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When DNA evidence links a present-day murder to the disappearance of a young boy four years earlier, detectives Anderson & Costello are plunged into a baffling mystery. It's been four years since four-year-old Johnny Clearwater disappeared without trace one hot summer afternoon. Now, a new TV documentary series is revisiting the case, dredging up memories perhaps best l When DNA evidence links a present-day murder to the disappearance of a young boy four years earlier, detectives Anderson & Costello are plunged into a baffling mystery. It's been four years since four-year-old Johnny Clearwater disappeared without trace one hot summer afternoon. Now, a new TV documentary series is revisiting the case, dredging up memories perhaps best left forgotten. On the night the TV show is broadcast, detectives Anderson and Costello are called out to investigate the murder of a female police officer. On arriving at the scene, they discover that nothing about this death is as straightforward as it would appear. What was the victim doing in the garden of the exclusive gated residence where she was found? How did she die? Why is the key witness so reluctant to speak to them? Even the off-duty police officer who was first on the scene isn't telling them everything. The pressure intensifies when a link is discovered between the dead woman and the disappearance of Johnny Clearwater four years earlier. What secrets are lurking behind the closed doors of this small, exclusive community . . . and what really happened to little Johnny Clearwater?


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When DNA evidence links a present-day murder to the disappearance of a young boy four years earlier, detectives Anderson & Costello are plunged into a baffling mystery. It's been four years since four-year-old Johnny Clearwater disappeared without trace one hot summer afternoon. Now, a new TV documentary series is revisiting the case, dredging up memories perhaps best l When DNA evidence links a present-day murder to the disappearance of a young boy four years earlier, detectives Anderson & Costello are plunged into a baffling mystery. It's been four years since four-year-old Johnny Clearwater disappeared without trace one hot summer afternoon. Now, a new TV documentary series is revisiting the case, dredging up memories perhaps best left forgotten. On the night the TV show is broadcast, detectives Anderson and Costello are called out to investigate the murder of a female police officer. On arriving at the scene, they discover that nothing about this death is as straightforward as it would appear. What was the victim doing in the garden of the exclusive gated residence where she was found? How did she die? Why is the key witness so reluctant to speak to them? Even the off-duty police officer who was first on the scene isn't telling them everything. The pressure intensifies when a link is discovered between the dead woman and the disappearance of Johnny Clearwater four years earlier. What secrets are lurking behind the closed doors of this small, exclusive community . . . and what really happened to little Johnny Clearwater?

30 review for The Silent Conversation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: Do you ever hear anything at night like someone moving around? That might be Sven or Murdo. Obviously, with the way this place was built originally, the first and second floors are continuous round the whole quad. So through the wall from me is one of the rooms where Sven runs his business. I think he must be up during the night. He looks like the sort who needs little sleep - he has a type of restless energy about him. Murdo collects all kind of weird stuff and stores it in the attic. EXCERPT: Do you ever hear anything at night like someone moving around? That might be Sven or Murdo. Obviously, with the way this place was built originally, the first and second floors are continuous round the whole quad. So through the wall from me is one of the rooms where Sven runs his business. I think he must be up during the night. He looks like the sort who needs little sleep - he has a type of restless energy about him. Murdo collects all kind of weird stuff and stores it in the attic. Pauline told me he has a humidifier and everything. Or it might be the noises of the spirit of the man who died in the vat of pure alcohol. However, sometimes when I am upstairs, looking out of the window the way you do when you can't sleep, I see a face at the window on the corner. Or maybe that's the gin. This is a weird place we live in. ABOUT 'THE SILENT CONVERSATION': It's been four years since four-year-old Johnny Clearwater disappeared without trace one hot summer afternoon. Now, a new TV documentary series is revisiting the case, dredging up memories perhaps best left forgotten. On the night the TV show is broadcast, detectives Anderson and Costello are called out to investigate the murder of a female police officer. On arriving at the scene, they discover that nothing about this death is as straightforward as it would appear. What was the victim doing in the garden of the exclusive gated residence where she was found? How did she die? Why is the key witness so reluctant to speak to them? Even the off-duty police officer who was first on the scene isn't telling them everything. The pressure intensifies when a link is discovered between the dead woman and the disappearance of Johnny Clearwater four years earlier. What secrets are lurking behind the closed doors of this small, exclusive community . . . and what really happened to little Johnny Clearwater? MY THOUGHTS: Although The Silent Conversation is the 13th book in this series, it is the first that I have read. The mystery is a complex one, multi-layered and twisting but is able to be read as a stand-alone despite references to an earlier case which is well-explained. I really enjoyed the characters and getting to know them. By far the most interesting character is