Family, Mystery/Thriller

The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell

In all honesty, this was one of the books I was most excited to read as an advanced copy. Its premise was just too irresistible for me because it had all of my favorite ideas in one place (*hint, hint, I’ve mentioned it previously in other posts so maybe you already have an idea of what it entails*)! It has just been released so if the story line captures your attention like it did mine, I would urge you to go and check it out as soon as you can!

Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia have always been inseparable. But that changes when Abigail disappears at home on Blackwater Farm. It is up to DC Jennifer Knight to find Abigail in this rural setting. The one person who may hold all of the clues is Olivia – but since her sister’s disappearance, she has been mute. Knight makes it her mission to make Olivia feel safe enough to confide in her. And it seems as if her efforts have been rewarded when Olivia decides to say something to her – but it is not her that is speaking, but rather Abigail. In order to discover where Abigail is, Knight must unravel every secret in this house…but will it be enough to save this young girl’s life?

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the reasons I was drawn to this book was because it is a thriller, involves twins, and hints at the supernatural. I read so many thrillers and the supernatural and mystical have always held  a special spot for me; I will always choose horror and ghosts and possession-type movies over any other genre (which is something my boyfriend finds really really creepy about me)! But I like reading about twins because when I was much younger, I had wanted a twin. I was heavily influenced by the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen craze and I wanted to be a twin just like them so much so that I asked my parents for one when I was seven years old. I got a sister instead and while I love her to bits, I still wish I could have been a twin! Anyways, that’s why I was so eager to read this novel!

As for the actual novel itself, I had no idea when I started reading it that this novel was the third book in a detective series. In all honesty, I was able to read along just fine without having read the first book so anyone could read this as an independent novel. The storyline itself was very interesting and I definitely liked the concept of using psychics for detective work; I wish there had been more of that in the novel but perhaps that would have changed the whole outcome of the story so maybe it is better this way. All of the characters were complex and I was happy for the opportunity to understand everyone’s perspective to this terrible situation. I wasn’t as happy with the ending as I could have been but it was still quite satisfactory and shows promise for a follow-up. If you are in the market for a thriller that is unlike the norm, then this novel should definitely be on your list!

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