I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …
Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.
Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.
A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?
The Silent Twin is the third book in the DC Jennifer Knight series – a series I hadn’t previously read any of, but this novel sounded really interesting and I do love a crime/ detective story so I wanted to give it a go!
I really liked the writing in this novel; the characters seem quite convincing and you discover more and more about them as the story continues. They aren’t too clear cut – some people were at their essence good people but had made mistakes (some bigger than others!) whilst others were evidently not well, but no one is simply a ‘goodie’ or a ‘baddie’ because of one or two traits – I really like this about The Silent Twin. The present day/ current narrative is mingled with diary entries from a character who seems to be key to Abigail’s disappearance, but who? There were clues left here and there in the entries which I really enjoyed trying to work out. I did actually correctly guess who they belonged to, which I was pleased about!
The only thing I wasn’t so keen on was the paranormal, psychic element to the story. I’m sure, had I read the other books in the series, I’d have been less surprised when there was the first mention of someone ‘communicating’ with the dead, but I found it a bit silly to be honest and a bit convenient – I do prefer my crime novels rooted in reality more than this, as a general rule. However, it’s a testament to Caroline Mitchell’s writing that I still really enjoyed the story, which had plenty of twists, turns and mystery to keep me firmly engrossed in its pages!
This is a solid, well crafted detective novel and for many the paranormal element will really appeal – it does mark it out as different amongst the many other crime novels out there, to be fair! There are some parts of the novel that seemed to refer to the previous two books, but I didn’t feel like it impeded my enjoyment at all so don’t feel like you need to read them first necessarily – though I’m sure they’re also great,
I really enjoyed reading this novel; I raced through it and didn’t really want it to end – I would definitely recommend this novel.