My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The first book in the Anna Gwynne series, The Silent Girls was an enticing mystery full of twists and turns. After 18 years spent in prison, new information surfaces that exonerates accused killer Neville Cooper, dubbed “The Woodsman,” for the assault and murder of Emily Risman. Shortly after Cooper’s release, a young girls goes missing, and the police fear The Woodsman has struck again. Anna Gwynne, acting Detective Inspector of the cold case unit, and her team are asked to re-examine the case of Emily Risman in the hopes that The Woodsman’s newest victim can be found.
The relationship between the members of the cold case unit and the unit investigating the newest disappearance was an interesting addition to the story. It had the reader questioning the appropriateness of police investigation tactics, and delved into the world of police corruption.
The Silent Girls had me guessing up until the very last second. Dylan Young does a fantastic job of providing enough information to keep the reader hungry for more, while at the same time keeping the reader on their toes. There is also an element of mystery that the author provides the reader at the conclusion of the story, leaving the reader itching for more. As this is the first in a series of books set to feature Anna Gwynne, I will be keeping my eyes open for the release of Young’s second book.
-This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review-