Silenced for Good by Alex Coombs.
Synopsis… “Detective Hanlon is addicted to violence. She likes the rush, the danger, the losing control… When Hanlon is suspended from the force for assaulting a suspect, she escapes to the remote Scottish island of Jura, home to the mysterious Corryvreckan whirlpool.
But wherever Hanlon goes, violence is sure to follow. As soon as she checks into The Mackinnon Arms, Hanlon senses something isn’t quite right about the staff at her home for the week.
Sure enough, within days of arriving, the body of a member of staff is found floating in the sea. While police believe she was claimed by the local whirlpool, Hanlon isn’t so sure. As she pieces together the evidence, dark secrets begin to unravel. Can Hanlon work out what is going on before another floating body is found…?“
Overall rating 5 out of 5 stars.
This book had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, it was like being on a roller coaster ride the whole way through.
There was a lot of information given to us in the book and I applaud Coombs for not once making us feel overwhelmed with it all. I found the writing so well done, it didn’t give too much away but just enough to keep our interest and keep us reading until that pivotal moment.
The plot was wild and like nothing I had read before, which instantly drew me into this book. One of my favourite things about this book was how chapter one set the scene for why we were in Scotland and on this journey – it was the perfect back story.
I took an instant liking to Hanlon, and I could see why she wanted the extreme change of scenery from London to the high hills of Scotland, especially with the way that Coombs described it, the location sounded idyllic.
I did dislike some of the other characters, but not because they were badly written, because they were so well written as the “bad guys” of the book, which put me off them.
Coombs wove so many strands into this book, making us question who we could trust and building up a sense of unease so great that I couldn’t put this book down. Something I was impressed with as often a book with such deep webs of lies and deceit can be intermingled and not make sense
On the whole, everything about this book was worthy of 5 stars. I was on the edge of my seat reading it and I was blown away with the web of lies and deceit that Coombs wrote into this book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something to hold their interest and keep them guessing.
Until next time, Em xxx