Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.
Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.
A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?
Caroline Mitchell, author of the fantastic DC Jennifer Knight series, has once again penned a riveting, atmospheric page-turner. 'The Silent Twin' does not only 'possess' an attractive cover on the outside... what's inside is as bewitching! Though it is the third in the series, this book can be read as a standalone.
The disappearance of a child... every parent's worst nightmare.
This is the terrible reality facing Nick and Joanna. Abigail, one of their nine-year-old twin daughters vanishes into thin air while playing with her sister Olivia in a field near their farm. Olivia, has been spooked by something and hasn't uttered a word since her sister's disappearance. I don't even want to imagine myself in such a horrible situation.
"...gloom descended as she walked towards the old grey farmhouse."
DC Jennifer Knight is sent to their residence, Blackwater farm, to act as Family Liaison Officer and to investigate this disappearance. The dilapidated house is set in a remote area and a strong negative energy can be felt within its walls.
As hours turn into days, Jennifer's and the family's frustration intensifies. You can actually feel the sense of urgency and desperation consuming Jennifer and the other characters in finding Abigail before it's too late. I was so drawn in the story that I felt very anxious for news about Abigail as much as her family did. I wanted to help find this girl too, but the author held fast to the truth and left me clueless till the end. Where is Abigail? What happened to her?
"Why haven't you found me?"
In her psyche, Jennifer could pick up Abigail's desperate pleas. These gave me goosebumps and I could feel the hairs at the back of my neck stand on end.
This book is full of suspense and intrigue. All characters hide terrible secrets and act suspiciously: Radcliffe, Nick, Joanna, and even Olivia didn't convince me with her muted silence. I found myself biting my nails as page after page lies and secrets are revealed. And the past comes back with full force to haunt the family.
"It's like the house is alive..."
This book is also very atmospheric. You can almost feel the oppressive dark force that's lurking inside the house and as the wind howled outside Blackwater farm I could vividly imagine the bleak atmosphere in the surrounding fields.
Is the girl alive somewhere or has she passed on to the other side? Has someone or something hurt her or was she the victim of some terrible accident in the dangerous, wild surroundings? And what did Olivia see? Will Jennifer be able to solve this mystery by the end? And who's writing the diary?
This book kept me engrossed from the first to the last page and I couldn't read it fast enough. I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it to all those loving a tense and compelling mystery with an unearthly twist.
With thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read this book through NetGalley.
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. Her crime thriller series, featuring DC Jennifer Knight reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts. These edge of your seat crime thrillers are infused by Caroline's personal experiences in both the police and the paranormal. To find out more please subscribe at www.caroline-writes.com