Silent Graves by Carolyn Arnold – a Review
Thirty missing women in the period of six years. Now another has been abducted.
One officer was right all along. Prince William County, Virginia has a serial killer preying on women.
With the recent abduction, the FBI is called in and Brandon Fisher’s team gets the assignment. There is more to it than just one missing woman—this dates back decades. They delve into the past cases, hoping it will shed light on the investigation, but with the discovery of a body and the report of another missing woman, their efforts are further intensified. They begin narrowing in on the cases from the last six years.
What they find are heinous acts that rival what they witnessed in Salt Lick, Kentucky. They must stop a killer who plays out his twisted game of rape and torture—and they need to do so fast if there’s going to be anyone left to save
Silent Graves by Carolyn Arnold is the 2nd book in her Brandon Fisher FBI series. This series revolves around Brandon Fisher, who is a young FBI agent still on probation in the Special Cases division, BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit. Their cases are usually dark violent cases, such as serial killers. In Silent Graves, the team (Brandon, Jack (his boss), Paige, & Zachary) are called into a case of a missing women, and when they are notified about a body being found in a small town in Virgina, they travel there to investigate.
Soon they begin to suspect that the missing woman, & the body just found are the result of a serial killer, which upon further investigation begins to add up to 30 missing women, most within the past years. When another woman is kidnapped, the case is escalated to try and find the killer before he kills them. What follows is a terrifying story of a mentally disturbed killer, whom Arnold also gives a POV that allows us into his dark maniacal mind, and to those he tortures.
We do get mostly Brandon’s POV, as he tries to prove to his boss Jack that he belongs on the team and should be off probation. However, Brandon has his own private issues dealing with these horrific type of cases, which haunt him. But he is a very good agent, as he helps put together the complex clues with the rest of the team.
Carolyn Arnold does a fantastic job of putting this story together, with the complexity of the clues, findings, twists and surprises, which she excels in. Carolyn’s knowledge of police procedural is amazing, and she does this so flawlessly to precise perfection. There isn’t a moment that is used with fluff. It is all tense and terrifying, as the story slowly unravels. I do not want to give any spoilers, other then to say this was a race to the finish exciting climax. Carolyn Arnold is a wonderful writer, who has the ability to put you right in the middle of a tense violent storyline. It is important to note, that this is a graphic violent storyline, that had me at times tense and depressed; it is very realistic and if you do not like this type of book it might not be for you. But if you enjoy these types of stories, then you must read Silent Graves.
Reviewed by Barb
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