Darren Evans was only eleven when his beloved sister Carly and four other teenage girls disappeared, sparking a huge police investigation.
Eventually, a woman confessed to their murders. But although she admitted her guilt, Olivia Duvall refused to say what had happened to those five missing girls. Or where their bodies might lie.
Ten years later, Darren’s family are still no closer to the truth. Desperate to alleviate his parents’ heartbreak, Darren gets a job as a cleaner in the psychiatric hospital where Olivia was committed, hoping he can make her tell him his sister’s fate once and for all.
But playing a killer is a very dangerous game . . .
The Silent ones is Ali Knights fourth psychological suspense thriller, I hold my hands up and admit this is the first time I’ve read a book by Ali, my first passion is a good thriller/ crime book, so I am bewildered as to why I haven’t come across this author before now. When I picked up the Silent Ones I was intrigued by the book description and thought it had the premises of being a compelling read.
The book opens with Darren getting a job at Roehampton the high- secure hospital where Olivia resides, in his naivety he believes he maybe able to get Olivia to reveal where his murdered sister Carly is buried and give his parents some closure. From the first couple of chapters you can feel the pain and heartache the family have suffered from losing their beloved daughter, and how it has affected them ever since, they are a family living in limbo, with so many unanswered questions.
Olivia is not your “usual” serial killer for one she’s a woman. I found Olivia intriguing, her public persona presents a woman who is cold, aloof and who manipulates those around her, is she mad or just “bad”? I would have liked to have read more about Olivia’s background, as I felt there was much more to reveal about her. Darren is a believable character and I found his search for the truth endearing and heartwarming I also like the way his character developed, as the story unfolded.
What I did find unbelievable about The Silent Ones was how often Darren was able to have contact with Olivia, considering she was meant to be in a high-security facility! If I’m Honest I found this slightly irritating. I must say I was surprised by the ending it wasn’t what I expected at all, I was left a little bit disappointed as I thought a lot of questions were left unanswered, and so unfortunately I was left feeling slightly dissatisfied . Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy The Silent Ones, it’s a good suspense filled thriller and well worth a read, but I thought the parts of the book that were unbelievable distracted me, and that’s why I’m giving it 4 out of 5. Thank you to The publishers for my copy of The Silent ones in exchange for a honest opinion
It’s 4☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5 from me
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton published:18 Jun. 2015