Sunday, 6 September 2015

Silenced - Anne Randall

"He buried his victim alive. And now he's escaped from prison and is on the run in the city.
Fiona Henderson, the daughter of the victim who'd descended into a world of silence following her mother's murder, has gone missing. Her sister Annabelle scours the city in a desperate attempt to find her. And then the body of a homeless person if found among the rubbish in a deserted alleyway.
As DIs Wheeler and Ross investigate, more suspicious deaths occur and a pattern emerges: the victims are all homeless. And so the police are pitched against a killer who is hellbent on a mission to rid the streets of the vulnerable and dispossessed.
As Wheeler and Ross descend further into Glasgow's netherworld, their investigation reveals not only a flawed support system for the disaffected, but also a criminal class ruthlessly willing to exploit them. A city of double standards, where morality is bought and sold. 
But it's when the killer begins stalking DI Wheeler, that she and Ross realise that the threat is now personal."

Although enjoyable this wasn't a particularly taxing crime read - the plot line was good, and the villain was extremely villainous (that always helps), but it was easy to read and ever-so-slightly-predictable. I guessed the killer fairly early on, but that wasn't really a bad thing and didn't detract from the storyline. 
The characters were well-written but I would have liked to have gotten to know Wheeler a little better. We saw her in her work environment, and a little of her home life but it would have been nice if there had been a little more focus on her as an individual, allowing the reader to get inside her head a little more.
The story line was pacy and there was plenty of tension, so for me, despite feeling it was a little predictable, I did enjoy it and would look out for more by this author. 

Silenced is out now and you can get it here:

**My thanks to the publisher for my ARC**

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