Carol Holman, a new resident at the Maltman. She is clearly an extremely intelligent woman, yet a recluse who has suffered some great trauma. The two main characters are DCI Colin Anderson and DI Costello. Although they work well together, they often don't see eye to eye. Costello, although dedicated, can be hard to like. She is often abrasive and has no home life, while Anderson sees the birth of his third child with Down's syndrome as a chance to redress his work/life balance. There's a lot going on in this book, and an equally large cast of characters which, at times, became a little confusing. But, Ramsay has written a dark, gritty and gripping thriller which I read over the course of a day. There are plenty of secrets, manipulative characters, smoke and mirrors, and unexpected twists that kept me entertained and wanting more from this author. I admit to initially being attracted by the title - it intrigued me, and am pleased that I followed my instinct. The title is perfect for the book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.3 #TheSilentConversation #NetGalley I: #caroramsay @severnhouseimprint T: @CaroRamsayBooks @severnhouse #contemporaryfiction #crime #detectivefiction #mystery #suspense THE AUTHOR: Caro Ramsay was born and brought up in Glasgow, and now lives in a village on the west coast of Scotland. She is an osteopath, acupuncturist and former marathon runner, who devotes much of her time to the complementary treatment of injured wildlife at a local rescue centre. (Amazon) DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Severn House, Canongate Books, via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Silent Conversation by Caro Ramsay for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review is also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    This is Caro Ramsay's latest addition to her gritty character driven Glasgow crime series, featuring DCI Colin Anderson and DI Costello, it is a favourite of mine, and this is a particularly knotty and complex novel, with several threads running through the storyline, with references to an earlier book, The Night Hunter in which Dr Elvie McCulloch investigated the disappearance of her sister, Sophie. Elvie is the girlfriend of DS Vik Mulholland who has serious health issues that require her help This is Caro Ramsay's latest addition to her gritty character driven Glasgow crime series, featuring DCI Colin Anderson and DI Costello, it is a favourite of mine, and this is a particularly knotty and complex novel, with several threads running through the storyline, with references to an earlier book, The Night Hunter in which Dr Elvie McCulloch investigated the disappearance of her sister, Sophie. Elvie is the girlfriend of DS Vik Mulholland who has serious health issues that require her help in his daily life, the couple are now living in the same building as Costello. Anderson has been instrumental in Vik getting a TV presenting role in Eyes and Ears, a popular crime programme which has been looking at the disappearance of 4 year old Johnny Clearwater from a wedding party 4 years earlier, his mother, Naomi has done all she can to keep him in the public eye since then. Anderson and Costello find themselves called out to the exclusive gated private development of Maltman Green, owned by Sven Jonsson and Murdoch Wallace, where a policewoman has ostensibly been murdered. Carol Holman has recently moved in, she spends a large part of her time observing from her balcony the picture perfect resident families with their children. She has not met anyone, and does not venture out, ordering food from the deli below her. A traumatised woman, she is extremely reluctant to tell the police what she saw, she is terrified, there are strange sounds, and her belongings are being moved around, is she imagining all this? When Johnny Clearwater's DNA is found on the body of the victim, Rachel Sinclair, Anderson is tasked with finding the boy, trawling through the cold case files. Everyone at Maltman Green, and even the police officer who came to Sinclair's aid, are keeping secrets, can Anderson and Costello get to the truth and find Johnny alive? One of the highlights of this series for me are the relationships in the police team that includes DC Gordon Wyngate, and co-opted for the investigation is PC Ruby Redding who works with Costello. We follow the developments in their personal lives, Anderson and his family have been revitalised by caring for his son, baby Moses, he is leaving work early wanting to go home to him, but Costello is having a much harder time, feeling old when she compares herself to Redding's energy and enthusiasm, weighed down by the burdens of her past. This is a wonderful addition to a terrific Scottish crime series, it is dark, engaging and compelling, but I don't think it will work well as a standalone, there are too many references to previous events and the characters will be much harder to understand. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher for an ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    The Silent Conversation is the thirteenth book in the Anderson & Costello series by British author, Caro Ramsay. On a hot June night when the BBC airs a program featuring an appeal for information about the abduction of a toddler four years earlier, and a review of a serial killer case, a young woman in police uniform dies in the garden of an exclusive gated residence. A man in a baseball cap runs off. An off-duty police officer renders assistance but fails to save her. There is a reluctant witn The Silent Conversation is the thirteenth book in the Anderson & Costello series by British author, Caro Ramsay. On a hot June night when the BBC airs a program featuring an appeal for information about the abduction of a toddler four years earlier, and a review of a serial killer case, a young woman in police uniform dies in the garden of an exclusive gated residence. A man in a baseball cap runs off. An off-duty police officer renders