Book Review: The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell

I’ve mentioned before how I’ve never thought I’d get hooked on to paranormal fiction, but Caroline Mitchell had to come and change all that. I now wait for Jennifer Knight books, so it was a given that I will grab at any chance to read The Silent Twin.

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Abigail and Olivia are nine-year-old twins, close and inseparable, until Abigail goes missing. Since Abigail has gone missing Olivia has become mute, refusing to say a word until she whispers ‘I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me’, in DC Jennifer Knight’s ears. Abigail is speaking through Olivia, Knight realised. As a family liaison officer she knows she is up against time to find Abigail. She needs to break Olivia’s silence, find out why she is silent. She has her work cut out for her.

The twins lived with their parents, father Nick, a cop, and mum, Joanna a businesswoman, in a crumbling, creepy farmhouse. Everybody seems to have something to hide, even the farmhouse. DC Knight has the unenviable task of figuring out whose secrets are the most dangerous.

The story progresses with diary entries of a person seemingly responsible for Abigail’s disappearance.

The author does a fantastic job of creating a dark, chilling atmosphere. You can feel the desolation, the desperation. You are there, in that desolate farmhouse, with the family, at odds with each other. She portrays the dysfunctional family that they are so beautifully. In the midst of it all, there’s Olivia, caught up in the middle, lonelier than everybody, refusing to say a word. You wonder who is desperate or evil enough to kidnap or kill the poor child. A book that I found tough to put down till the very end. I think this book is my favourite so far. I can’t wait for the next one.

My Rating: 4.5/5. Fantastic throughout, kept me guessing. Loved the way it ended.

Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the review copy of this book.

About the Author

Caroline Mitchell is the author of Amazon best selling true story ‘Paranormal Intruder’, and her recent debut crime novel ‘Don’t Turn Around’.

Originally from Ireland, she now lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.

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