The Silent Girls by Ann Troup

Title - The Silent Girls
Author - Ann Troup
Publication Date - February 18th 2016
Publisher - Carina
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via author)
Pages - 276

What if everything you knew was a lie...

This house has a past that won't stay hidden, and it is time for the dead to speak.

Returning to no.17, Coronation Square, Edie is shocked to find the place she remembers from childhood reeks of mould and decay. After her aunt Dolly's death Edie must clear out the home on a street known for five vicious murders many years ago, but under the dirt and grim of years of neglect lurk dangerous truths.

For in this dark house there is misery, sin and dark secrets that can no longer stay hidden.

The truth must come out.

Finding herself dragged back into the horrific murders of the past, Edie must find out what really happened all those years ago. But as Edie uncovers the history of the family she had all but forgotten, she begins to wonder if sometimes it isn't best to leave them buried.

What a riveting second novel from the fantastic Ann Troup. The Silent Girls simmered with mystery and dark secrets, held me captive as no.17 revealed it's grim history, and was peppered with twists, turns and complete circles from beginning to end. I adored Ann's debut novel with Carina UK The Lost Child and really couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. It was definitely worth the wait.

In The Silent Girls by Ann Troup, Edie is heading back to a place she hasn't visited in years. Grim, grimy and full of dust and dirt, it is nothing how she remembered it to be and, on her own, isn't looking forward to the task of gutting the house from top to bottom. It's a daunting thought to say the least but putting her best foot forward, Edie gets to it and begins to rediscover no.17 Coronation Square. Throughout her time there, she begins to become reacquainted with no.17's neighbours and characters who, while she doesn't realise it, know more about her family's past than Edie herself. It isn't long before the catches holding the secrets together so tightly begin to unlatch themselves one by one, and Edie is made aware that everything is certainly not as it seems.

If someone had handed me this book and withheld the fact that it was written by Ann Troup, I honestly believe that I would have known it was Troup's work merely by her style and delectably pleasing descriptions. From the very first page, Ann delves into the descriptions giving me a clear image of no.17 and I honestly could have been stepping into the house myself. There is something so vivid about how Ann writes. Every tiny detail touched upon, providing the reader with a crystal clear image in their mind. As a reader, I adore the details of a setting. I know not all will agree, preferring to get straight to the juicy bits of the plot, but for me, I love being able to have a perfect vision in my mind, and Troop certainly provides that. It was clear the house was in desperate need of being sorted out. From the descriptions provided by the author, it reminded me of a home held by a hoarder, with useless items piled high in corners, with Edie having no idea whatsoever of where to begin with the task ahead of her. The house felt incredibly old and decrepit to me, adding an odd sense of quietness to the plot that unnerved me. I couldn't put my finger on what it was, perhaps the fact that there was quite clearly something in the house waiting for Edie to find it. It was such a gripping way to begin Troop's second novel and as I progressed, the secrets revealed to me, as well as Edie, only heightened that unnerving feeling more.

Throughout the progression of the plot, I found myself wanting to ask questions myself to the characters, desperate for answers. I constantly felt that I was attempting to guess at what was coming but in the end, I was wrong. There was a strange sense of foreboding as I read, made even more prominent when new characters entered the plot and engaged Edie in conversation. I had a feeling that someone from Coronation Square knew something that Edie didn't and I was second-guessing everything these characters said, trying to figure out the mystery behind no.17 for myself. Troop created a tense story for her readers and chose to reveal the secrets of that story at just the right moments. Edie's journey from not knowing to perhaps knowing more than she wanted to do was fantastic and, alongside new friends she hadn't intended on making, she begins to realise that something is seriously amiss in her surroundings.

The Silent Girls by Ann Troup was a dark novel full of mystery and questions that left me wondering about how well we really know those around us. With grim, morbid secrets, a suspicious collection of characters and a long twisting journey towards the discovery of the truth, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was edgy, sharp, and painful for Edie, and ultimately full of surprises that I really didn't see coming. Becca's Books is awarding The Silent Girls by Ann Troup with FOUR STARS! Believe me when I say that I am looking forward to more from this author and hope she continues to create these fantastically secretive stories that keep me guessing throughout.



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