The Silent Children: A serial killer thriller with a twist

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About this ebook

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this...


Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.


Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.


Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?


When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.


Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?


An absolutely heart-stopping and compelling serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel Abbott and Robert Dugoni.


What readers are saying about The Silent Children:

WoW.....Double WoW..........What a book! ... this series is getting better and better. I am loving it ... just brilliant and looking forward to the next book... Well Done Carol Wyer for another 5 big fat star book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Spectacular, amazing and fantastic. I love this series and this didn't disappoint it was beautifully written, dark, emotional and full of twists I didn't see coming.  I really enjoyed this book one of my favourites for 2017.’ Bonnies Book Talk, 5 stars


‘I read it in one sitting, desperate to know what was coming next ... a thrill a minute ... gripping ... I have no hesitation in recommending.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Carol Wyer is absolutely amazing and quickly becoming one of my favourite crime authors.

I've just finished the Silent Children and I now want more more more ... I'm gutted I read this too fast as I wanted to savour every word ... brilliant.’ Sincerely Book Angels, 5 stars


‘Brilliant! ... gripping ... emotional and topical ... Fabulous and very highly recommended. I cannot wait for her next.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars


Thrilling ... I was on the edge of my seat ... didn't see the ending coming. I highly recommend this one!’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘You are left guessing and second guessing through this book, I thought my detective skills had kicked in once over, but oh how wrong was I ... thrilling.I Love Reading

Ratings and reviews

30 reviews
Midge Odonnell
May 28, 2019
3.5 Stars I have to be really, really careful about how I review this book as the thing that irritated me the most about it would constitute a major spoiler so I can't really put it into a review. Even an oblique reference would blow the story or would spoil the guessing game for a reader that was unfortunate enough to have read one my waffly reviews first. So now I have to think about how I am going to review this book and it isn't easy. I think I'll start by saying how much I am enjoying the Robyn Carter series overall. Robyn herself isn't a superwoman, she is flawed and has moments of frailty. She has a dark personal history (loss of her romantic partner Davies, subsequent miscarriage), struggles with work/life balance and is determined to be the best she can at her job. Even better she seems to have garnered genuine respect from her team and that is what they are - a team. I think that is what really keeps me reading this series, the dynamics of the investigations through the whole series so far feel realistic. Yes, there is room for hunches and gut feelings but a lot of it is simply soul destroying mundane and repetitive work coupled with long waits for the processing of forensic evidence - no CSI style instant results here. In this particular book we have a series of seemingly unrelated deaths, one that may not even be a murder. They are allocated to Robyn's team because they just happen to be on shift at the time. As the reader you know they must be at least tangentially related or else they wouldn't be in the tale but it is as difficult for us as for the team to link them together. Then you have the flashbacks to an abused childhood, a plagued adolescence and an early adulthood that is reflective of those situations. Just who the boy is that suffers these injustices is hidden from the reader until quite late on, we only really find out the identity close to Robyn's shocking discovery about two people who are not what they seem throughout the majority of the book. I wasn't really on board with the final denouement either. It just seemed all a bit of a let down somehow. Yes, the team cracks the case but there was just something missing and the motive(s) seemed flimsy at best. Still a really good read, but mainly because of Anna, Mitz and the rest of the team taking their starring roles. To be honest I think I could read about this lot not having a case to solve and just sat in their office shooting the breeze and enjoy it.
4 people found this review helpful
Ellen Belhadj
December 15, 2017
Fantastic read In this installment 3 deaths with many connections and the possibility that Davies is still alive, keep Robyn busy. This book keeps you gripped and guessing until the end. I especially like how the characters are developing and learning more about each of their lives. Can't wait for the next one.
1 person found this review helpful
Morag Mason
January 28, 2018
Another enthralling book in the series. Read it in one sitting it was so gripping.

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