Sunday, 28 February 2016

The Silent Girls - Ann Troup

"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."

I loved Ann's first novel, so I was super excited to be able to review this one, and it really didn't disappoint. I love a novel that is filled with secrets that have to be uncovered and The Silent Girls has plenty of them. Full of unexpected twists, lies and a house that contains long-forgotten secrets I was drawn in from the first page - Ann's writing is tight and concise, with secrets revealed in layers, meaning that the reader doesn't have any time to get bored. 

I loved Edie and Sophie, and the way their relationship developed from complete strangers to a formidable team was brilliant. There were some properly despicable characters involved as well, something that I love in a book, it's always good to have a character to hate! 

With a little hint of the past mingling with the present, this is a compelling read, one that I would highly recommend.

The Silent Girls is out now and you can get it here:

**My thanks to Netgalley and Carina for my ARC**

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