I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on Remain Silent, the third book in the Detective Manon Bradshaw series by Susie Steiner on my blog today.
The body of a young migrant is found hanging from a tree.
No signs of struggle. No indication that it is anything other than a tragic suicide.
Except for a note, pinned to his trousers, that reads ‘The dead cannot speak’.
A murder investigation begins with DI Manon Bradshaw at the helm. But with the other migrants unwilling to speak, and protests on the streets, hatred is starting to drown out the facts.
Can Manon uncover the truth before it happens again?
Susie Steiner’s new novel, Remain Silent is a powerful and a heart-breaking read. I am a huge fan of Detective Manon Bradshaw and Susie’s writing, so when I started reading this book, I didn’t want to rush it. I wouldn’t say that it’s fast-paced, but there’s something about Susie Steiner’s writing that holds your attention, and it draws you into the story very easily. This time around, however, the police investigation does seem to take a bit more of a back seat, as Susie Steiner explores the horrific world of human trafficking and the sufferings of those who fall into its trap.
Since she returned to Cambridgeshire, Manon has been assigned to the cold case team. Manon is about to be thrown headfirst into a new investigation, though, when she discovers the body of a Lithuanian man hanging from a tree. Manon and her team are soon directed to a group of Lithuanian migrants. Susie Steiner paints a stark portrayal of the horrific conditions these men are living in who have travelled to the UK in the search for a better life. Manon knows that she will have a difficult job of getting the men to tell the truth as they are terrified of the gang masters. But as the investigation gets underway, Manon’s own world begins to crumble apart, and she soon finds herself in a desperate situation.
Although Susie Steiner tackles some dark and horrific subjects, there is also a lot of humour in her books, and this is what I really like about her writing. Manon has a brilliant sense of humour, and I absolutely love reading the conversations that she has with her friends, especially with Bryony. I’m often howling with laughter when I read the conversations they have together, and that’s what makes these books such a joy to read. I think she would be a great person to chat to if you were going through a tough time; she would soon make you feel better.
Susie Steiner also explores Manon’s relationship with her adoptive son, Fly, further in this book. I enjoyed this part of the novel as well. Manon has recently given birth so it did make me wonder if this would have an impact on her relationship with Fly.
Susie Steiner’s writing is what makes these books unmissable. If you haven’t yet read these books, then you need to. This is crime fiction at its very best!
Publisher: The Borough Press
Publication date: 28th May 2020
Print length: 368 pages
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