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Silent Crimes by Michael Hambling
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bookshelves: netgalley-2019, read-in-2019

Crime hits Detective Sophie Allen's house via her teenage daughter, who discovers the body of a man living off the grid. He has lived in the woods for a couple of years, and Jade had befriended him by bringing him food every so often, whatever he needed.

Sophie and her team are trying to identify the man, but nothing is ever easy. Jade remembers him telling her about a hiding place in a tree. The hidden package gives the team the first lead they've had.

What they discover is that he was a member of a commune... or cult ... more than a decade earlier.

Why was he off the grid? Was he running from something ...or someone? What happened to the commune .. and its members?

Although eighth in the series, this is easily read as a stand alone. I've enjoyed how the recurring characters have aged and changed over the years. Sophie is a terrific character ... she's edgy, tenacious, and like a mama bear where her family is concerned.

This is well written with twists and turns and secrets that have been hiding in the shadows for many years. The characters are finely drawn, warts and all. The story line is structured well and leads to an unexpected ending.

Many thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Books 'n All Promotions / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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Reading Progress

October 23, 2019 – Started Reading
October 24, 2019 – Finished Reading
October 30, 2019 – Shelved
October 30, 2019 – Shelved as: netgalley-2019
October 30, 2019 – Shelved as: read-in-2019

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