About the book
Published: 14th April 2016 (Bookouture)
I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …
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?
The Silent Twin is the third book in the DC Jennifer Knight series and the first one I have read so it definitely works well as a standalone (I’m currently listening to the first however couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one!).
The twins, Abigail and Olivia are playing hide and seek on the family’s remote farm when Abigail disappears, seemingly without a trace. Olivia is no help in finding Abigail has she has not spoken a single word since she was parted from her other half. DC Jennifer Knight is assigned as the Family Liaison Officer as there has been talk of spiritual happenings in the home and Jennifer has an special gift which can be put to good use. The farm has lots of secrets but it isn’t forthcoming about the current mystery.
In amongst the narrative regarding Abigail’s disappearance are diary entries from an unknown author who has clearly gone through a difficult time. I liked this technique to bring a different voice into the story and the build upon the tension and mystery.
Everyone in this book is suspicious and appears to have their own secrets, Abigail and Olivia’s parents, Joanne and Nick are clearly not happily married and struggling to unite in their despair of going through the investigation into Abigail’s disappearance. They are certainly not holding it together for Olivia’s sake either!
Mitchell’s wonderfully descriptive writing builds the landscape and the tension, she takes the reader on a roller coaster of a journey. The atmosphere of the farm and the strange things that are happening drag you in and you start to also feel oppressed by the place! The paranormal element is fantastic and adds to this, Caroline’s experience in this area is evident and superbly written.
A fantastic crime novel in its own right but the paranormal element gives it an extra bit of edge!
Thank you to Bookouture and Caroline for a copy of The Silent Twin via Netgalley.
About Caroline Mitchell
A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time.
Published by Bookouture, her DC Knight crime thriller series reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts. The first in her new series featuring DS Ruby Preston is due for publication Autumn 2016.
Her new psychological thriller, Witness, is published with Thomas & Mercer and due for publication 20th December 2016.
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. Sign up to join her Reader’s club for access to news, updates and exclusive competitions and giveaways.