Today I am reviewing on its publication day The Silent Speak by Val Collins, independently published.
“There’s a lunatic out there who butchered five innocent people and nobody is looking for him.”
Aoife Walsh has plenty keeping her busy—finalising her divorce from her manipulative husband, settling into her still-new relationship with Detective Conor Moloney, and trying to win the trust of his teenage son. So for the moment, her fledgeling career as a freelance journalist has been put on hold.
Then comes the horrific news that an entire family has been slaughtered in their own home. Aoife is shocked to discover two of the victims were members of her on-again-off-again book club. Even more disturbing is the revelation that the police believe it was a murder-suicide.
That’s when Aoife receives a tantalising offer. Lisa, the main suspect’s sister, will grant Aoife access to the victims’ extended family for an exclusive news story—if Aoife will help find the real killer. Moved by Lisa’s unwavering belief in her brother’s innocence, Aoife agrees to help.
As she digs into the secrets of her fellow book club members, Aoife discovers potential suspects everywhere: people having affairs, a jealous husband, and a power-hungry business partner who’s clearly hiding something.
Aoife keeps pulling at the threads of the story, untangling more and more deception. Is the killer really dead and buried? Is it someone Aoife already knows? Could the lunatic be closer than Aoife ever imagined?
You won’t be able to put down this twisty thriller from international bestselling author Val Collins.
The Silent Speak is Book 3 in the Aoife Walsh Thriller series. All three books are standalone thrillers and can be read in any order.
I have been trying to read a book from Val Collins for awhile now but, due to other bookish commitments, the timing was never right. Then as fate would have it, the stars finally aligned and here I am now with my review for The Silent Speak on its publication day. Was it worth the wait? Read on to find out…
With a fair amount already on her to do list, how is Aoife Walsh going to juggle the story of her life with finalising her divorce, whilst continuing to build her new relationship, both with her new partner and his son. Especially when that story is shaping up to be not just a story but also an opportunity for her to solve a grisly multiple murder.
The Silent Speak is a very well plotted and put together tale that had me hooked right from the get go. I appreciate a good thriller and Val Collins has delivered one here in spades. It is fast paced and action packed with so much tension and suspense as well as twists and turns aplenty to keep you gripped and on the edge of your seat.
I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Aoife Walsh who also features in the two other books from the author. They are standalone and in no way did I feel that I was disadvantaged by not reading the other ones, but I hope to be able to go back and read them at a later date. The other characters were very well developed and perfect in the roles they have been given to play.
Val Collins really knows how to get a readers attention and keep it that’s for sure. Even if I wanted to, I was unable to put this book down for even a second as I just had to know how it was going to unfold. What I loved was that I thought I had it all figured out and was quite pleased with myself, but then Val Collins ripped out the rug from underneath me for a reveal that I did not see coming at all! Well played!
The Silent Speak has been the best introduction to Val Collins work for me. I absolutely loved this book and I am sure that you will to, so do yourself a favour and add this to your reading immediately for 2021. It was a pleasure to read and review The Silent Speak, which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Val Collins and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Silent Speak, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Val Collins
Val Collins is the author of the award-winning psychological thriller GIRL TARGETED, the No. 1 international bestseller ONLY LIES REMAIN and THE SILENT SPEAK (23 February 2021). All three books are stand-alone thrillers and they all feature heroine Aoife Walsh.
Val has lived in Ireland her entire life, and graduated from University College Dublin. She enjoys chocolate, going for long walks in the countryside, seeing as much of the world as possible, meeting friends, writing, and reading. In fact, she devours books at the rate of one per week, and her favourite authors range from Philippa Gregory and Sophie Kinsella to Lee Child and Linwood Barclay.