Rating: 5 out of 5.
I enjoyed every minute of this excellent book!
Rarely do I come across a book that hooks me from the first chapter and does not let go until the end–this is one of those gripping murder mysteries.
Slightly predictable towards the end, but I like the feeling of being capable enough to assist the detectives in their investigation! DI Gillian Marsh is a refreshing character, even if she bulldozes through her interviews without paying heed to people’s sensibilities.
We see how knowing someone is guilty is entirely different from being able to prove that guilt in a court of law. It’s horrifying to see how cold-blooded murderers can go scot free if they have a good lawyer, lots of money, or there just isn’t enough legally admissible evidence to nail them.
Themes of cyberbullying, racism, anti-Semitism, and drug dealing are explored in the book in convincing detail. I feel this would be an educative book for young adults and their parents.
I must add that the author has a crackling writing style–smooth, polished, and sophisticated. She was able to infuse humor into what should have been a dark, grim book littered with murders.
To conclude, A Conspiracy of Silence has me floored and I will definitely be picking up Anna Legat’s other novels.
Satabdi Mukherjee, thank you!
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