Publisher: Bookouture | Publication date: 14th April 2016
A disquieting vibe surrounds The Silent Twin, as childhood tragedies and the paranormal collide to leave a haunting impression once more. Yes, Caroline Mitchell has mastered the art of simmering the ever-stewing pot of suspense. This author doesn’t just invite something sinister into her stories, she actively nurtures it.
It starts with a game of hide-and-seek. Who would have thought that something so innocent could cause so much misery? One twin is silent and withdrawn, while the other has vanished into thin air.
Finding Abigail results in a full blown police search and a escalating social media campaign, which attracts all manner of trolls placing the emphasis of the wrong kind of publicity for the family. Hope for the little girl is fading as precious time and effort is wasted.
Given the failed attempts of other officers and the unusual circumstances at Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight is called to contribute to the investigation. As one part of the team of Operation Moonlight, the hush, hush, paranormal department at Haven nick, her perception will prove more than useful after reports of unearthly phenomena. Her gut also tells her that cracking this case will be hell, as no one is above suspicion.
Emboldened by wearing her signature high heels, Knight feels the ominous pressure of the residence almost immediately. As she spends more time with the family she sees the drip, drip, drip of dread seeping from the family’s crumbling lives. The shadow of Blackwater Farm touches everyone, as previous occupants have discovered to their peril. It’s becoming a case of ‘abandon hope all ye who enter here’, as false trails and peculiarities take the enquiries off on unthinkable tangents.
Matters are compounded further when Knight’s boss starts breathing down her neck, while the twin’s father, a copper himself, refuses to co-operate fully during the investigation and seems content to watch his wife gliding around in vintage clothing and sporting a surreal ‘everything’s just dandy’ mantra. Not to mention the perfect housekeeper who would give Mary Berry a run for her money! And Olivia, finding solace in silence, her family building a protective barrier around her to keep the authorities at arm’s length. If there’s one trait Knight’s not lacking it’s persistence; gaining that little girl’s trust could be the only way to bring her sister home, dead or alive.
Be prepared for a creak, a disembodied voice, and subtle exchanges that are almost missed but not quite what they seem. And read excerpts from a hidden diary that hints at the intent to cause harm and relish in it. The writer’s identity is also concealed, but they’re forever watchful from the dark place they regularly retreat to.
The Silent Twin explores bonds that can never be broken, which have the power to relieve or haunt. As the pendulum swings between what is unnervingly odd and dark secrets that cut deep, there’s only one thing that matters – finding Abigail.
Note: This is the third book in the DC Jennifer Knight series. While the regular cast have grown and formed stronger relationships over time this book could still be read as a stand alone. However, I believe you’d feel more impact if you appreciate how ‘Operation Moonlight’ was born by reading Don’t Turn Around (Book 1) and Time to Die (Book 2) beforehand.
Anyway, I loved it and it’s nothing less than a 5/5 from me!
(My thanks, as always, to Bookouture for providing a digital copy of this book for review, via NetGalley.)
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I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …
Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.
Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.
A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?
A darkly gripping, page-turning thriller that will enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls and Mark Edwards.
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Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. Her crime thriller series, featuring DC Jennifer Knight reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts. These edge of your seat crime thrillers are infused by Caroline’s personal experiences in both the police and the paranormal. To find out more please subscribe at http://www.caroline-writes.com