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The Silent Witness, by Carolyn Arnold

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Amanda Steele is called away from an important trial to investigate the double homicide of a couple and the disappearance of their daughter, Zoe. The young girl is quickly found but unable to tell the police about what she saw. But the killer doesn’t know that and Zoe becomes a target…
The Silent Witness is the third book by Carolyn Arnold to feature Detective Amanda Steele. There are significant spoilers about events in the first two books (The Little Grave and Stolen Daughters) so I would advise reading the series in order.
The threat involving a young girl instantly affects Amanda emotionally due to her own past. She sees the parents’ murder as almost execution like and is concerned that national security may be involved due to the husband’s work. The other mystery is that the family had abruptly and unexpectedly returned from a holiday. The police team need to sift through the clues to protect young Zoe.
Amanda’s character continues to lead the series. There is a vulnerability to her despite the backbone of steel she attempts to display. Her emotional backstory and the events of the preceding books do not detract her attention from the case. I enjoyed the relationships and dialogue she shares with others in the book as they serve to make her more human and realistic.
The Silent Witness is a gripping police thriller with a very strong lead character. The book is fast paced and thoroughly engaging.
I have also reviewed other Carolyn Arnold books from other genres: Halloween Is Murder and The Secret of the Lost Pharoah.
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Book: The Silent Witness
Author: Carolyn Arnold 
Pub Day: Sept 24th 2021
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About the Book: 
It’s 4 a.m. when her mom shakes her awake. “Get up baby, we’re going to play hide and seek.” The little girl presses back into the dark space, holding her breath as she hears the shots ring out. She knows she’s next…
When the bodies of a local family are discovered on a quiet street in the small town of Dumfries, Virginia, Detective Amanda Steele takes charge of the case. Brett and Angela Parker were shot three times each, leaving no hope of survival, and their tidy suburban home has been ransacked. But there is no sign of their beloved six-year-old, Zoe.
Zoe is the same age as Amanda’s daughter was when she died, and Amanda can’t bear the thought of another little girl in danger. She’s organizing a search for the child, when she notices something strange about the ottoman at the foot of the Parkers’ bed. She opens it to find Zoe, mute and traumatized, but alive.
With Zoe completely uncommunicative, Amanda must find another way to untangle what destroyed this seemingly perfect family. It’s clear that the killer is searching for something the Parkers had, and until she has this monster behind bars, Amanda fears that he may return for Zoe. When she learns that Brett Parker cut short the family’s recent lakeside vacation, she wonders why. What happened at that lake house, and did it ultimately get them killed?
Amanda heads out to Lake Chesdin on the feeling it might be key to the case, and when she finds a cell phone in the murky waters next to the Parker cabin, she knows she’s made a breakthrough. But then terrible news reaches her from Dumfries; Zoe has been taken from her school playground.
Someone wants to silence the Parker family for good, can Amanda catch them before the little girl she’s desperate to protect pays the price?
A completely gripping and addictive crime thriller that will keep fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni entertained into the early hours.

author Carolyn Arnold

Author Bio
Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.
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#Project365 2021 week 38

Day 262: my first ever attempt at a bread and butter pudding for Chris and the kids using my mum’s recipe from her 1970s cookbook!

Day 263: a late night out at a PTA meeting.

Day 264: new Fitbit badge after 1 year and 2 days of wearing it every day

Day 265: Anya loved playing with these light up Crystalina dolls we were sent to review

Day 266: snail or slug eggs maybe?

Day 267: urrrgghhh I put the washing off until Friday evening and then had a mountain of socks. None of them are mine as it isn’t sock weather yet!!!

Day 268: I didn’t realise how late the sun was rising until I went for my run at 6.30am and the street lights were still on. It was a lot darker than it looks in this pic!


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Little Bones, by Patricia Gibney