assistance but fails to save her. There is a reluctant witness. Glasgow Police DCI Colin Anderson and DI Costello are puzzled by many aspects of the case, not least, that she is unknown to police. Mobile phone, laptop and handbag missing. Car not located. Only a tucked -away credit card finally identifies her. What really mystifies them is the trace of DNA on her person belonging to that missing toddler from four years ago. Maltman Green looks like a little idyll in the middle of the city: four residences converted from a former brewery, surrounding a private green. Two families who own the property, and two tenants. All very friendly. But are appearances deceiving? Is everyone quite who and what they say they are? And when police finally interview the woman who saw it happen, why does her story not quite tally with that of the heroic off-duty constable? DI Costello feels that their unit has lost cohesion: Anderson is distracted by his new grandson; Mulholland, by his nascent media career; for her, a sensitive anniversary looms. Nonetheless, and despite the red herrings that lead them (and the reader) astray, they do manage to sort out just who is who, and who might have had motive to take that missing boy. While Anderson seems fixated on the driver of a car accident that left a young boy severely disabled, Costello is more convinced that a faux Swede, or a lying constable, or a half-brother of the dead woman, somehow fit the frame. The truth, ultimately, is quite tangled. Ramsay uses multiple narrators to tell the story, including one who is anonymous but is apparently held captive somewhere in the gated residence. While this novel can easily stand alone, the reader may be at a disadvantage not knowing the back stories of the main characters, and there are spoilers for the fifth book in the series, The Night Hunter. Excellent British crime fiction. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Canongate/Severn House.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This is my second time reading an episode in the Anderson and Costello procedural series set in Scotland. This is a complex, well developed story with two story lines: the upcoming fourth anniversary of the disappearance of young Johnny Clearwater from a family wedding and the death of a young woman in an upscale, gated community under odd circumstances. Both cases are more complicated than they initially appear. Anderson and Costello have been partners for some years now and they bicker at times This is my second time reading an episode in the Anderson and Costello procedural series set in Scotland. This is a complex, well developed story with two story lines: the upcoming fourth anniversary of the disappearance of young Johnny Clearwater from a family wedding and the death of a young woman in an upscale, gated community under odd circumstances. Both cases are more complicated than they initially appear. Anderson and Costello have been partners for some years now and they bicker at times like married partners, harping on each other’s perceived weak points. But the strength of their relationship is felt. All of the characters, whether police or civilian, are well developed and multi-faceted which adds to the story lines. These people feel real and act from real emotions. I do recommend this book and series. I intend to find more of the earlier books in the series. But I was able to follow this story without problem with adequate back story provided. A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jannelies

    My last review of a book by Caro Ramsay was in 2020 en in that review I mention that there were too many people and too many things going on to be able to enjoying the book. Sadly, The Silent Conversation has the same problem for me. At first I was attracted to the story because Carol - one of the main characters - is observing some of the other inhabitants of The Maltman. This being a converted building with a lot of expensive flats and an even more expensive central courtyard. All other inhabit My last review of a book by Caro Ramsay was in 2020 en in that review I mention that there were too many people and too many things going on to be able to enjoying the book. Sadly, The Silent Conversation has the same problem for me. At first I was attracted to the story because Carol - one of the main characters - is observing some of the other inhabitants of The Maltman. This being a converted building with a lot of expensive flats and an even more expensive central courtyard. All other inhabitants seem to know each other but no friendly welcome awaited Carol when she arrived. Not that she would have liked to enjoy their company, but it is the thought that counts. Anderson and Costello are in charge of solving the crime that happens one night in that seemingly peaceful place, but are immediately faced with a lot of strange people and happenings. The building is as much as a character as the people are in this story. My main problem while reading this book was that I could have done with a clear explanation of who everybody was, and preferably a short summary of what happened in earlier books in this series. I became rather confused early on and while I managed to finish the book, it took some of the joy out of it. But the writing is brilliant and the plot intriguing so fans of this series will be happy with it. Thanks to Netgalley and Canongate books for this review copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This book is the thirteenth book in the Anderson and Costello series. In “The Silent Conversation”, DCI Colin Anderson and DI Costello are investigating an unusual murder. The story is mainly told from the point-of-view of the two detectives, as well as Carol Holman who is one of the witnesses to the crime. Carol saw what looked like a female police officer being attacked in the courtyard in front of her building. Anderson and Costello learn there is more to the story than it appears and that Ca This book is the thirteenth book in the Anderson