In the crisp, early morning hours, the police are called to a suspected murder at a farm outside a small English village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, blood all over the cottage she lived in. At the same time, police respond to a reported female suicide after a car is found at the bottom of a local quarry. As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather the evidence over their six day investigation, they discover a link between these two women, a link which sealed their dreadful fate one cold night, under a silent moon.
Under a Silent Moon sees Elizabeth Haynes moving in a slightly different direction from her norm – that of the psychological thriller and she has produced an interesting police procedural full of evidence, analysis, clues and twists.
The book is a very quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this new approach to crime writing. It’s not often you get chance to read a witness statement – fictional or not – it’s not often you see the charts showing how the crime analysts map their evidence and tie mobile phone numbers to suspects or locations. In Under a Silent Moon you get that chance. It’s an original and intriguing way to read a crime novel and I for one really enjoyed this aspect and look forward to the next instalment.
Under a Silent Moon will keep you guessing right until the end and there are certainly a few surprises in store. I did manage to work out a couple aspects of the story so it wasn’t all a revelation to me but for the most part I did enjoy how the clues led me one way and then another. This is after all the first in a brand new series with Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith and she’s certainly a colourful character and one to watch.
There were a couple of elements I wasn’t too keen on but this is purely a personal thing for me. I’m not one for all the lovey dovey stolen glances, holding hands and illicit affairs and there was a little too much for my liking. I guess I’m just a prude!! I don’t mind when it’s part of the storyline but I just didn’t think some of it was necessary here. I’m sure most people will disagree with me and as I said, this is a purely personal opinion and what I do and don’t like in crime books.
The story is well thought out. A multi-layered offering, Under a Silent Moon will keep you guessing as I’ve mentioned but there’s enough going on in this book to keep you thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. It includes a well developed police procedural and the squad briefings and investigative side of things was intelligent and well crafted. It really puts you deep in the heart of the investigation and I guess that’s all you can ask for from a book of this kind.
An authentic and imaginative thriller, Under a Silent Moon entertains and does what it says on the tin. I for one am looking forward to discovering where Louisa Smith goes from here; she shows a great deal of promise. More charts and witness statements please!!
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (10 April 2014)
- ISBN-10: 0751549592
- ISBN-13: 978-0751549591