl.

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