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  • Brilliant!

    Their Silent Graves is the seventh instalment of the DI Gina Harte series by Carla Kovach set in Cleevesford, a fictional town in the Midlands, England. Gina is called to the scene when two teenage girls stumble across a shallow grave. Dressed in Halloween costumes, the girls are on their way to a party and, taking a shortcut through dense woodland, they find a coffin in the grave with a decaying corpse inside. Nail indentations indicate that a person has possibly been buried alive, and then another similar grave is found... Although Their Silent Graves is deep into the series, it can be read as a standalone. I have cherry picked instalments in this series and have not read all of the seven novels, however there is enough backstory provided to really enjoy this particular one. Carla Kovach has written a really clever and fascinating police procedural that drew me in right from the very first page. Feisty and down-to-earth, protagonist Gina Harte makes a brilliant Detective Inspector. The fabulous plotting and great pacing by the author also contributed to my huge enjoyment of the story. Overall, a brilliant book filled with twists and a satisfying ending. If you love a good detective series and psychological thriller with plenty of shocks then Their Silent Graves is for you. Very highly recommended. Rating: five stars. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • I whish I read this series earlier

    Another book with a beautiful dedication: “To all who have suffered loss or illness during this year of pandemic.” The book starts out with 2 very disturbing scenes of the past. - 24 years ago a coffin-maker watches how his friend locks his wife up in the shed and beats her regularly. - 12 years ago a young girl who’s new in town is buried alive in a coffin by her new ’friends’. Now; When 2 16-year-old girls are on their way to a Halloween party and take a shortcut through the woods, they stumble across a bell without a clapper that’s tied to the buried coffin. At first, they think it’s a practical joke but they call the police anyway. A dead man lays inside; there are claw marks on the inside of the lid so it looks as if the victim was buried alive. DI Harte recognises him; it’s a man she told of for being rude to the café owner 2 days earlier. The killer seems to have a connection with her and writes her letters with intimate details about her own abusive past. Then, there’s Cherie, married to Christian and mother of 2. We don’t know what she’s up to but she’s keeping secrets from her husband. It’s a secret from her past that she shares with some school friends. Who are those people, what are they hiding, what is all this about? Why do they involve Gina Harte in their game? You know there must be a connection or it wouldn’t be in the book. While you try to puzzle out who’s who and what is going on, the suspense increases with every chapter (there are a lot of them in this book). It’s frustrating, so many secrets, clues and puzzle pieces and I couldn’t make sense of them. Grrr, I loved it though. It’s definitely one of those books that keep you up half of the night. And when I finally went to bed, I kept milling it over and over before falling asleep. My first assumption was that there was someone taking revenge on men that behave badly against women. But if so, what is the connection with Gina’s abusive ex? He’s dead, so it can’t be him, and why would he target abusive men. Although the victims aren’t very likeable, you can’t go around murdering ‘bad’ people. We all know a couple of people without whom the world would be a better place. But if we all go rogue serving vigilante justice, the world would be pure anarchy and chaos. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with laws and systems that aren’t always bringing justice and righteousness where they should. So I would urge our lawmakers (wherever in this world) to update both the police and justice departments into the 21st century. When the identity of the killer was finally revealed, I was surprised. Despite my multiple theoretical scenario’s, I never saw this coming. The ‘why’ was already clear by then but not the ‘who’. Most of the story is written from DI Harte’s POV but there are also chapters about Cherie and her friends, and those by the killer who doesn’t reveal his/her identity. It’s very well constructed and it keeps your attention to the last. It’s both police procedural and psychological thriller. Despite being the 7th book in this series, it’s very easy to read on its own. Of course, there are some references made to the past but I’m not even sure if those are just background information or that they’ve been part of former stories. I thank Netgalley and Bookouture for the free ARC they provided me with; this is my honest and unbiased review of it.

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  • Strong mystery, great atmospherics

    🎃 Halloween capers turn cruel and deadly: true whodunit🤔 4-4.5🌟stars The culprit is cruel and remains a big question mark right through to almost the last chapter and the cagey actions of a group of friends keep you guessing at the origins of the killer's anger. With plenty of twists and red herrings, this Carla Kovach thriller is a true whodunit. Tons of suspense, shady characters and, leading the investigation, a very messed up DI. The thrill was there at the end but I did not enjoy this DI Gina Harte thriller as much as the previous one I read despite the engaging murder mystery. I found the vagueness and switching time periods, POVs and scene at the start of the book confusing. As the story built momentum this was less of a concern for me. Gina's personal life and history often overshadowed the murder case she was trying to solve. I like knowing something about the lead and secondary characters' lives outside work in a police procedural but I prefer where their private lives are supplemental and not a main focus. Gina has so many personal issues that it's hard for me to understand how she got past vetting as a police recruit! Kovach did a good job of meshing Gina's haunting past with the case but I could have done without Gina's freakouts and flashbacks. Thanks to publisher Bookouture and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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  • Well worth reading

    Another stellar story in the series! Edge of your seat suspense. Just when you think you have the story figured out, along comes a curve . Absolutely thrilling.

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  • Their silent graves

    As with hef previous books I could not put this down. Full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Cannot wait for the next.

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