BOOK REVIEW for REMAIN SILENT by Susie Steiner

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SYNOPSIS

The dead cannot speak. But they still have a story to tell.

The body of a young man is found hanging from a tree in Cambridgeshire, a note attached saying ‘The dead cannot speak’. It’s impossible to say whether it was murder or suicide –  was he silenced, or driven to end his own life? And either way, who is responsible?

DI Manon Bradshaw is assigned to investigate, but with anti-immigrant sentiment in the area reaching boiling point it becomes increasingly difficult for her to untangle what happened to Lukas Balsys. Are other migrant workers in danger, and will solving the puzzle of Lukas’ death help to save them?

By turns warm and witty, gripping and terrifying, heartbreaking and uplifting, Susie Steiner’s fourth book is both a literary masterpiece and one of the finest crime novels of recent years.

 

MY THOUGHTS

 

The third book in the Manon Bradshaw series, sees our protagonist return a little older and now married, with her older adopted son Fly doing his GCSE’s and a toddler named Freddy.  Currently working 3 days a week and on cold cases, the fewer days suits her but the lack of urgency in her new role doesn’t.

Whilst out one day with Freddy she stumbles across the dead body of a Lithuanian migrant, tied to a tree with a strange note attached.  She calls it in and later finds herself assigned to the case along with her old colleague Davy.  Is it a murder or Suicide?

This new book gives us a Manon full of dry wit and some great one liners.  The way the author combines Manon’s love for and skill at her job, but also the moments when she just feels like life’s just one big pain in the the backside brings such a realness to the character.

The case Manon finds herself assigned to is a very real and deeply unpleasant one, looking at a group of migrants housed by illegal gang masters,sleeping on filthy mattresses, threatened, beaten and used to work for no pay.  The description of this is dealt with sensitively but Manon and Davy’s humour help balance the book out.

It’s a slower paced story that concentrates more on the characters than the action but there are well portrayed and very believable scenes of hostility and rent-a-mob type actions taking place within the town.

As with the other books Manon’s personal life slips in and out of the story with this book mainly focusing on her marriage to Mark.  We don’t hear much about Fly, who is studying for his GCSE’s but we meet her youngest, Freddy, who seems a delight!  You do not need to have read the previous books to follow the story line but they really do give you more of a connection and feeling for the family if you have and make for a great series and a very likeable character to follow.

 

Thank you so much to the publishers Borough Press for my digital copy via NetGalley.  Remain Silent is available now!

 

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