The Silent Dead (Detective Jackie Cooke Book 2)
by Marnie Riches
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Pub Date 01 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2022
She was lying as if asleep on the wooden kitchen floor, beneath the fridge covered with a child’s colourful crayon drawings. But her frozen expression showed she would never wake again…
When Detective Jackie Cooke is called out to the scene, she’s expecting a routine check. The bottle of pills on the kitchen table, next to the note with the single word SORRY written in a shaky hand, make it seem obvious what’s happened. But Jackie is shocked when she recognises her old schoolfriend Claire – and she is convinced Claire would never take her own life.
Determined to dig deeper, Jackie soon discovers evidence that proves her right: a roll of notes has been thrust down the victim’s throat. And when she finds another woman killed in the same way, she realises someone may be targeting lonely single mothers. As Jackie talks to Claire’s distraught children, one of them too young to understand his mummy is never coming home, she vows to find answers.
Both victims were in touch with someone calling himself Nice Guy – could he be the killer? Pursuing every clue, Jackie is sure she’s found a match in dead-eyed Tyler, part of a dark world of men intent on silencing women for daring to reject them. But just as she makes the arrest, another single mother is found dead – a woman who never dated at all.
Forced to re-evaluate every lead she has, with her boss pressuring her to make a case against the obvious suspect, Jackie knows she is running out of time before another innocent woman is murdered. And, as a single mother herself, she cannot help but wonder if she is in the killer’s sights. Can she uncover his true motivation and put an end to his deadly game… or will he find her first?
A completely unputdownable crime thriller that will have you reading long into the night. Perfect for fans of Kendra Elliott, Rachel McLean and Val McDermid.
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‘Full of many twists and turns!!… amazing, I definitely recommend… I could not put down this book!!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘WOW!… I’m thrilled that this will be a series… I lost sleep quickly turning the pages… I loved the strong female lead, the plot, and the writing. I felt like I was reading an episode of Criminal Minds!’@ninaneedsnovels
‘Gripping… pulls you in in immediately… I could not get enough of it… Stunning… kept me hooked and guessing the whole time.’ @rubie_reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Fantastic!… lots of twists and turns… scary and suspenseful… I cannot wait for the next Jackie Cooke book. The author better write fast. I read this straight through.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely AMAZING. Tense, thrilling, twisty and turny with an unforgettable leading lady… fabulous… Loved it.’ Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the Kim Stone series
‘Totally gripped with the suspense, drama, and twists and turns… I love everything about this thriller… can’t wait for the next book.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I was all in from page 1 and I could not put the book down, I read it in one sitting!’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Edge-of-your-seat book, will have you gripped and trying to solve the crime… highly recommend… readers will love it.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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