Monday, 7 March 2016

Silent Scream by Angela Marson's (Review)

Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

Thrilling, psychological and almost too believable to be crime fiction, Angela Marson’s novel “Silent scream” creates hard-hitting twists, suspense, disgust and chills as we follow the story of detective Kim Stone in another investigation really does place you at the heart of the streets, where Tolkien found inspiration for Mordor, where Charles Dickens found disgust and where Queen Victoria begged for her blinds to be shut, the very same place where I spent 11 years of my life and I would not change it for the world; the Black Country.  
When a series of murders, starting with a headmistress, Teresa Wyatt, Kim Stone is called out to investigate. Teresa was found dead in her bathtub, submerged under the bubbles and water with bruising under her breasts, little did Kim stone and the rest of the team know that it would link to a series of murders from many years ago, at an old children’s home near Rowley Regis Crematorium; something which hits Kim Stone a little harder to home. 
Angela Marson has created so many wonderful and some twisted characters making you feel unsafe, in this already unsafe environment. Although guarded, the sheer determination and heroic attempts of bringing justice to victims mean all readers fall in love with our protagonist and heroine, Kim Stone.
Marson gives us a background run within this novel as Kim is challenged with dealing with her previous demons, through the victims of rape and murder. Marson’s sense of mystery in this third person novel has us completely unaware of who committed the modern murders and murders of many moons ago her writing style was somewhat similar to the style of Lynda LaPlante in “Twisted” and I particularly enjoyed although was very mortified when we entered the mind of the perpetrator of the murders within the childcare home. Each description and murder was more graphic and horrifying than the others, even summarised with just four words and no more, leaving the next set of horrors for the readers to imagine; “Then I grabbed the saw” she really made the murders and horrors almost feel like a part of reality by describing it in such a descriptive yet subtle way; as mortified as you are you find yourself continuously reading on.
The description of the Black Country was so accurate, it was literally like returning to my previous hometown without needing a train ticket, it hit quite close to home for myself as well as the crime scene and place where Kim Stone’s brother is buried, is the exact same place my younger brother Liam has been buried. It was almost like visiting his grave without actually being there and this is something I really did love, made me feel close to family, even in the grim circumstances of the novel.
The exploration of the protagonists brings us an understanding as to why she became a detective, at the same time brought a great level of empathy from me as a reader, almost as though although Kim Stone is very guarded, you feel close to her and wish to reach out to her, perhaps because she is right where I grew up made me feel a lot closer to this protagonist as well as the fact she’s in a position as a detective, something I would love to have the opportunity to do as a career choice.
The twisted individual, who committed the crimes from many moons ago, triggered the trauma and horror, which caused the most recent murders to take place. Both committed by different people, one series of murders grimmer than others, the novel explores the mind of two murderers and the detective, something for me makes it a very interesting read. We have one murderer who we end up empathising with and another who makes us feel sick to our stomachs. At the same time, one of the murders you could argue links quite closely to Kim Stone herself and therefore, perhaps this is why we see her being a lot kinder on one than the other due to empathy and understanding; readers opinions reflected through the protagonist.
Marson’s has created an absolutely fantastic psychological thriller within the world of “Silent scream” and from this novel alone we develop a very good understanding of the detective and we see diverse motives of murder. I really did enjoy this novel for the diversity exploration alone, all just in one novel, as well as the gutsy determination of Kim Stone, I would definitely recommend this novel to lovers of psychological thriller and I am very eager to read more novels from Angela Marson, in particular, more on the crime fiction stories of Kim Stone.

Rating 5/5.

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