and Costello series. In “The Silent Conversation”, DCI Colin Anderson and DI Costello are investigating an unusual murder. The story is mainly told from the point-of-view of the two detectives, as well as Carol Holman who is one of the witnesses to the crime. Carol saw what looked like a female police officer being attacked in the courtyard in front of her building. Anderson and Costello learn there is more to the story than it appears and that Carol has her own reasons for being a reluctant witness. It’s not necessary to have read prior books in the series to get to know Anderson, Costello, and their other colleagues. I’ve read a few of the books, but not the first few in the series and have really enjoyed the later books. Anderson and Costello are interesting characters that work well together because of and in spite of their differences. Costello isn’t always easy to like but her skills as a detective and dedication to the investigation are worthy of respect. This time the case is intriguing, but unfortunately a large part of the story relates back to the fifth book in the series called The Night Hunter. I haven’t read that book, so some of the references in this book didn’t make sense to me. I was able to enjoy the book as a whole, but it took me longer to figure out some of the pieces of the puzzle. The book is a suspenseful procedural with complex characters so in spite of some things that confused me, I am glad I read it and will definitely read further installments in the series. I received this ebook from NetGalley through the courtesy of Severn House/Canongate Books. An advance copy was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    The Silent Conversation by Caro Ramsey has multiple moving parts keeping the readers on their toes. In the early part of the book, the reader might think it is going to be a police procedural about the murder of a young woman. This thought is made uneasy as the book shifts through multiple points of view, including an unnamed character and a witness whose own story is horrific and unknown to her nearest neighbors. To add to the complexity, there are the stories of the detectives and police const The Silent Conversation by Caro Ramsey has multiple moving parts keeping the readers on their toes. In the early part of the book, the reader might think it is going to be a police procedural about the murder of a young woman. This thought is made uneasy as the book shifts through multiple points of view, including an unnamed character and a witness whose own story is horrific and unknown to her nearest neighbors. To add to the complexity, there are the stories of the detectives and police constables involved in the case. Some of these stories are directly related to the issue at hand, some are private stories which nonetheless color how they proceed through the investigation. All these factors combine to create an atmosphere of uncertainty throughout the book. It’s an atmosphere that creates the feeling that the reader is seeing a beautiful setting that, if pulled back, will reveal something dark and unpleasant, perhaps even evil. The question for the reader is who is truly as good and honest as they appear, and who is wearing that as a persona that hides a rotten core. As the book begins, readers may expect two stories to intertwine; that of a young woman who is apparently killed inside a locked compound and the four year old kidnapping case of an unrelated child. As the characters come more into focus their stories change and develop, adding to the complexity of the book and to their role within the story. Then, when the reader least expects it, Ramsey throws in a twist that turns everything on its ear and completely changes the focus of the book. To say that the story has a major twist would be an understatement. There are actually multiple twists which occur at an increased pace as the end of the book nears. I can imagine burned dinners, lost sleep, missed activities happening as readers become more involved with the twists and turns of this book and become more reluctant to put it down without learning where this twist or that turn will lead them. This is the thirteenth book in the Anderson and Costello series, and while it functions well as a stand-alone, readers may benefit from having read earlier books to help establish relationships among the investigative team. I appreciate the opportunity to review an advanced copy from Severn House Publishing. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Oakey

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its a crime novel which is not my usual read but I was gripped and read the whole thing in 2 days .....so I must explain why I've only given in 3.5⭐. The problem was in the synopsis it fails to mention that part of this story is from a previous book by the author (The Night Hunter) and this is actually the 13th book in a series featuring the lead detectives DCI Anderson and DC Costello. I only found this out after I finished the book and looked through other revie I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its a crime novel which is not my usual read but I was gripped and read the whole thing in 2 days .....so I must explain why I've only given in 3.5⭐. The problem was in the synopsis it fails to mention that part of this story is from a previous book by the author (The Night Hunter) and this is actually the 13th book in a series featuring the lead detectives DCI Anderson and DC Costello. I only found this out after I finished the book and looked through other reviews to try and make sense of the outcomes. I loved the story, it had lots of elements to draw you in but I did occasionally struggle to keep track of who was who, I thought it was just me being ditsy but after finding out it's part of a series I realized why I struggled. Although this did just about stand up as a stand alone book I think I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read the previous novels. ...Its probably my own fault for not researching it properly before requesting it on Netgalley but I was so tempted by the synopsis and cover that I just tapped request as you do! Thanks to the @canongatebooks @netgalley and #caroramsay for the ARC of this book

