I’m pleased to be able to take part in the blog tour for the latest book by Theresa Talbot, Keep Her Silent. Although this is the second in a series, it is not essential to have read the first as this is the first of this author’s books that I have read, and I did not struggle to understand events that had previously happened.
A number of years ago, three women were killed in Glasgow by someone known only as the Raphael Killer. Never caught, the case is now being reopened by an officer who wants it closed before his imminent retirement. Investigative journalist, Oonagh O’Neil, certainly remembers the case so when she is given a tip-off, she embarks on an investigation of a cover-up of unimaginable proportions. With other lives threatened, can she work out what is going on before she, herself, becomes a target?
Initially, I thought that this would be a straightforward serial killer book where the main protagonist finds themselves a target of some unknown figure. While there is definitely an element of this, Keep Her Silent is so much more. With several plots all converging, part of it based on a real-life scandal, I found myself, on more that one occasion, disgusted with how people who yield power abuse their position. My heart went out to one incarcerated character when I read about what she had to endure at the hands of those who are supposed to be upholding the law.
Oonagh O’Neil is a great character – not perfect, but with a desire to make sure that the truth is heard. I was fascinated by her relationship with Alec, which definitely seemed a bit one-sided, and will be interested to see how this progresses. Oonagh is definitely one of those characters who has you rooting for them from the start.
I found that, as the book progressed, I was desperate to know the outcome and could not put it down. The ending, I felt, was clever, and left me with a wry smile on my face.
With thanks to Aria / Head of Zeus and Net Galley for my ARC.
About the Author
Theresa Talbot is a BBC broadcaster and freelance producer. A former radio news editor, she also hosted The Beechgrove Potting Shed on BBC Radio Scotland, but for many she will be most familiar as the voice of the station’s Traffic & Travel.
Late 2014 saw the publication of her first book, This Is What I Look Like , a humorous memoir covering everything from working with Andy Williams to rescuing chickens and discovering nuns hidden in gardens. She’s much in demand at book festivals, both as an author and as a chairperson.
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