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The Silent Girls by Ann Troup

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List Price: £1.49


Kindle Edition: 299 Pages.

Published: 18 February 2016 by HQ Digital

Edition: ePub ed



What if everything you knew was a lie…This house has a past that won’t stay hidden, and it is time for the dead to speak. Returning to Number 17, Coronation Square, Edie is shocked to find the place she remembers from childhood reeks of mould and decay. After her aunt Dolly’s death Edie must clear out the home on a street known for five vicious murders many years ago, but under the dirt and grime of years of neglect lurk dangerous truths.

For in this dark house there is misery, sin and dark secrets that can no longer stay hidden. The truth must come out.

Finding herself dragged back into the horrific murders of the past, Edie must find out what really happened all those years ago. But as Edie uncovers the history of the family she had all but forgotten, she begins to wonder if sometimes it isn’t best to leave them buried.


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Well Constructed - Great Read

Edie returns to Coronation Square to clear out her Aunt's house. It was a place of mixed memories from her childhood - her gentle Uncle Dickie who liked to make clockwork toys, her fearsome Grandmother Beatie and her strange Aunt Dolly. Edie has more recent memories she is also trying to escape as she finishes the split from her abusive husband. The house is disgusting - filled from top to bottom with rubbish &, unknown to Edie, secrets.

I have read several books by Ann Troup recently and without exception have found them to be well constructed and quite intricate. At first sight Edie is clearing out her aunt's house. However she appears to attract attention - Lena the elderly next door neighbour is keen to know what she discovers. Sam, Lena's son is surprisingly keen to help out & even buy the house. Sophie a homeless girl ends up sleeping on the sofa whilst the son of a convicted murderer, Matthew, is sifting through the rubbish bags as Edie throws them away. Number 17 Coronation Square seems to be a magnet for all these people with Edie caught in the centre.

I love the characters in this book - Edie is resilient & resourceful but also vulnerable from years of abuse. I really wanted something to go right & give her a break. Sophie is also vulnerable whilst trying to seem hard & she just doesn't know who to trust. Sam is a man of the world - but which world? There are definitely two sides to the elderly neighbour Lena. The characters are all well constructed with complex personalities.

This is an intricate plot. If you can read it in one sitting then I suggest you do. I certainly wanted to even though time didn't allow! Don't discard throwaway comments, sometimes they turn out to be the clue to solve a piece of puzzle.

The end drew together all the threads and I felt that all the questions were answered. However there was one final twist which I wasn't so sure of - it caused more questions to errupt!

Ann Troup, in the space of a couple of weeks,  has become one of my preferred mystery writers. Next time I want a good juicy thriller I shall look out another of her books - though I will have to make sure I have plenty of time to read it in one go as I won't want to put it down!

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