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  • A great start to a new series

    What a great start to a new series Silent Cry is. I was hooked immediately as Jenny took me on a rollercoaster ride full of emotions that lead to twists and turns along the way to keep me on my toes. Just when I thought I had it figured out, Jenny would throw in a curveball to take me completely off course. This is what I love in a mystery and Jenny excels in this and other aspects that I look for from this genre. Jenny has created a plot straight out of every mother’s worst nightmare. Izzy’s baby Alys is only one week old when her father Charlie takes her out to give Izzy a break only never to return. What follows is a police search that leads nowhere and a mother’s desperation in never giving up hope that her daughter may be found even if it may put her life in danger. The characters are very well rounded and hold their own well throughout the story. Izzy broke my heart with everything she has endured in the five years that Alys disappeared and I just wanted to reach through the pages and comfort her. I also really enjoyed the character of DC Gaby Darin and I look forward to seeing how she will evolve in future books. All of the other characters are very well developed and written and each is portrayed brilliantly. I really enjoyed Jenny’s style and everything flowed really well. It was very effortless in its approach, which made for a very enjoyable read. Jenny writing is very engaging and the setting in Wales brought back so many lovely memories of my only overseas trip where I spent four amazing weeks in Swansea. It’s not often that I read a book where I have actually been to the places mentioned, so for me, this was an added bonus to an already great story. If you love a mystery that will have you gripped from the get-go and take you, hostage, until the final page, great characters and engaging writing that al leads to a thrilling and jaw-dropping ending, then Silent Cry is the book for you. A new author to me, I am so glad that I have now been exposed to Jenny’s work and I look forward to more books in this series to come. It was a pleasure to read and review Silent Cry, which I highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Jenny O’Brien for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Silent Cry which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • A strong twist at the end

    Izzy’s boyfriend disappears with her newborn baby, leaving a note that says “don’t try to find us.” No clue or trace is found. Five years later Izzy spots her former best friend Grace in Swansea. A best friend that vanished at the same time as her boyfriend and baby did. Have the 2 disappearances something to do with each other? It’s enough for the police to investigate again. Suddenly, Grace also gets another postcard, from Paris this time, that says “Alys is safe, don’t look for her!” In the beginning, the book jumps back and forth between past and present and I got the strong impression that there’s something fishy about ‘friend Grace’. Later the chapters alternate between the POV of the mother and that of DC Gaby Darin. DC Darin has newly arrived from Cardiff, where she made a mess of both her personal and professional life. With new eyes on the case, she feels that something is off with this case. First, she suspects that the mother may have killed both. But later she becomes more sympathetic towards her. At first, I didn’t like this police officer very much; I thought her a bit stuck up and quick to judge. But she is a character that has to grow on you. She’s stubborn, thorough, and dedicated to the case. Although she’s not used to forming friendships, she connects quickly with family liaison officer Amy. They’re both intelligent career women who won’t let a man interfere with their job. A job they both like very much. Her boss DCI Rhys Walker is easier to like. He’s the strong silent type. He grew up with the mother of the baby, who’s the best friend of his sister and has a soft spot for her. The writer expertly steers you in the wrong direction. From early on in the story, I had a strong feeling that I knew who was behind the crimes. There were times that I wanted to scream at the police and the victim turned sleuth: ‘don’t you see what’s right in front of you’! As the story progresses, I had to make little amends to my theory but was very sure that I had figured it all out. Oh boy, what was I wrong!!! DC Darin was the only one that kept her head cool and figured it out at the 11th hour. The twist at the end was completely unexpected and yet completely plausible. This is a strong series starter.

