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Silent Cry

(Gabriella Darin #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  77 reviews

This is one gripping book! Clare Chase, author of the Tara Thorpe Mystery books

Alys is fine. Dont try to find us.

Five years ago, Izzy Grants boyfriend Charlie took their newborn daughter Alys out for a drive.

They never came back.

After years of waiting, Izzy has almost given up hoping that theyre still alive until a note is pushed through her door telling her theyre

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 17th 2020 by HQ Digital
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Izzy Grant, her partner Charlie and their beautiful newborn daughter Alys were happy but exhausted as all families with babies tend to be. But when Charlie drove away with Alys to give Izzy a couple of hours rest, she had no idea that would be the last time she would see them. The police did their best for the first year; but their best wasnt enough. Five years later, Izzys grief hadnt lessened her shock when she received the postcard saying Alys was fine put her in more turmoil.

DC Gabriella
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Missing in Wales is a mystery with a suspenseful storyline. Baby Alys and her father Charlie went out the shops one day and did not return. The party line was that Charlie took her and was living elsewhere. The police gave up the search and Izzy had to move on with her life. Fast forward five years and things start to happen. Izzy glimpses her friend Grace who also disappeared at the same time as Charlie and Alys, a postcard is delivered that tells Izzy that Alys is fine, but she needs to leave ...more
booklover BEV
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of Izzy Grant finding happiness with Charlie Dawson and excited to be awaiting the arrival of their first child. But nothing is straight forward for Izzy as you read on. After the birth of baby Alys, Charlie takes her and goes missing. DI Rhys Walker on the case and five years on DS Gaby Darin joins the case with their disappearance. This book is full of twists and turns to the story. You will be gripped into it all. There's so much happening I recommend it to all ...more
My complete review can be found on my blog:

DC Gaby Darin has just moved to Pembrokeshire, Wales after a difficult work-related experience in Swansea. She is teamed up with DCI Rhys Walker, a man who seems to have hidden secrets but is a copper that she respects.

Izzy Grant has tried to move on with her life. She now runs a cottage industry which supplies knitted goods. She lives alone with her rescue cat, Bucket. Five years ago, her partner and one week old daughter
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wont lie, I normally judge books by their covers. The Goodreads cover is pants. The Kindle cover is so much better. In fact I saw this book on book bub the other day for FREE and thought you know what I'll give it a go. It's free after all. I'm so glad I did. It was fab. Cant wait for the next 1.
Lady Delacour
The Story was good.
The Editing was poor.
Jenny get yourself a
Proofreader before
you write anymore.
3 In Spite of Stars.
Listened with TTS.
Mild Foul Language.
Joanne Robertson
I absolutely loved The Stepsister by Jenny OBrien so was really looking forward to Missing in Wales and I wasnt disappointed! As soon as it landed on my kindle, I devoured it and wanted to read the next in the series immediately!! Yes, Missing in Wales is the start of a new series for this author featuring her newly created detective DC Gabriella Darin and I think that shes onto a winner with this enthusiastic young detective. Gaby Darin is feisty and purposeful character that I took to ...more
Jane Hunt
An atmospheric, emotional police procedural, with a refreshingly unique storyline, and a complex and interesting female detective.

Izzy's story is tragic, and the chance for closure, has her contacting the police again, even though it will mean revisiting her painful past. This is a character-driven story, and the players are believable. Izzy is easy to empathise. The pacing is a little slow in the first third of the story but picks up as the plot twists start.

DC Darin has secrets, but good
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what a story am still gobsmacked Izzy s partner Charlie took there little one out for the day but never came back 5years later she recives a postcard. gabriella becomes one of the police investigators with rhys . not saying no more but this a rollercoaster book once you start you want to finish very very gripping and twisty so cant wait for book 2 brilliant book so recommend
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book kept me reading into the small hours. The twists and turns where great with an unexpected twist at the end.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid, well-written police procedural set in Wales

This is the second book of a series, but I was able to read it as a stand-alone. The missing-baby-and-father storyline is well-plotted, with twists that followed what seems to be coincidental turns. Protagonist DC Gaby Darinwho is intelligent, intuitive, outspoken, and toughsays shes a fat girl with sturdy ankles and broad feet. I enjoyed following Gaby as she investigates a missing-baby cold case with DI Rhys Walker. Its thought that Izzy
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Amazing book, I couldnt put it down. Red herrings, twists and turns, they were all there. Believable characters and situations.
Kathleen Kelly
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Izzy Grant had a horrible thing happen to her. Her baby daughter, Alys, disappeared with the baby's father. Everyone thought, how could her partner do this and why?? She is haunted for five years, her life almost ruined. She gets on with her life though, starts a small business and continues on the best she can. Then she sees a woman that she had befriended during her pregnancy. They went through the birthing classes together. Why is Grace suddenly back in town? The police, Rhy and Gaby is brash ...more
This is a heart-breaking tale for Izzy when her partner, Charlie takes her one week old baby, Alys out to give her a rest and neither of them return. The police can find no sign of them anywhere and Izzy struggles to come to terms with the fact that she may never see her baby daughter again. Five years later, Izzy is still holding out hope that she will find Alys, and when she thinks she sees Grace, her heavily pregnant friend who also disappeared at the same time as Charlie and Alys, she ...more
Jessica Belmont
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second read from Jenny OBrien and its no surprise that I absolutely loved this book. Missing in Wales is such a unique storyline, with a wonderfully complex female detective and all the twists you hope for in a police procedural.

