‘The Silent Girls’ was published by Carina on the 18th February 2016. I really liked the sound of this book and was interested in taking part in the blog tour for it. Today it is my turn and below is my review.
Returning to Number 17, Coronation Square in Winfield after a very long time, Edie is shocked to find that the place she remembers from her childhood reeks of mould and decay. But she has a task to do, a big one at that. Edie is there to clear out her recently deceased Aunt Dolly’s house. It sounds simple enough but it isn’t. Coronation Square, where five vicious murders took place many years ago has changed a lot and not for the best either.
At Number 17 there is misery, sin and dark secrets that can no longer stay hidden. The truth has to come out at some stage. Finding herself dragged into the horrific murders of the past, Edie must find out what happened all those years ago. But as she uncovers the history of her family she had all but forgotten, she begins to wonder if perhaps it would have been best to leave things as they were.
I thought ‘The Silent Girls’ was a cracking read, absolutely fantastic. The prologue had me totally intrigued and I couldn’t wait to get into the story. There were some shocking revelations and secrets and it was just so hard to trust the majority of the characters.
I really liked Ann Troup’s style of writing. There were so many twists and turns throughout this story and I found myself trying to piece everything together and work out what actually happened all those years ago. I have to say I would never have guessed in a million years who was actually responsible for the murders.
One of the characters, Sophie is actually named after a book blogger I know. In the story she was down on her luck, but Edie being the kind person she was took her in and looked out for her. The real Sophie is lovely and I soon found myself warming to her as a fictional character as well. I thought she was really gutsy and that she deserved a break.
‘The Silent Girls’ will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and it will leave you wanting more. This isn’t a story you’ll forget in a hurry.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
About Ann Troup
Ann Troup tells tales and can always make something out of nothing (which means she writes books and can create unique things from stuff other people might not glance twice at). She was once awarded 11 out of 10 for a piece of poetry at school – she now holds that teacher entirely responsible for her inclination to write.
Her writing space is known as ‘the empty nest’, having formerly been her daughters bedroom. She shares this space with ten tons of junk and an elderly Westie, named Rooney, who is her constant companion whether she likes it or not. He likes to contribute to the creative process by going to sleep on top of her paperwork and running away with crucial post-it notes, which have inadvertently become stuck to his fur. She is thinking of renaming him Gremlin.
She lives by the sea in Devon with her husband and said dog. Two children have been known to remember the place that they call home, but mainly when they are in need of a decent roast dinner, it’s Christmas or when only Mum will do. She also has extremely decent stepchildren.
In a former incarnation she was psychiatric nurse, an experience which frequently informs her writing. She has also owned a cafe and an art/craft gallery. Now she only makes bacon sandwiches as a sideline, but does continue to dabble with clay, paint, paper, textiles, glue…you name it. Occasionally she may decide to give away some of these creations (you have been warned!).