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 ...
Book two from Claire Sheldon and all I can say is : when will you publish book 3?? In this one we meet again DI Chris Jackson, Jen Garner and others from Book 1. When a kid is found wandering in the streets asking for Lisa Carter, DI Jackson knows who he needs to contact. What he doesn’t know is the extent of the case he is getting into and how far it can go... All I can say is start reading, you will not stop until the very last page!
A big thank you to ChocLit for providing me with an early copy in exchange of my honest review!
Perfect for fans of police procedurals!
A Silent Child is the 2nd instalment in the Lisa Carter series, it follows Perfect Lie, which I had the pleasure to read last year. It was great to catch up with some of the characters again and join them all on a new case.
It’s an intriguing start when a woman’s body is pulled from the Trent River and soon after a small child is found wandering alone on the streets of Nottingham. Are these two things connected? When Detective Chris Jackson is pulled in on the case, he is told that the child won’t speak, apart from to say just one name, and that name is one Chris knows very well…
Jen Garner is trying to get on with her life and restore her relationship with her husband when she gets a visit from Chris Jackson. Can she help him with this new case he’s been assigned too and what is her connection to it all?
We follow Chris, Jen and their friends and colleagues as they head into a dark world of crime, prostitution, drugs and more! We also follow their private lives, which I like as this helps you get to know them a bit more.
The first thing I’ll say about this book is that you can tell from reading it how much time, effort and research must have gone into creating this story. Personally, I struggled to get into it, but I think that’s because I mainly enjoy reading suspenseful psychological thrillers, so I just wasn’t gripped enough throughout. I still think the author has done an incredible job though and from reading other reviews I’d say I’m definitely in the minority, so if you enjoy police procedurals then I’m sure this will be the book for you.
There are a lot of characters to keep track of, which I found a little tricky, to begin with. I think because it has been a year since I read the previous book, I spent a lot of time trying to remember who was who and what happened previously. I feel this book could be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading Perfect Lie first, so you know the backgrounds of the main characters. Then if you can, read this one quite soon after so that everything is still fresh in your mind.
I did find the story a little dialogue-heavy, again this probably works best for this kind of genre but I think I’m not used to that in the books that I normally read, this may be why I struggled to remain engaged in the story.
I enjoy watching police procedurals on TV and I think Claire has some brilliant ideas that I’m sure would be great on-screen as well as on paper.
Thank you so much to Claire Sheldon, Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction for my copy of this book, in exchange for an open and honest review.
5* Compelling reading
The second book by Claire Sheldon with a plot that's equally as gripping as her first.
Ex undercover police officer, Jen Garner, left police work behind her when she moved to Nottingham and married. She's now living as normal a life as possible and mother to two children. The past dramatically catches up with her when a small boy is found who will only speak to Lisa Carter, Jen's old undercover name.
Written throughout from several points of view, this gripping thriller covers some of the darkest crimes and might possibly cause nightmares if read late at night.
A spine chilling book and thoroughly recommended.