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  • Mystery that will keep you guessing

    Jenny O’Brien writes an exciting dramatic story about a young woman, Isabelle Grant, who finds herself pregnant and unmarried. Even so she decides to have the baby and the father Charlie and her settle in to await the arrival. When the big event happens Izzy couldn’t be happier nor more tired. When Charlie takes baby Alys for awhile to give her a break she doesn’t know they won’t return. The heartbreaking search goes on for years. Izzy doesn’t stop searching the crowds and the baby buggies. The police haven’t come up with any leads. When DC Gaby Darin joins the force she needs to prove herself and dives into the cold case. She discovers things just don’t add up. It’s been five years and an unidentifiable post card is left for Izzy, can it help? When Isabelle sees an old friend in the crowd a friend from the time she was pregnant, she tells the lead detective Rhys, an old acquaintance, can he get the case revitalized? This book gets harder and harder to put down as it progresses. You will be pulled in to the mystery and it will not let you go. You will cry and you will worry but you won’t guess till it’s revealed the shocking truths. Thank you NetGalley, Jenny O’Brien and the publishers for allowing me to read and give my honest opinion. I would definitely buy this book for a friend.

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  • Amazeballs!

    😊 It is always so exciting to start at the beginning of a new crime mystery series. Silent Cry features DC Gabriella (Gaby) Darin who has just moved to a new area in Wales after a difficult work-related experience. She is paired with DCI Rhys Walker, a man who seems to have his secrets but is an inspector that she holds in high regard. Kicking things off, the reader is introduced to Izzy Grant, who waved goodbye to her then newborn daughter Alys, and her partner, Charlie as they left to do some shopping, five years ago. But the unthinkable happens and the two never return, apparently disappearing into thin air. Izzy's world crumbled around her, and despite an extensive search the police found no trace of the missing girl, but Izzy refused to give up hope that her daughter would be found. Around the same time, her friend, Grace Madden also disappeared. Since then Izzy has tried to move on, and is now running her own business and has a cat, curiously named Bucket. Out in Swansea, completing her Christmas shopping, she spots a familiar face across the street, someone intrinsically linked to her former self... Grace Madden. Izzy informs DCI Rhys Walker who worked on the case five years ago. He begins re-investigating the cold case, alongside newbie DC Gaby Darin. As is usual in a new series, this first book sets up the characters providing a smattering of useful background. With pacing that was spot on, there was always plenty going on and there was certainly never a dull moment! Jenny O'Brien clearly knows how to write a story that is compelling and entertaining with characters that were not necessarily easy to love but fitted with the story very well. I really enjoyed Gaby's personality traits - particularly her brashness and astuteness, although she was inclined towards impulsiveness. The plot was brilliantly executed and I was desperate to find out what was going to happen next. Written with clarity, Jenny O'Brien demonstrated a mastery of misdirection that certainly kept me guessing! Complete with a fabulous ending, I am certain that Silent Cry will be well-received by all who enthuse over a well-written police procedural or thriller/ mystery. I look forward to the second instalment which sees DC Gaby Darin moving again to a different police station. A well-deserved five stars! My thanks must go to Jenny O'Brien for writing such an gripping, clever and awesome book! 😊 I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from HQ Digital via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Exciting, Thrilling & An Awesome Read!

    Hands up, I don't normally read books about missing children but when I saw who the author was I had no hesitation in snapping this up! Izzy Grant faced a terrible tragedy in her life when her partner took their baby out in her car and just disappeared. Some years later something occurs which, when brought to the attention of the police allows the force to re-open the case, and finally gives Izzy reason to raise the hope she has never lost that her daughter will be safely returned to her. I've been a fan of Jenny O'Brien's since she first approached me in 2017 with a request to review one of her novels, so when I spotted her latest was due for release, I quickly pre-ordered it. This is the first chance I've had to fit Silent Cry into my list and what a tremendously gripping read it is! From the first page, this novel grabbed my attention and didn't let go until I got to the very end. Absolutely awesome! With a strong story line and crisp writing which flows seamlessly all the way through, I'm not surprised that this novel was snapped up by a publisher - and, best of all, it's the first in what promises to be a must-not-miss series! Exciting, thrilling, gripping and with an ending which I could not - even in my wildest dreams - have predicted, this is definitely worthy all five sparkling, glowing stars and the highest recommendation I can give!

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