readers to Isla Green, a woman who supports her father through
everything, and her dysfunctional family, along with a next
door couple. Everyone seems normal. They go to work, even
when they hate their jobs. They greet each other hello in
the backyards. But behind closed doors, it is a different
story. Isla is brought back 30 years to her childhood when
her father calls her in the middle of the night explaining
that the wife, Mandy, from next door has been missing. Her
father is a suspect since it is believed that he was the last
person to see Mandy alive. Can Isla put the puzzle pieces
together and keep her father and the family secrets safe?
characterization of Isla Green is a good one. What appears
to be a relatively simplistic woman turns out to be so much
more. Allott is not afraid to show the flaws of Isla and the
rest of the characters, along with the devoting care that
they have for each other. In the beginning, the setting of
The Silence could be any small town, but the fact that it
is a sea town matters more as the story progresses. The mystery
is predictable but done in a respectable manner. Readers will
not feel dumb if they did not see the connections or overjoyed
that they figured it out before the ending.
The Silence is a decent mystery. It is fast paced
due to the writing, not due to the suspensefulness of whodunit.
Any mystery fan should enjoy The Silence and not be disappointed.