‘A Conspiracy Of Silence’ by Anna Legat

I just have to share this review by Ginger Book Geek! It shows great insight into my characters. I love the way the interviewer interacts with DI Marsh and the plot. Thank you!

I have a little confession to make- yes yet another one.  Although I have a few of Anna’s books on my ever increasing ‘to be read’ mountain, I haven’t actually read one yet…………until now that is.  Having enjoyed reading ‘A Conspiracy Of Silence’ I can guarantee that Anna’s books will be bumped up the ‘to be read’ list.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘A Conspiracy Of Silence’, which is the fifth book in the DI Gillian Marsh series,  but more about that in a bit.

What can I say about Detective Inspector Gillian Marsh?  To start with I wasn’t quite sure how to take her.  She is a bit abrupt, she doesn’t pull any punches, she tells it like it is and she doesn’t seem to care if she upsets people.  Saying all that though, she is a fantastic detective, who is like a dog with a bone.  When she is allocated an investigation you can rest assured that she will not give up until she has apprehended the killer or the perpetrator.  Marsh isn’t afraid of hard work- far from it- and she isn’t easily frightened.  Her character isn’t exactly warm and friendly but I gradually got used to her and even quite liked her.  Not many of the other characters seem that likeable.  In fact one of the worst characters for me was the Headmaster of the school, where the body of a young man is discovered.  His attitude stank and I silently cheered Marsh when she put him straight.  That doesn’t stop him being obnoxious, arrogant and ignorant.

It didn’t take me long to get into this story.  After the first couple of pages, I knew that I was going to be in for a real treat with this book.  The murder as well as the disappearance of the young lady intrigued me and I had to know if the two crimes were connected and if the police would solve the crimes and apprehend the perpetrators. I made the fatal mistake of starting to read the book shortly before I went to bed.  Let’s just say that bedtime was delayed and I had a distinct lack of sleep hangover the following morning.  This book was certainly on my mind all the time.  If I didn’t have the book in my hand, then I was itching to be able to pick it up again.  If I wasn’t reading the book, then I would be thinking about the book.  I just needed to know how the story concluded and I turned the pages at a fairly fast pace.  All too quickly I reached the end of the story and I had to bid farewell to DI Gillian Marsh and her team.  I soon cheered up when I realised that I had the first four books in the series to catch up on.

‘A Conspiracy Of Silence’ is brilliantly written.  I was blown away by the story and by the quality of the writing.  Anna has one of those writing styles that makes you feel as though you are part of the story.  That’s how I felt anyway.  For me, the story started in a memorable way, it hit the ground running and maintained a fairly fast pace throughout.  I loved the way in which Anna introduces twists and turns to the story with such ease.  I thought that I had worked out who was doing what and why only for Anna to send me a curveball and send me down another path entirely.  The book it tightly plotted with several twists and turns along the way.  I was gripped by the story from start to finish and on the edge of my seat throughout. 

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘A Conspiracy Of Silence’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  I look forward to reading more of Anna’s work in the future and get to know Detective Inspector Gillian Marsh a bit better.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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