Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day The Girl from Silent Lake by Leslie Wolfe, published by Bookouture.
She felt a shiver up her spine as she approached the body, as if its coldness was somehow touching her own soul. The girl in the shallow grave was wrapped in a blanket like a newborn baby. Her skin was porcelain white, as if kissed by snow, and her hair was braided, tied with feathers. What had happened to this poor innocent girl?
Detective Kay Sharp vowed she’d never return to her childhood home. On the night of her thirteenth birthday her broken family was shattered beyond repair, and leaving was the only option. Unable to fix her own past, she’s been an FBI profiler for over a decade, desperate to save others.
But now Kay’s back and only she can solve the crime that has rocked the tight-knit community of Mount Chester to its core. A dead woman has been found by Silent Lake under the dew-covered Fall leaves, her hair braided and her body wrapped in a blanket. This small town may be a stranger to murder, but Kay recognizes the signs of a serial killer. She’s certain that the ritualistic nature of the scene means it’s just a matter of time until he strikes again––unless she catches him first.
As yellow do-not-cross tape flaps in the biting wind, another woman is reported missing. Kay leads a frenzied search for out-of-towner Alison Nolan and when she locates her car, Kay’s blood turns to ice as she shines her flashlight on the backseat and sees a teddy bear. Alison’s six-year-old little girl, Hazel, has vanished too.
Kay knows the missing-person investigation could turn into a murder case at any second. But as she hunts for the culprit, her own past closes in on her. Can she find the killer before it’s too late? And will the secret she thought she’d buried stay that way?
At the end of last year I decided that I was going to cut back on starting any new series so I could catch up with the ones I had fallen behind in. Then waltz’s in Bookouture with this new series from Leslie Wolfe and I was powerless to say anything other than yes to join in with the blog tour, after having read the blurb. It was like a magnet pulling me in and I just had to read this book and I am so glad that I did. What a sensational read this is!
With a summary to this book that reads in part like beautiful poetry, Leslie Wolfe’s ability to make the mundane sound so beautiful, creates a stunning contrast to the horror of the killer. Now Detective Kay Sharp has to catch them before it is too late for the shattered peace of Mount Chester to be regained.
I have so many female characters on my favourites list that I didn’t think I could fit anymore on it but, it would be remiss of me not to include Detective Kay Sharp to this list. What a brilliant strong and resilient woman she is but, one who is also damaged and puts everyone at arms length. Escaping her childhood home but unable to bury the horrific memories of what occurred there, it is a wonder she is able to function at all.
An author with an impressive bibliography behind her, Leslie Wolfe is a new author for me and one who’s work I am so glad to have been exposed to. I connected immediately to her writing and found it so hard to tear myself away from this book when life rudely got in the way.
The Girl From Silent Lake is an extremely dark, intense and thrilling read that will have you enthralled right from the get go. From the writing, to the structure, its characters, the lightening speed pace that it moves at and the story itself, which has been masterfully executed, I am really excited to read more from Leslie Wolfe and this series going forward. It was a pleasure to read and review The Girl From Silent Lake, which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Leslie Wolfe, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Girl From Silent Lake, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Girl from Silent Lake Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The Girl from Silent Lake. Thank you to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour.
Let’s Get to Know Leslie Wolfe
Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology.
Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace.
Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.