The Silent Witness: An absolutely unputdownable crime thriller

· Detective Amanda Steele Book 3 · Bookouture
14 reviews

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It’s 4 a.m. when her mom shakes her awake. “Get up baby, we’re going to play hide and seek.” The little girl presses back into the dark space, holding her breath as she hears the shots ring out. She knows she’s next…

When the bodies of a local family are discovered on a quiet street in the small town of Dumfries, Virginia, Detective Amanda Steele takes charge of the case. Brett and Angela Parker were shot three times each, leaving no hope of survival, and their tidy suburban home has been ransacked. But there is no sign of their beloved six-year-old, Zoe.

Zoe is the same age as Amanda’s daughter was when she died, and Amanda can’t bear the thought of another little girl in danger. She’s organizing a search for the child, when she notices something strange about the ottoman at the foot of the Parkers’ bed. She opens it to find Zoe, mute and traumatized, but alive.

With Zoe completely uncommunicative, Amanda must find another way to untangle what destroyed this seemingly perfect family. It’s clear that the killer is searching for something the Parkers had, and until she has this monster behind bars, Amanda fears that he may return for Zoe. When she learns that Brett Parker cut short the family’s recent lakeside vacation, she wonders why. What happened at that lake house, and did it ultimately get them killed?

Amanda heads out to Lake Chesdin on the feeling it might be key to the case, and when she finds a cell phone in the murky waters next to the Parker cabin, she knows she’s made a breakthrough. But then terrible news reaches her from Dumfries; Zoe has been taken from her school playground.

Someone wants to silence the Parker family for good, can Amanda catch them before the little girl she’s desperate to protect pays the price?

A completely gripping and addictive crime thriller that will keep fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni entertained into the early hours.

Readers love Carolyn Arnold:

OMG YES. This was an amazing book… I couldn’t put it down… Best book I read this year.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My heart is still beating fast! Wow!! By far, one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I ended up devouring the entire book in just one sitting… I was completely pulled into this one and found myself completely unable to put this down.” Little Miss Book Lover 87 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If there was a way to give more than 5 stars, I would! This book is amazing!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“What a great book! I read it in one day and had so many twists and turns I never saw the ending coming!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow! Could not put this down. So many twists and surprises.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I LOVED this book… An engrossing page-turner and that ending, phew I didn’t see that coming at all!!! Can’t wait for the next in the series.” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I already can’t wait for the next one! This one pulls you in from the very beginning… The mystery is full of action and twistsI absolutely did not see that ending coming.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Compulsive, compelling and enthralling… I became completely riveted… Intrigue to compel you to read through the night.” Avid Reader’s Retreat ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

14 reviews
January 22, 2022
This series just keeps getting sharper and more compelling. And that is saying a lot - as I loved the first two books in the Detective Amanda Steele series. This story is completely stand-alone, complete in and of itself. Amanda is a Detective with the Prince William County Police Department, which covers several small cities within that county. Our victims in The Silent Witness are the Parker family who lives in Triangle, Virginia. Brett and Angela are murdered in a professional manner, and their only child, Zoe, six years old, is missing. The search is on all over the extensive home and beyond. Amanda, thinking like the mother she once was, finds Zoe still hiding in a rattan bench at the foot of her parent's bed. Zoe had not been harmed, but she had witnessed her father's death through the gaps in the wicker weave and is highly traumatized. Parts of the house are trashed, but expensive items are still in place. Brett worked for a Washington DC manufacturer writing code for the military for a new automated missiles delivery system, and for a time it is thought that his work had highlighted the family and set them up for murder. His work laptop is not found, and the family had spent several days over the Labor Day weekend on vacation at Lake Chesdin, a couple of hours away from home. However, they had returned early on Thursday, though Brett wasn't required to return to work until the following Monday. Their bodies were not found until Tuesday, when Zoe's godmother, a teacher at her school who usually brought Zoe home and babysat her on the days her mother had to work until six, was concerned that Zoe had missed the first day of school and Angela hadn't answered her phone all weekend. Brett's boss assures Amanda and her crew that there was no way Brett would have had anything to do with his work at home, as it was not allowed. Nobody could take anything concerning the job out of their building. But of course, Brett's co-workers rat him out. He often did work on the program at home, and came to work and entered many changes, etc., first thing in the morning. Brett had an eidetic memory and didn't need to take anything home. But perhaps there was a personal problem behind the murders. But poor Zoe has no remaining family anywhere. She trusts Amanda, who found her, but can't speak, can't look at anyone. But Amanda doesn't want the presence of this child, sweet and hurting as she is, in her home. Amanda has had no contact with children since the death of her husband and 7-year-old daughter Lindsey five years ago in an auto accident, and she is afraid Zoe by her very presence in her home would reawaken that first, intense pain of Lindsey's loss all over again. She can't say no, however, and Zoe spends the first night with Amanda and the next day at the cop shop with a child psychiatrist. As quick as that, Zoe worms her way into Amanda's heart. And as the only witness to her parent's murder, Amanda will have to work with Zoe whether she can remain aloof and professional or not. The clues to the killer will all have to involve their only, silent, eye witness. Reviewed on January 21, 2022, at Goodreads, AmazonSmile, 1 like
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Leila Brenner
September 24, 2021
Silent Witness was such a good read! It was a fresh new case that tied in previous books in various ways. The case was also much bigger than anyone could have originally imagined. Zoe made the book have an emotional touch as a lot of the case was surrounding Zoe, finding out who killed her parents, why they were killed, and keeping Zoe safe (along with the consequences of the trauma the little girl was going through). Just this one character added so much to the storyline and really put a whole new spin on the book. I felt the “action” per se, was a little slower than past books, but that did not make me enjoy it any less. In fact, I am looking forward to another book in the series to see how the end of Silent Witness plays out. I loved chasing this case with Amanda and Trent. There were other parts of the book that I loved as well, but I can’t share (you know, spoiler alert!) If you haven’t read any of the Detective Amanda Steele books, you could pick this one up and not be lost, but I highly recommend grabbing all of them and reading them in order. I think you will find it even more enjoyable, but this one just might be my favorite! Silent Witness will definitely provide you breath holding, heart pounding mystery with just a touch of heart and humor to make it an incredible read!
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Kirsty Whitlock
September 27, 2021
BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'The Silent Witness' by Carolyn Arnold. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Carolyn Arnold, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 24th September 2021. This is the third book I have read by this author. It is also the third book in the 'Detective Amanda Steele' series but can be read as a standalone. I have previously read 'Stolen Daughters' which I also highly recommend and is the second book in the 'Detective Amanda Steelw' series. I was originally drawn to this book by its eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that this book is ' A completely gripping and addictive crime thriller that will keep fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni entertained into the early hours.' I am a huge fan of Lisa Regan so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I am also a huge fan of Carolyn and if this is half as good as 'Stolen Daughters' it is sure to be a page t
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