I'm always surprised by how many mystery series are out there. And despite reading a lot of different series, how many there are that I have yet to sample.
Sunday Silence by Nicci French is the seventh (and finale) in this series featuring Frieda Klein, a police consultant.
I am truly late to the party on this series. Sunday Silence does work as a stand-alone mystery, but for readers (like myself) who enjoy reading a series in order, this book is not the one you should start with.
However, the premise is certainly attention-getting. Frieda makes a gruesome discovery after her house begins to smell. There is a body rotting under the floorboards of her house. The murder suspect is a man who many believed died seven years ago.
The stakes raise even higher when a young boy is taken, returned unharmed, but left with a human ear in his pocket.
French's novel is full of suspense and is fast moving. I wish I felt as connected to Frieda and the cast of characters in this book as I do to others from mystery series I read. Some of that is lack of familiarity at this point with these people, but French's writing is more action driven than character driven. While I love a good suspenseful plot, the parts of this novel I enjoyed the most were the parts where we got to see Frieda as a friend to others and learn more about her as a person. I'm curious to see how much more I know about her after I have read all seven books in this series.
French (a husband/wife writing team) is definitely a writer worth reading. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the story and getting to meet some interesting characters in Sunday Silence.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
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