Book Review: Silent Cry by Jenny O'Brien
Here's the Blurb
A MISSING BABY. A MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE.
Silent Cry is one of those novels that falls between being a traditional police procedural and being a psychological thriller - and I liked that. It made for a really tense and atmospheric read. Set in a small Welsh town near Cardiff, the remoteness leant more tension to the storline as different events unfolded.
Of course, it's any mother's worst nightmare to have their newborn baby disappear, but when the baby's father is the one to take her, it must be so much worse. O'Brien effectively shows Izzy's (the mother) raw emotion as she comes to terms with the disappearance of her baby daughter. The way she trys so hard to rebuild her lifevis poignant and effectively shown through flashback.
Now, in the present day, Izzy's new normality seems to be under threat as a chance sighting of an old friend followed by a postcard arriving regarding her daughter, brings her grief to life again and unsettles her.
Initially, I thought DC Darin was a minor character in the book, but as the narrative rolled out, her roll became clearer as did her very intriguing back story.
I have to admit I was blindsided by red herrings and misdirections along the way, which made the denoument much more pleasurable. However, I DID NOT expect that ending - what a thrill. It came out of the blue and had me gasping. But, you'll have to read it yourself to find out what I'm talking about.