Killer Review: The Silent Dead by Claire McGowan

First Line: ‘I’m Dead. I don’t mind. I want to be dead. Nothing could be worse than staying alive, not like this. But all the same I’m running away.’

What the blurb says:  

Victim: Male. Mid-thirties. 5’7″.
Cause of death: Hanging. Initial impression – murder.
ID: Mickey Doyle. Suspected terrorist and member of the Mayday Five.

The officers at the crime scene know exactly who the victim is. Doyle was one of five suspected bombers who caused the deaths of sixteen people. The remaining four are also missing and when a second body is found, decapitated, it’s clear they are being killed by the same methods their victims suffered.

Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire is assigned the case but she is up against the clock – both personally and professionally.

With moral boundaries blurred between victim and perpetrator, will be Paula be able to find those responsible? After all, even killers deserve justice, don’t they?

This is the third book in the Paula Maguire series and every bit as fabulous as all the others.

My favourite Forensic Pathologist, Paula Maguire is back and is as strong and determined as ever not to listen to the advice of others in order to solve the case. The story follows the abduction of a group of five people suspected of a bomb attack which killed sixteen innocent people for which they were never convicted set within the backdrop of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Now Paula and her colleagues must find them before they turn into victims themselves but she is distracted with her complicated personal life and, without giving away too much, with the impending birth of her baby.

This case is not clear cut with the boundaries of what is right being blurred which make for a very compelling read. The core of the book is the internal struggle of Paula wrestling with the moral dilemma of trying to find the killer of murderers which is both captivating and emotional with you questioning whose side are we on – the killer or the victims?

This book directly follows on from the other two in the series which I would highly recommend reading first as they weave the backstory of Paula’s childhood and sets up the on-going storyline line and unanswered question of her mother.

This is a must read which is full of fantastic dialogue, lively characters and tightly weaved plot – I can’t wait to read the next one!

To buy this book on Amazon click here

To buy this book on Waterstones click here

To find out more about Claire McGowan follow her on Twitter @inkstainsclaire or visit her website here

A Savage Hunter, the fourth book in the Paula Maguire series is out now – click here to buy on Amazon.




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