BOOK REVIEW: The Silent Speak by Val Collins

Publication Date: February 23, 2021
Format: Kindle
Genre:  Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: VCB publishing 
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


I received a free copy of this book through in exchange for an honest review.

Aoife Walsh has plenty keeping her busy—finalising her divorce from her manipulative husband, settling into her still-new relationship with Detective Conor Moloney, and trying to win the trust of his teenage son. So for the moment, her fledgeling career as a freelance journalist has been put on hold.  

Then comes the horrific news that an entire family has been slaughtered in their own home. Aoife is shocked to discover two of the victims were members of her on-again-off-again book club. Even more disturbing is the revelation that the police believe it was a murder-suicide. 

That’s when Aoife receives a tantalising offer. Lisa, the main suspect’s sister, will grant Aoife access to the victims’ extended family for an exclusive news story—if Aoife will help find the real killer. Moved by Lisa’s unwavering belief in her brother’s innocence, Aoife agrees to help.  

As she digs into the secrets of her fellow book club members, Aoife discovers potential suspects everywhere: people having affairs, a jealous husband, and a power-hungry business partner who’s clearly hiding something. 

Aoife keeps pulling at the threads of the story, untangling more and more deception. Is the killer really dead and buried? Is it someone Aoife already knows? Could the lunatic be closer than Aoife ever imagined? 


I have mixed feelings about this book.  I love mysteries but I am not a huge fan of the 3rd person writing.  I prefer to be shown not told a story and I find I connect more with the characters when it is written in first person.  That being said I really like Aoife and found her a well developed character.  I was not a fan of the chapters that were written about Lisa as they just didn't seem to add anything to the story other than go over what we already knew was going on.  

I may be one of the only people that thought this was a fairly predictable read but I figured out the villain upon our first introduction but maybe I have just read too many of these types of books.  I thought that there were a lot of twists and turns especially as the suspects and bodies started piling up.  But more than the mystery of who killed Shane and his family I was more intrigued by the mystery surrounding Aoife's soon to be ex husband and Conors son Blaine.  

Over all this is a good mystery, but had its flaws I would probably try this author again but this book didn't entice me to jump up and track down other books. Also I love reading authors from the UK, Ireland and Scotland but in cases like this I wish that author would put in parenthesis how to pronounce the names! I wound up googling them so I wouldn't stumble over them the whole time I was reading.  I'm a fan of authentic names in books but knowing that an audience outside of where it is set will struggle maybe help a girl out! 

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