Today I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for Endless Silent Scream. My review is written with thanks to Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side and Tony J Forder for my copy of the book.
From the author of the bestselling DI Bliss crime series comes another gripping police procedural thriller that will have readers hooked from the stunning first page to the very last.
He saved her life once. Can he do it again?
When DI Bliss prevents fifteen-year-old Molly from jumping off the roof of a tall building, he has no idea how deeply she will impact on his life. After learning that the girl is a drugs courier, Bliss realises she is in great danger. As he struggles to have Molly relocated, a local drug dealer and an enforcer sent by the supplier, have other plans for her.
After the remains of a freelance journalist are discovered, an old flame comes back into Bliss’s life. With the clock ticking down, he realises it’s only a matter of time before reports emerge linking the murdered journalist with the police, putting added pressure on the Major Crimes team to find the killer – even if it’s one of their own.
With Bliss torn between the two investigations, he becomes increasingly desperate to move Molly to safety before she can be silenced. But with his focus on saving the girl for a second time, Bliss is blinded to other dangers…
The stunning DI Bliss series of fast-paced police thrillers will appeal to fans of authors like Michael Connelly, Joy Ellis, Peter James, Robert Bryndza and Angela Marsons. Tony J Forder is also the bestselling author of Degrees of Darkness, Scream Blue Murder and Cold Winter Sun.
Endless Silent Scream begins with Detective Inspector Jimmy Bliss attempting to talk a young girl down from a tall building. This sets the scene for a very dark and intense novel. I felt that Forder took the reader to a much darker place this time and I loved the tension it created. I also felt that the novel touched on more emotional issues, such as suicide and terminal illness and it allowed me to see a different side to a protagonist I’ve come to know so well.
It’s hard to believe that Endless Silent Scream is the sixth book featuring Detective Inspector Bliss and his team. I love the relationship he has with them and really appreciated the insight into his approach to his work and managing the team which was provided by the scenes of his sessions with the police counsellor. Following the events of the previous book in the series, it is clear the team are still coming to terms with what happened and it was interesting to see how this affected the dynamic of the team.
As with all the books in the series, Endless Silent Scream is set in Peterborough. I don’t know Peterborough particularly well, but Forder’s sense of place is brilliant and I immediately felt transported to the action. I do visit Peterborough occasionally to see a family member and I was glad to see mention of The Draper’s Arms, which is our usual meeting place!
Throughout Endless Silent Scream , there are two investigations running side by side. It took me some time to settle into these plots, but Forder’s writing is extremely slick and the multiple plots effortlessly demonstrate the pressures of modern policing. Once I settled, I found it very difficult to stop reading!
There is a sense of danger that runs through the novel which adds an extra layer of tension and I was incredibly intrigued to find out what happened.
Endless Silent Scream is available from Amazon.
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