Silent Scream (Anna Travis Mystery, #5)
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Silent Scream (Anna Travis #5)

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British film star Amanda Delany has the world at her feet. Never one for the quiet life, she has had a string of affairs with the hottest actors around. The tabloids can't get enough of this talented and outrageous young actress and she, in turn, can't get enough of the spotlight.

Then, late home one evening from a night shoot, Amanda puts the key in her front door for the...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published September 2009 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published 2009)
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Silent Scream was my intiation to Lynda La Plante's writing, and I have to say I became a fan. Don't let the length put you off reading Silent Scream (516 pages), the writing is flowing and Lynda La Plante's writing style is natural and enjoyable.

What I found the most amazing about Silent Scream was how even though one of the main characters was dead she was brought to life through the investigation. As the investigation progressed, the real Amanda, the person behind the glamour and fame took sh...more
The Victim: Beautiful, young, up and coming English actress Amanda Delany

The Crime: Brutally murdered

The Place: In her London mews house, where she had recently moved into

My Thoughts:

This is a good, solid, no frills crime thriller and is the 5th book which features DI Anna Travis. I hadn't read any of the previous books, in fact this is the first time I've read anything by Lynda La Plante, but I've watched her books being made into successful TV Series such as 'Widows' and 'Prime Suspect' so I k...more
Starr Reina
The title is very fitting as it’s exactly what I did at the end. I was so sure that I had figured out who the murderer was that when I got to the end and saw how wrong I was, I let loose my own soundless shriek.

DI Anna Travis investigates the heartbreaking murder of Amanda Delany, an up-and-coming star. Addicted to drugs and sexually licentious, Delany is found to be anything but the moral innocent some would like to think she is.

Witnesses, potential suspects and even Delany’s parents are hauled...more
La Plante is an amazing crime writer - Anna Travis being her main "Detective Inspector" and James Langton the one to throw her emotions into disarray. I really enjoyed this book because, contrary to many of her other books, where there are repeated descriptions of the gory details of the murder, this one (far from lame in that regard) was well-balanced. The police was getting their hands dirty looking for the murderer and the reader almost feels compelled to flip the pages to find out what happe...more
Utterly disappointed with this one. I've read several books by this author before and always thought she was an exceptionally good writer, always found the storylines gripping but this one just didn't do it for me.

I felt that the story dragged itself out chasing itself round in circles, it became boring and several times I was tempted to put it down and leave it it was only the fact I'm so anal about these things that I couldn't just put it down. It didn't grip me though for the first 300 pages...more
Mar 23, 2012 Kathy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of police procedurals, thrillers, and mysteries.
Recommended to Kathy by: Library
DI Anna Travis is called to the scene of a grisly murder. A young woman's body has been found, laid out on her bed, brutally stabbed multiple times. The victim, an up-and-coming young starlet named Amanda Delany, a woman known even more for her tabloid escapades than her film roles. Not only does Anna face pressure to solve this case due to it's high-profile status, but she also faces pressure on a personal level as the man heading up the case happens to be her ex-lover, a man she still has mixe...more
Who could forget DCI Jane Tennison as played by Helen Mirren in the ITV series Prime Suspect. A riveting woman playing a riveting character - flawed, ambitious, driven, trying to balance her private life with her professional life. La Plante is a very successful script writer for TV, starting in the 1970s on a children's programme, and moving onto adult drama in the early 1980s. Prime Suspect began in the 1990s, and started her on her crime/police fighting wave with strong women at the helm. It...more
Kathleen Hagen
Silent Scream, by Lynda La Plante, B-plus. Narrated by Kim Hicks, produced by BBC audio books America, downloaded from

This is a Detective Anna Travis mystery. Anna and her team, led by Superintendent Langdon, (with whom Anna had an affair some time ago) are trying to solve the murder of Amanda Delany, a rising star actress. As the team digs, they find that many people have motives to murder Amanda, and most of them are connected to what is in her five-year journal, which she is look...more
Jann Barber
This is the fifth book in the Anna Travis series. Again, Lynda La Plante delivers the goods by presenting a realistic picture of the time and tedious work often involved in solving a murder case.

By now, many of the characters are quite familiar to the reader. We know that even though Langton isn't involved at the beginning of the case, he will inevitably make an appearance. He's Detective Chief Inspector now, and in this book, Anna is up for promotion. Her performance on the high profile case in...more
Jack Erickson
Apr 26, 2014 Jack Erickson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who like complex mystery plots
Like many others, I was introduced to Lynda La Plante from the "Prime Suspect" series she wrote for BBC a few years back.

In Helen Mirren's place, we have Anna Travis, a tough, determined DI whose personal life is just messy enough to keep us reading. Anna's ambitious, but her promotion is being sabotaged. Some of her fellow officers steer clear of her. Anna's former lover is now a big wig in Scotland Yard and can't be trusted.