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Isabel Gallagher is found murdered in her daughter’s bedroom, an old fashioned razor in her hand. Another woman, Joyce, goes missing and her child is abducted. Again a razor is located amongst her possessions. DI Lottie Parker frantically organises her team as she is convinced the cases are linked…
Little Bones is the 10th book in Patricia Gibney’s Lottie Parker series. It works as a stand alone novel but there is character development of the main police team that I think would be more enjoyable to see that progress across the series.
Lottie has two seemingly separate cases to investigate: a brutal murder and a missing woman and child. Both crime scenes contain razors so she quickly sees a connection. Then there is the prologue which has to fit in somewhere and stimulates the readers’ imaginations trying to figure things out!
The personal relationships between members of the police team causes trouble and tension which Lottie needs to negotiate to keep them focussed on the case. Even her own romance with Boyd is relagated to the background.
The chapters are quite short to make the pace rather rapid. Events hurry along as we see the police working hard but also scenes which don’t immediately tie in to the plot as well as emotional snapshots of characters in danger.
Little Bones is an entertaining and enjoyable crime novel with a strong police team. I have previously reviewed books 6, 7, 8 and 9 in the series: Final Betrayal, Broken Souls, Buried Angels, and Silent Voices.
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Little Bones book description:
She lifted up her granddaughter from the cot, clutched her to her chest and, without looking at her beautiful daughter lying dead on the floor of her bedroom, ran from the house. Only when she was outside did she let a wail escape her lips, frightening the baby who joined in her screams.
When Isabel Gallagher is found murdered on the floor of her baby’s nursery by her mother, it’s a gruelling case for Detective Lottie Parker. Isabel’s pyjamas have been ripped, her throat cut and an old-fashioned razor blade placed in her hand. As Lottie looks at the round blue eyes and perfect chubby cheeks of Isabel’s baby daughter, she can’t understand who would want to hurt this innocent family.
That very same day she receives a call with devastating news. Another young mother, Joyce Breslin, has gone missing, and her four-year-old son Evan has been abducted from daycare. Lottie is sure that the missing mother and son are linked to Isabel’s death, and when she finds a bloody razor blade in their house, her worst fears are confirmed.
Desperate to find little Evan, Lottie leaves no stone unturned as she delves into Isabel and Joyce’s pasts and when she realises the two women have been meeting in secret, she knows she must find out why.
But when Joyce’s body is found in a murky pond and some little bones are found on a windy hillside, it feels as if this merciless killer will stop at nothing. The bones aren’t Evan’s but can they give Lottie the final clue to find the innocent child before more lives are taken?
This absolutely gripping and unputdownable crime thriller from bestselling author Patricia Gibney will leave you gasping for breath. A perfect read for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.
author Patricia Gibney
Author Bio:
Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!
In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.
Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.
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The Bookbinder’s Daughter, by Jessica Thorne


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Sophie is in an unhealthy relationship and struggling to cope following the death of her father. Her uncle sweeps in to offer her a job and home but Sophie is haunted by a past she doesn’t remember. Can she finally reveal the secrets fo the past and find out the thruth about her mother’s disappearance…?
The Bookbinder’s Daughter is a mixture of emotional self discovery and magic.
Sophie is a vulnerable woman and has a huge sense of loss. Her relationship with Victor has chipped away at her self esteem and her identity whilst the death of her dad has hit her hard emotionally. She dreams about a tree and hears her mother’s voice, to the extent that she questions her mental health.
Her uncle Edward steps in to invite Sophie to a career and lifestyle change. Gradually she adjusts to the changes especially being reunited with her mother’s side of the family as well as her first love Will. There is something magical about the library and her dreams become more vivid: could they be memories instead?
I enjoyed the gentle relationship between Will and Sophie. He is shocked at first at how much she has changed but he still sees sparks of the girl he loved. Sophie needs to find her own self again before she can think about love, and key to this is resolving issue with her mother and the past.
The Bookbinder’s Daughter is an enjoyable mystical and emotional book. I have previously reviewed The Lost Girls of Foxfield Hall by Jessica Thorne.
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Book: The Bookbinder’s Daughter
Author: Jessica Thorne
Pub Day: Sept 20th 2021
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About the Book:
The song surrounded her now, the murmuring of the library insistent, and her foot took the first step on the winding stairs. She knew it wasn’t entirely a dream. It was the library calling her, its magic driving her.
When Sophie is offered a job at the Ayredale Library – the finest collection of rare books in the world, and the last place her bookbinder mother was seen when Sophie was just a teenager – she leaps at the chance. Will she finally discover what happened to the woman she’s always believed abandoned her?
Taking in the endless shelves of antique books, the soaring stained-glass windows, and the grand sweeping staircase, usually shy Sophie feels strangely at home, and is welcomed by her eccentric fellow binders. But why is the Keeper of the Library so reluctant to speak about Sophie’s mother? And why is Sophie the only person who can read the strange spells in the oldest books on display, written in a forgotten language nobody else understands?
The mysteries of the library only deepen when Sophie stumbles upon an elaborately carved door. The pattern exactly matches the pendant her mother left behind years ago, engraved with a delicate leaf. As the door swings open at her touch, Sophie gasps at the incredible sight: an enormous tree, impossibly growing higher than the library itself, its gently falling golden leaves somehow resembling the pages of a book. Amidst their rustling, Sophie hears a familiar whisper…
‘There you are, my Sophie. I knew you’d come back for me.’
An absolutely spellbinding read about long-hidden family secrets and the magic that lurks between the pages of every ancient book. Perfect for fans of The Ten Thousand Doors of JanuaryThe Night Circus and The Binding.

author Jessica Thorne

Author Bio
Jessica Thorne saw Star Wars at an impressionable age and life was never the same. She’s loved fantasy, romance and science fiction ever since and spends her time looking for adventure – in the pages of her books.
Sometimes she is Ruth Frances Long and won the European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award for Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2015.
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