The Silent Girls, the second novel from Ann Troup, tells the story of Edie who has the unenviable task of clearing out her recently deceased aunt’s house. Coronation Square, where the house is situated, has a macabre history due to it being the site of five murders many years before and Edie soon finds herself drawn into the past where secrets refuse to stay hidden. It seems that everyone in Coronation Square has a link to the murders but who is telling the truth and who is more involved than they dare to mention?

One of the strengths of this book is the author’s descriptions. It is easy to imagine the contrast between the homely abode of Lena Campion compared to the damp, dark house of Edie’s Aunt Dolly. Indeed, each new scene in the book brought vivid images and aromas to mind. The character development is also well-written – the relationship between Edie and Sophie, in particular, is a joy to read.

The Silent Girls is a beautifully-written yet dark story with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Although I did work out who had committed the murders, the book is filled with enough red herrings and sub-plots to keep you interested.

This is a really good read – I look forward to Ann Troup’s next offering!

This book was received from Net Galley and Carina in return for an honest review.

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