Book Review: Silent Scream

Author: Lynda La Plante
Title: Silent Scream
Genre: Crime
ISBN: 1847396461
‘Hot young British film star Amanda Delany had the world at her feet. She’d had a string of affairs with famous actors, making perfect fodder for the tabloids. Then came a commission to write a tell-all memoir. When Amanda is found brutally murdered, DCI James Langton’s enquiry discovers the sad truth behind her successful facade. Addicted to drugs and starvation diets, she’d almost died from a botched abortion. Meanwhile, DI Anna Travis is up for promotion, but Langton is blocking her, accusing her of professional misconduct. This latest case could make or break Anna’s career. ‘

Poor, poor little Amanda Delany.

La Plante seems to enjoy bumping off sad, young women and having the police force come to the (delayed) rescue.  Maybe its because these books aren’t my usual reading choice; police procedural crime novels are a far step away from vamp-fic and high fantasy.  However I still can’t the shake the feeling that in picking up this book, I got onto a train and made all the stops sign posted on the poster above the doors:
-Crime committed
-Police begin hunting
-Higher authority steps in to ‘take control’
-Potential suspects lie through their teeth and subsequently get caught out
-Police still have no clue
-Anna and Langton have their almost love affair
-Anna finds that one teeny weeny piece of info that no one else could find which opens up the case
-Suspects are rounded up
-Anna’s brainy-brainy-brain saves the day

By the time the final suspect is brought in you know damn well that he is the murder and you’re waiting for the remaining forty pages to pass so you can hear him confess.  Suspense is held and deliciously tense, until a point where the novel turns from being investigative to explanatory.

It just doesn’t quite hit the spot for me.

There is another of these books floating around – a colleague at work has it – and we’re going to do a swap when she’s done.  I’ll write up another review then and see how I feel; maybe the next book will go some way towards making me change my mind.

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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3 Responses to Book Review: Silent Scream

  1. Not read this book…but I know exactly what you mean.

    Makes you wonder, is it a case of ‘giving the reader what they want’? A case of this author has made it so people will buy the books whatever?

    In other genres, the criticism would surely be that the story was too predictable?



    • Predictable, for sure. I’ve read another of these and the formula is exactly the same. Its interesting though, because this woman is ‘critically acclaimed’ and had a couple of these books made into BBC (or possibly ITV) dramas. Its nuts.
      Then again, I should probably observe that its a massive case of ‘you can’t please everyone.’ And in this case… you can’t please me; not with plotting and writing like this. Meh.


  2. kim says:

    great book review, Ileandra! This book seems to be very interesting and amazing! I really want to read it! thanks for this sharing! The police novel of Elizabeth K Lee is another impressive and captivating book! I read it last month and I highly recommend it!


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