Happy Easter, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of; A Silent Child by Claire Sheldon, which is the second book in the Lisa Carter Files. I can’t wait to share my review of this thrilling book.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Liz at Choc Lit UK & Ruby Fiction for the complimentary copy.
About the Book
A Silent Child by Claire Sheldon
Genre: Police Procedural, Thriller
Series: Lisa Carter Files #2
Publisher: Ruby Fiction
The streets are no place for a child …
After a traumatic event that almost ripped Jen Garner’s family apart, life is finally starting to get back to normal.
Then a woman’s body is found in the river. Shortly afterwards, a young boy is discovered wandering the streets. He refuses to speak to anyone, just repeats one name over and over, to the confusion of most of the local authorities –but Jen knows exactly who he’s asking for, and it’s enough to make her blood run cold …
Purchase link: A Silent Child: Amazon.co.uk
I was intrigued by this book from reading the back blurb, it’s short but it caught my eye, the cover alone is certainly striking and not just eye-catching but there is something rather unsettling about it; that little boy sitting alone in a darkened street makes the hair stand on end as you start to wonder why he is there. It seems an age since I read a police thriller, and I felt in need of a change so this one coming along was perfect timing and I thoroughly enjoyed the change of reading direction.
A Silent Child is the second book in the Lisa Carter Files, I hadn’t read the first book before reading this one – this is my first book by the author. I do think it can be read as a stand-alone, but I think that I should have started this series from the start as I got the feeling I was missing out on something. I think there were aspects in the previous story that have over-flowed into this one, which again makes me think I really should have read the previous book first. But, that’s me, isn’t it? Jumping in first without thinking whether I should read the first.
The opening grasps the reader’s attention, it’s dark and realistic and in a way utterly heart-breaking, it’s eye-opening to a world that is run by fear and abuse to those poor souls trapped in it.
I like how the opening sets up the rest of the story perfectly, at first once the brief prologue was over and we start properly into the story I did wonder how it was all connected especially as those first few pages were quite graphic in detail but as you read you start seeing the links.
This is a hard review to write as there is so much interlinked throughout their story, I would usually talk a little of the story but I daren’t say too much, only that Jen Garner who is trying to repair her life after a traumatic event – which I believe happened in the previous book and another reason why should have read these books in order – she is a complex individual with a very active mind, she is a woman who has endured some very terrible things in her life but there is a light in her which makes it very easy to like her, you feel the need to get behind her throughout the book.
A Silent Child is a thrilling and at times chilling novel that tackles some quite uncomfortable subjects, I can’t say too much as so much of those subjects are intricately entwined with the story and would spoil it for others. I like that the narrative is split between each character’s perspective, it allows the reader to connect with the story and it brings the characters and their own stories to life.
I will admit that at first, I was a bit stumped as to who Lisa cater was and how she fitted in with the story, and why the series is named after her, again this is probably because I hadn’t read the first book – but it soon became clear as to how and where Lisa Carter came into the story and who she was and more importantly her role and connection to the case.
I enjoyed A Silent Child, it’s full of tense, suspenseful, edgy, gripping and thrilling drama, which packs a punch. There are elements of the story which will have you wide-eyed in the horror of what is happening, but you will keep turning the pages to see how the case twists and turns.
About the Author
Claire lives in Nottingham with her family, a cat called Whiskers and a dog called Podrick.
She suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and as a result of the disease had to reduce her hours working in insurance for an Insolvency Insurer. This spare time enabled her to study a creative writing course which inspired her to write her debut, Perfect Lie.
When Claire isn’t working she enjoys reading crime novels and listening to music – the band Jimmy Eat World is her biggest muse! Claire is also an avid reader and book blogger. The inspiration for her novels comes from the hours spent watching The Bill with her grandparents and auntie; then later, Spooks and other detective programmes like Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost and Midsomer Murders.