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The Silent Man (DI Grace Archer #3) by David Fennell,


A father is murdered in the dead of night in his London home, his head wrapped tightly in tape, a crude sad face penned over his facial features. But the victim's only child is left alive and unharmed at the scene.

Met Police detectives Grace Archer and Harry Quinn have more immediate concerns. Notorious gangster Frankie White has placed a target on Archer's back, and there's no one he won't harm to get to her.

Then a second family is murdered, leaving young Uma Whitmore as the only survivor.

With a serial killer at large, DI Archer and DS Quinn must stay alive long enough to find the connection between these seemingly random victims. Can they do it before another child is orphaned?

My Thoughts

I regret not having read David Fennell's earlier books on my TBR pile before being introduced to the author with this cracking read.

It seized my attention from the first page and never relinquished it. The plot is full of murder, darkness, and unexpected turns. It kept me guessing until the very end.

Despite personal issues with a sick grandad and a looming threat, DI Grace Archer is tasked with investigating the strange murder of Jason Todd, who was killed at home with his son nearby who is left unharmed.

Archer and Quinn's investigation is accompanied by an approaching danger. With the escalation of threats against Archer. There’s a big chance neither Archer nor Quinn will live long enough to see this case through and what a case it is!! I loved the many shocks, humorous, and macabre moments that the story had, and the killer was a complete surprise.

What caught my attention was the relationship between Grace and her team, who remain loyal to her while still being able to challenge her. It feels authentic.

I highly recommend this brilliant read to others and plan to catch up on the books I missed in the series as soon as possible.

My thanks to @NetGalley @@Tr4cyF3nt0n for the opportunity to read an early copy of The Silent Man.


About the Author

I was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for London at the age of eighteen with £50 in one pocket and a dog-eared copy of Stephen King’s The Stand in the other. I jobbed as a chef, waiter and bartender for several years before starting a career in writing for the software industry.

I've been working in Cyber Security for fifteen years and am a fierce advocate for information privacy.

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