For my second blog post of the day I am pleased to have had the opportunity to read and review ER Fallon’s second book Silent Murder, which is published today (24th Jan) by Joffe Books.
About the book
DISCOVER A FAST-PACED DETECTIVE THRILLER FULL OF TWISTS
A body dismembered with a chainsaw is found under an infamous Newark bridge. The victim has links to organized crime.
On her first day back at the job Detective Rebecca Everhart has a new partner to cope with as well as this baffling case. Rebecca has just come back from a homicide case that left her shaken.
Then another body turns up with the same gruesome wounds as the first. Has Rebecca got a serial killer on her hands or a mob war?
She must enter the tightly-knit Portuguese community to break the case.
This is second of a series of enthralling mysteries featuring Detective Rebecca Everhart. Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Melinda Leigh, Robert Dugoni, and Patricia Gibney.
Newark is the biggest city in the state of New Jersey, a gritty waterfront city with a large port. It’s a place that some call home but also somewhere many workers commute in to from the suburbs. It’s considered a dangerous city by some, but in recent years has been somewhat revitalized. One of the most diverse cities in the world, it’s a place full of life and great stories.
DETECTIVE REBECCA EVERHART SERIES
Book 1: BODY IN THE BOX
Book 2: SILENT MURDER
This is the second book in the series, although it is the first one I have read. The first part of the book refers quite heavily to what happened in book 1, as far as I can tell, so I think it would be handy if you had read book 1 so you can understand the character better.
There are a couple of things that make this book stand out from the other brilliant Joffe Books, one is the fact it is set in Newark in the US, instead of the UK; and the second is that the story is told in the first person, meaning we learn everything the same time as Detective Everheart does.
I started reading this with an open mind and found I really enjoyed the feel of the book, which was added to by the fact it was told in first person, giving the effect of an old 196’s style detective noir book, with Detective Rebecca Everheart making an interesting detective.
The book follows Everhart just after her last case where she is recovering from everything that happened, when she is thrown straight into the next one.
As she lost her last partner in the previous book she is now joined by a brand new partner, so both of them have to get to know each other whilst working on the very gruesome murders.
There are a lot of possible suspects, due to gang warfare, in this book, which meant trying to work out who did it was a very tricky job, for both Everhart and myself, and I think the way the book was written made it all the better.
Overall I enjoyed the book, and will be going back to read book one to see what i have missed out on.
About the Author
Having spent most of my life in and around NYC, I know well the gritty city streets I write about and have firsthand knowledge of the localized crime world through family. I will say no more. I studied criminology in college and was mentored by a leading advocate for the family members of homicide victims. I’ve published several stories with mystery and crime elements that received praise from bestselling international writers, and have previously worked as a business writer. I now live in the countryside and enjoy connecting with readers on and through my website.