About the book:
He buried his victim alive. And now he’s escaped from prison and is on the run in the city.
Fiona Henderson, the daughter of the victim who’d descended into a world of silence following her mother’s murder, has gone missing. Her sister Annabelle scours the city in a desperate attempt to find her. And then the body of a homeless person if found among the rubbish in a deserted alleyway.
As DIs Wheeler and Ross investigate, more suspicious deaths occur and a pattern emerges: the victims are all homeless. And so the police are pitched against a killer who is hellbent on a mission
to rid the streets of the vulnerable and dispossessed.
As Wheeler and Ross descend further into Glasgow’s netherworld, their investigation reveals not only a flawed support system for the disaffected, but also a criminal class ruthlessly willing to exploit them. A city of double standards, where morality is bought and sold.
But it’s when the killer begins stalking DI Wheeler, that she and Ross realise that the threat is now personal.
Silenced is the 2nd book in the Wheeler and Ross series. I had not heard about this series or Anne Randall before coming across this book in the library. The cover and blurb enticed me in.
A notorious killer, Mark Haedyear has escaped from prison while on compassionate leave to attend his mother’s funeral. He was doing life for killing Amanda Henderson.
DI Wheeler and DI Ross are on the hunt, however, a body gets found in an alleyway. Cameron Craig has been murdered with a clue left next to his body. Was Cameron Craig murdered by Mark Haedyear?
Meanwhile, we are introduced to the Henderson family and in particular Amanda’s daughter Fiona, who is now estranged from her father and sister and wishes to live on the streets and to not be found. She has also chosen to be mute, so makes you question what exactly does she know about Cameron Craig’s murder. Was she involved? Why won’t she speak out if she does know?
Soon the story steps up a notch, as DI Wheeler starts receiving letters from the killer. Even communications to her own home. As it gets personal, it turns into a race against time for DI Wheeler and DI Ross to catch the killer.
In hindsight, I think it would have been better to read the first book in the series to get an idea of the background of DI Wheeler and DI Ross. Unfortunately, I couldn’t decide whether I liked these two particular characters or not.
You get introduced to a lot of characters throughout, this can get confusing, as sometimes they get called by their nicknames. I’m also not 100% sure why some characters were even including in the story. Maybe it was just to add chapters?
Although the story is an easy read and fast paced, as well as making you feel that you do want to carry on reading to find out the truth, for me, there was one big let down. The dialogue between characters annoyed me at times, it was very much “he said”, “she said” and it seems the dialogue was used purely for the reader to know what happened previously, when maybe this could have been portrayed a different way. Sometimes dialogue was used purely to show the relationship between Wheeler and Ross, but I just found this quite cringe and it didn’t help me to like either character.
I did guess who the killer was before the big reveal, but I still felt the ending tied everything up nicely.
All in all, this was a fairly good read, although at some points I felt a few characters and the dialogue could have been addressed as possibly not needed.
I would give this title 3/5 stars!
About the author:
Glasgow-born Anne Randall is the author of the gritty, award-winning Wheeler and Ross series set in her hometown.
Her first novel RIVEN (written as A. J. McCreanor) won first prize at the Wells Festival of Literature in 2011
Anne has also had poems and short stories published in various anthologies.
Anne previously worked as a cadet nurse, flower-seller, civil servant and English teacher in Glasgow before retraining as a psychotherapist.
She now works in private practice in Glastonbury, Somerset where she lives with her husband, bespoke furniture-maker Don Storey, their two pesky rescued cats and an inherited and remarkably handsome collie dog.