Author: Lynda La Plante
Title: Silent Scream
‘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:
-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.