Anna's kept busy trying to solve the grisly murder of a tartish movi...more
Lynn Lipinski
I love the Prime Suspect made-for-television mystery series on PBS, but had never read one of the books it was based on. So when I saw that the author, Lynda La Plante, had a recent book on the shelves at Barnes & Noble, I was willing to give it a try. I didn't love it though, and it took me some three weeks to finish reading it. It is a police procedural set in England, and while there is a main character, DI Anna Travis, who leads the investigation, we are not really allowed inside her hea...more
Gary Van Cott
3.5 stars. I thought this book was somewhat better than the previous one, primarily because it was shorter. Still ridiculous the Anna Travis is being considered for DCI at age 29. I think that in reality she would be lucky to be a DS at that age.
This is the first Lynda La Plante Novel I've read and I was impressed with how she tells a story. I was a big fan of the Prime Suspect series on TV and perhaps these Above Suspicion dramas don't quiet reach the same league. But this book had me hooked all the way to the last few pages.

A whodunit is a writers easiest story. The hook is already there and all that seems necessary is to add intrigue in the solving of the crime. This book promised a lot as I read but I have to say I was let down by...more
What I liked most about this book was the pace - it felt more like a real peek inside a murder investigation instead of the dramatic highlights of an hour-long procedural. The process of the investigators working on a case without a clear suspect was very interesting. The build-up of the plot gave the proper weight to the work and mental concentration it takes to make sense of the true clues in the ocean of pre-conceived notions, false leads and dead ends.

While the personal side of the main char...more
Jo Richardson
Excellent book with great insinuations between Langston and Travis, fabulous storyline that keeps you gripped right from the beginning.
This was my favorite Travis mystery so far. I had a really hard time putting it down. Read it continuously until my husband kidnapped me to go outside and take some photos :)
Chris Porter
Got bit bored with the actors theme to be honest, but enjoyed reading Anna's life changing book by book
This mystery writer wrote the British series "Prime Suspect" with Helen Mirren and I like her writing.
Angie Swain
When did Lynda La Plante ever write anything but an absorbing story. This book is one of the James Langton and the feisty Anna Travis series. A great read
Very easy reading, good pace. Held me all the way through.
Lynda Kelly
Another in this great series of books. I really enjoy these and it was as usual greatly interesting to read of Anna and James' relationship status and catch up as to what's going on with them.
This tale is of a young movie starlet murdered in her bed. She turns out to be a real tart on the quiet and is also a drug user so there's no shortage of people in her life that would have wanted to see the back of her.
Once again it's a real page-turner and I have the next in the series on my bookshelf read...more
Trinette Huber
Very smart detective story.
Pat Kennedy
Not a bad book.
A young actress is found stabbed in her locked house and Anna Travis is part of the team assigned to find her murderer. Due to the victim's drug use and loose morals, there are several suspects and details are hard to come by. Anna is disturbed when her former boss and lover James comes on board to lead the investigation. She is also up for promotion but fears that James will try to hurt her chances. This was a very good story, it moved quickly and it was fun to try to figure out the murderer al...more
Sam Still Reading
Sep 29, 2009 Sam Still Reading rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: crime lovers
Not high literature, but a fun, fast and fascinating read. You don't have to have read the other Anna Travis novels to understand this, but it helps.

Another day, another murder for Anna. This time it's a young actress stabbed to death, Who did it and what was going on in her world? There's some actors full of egos, junkie friends and various film crews to work through.

The crime was good, but the last chapter was rubbish. I am getting really sick of this Langton/Anna 'will they'won't they' busin...more
Meh. Not for me. I was attracted to this book after it was recently adapted for ITV, and as a television drama I thoroughly enjoyed it. However I just couldn't get into the book and the characters seemed a bit one-dimensional for me. Unfortunately I could spot a few of the plotlines from a mile-off, which I hate. I love British crime writers, in particular Ruth Rendell and Ian Rankin, so I was really disappointed I couldn't enjoy this by the massively-well know Ms La Plante. Disappointing.
Cheryl Taylor garant
Best Anna Travis novel yet!
I so desperately wanted to give this 5 stars but I couldn't help but think they were just beating around the bush & adding extra garbage to fill pages. I did like Anna Travis but she frustrated me so much!! It was a good read, sometimes like wading through mud but I got there. Not the best I've read but not the worst!!
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Lynda La Plante (born Lynda Titchmarsh) is a British author, screenwriter, and erstwhile actress (her performances in Rentaghost and other programmes were under her stage name of Lynda Marchal), best known for writing the Prime Suspect television crime series.

Her first TV series as a scriptwriter was the six part robbery series Widows, in 1983, in which the widows of four armed robbers carry out a...more
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