I love Izzy. Her story is so emotional, and I found myself really connected to her. I absolutely love how character-driven Missing in Wales. Those are my favorite kinds of novels and Jenny OBrien has created a cast of believable characters.

I love the twists
Clare Chase
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this book had me on the edge of my seat! I loved the way the author interlaced the story of Izzy Grant (who still hopes she might find her daughter, five years after she disappeared) and Gaby Darin, the detective working on her case. Both were excellent characters, and very believable. This is a dark story, full of suspense and danger, with a fantastically atmospheric backdrop and I loved every minute of it. ...more
I received an ecopy of this book in order to review for the blog tour. All opinions are my own.

Im always excited to see a book set in Wales. Ive been burned before my books being to over the top about it, but the location here felt really natural and not at all forced which I was thrilled to see.

As for the mystery itself, it was really well done. There was plenty of twists and turns, and many things to lead you down the wrong path. I guess the ending, but that just goes to show that the final
Valerie Dickenson
I loved The Stepsister, so was looking forward to reading this and jumped at the chance of reading an ARC. And what a belter it is! The Welsh setting is great - lots of brooding menace. Izzy Grant's daughter, Alys, was abducted five years before but she refuses to give up hope.
When a new detective arrives on the scene, the brash Gabriella Darin, she thinks something doesn't add up and starts digging into the old case herself. Lots of twists and turns along the way to a very satisfying ending.
Antoinette Friend
I loved this book, it kept me enthralled throughout and did not want to put it down. I loved the characters and the plot, never guessing the ending. More of this please Jen Obrien
Sep 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canton-book-club
Buckle up. This is going to be a bumpy review.

There aren't many crime books set in Wales. We don't have a Val McDermid or Ian Rankin with their evocations of Scotland. So when my bookclub chose this book, hopes were high. Sadly, the only person Missing in Wales is the author. For goodness sake, DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE WRITING A NOVEL!

It started with little things. Grace takes a taxi on a busy St Mary's St and I'm thinking: but that's a pedestrian road. A taxi is taken from the station to the
Lynda Kelly
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
Dear oh dear.....I tried, I really did, sticking with this till I was 40% done but in the end had to call it a day. Whilst the story was enjoyable, the editing is just non-existent !! Lost punctuation, some really frightful spelling mistakes and worst of all, for me, mixing your own characters up !! The publisher needs a kick up the backside as they've done a dreadful job putting this out in the state it's currently in. If I was the author I'd be heading elsewhere sharpish, where they might at ...more
Misfits farm
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Izzy is ecstatic when her daughter Alys is born, a much longed for baby. Whilst pregnant she met a new friend Grace, who was also attending the antenatal classes. When Alys is one week old, Izzys live in partner Charlie takes her out alone for the first time to give Izzy a few minutes rest. After a couple of hours Izzy is worried as they should only have been 30 minutes or so. The police are called in but find no trace of either baby or father. Five years later and Izzy hasnt given up the ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book - most of the characters were very likeable and the story line was terrific! A couple of times I thought I had it all solved, but I was SO wrong!! I'll definitely read the author again if I can find her books at a cheap price - I can't afford to buy many books and usually read just what's free, but I liked this story so much that I'll buy the next book if as the author says its only 99c.
I had such high hopes for this book but it didn't quite measure up to my standards for a really good mystery. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. When you flip through so many pages like I did, I think that means it's not holding your interest. And I hate when a book ends with a cliff-hanger that means you have to buy the next book in the series so we'll be parting ways after this book.
Jim Bean
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well disguised villan

A lot of misleading twists and turns and a continuous mystery from cover to cover. I really grew to dislike the central character, Izzy for her independent nature to not take good advice but I especially like the last announcement she made to her parents in the last sentence of the book. We'll done and I look forward to future episodes by Jenny O'Brien
Susan Godenzi
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crime fiction is my favourite genre, and so was excited to see one of my favourite authors dipping her toes here. Excellent job! Thought I had it all figured out - nope, way off. And that's what I love about the genre. The story leads you down one path, then swiftly steers you down another. Well done! Looking forward to the next book.
Christina Blake
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a great read. There were times when I was convinced I knew who the killer was, and even believed Daisy was really Izzy's baby. Shows what I know lol. I look forward to reading the next book in the series..
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A page turner

Totally not what I was expecting,so that was refreshing! Interesting plot twists. Suspenseful. An easy read, but kept my interest the whole time.
Mrs S A Sullivan
Gosh so many twists and turn I couldnt put it down - brilliant ...more
I am very picky about books, and I almost gave this 4 starswhich is a high rating from me . . . until the very end of the book, and I mean the very end of the book. That knocked my rating down to 3 stars. (I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series nevertheless because what happened at the end of this book should not affect that one.) I liked the complexity of plot and characters and was eager to find out what happened next. I just wish it had ended differently. ...more
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I took up writing about fifteen years ago when I first came up with a plot for a book, and I haven't stopped since. When Im not writing, Im ferrying around 3 teenagers or working as a nurse. Im also an all-year-round sea swimmer.
I write what I love to read, which is romance and thrillers. My childrens books will hopefully be of some use, particularly Boy Brainy which

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