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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
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published September 2009 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published 2009)
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Arielle Walker
Utterly awful. Review to come. In fact, the only reason I finished this was so that I could write the scathing review this deserves.

Clearly I never got around to a review, but have just found out that this pile of crap has been made into a tv series that actually doesn't look awful - maybe when the writing is taken out of the equation this book would be decent?
Leonie Byrne
Apr 26, 2014 Leonie Byrne rated it it was ok
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
Sep 06, 2013 Raquel rated it did not like it
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Jun 19, 2010 Stella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2010
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
Jul 14, 2010 Carole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Starr Gardinier
Oct 26, 2012 Starr Gardinier rated it really liked it
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
Dec 18, 2009 Ilze rated it really liked it
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
Feb 17, 2016 E rated it liked it
Although this is the 5th in La Plante's Anna Travis series, it is only the 2nd I have read, and I liked this one much better than the other, which was 1st in the series. I will have to back-track to figure out what in the world Anna ever saw in James Langton, as he comes across as a bullying, rude, belligerent, unappreciative, and possessive ex-lover (to her) and supervisor (to her and other detectives) in this book. Would like to see Anna connected with a working partner who could match her in ...more
May 06, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Amanda Delany is the star child, misbehaving, self-centered, amoral, and in high demand - murdered. Enter Anna Travis the detective of record and James Langton, the Detective Chief Inspector.

Tough for Anna because there are so many suspects, Amanda has not been a saint, she's made a few enemies and it seems that everyone had the motive and opportunity. And James is officiating over her investigation, much to Anna's dismay. She's up for promotion and very nervous about the process.

The really se
Jun 03, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Brilliant book that kept me guessing to the very end. The plot constantly twists and turns and the pace never drops. I read it in two days as I just could not put it down.
Aug 31, 2015 Jovdb rated it really liked it
Just really like Lynda La Plante's style of writing and strong female characters.

This is another police procedural with Travis and Langton teamed up again.

Amanda Delany is a rising star in films when she is found murdered in her home.

Delving behind the scenes, Anna finds some horrific truths about this very troubled young woman.

As usual, Anna follows her own leads and is accused of not being a team player and trying to outsmart her colleagues.

While under stress and pressure to find the killer, A
Brooke Pfannkuche-swain
Earlier this year I happened across "Above Suspicion" on Amazon Prime during one of my many British crime show binges. I really liked it and watched the entire series. I didn't know it was based on a book series, so when I found it at the library, I was very excited. Having already watched the series, of course the actors- that were very well cast in my opinion- featured in my head as I was reading and the plot was no big surprise, which was really a shame. This book was really well written, wit ...more
Oct 29, 2014 Susan rated it did not like it
The mystery story itself is quite good in this series. Unfortunately, Anna Travis is such a twit that it makes it difficult to read. Anna has been warned several times in previous books about keeping key information to herself and not working as a team member as well as disclosing confidential police information to her boyfriends. Here she is yet again, book 5 doing the same thing! This time she is disclosing information to the chiropractor she just met "not thinking about the ethical issues..." ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Marcie rated it really liked it
Shelves: global-mystery
Being a fan of the Prime Suspect series, I wanted to read another book by the same author. Unfortunately, this is the 5th in a series and it may have behooved me to read them in order. I liked that the storyline did not dwell overmuch on the actual murder, but instead, explored the murder victims past. I DID have problems with the Anna Travis character. She is a talented investigator, but does not always consider the team that she is part of. In this particular book, I felt that her sharing deta ...more
Samantha Hopkins
Aug 09, 2014 Samantha Hopkins rated it liked it
It took over half way before the book captivated me and from there I found it hard to put away.

The beginning tells the story of a young aspiring actress Amanda Delaney with problematic issues (drugs/affairs etc) who is brutally murdered in her own home. The perpetrator leaves no evidence and so the case is basically a dead end before it even starts.

You have the dead-beat hanger-on friends, cold-hearted parents and the many love conquests which puts the life of Amanda into question.

Anna is rec
Mar 23, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 31, 2011 Kiwiflora rated it really liked it
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
Jann Barber
Jan 26, 2012 Jann Barber rated it really liked it
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
Nov 26, 2015 Petra rated it liked it
This was a fun murder mystery to read. There are plenty of characters (lots of red herrings), the police characters are rather brusque and somewhat unlikable. Some of their actions are rather childish.
I'm not a good one to ask for mystery recommendations. I read but don't try to figure things out ahead of time; I just let the story unfold. For this purpose, this was a good story.
I listened to this during my commutes to/from work and I found it very entertaining for that purpose.
Jack Erickson
Apr 26, 2014 Jack Erickson rated it really liked it
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
Lynn Lipinski
Dec 31, 2010 Lynn Lipinski rated it it was ok
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
Jan 24, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: popsugar2016
I always like Anna Travis mysteries, and this was no exception. Enjoyed the plot, and the action moved right along. Sometimes I find the Anna character tedious, as she keeps making the same mistakes and makes some poor decisions, but I guess that's not an indictment of the writing as much as the character just being human. I also don't understand how James Langton gets away with all that he does; maybe he'll have some comeuppance in a future book.
Yvette Adams
Dec 26, 2015 Yvette Adams rated it it was ok
This isn't a book I'd normally choose to read but I was given it for Christmas last year and thought I should read it before Christmas this year! It was OK. Not great writing but easy to read. I'm not sure who the girl on the cover is meant to be... she's too old to be the victim and she can't be the detective protagonist because she has curly red hair.
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.
Feb 04, 2015 Wanda rated it really liked it
Good British mystery. Lots of suspects and it took quite awhile to whittle them all down. Showed how slow and tedious an investigation can be because of all the small details that have to be checked out. So many people lying kept leading everyone astray. The victim was not a very nice person even if she was a beautiful actress. Did play up some stereotypes about the movie industry. There were several subplots along the way, the fraud that the agent was pulling, the business with drugs and the un ...more
Rob Damon
Sep 01, 2013 Rob Damon rated it liked it
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
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
Nov 16, 2015 Nicole rated it it was ok
Not the most thrilling book I've ever read. I think it just dragged on and could have been finished in half the amount of pages. Things were repeated over and over again. I felt nothing for the characters, they weren't well thought out and I couldn't relate to them at all.
Feb 20, 2016 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd Anna Travis mystery I've read and I loved it. Travis is up for promotion and has to solve the murder of film star Amanda Delany, who appeared to have everything: wealth, beauty, talent ... As the investigation continues, Travis finds that Amanda was actually very lonely, damaged and afraid.

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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
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