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  • Gripping and very twisty

    When I reviewed the author’s previous book and book 1 in the Abby Pearce series (Her Ocean Grave), I remember saying I didn’t think it would be long until she wrote a 5 star book. Well folks - this was it for me! Abby Pearce, a former homicide detective with the NYPD had moved back to her hometown on Martha’s Vineyard when the previous book started and Abby became embroiled in a high profile case. This time the case is even more high profile as an entire family is slaughtered at a holiday resort on the island. The Lavelle family - the father is a cardiac surgeon, mother Nancy is a top notch lawyer and 3 of their 4 children have been stabbed to death. A teenaged girl, assumed to be the eldest child Karin, is found in a catatonic state. But when Nancy’s parents (the only other relatives) arrive police are shocked to learn that the girl is not Karin Lavelle, their granddaughter, and nobody knows who she is. So where is the real Karin? And is she is danger? This sets the tone for what becomes a most convoluted police investigation. I had no hope of picking this one! The strange girl is finally identified but her identity doesn’t shed any light on things at all. And then she disappears! More people are killed and nothing is straightforward, nothing is as it seems. The mob is somehow involved and crooked cops from other jurisdictions. Red herrings are everywhere and suspects disappear in a puff of smoke. There’s only one thing Detective Abby Pierce is sure about and that is that somehow this is all connected and linked to her. But how and why is still very much a mystery. Abby is such a likeable and engaging character. She is no shrinking violet and does her job in a professional and competent manner. The setting on Martha’s Vineyard is captivating in itself. It sounds like a charming holiday destination. Come to Martha’s Vineyard and be stabbed to death - just kidding, it does sound idyllic. The pacing of this story was spot on and I struggled to put the book down and go to bed last night. All in all a great and compelling thriller for all thriller fans out there. Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.

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  • An engaging mystery

    Silent Island is my first introduction to detective Abby Pearce, and it was an interesting introduction as Abby Pearce is a high-profile detective back in Martha's Vineyard struggling to stay sober after witnessing her partner be gunned down whilst working for the NYPD and her marriage fall apart. And with another big case to solve this one with strange ties to Abby and a mob boss from New York, Abby is under more pressure than ever before especially when a case of mistaken identity leads to more questions and distress for the relatives of the slain family. But with plenty of mystery, big twists and moments that had me crying out in surprise this was an engaging read and I would certainly look out for more books in this series in the future. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

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  • This series keeps getting better!

    “He’d never had to deal with any real crime for most of his time as chief…until I came back to Martha’s Vineyard.” Homicide detective Abby Pearce returned to her home of Martha’s Vineyard after the death of her partner and a divorce. She has her drinking under control (for now) and has settled in to small town policing. It’s summer tourist season, the island hotels are full and Abby is dealing with a rash of stolen street signs. Then a call comes in from the luxury Beach Hotel. Five people have been slaughtered: Thomas Lavelle, a prominent New York cardiologist, his wife, two young daughters and baby son. The only survivor is the Lavelle’s fifteen year old daughter Karin and she is near catatonic with shock. The horror continues when Karin’s grieving grandparents walk into her hospital room and demand to see Karin. This girl is a stranger. The small Martha’s Vineyard police force faces almost constant pressure from the local, state and national press to solve the murders quickly and find the missing girl. All clues seem to end in dead alleys until Abby has an idea that will break the case. Will she be in time to save Karin…and herself? This is the second in the Abby Pearce series although it reads like a standalone thriller. This series just keeps getting better! The location is atmospheric and gives every case a locked room (or island) plot. The characters, especially Teena and Lincoln (we now know everything about you, Mr. Connor), are well developed and add to the story. But the real star here is Abby. She’s trying to overcome her alcoholism, develop her career and find love. I can’t wait to see what she does next! 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Dana Perry for this ARC.

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  • Clever twist in the conclusion

    Abby Pearce is the lead investigator on the murder of a family of five in a vacation retreat on Martha’s Vineyard in Cedar Cliffs. She is a former crime investigator from New York City. Her former partner, Tommy Ferraro, was killed during a crime investigation in New York. Abby still feels responsible for his death. There is always the guilty idea she could have done more to save her partner. Her partner in Cedar Cliffs is a no-nonsense fellow detective named Teena. One member of the family massacred on the island is still alive and missing, the fifteen-year-old daughter. She is the subject of an island wide manhunt. Could she have done this brutal crime? Dana Perry winds through many scenarios of the crime. Every time there is a news-briefing the police chief gets more and more agitated with his lead investigator, and each time the investigation follows a particular path, the person being investigated seems to wind up dead! The solution at the end was a clever twist to the story. I appreciated the twists that Dana put me through to get to the conclusion. I also wanted the investigation to move faster as at times it seemed to drag (and I had to agree with the police chief). Still, this is an entertaining and absorbing tale. 4 stars – CE Williams

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  • A gripping crime thriller

    The second instalment in the Detective Abby Pearce series, Silent Island is a tense and suspenseful read that had me glued the pages working alongside Abby to solve this latest case. Set in the picturesque Martha’s Vineyard, Dana Perry has crafted another chilling and atmospheric tale that had me completely engrossed from start to finish. This case was a tough one to crack, but I enjoyed being given the run around as I was misguided and steered away from solving it until Perry was good and ready to reveal all. Full of twists and turns, this one certainly kept me on my toes and on the edge of my seat. A thrilling plot that has been perfectly executed and with a strong female protagonist at the helm, makes Silent Island a fantastic addition to this series.

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