The Silent Conversation
by Caro Ramsay
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Pub Date 07 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021
Canongate Books, Severn House
When DNA evidence links a present-day murder to the disappearance of a young boy four years earlier, detectives Anderson & Costello are plunged into a baffling mystery.
It’s been four years since four-year-old Johnny Clearwater disappeared without trace one hot summer afternoon. Now, a new TV documentary series is revisiting the case, dredging up memories perhaps best left forgotten.
On the night the TV show is broadcast, detectives Anderson and Costello are called out to investigate the murder of a female police officer. On arriving at the scene, they discover that nothing about this death is as straightforward as it would appear. What was the victim doing in the garden of the exclusive gated residence where she was found? How did she die? Why is the key witness so reluctant to speak to them? Even the off-duty police officer who was first on the scene isn’t telling them everything.
The pressure intensifies when a link is discovered between the dead woman and the disappearance of Johnny Clearwater four years earlier. What secrets are lurking behind the closed doors of this small, exclusive community . . . and what really happened to little Johnny Clearwater?
This gripping, atmospheric police procedural will appeal to fans of IAN RANKIN, VAL McDERMID and LOUISE PENNY.
A Note From the Publisher
Average rating from 46 members
I love this book I read it in a couple of hours. The plot was extremely intense. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. I also love the characters. Highly recommend this book.
Thank you Netgalley and Canongate;/Severn House for the eARC.
Caro Ramsay has just gone to the top of my female authors list, what a book, what a series!
Anderson and Costello catch the case of a young woman, dead in a. luxurious gated community. Was she murdered? They won't know till the autopsy. But the disappearance of a three-year old little boy five years ago may have something to do with it. There are so many twists and turns, it takes quite a while before things finally become clear.
Costello is even more difficult than usual; there are times when Anderson visualizes slapping her - that made me chuckle. But I love her, she's quite the character. Anderson tries to fit in looking after his beloved little Moses and his dog;e hes' such a good man, trying his best for his family while involved in the complications of this mystery, which takes up so much of his and the team's time.
Anderson and Costello have become my favorite team, they feel like friends to me. The Glasgow setting is great too. I think this series is brilliant and just gets better and better
Highly recommended, 5+++
If any series makes it as far as book 13 you know it will be a great series.
The Silent Conversation, is part of the Anderson & Costello Mystery Series, it could be read as a standalone but this book does reference Book 5, The Night Hunter, at times and it is best if you had read The Night Hunter or you may feel lost at times.
If we were speaking about the series in a whole I would tell you none of them are a disappointment, however, the series does get better as it gets further along. The character development builds up after each book.
This book is told from 3 points of view, both detectives and an eye witness to the crime, Carol Holman. Carol, I would consider an unreliable witness but I wont go into too much detail as I do not want to spoil anything. The crime is centered around a female police officer being attacked in front of her home.
I would consider this a police procedural book with a murder mystery twist. I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to anyone who has read any of the previous series novels.
This is my second time reading an episode in the Anderson and Costello procedural series set in Scotland. This is a complex, well developed story with two story lines: the upcoming fourth anniversary of the disappearance of young Johnny Clearwater from a family wedding and the death of a young woman in an upscale, gated community under odd circumstances. Both cases are more complicated than they initially appear.
Anderson and Costello have been partners for some years now and they bicker at times like married partners, harping on each other’s perceived weak points. But the strength of their relationship is felt. All of the characters, whether police or civilian, are well developed and multi-faceted which adds to the story lines. These people feel real and act from real emotions.
I do recommend this book and series. I intend to find more of the earlier books in the series. But I was able to follow this story without problem with adequate back story provided.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Another winner from Ms Ramsay. Her police procedurals are of the highest quality there is and the plots are extremely well thought out. Her characters are always well developed and so ever interesting. Still confusing to me why she is not more popular in the States. Thant to Netgalley for the advance.
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