A young woman turns up dead on a country road – flesh cut from her back and front in the outline of a doll. But when the doll appears in another missing persons possessions can DI Callanach and his team stop the killer before they strike again?
Perfect Silence is the 4th book in the ‘DI Callanach’ series and there were some really great and established characters; I hadn’t read any of the previous books in the series but I didn’t feel like this hindered my enjoyment at all. Helen Fields ensures that anything you need to know is explained and some of the backstory from other books is also given so you feel like you know the history and interpersonal relationships of each character. I would perhaps warn you off starting at this one if you want to read the others as there is some obvious spoilers to other books in here – start at the beginning!
The case is interesting and creepy, although long it’s really nicely paced and enough details are drip fed to the reader to keep you guessing all the way through until the end. I liked the fact it had high stakes and quite a few victims suffered defeat at the hands of the killer before they were found – it seemed a lot more ‘realistic’ than some of the other police thrillers I have read before. Similarly the police politics and talk of career vs personal life was also realistically explored. I liked how the book also jumped perspective to the victims at just the right moment to give us an insight into their lives and to create sympathy for them.
Overall it’s a great installment in the series; creepy, well-paced and with interesting characters – highly recommended although read the other ones in the series first! Thank you to NetGalley & Avon Books UK for the chance to read Perfect Silence in exchange for an honest review.