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    I admit to having struggled a bit with this one, which is told from the perspectives of DIs Anderson and Costello and Carol, a witness to a murder. Ramsay writes complex procedurals in a gritty Glasgow setting, which I like very much, but there are a lot of characters to keep straight. And, more importantly, in this latest, the murder is linked to events in a novel several volumes back in the series = which I had not read. I've read a few in the series but not the critical one and Ramsay didn't I admit to having struggled a bit with this one, which is told from the perspectives of DIs Anderson and Costello and Carol, a witness to a murder. Ramsay writes complex procedurals in a gritty Glasgow setting, which I like very much, but there are a lot of characters to keep straight. And, more importantly, in this latest, the murder is linked to events in a novel several volumes back in the series = which I had not read. I've read a few in the series but not the critical one and Ramsay didn't give good backstory to help. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC>. I liked the characters and appreciate that fans will enjoy it more than I did.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This is the first book by this author i have read and although the writing is good, I found it quite complicated to follow. Was it because I didn’t read great chunks of the book at each sitting, I don’t know. There were a lot of characters and the setting was a warren of houses and floors and rooms set around a common area. The premise being, a recent murder had DNA evidence linking it to a missing child from 4 years previous. I will read another book by this author but maybe i will start at the This is the first book by this author i have read and although the writing is good, I found it quite complicated to follow. Was it because I didn’t read great chunks of the book at each sitting, I don’t know. There were a lot of characters and the setting was a warren of houses and floors and rooms set around a common area. The premise being, a recent murder had DNA evidence linking it to a missing child from 4 years previous. I will read another book by this author but maybe i will start at the beginning. #netgalley #silentconversation

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kath

    Oh My! Blink and we're now at book 13 in this series... Which, unlike some which reach this level, shows no signs of flagging. I do love a long running series as it gives me a chance to really invest in the characters and look forward to reconnecting with them in their next outing. So... what does the author have in store for our dynamic duo Anderson and Costello in this book...? Well, it's a cold case this time. At least it starts off that way. The anniversary of the disappearance of 4yo Johnny Oh My! Blink and we're now at book 13 in this series... Which, unlike some which reach this level, shows no signs of flagging. I do love a long running series as it gives me a chance to really invest in the characters and look forward to reconnecting with them in their next outing. So... what does the author have in store for our dynamic duo Anderson and Costello in this book...? Well, it's a cold case this time. At least it starts off that way. The anniversary of the disappearance of 4yo Johnny Clearwater is approaching and there's a new TV show which is bringing the case up again, big time. On the same night the show is broadcast, the police are called to the death of one of their own. Found in the garden of a gated community where they don't live. Her death is a bit strange and the residents of the community stranger. It's going to take a lot to get to the bottom of things. And that's before there's a link to Johnny which throws a big spanner into the works... I cleared my decks before starting this book as I knew it would suck me in and hold me captive throughout. And it did. I love this series, the characters and the no nonsense writing style of the author. The heinous crimes described and the humour to keep it all balanced. As well as the main two characters, there's a whole host of other series characters, and these are just as carefully utilised within the narrative. We also have the usual necessary episode characters, all with their parts to play and. as usual, they play them very well. The storyline is interesting and intriguing and gets on with itself very well as it twists and turns to a cracking conclusion without the need for any superfluous waffle or padding. All in all, a worth addition to an already well established (and loved) series. Which, if you don't mind me says is best attacked from book one and read in order. Me, I'm just hanging for the next book. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kori Potenzone

    If any series makes it as far as book 13 you know it will be a great series. The Silent Conversation, is part of the Anderson & Costello Mystery Series, it could be read as a standalone but this book does reference Book 5, The Night Hunter, at times and it is best if you had read The Night Hunter or you may feel lost at times. If we were speaking about the series in a whole I would tell you none of them are a disappointment, however, the series does get better as it gets further along. The chara If any series makes it as far as book 13 you know it will be a great series. The Silent Conversation, is part of the Anderson & Costello Mystery Series, it could be read as a standalone but this book does reference Book 5, The Night Hunter, at times and it is best if you had read The Night Hunter or you may feel lost at times. If we were speaking about the series in a whole I would tell you none of them are a disappointment, however, the series does get better as it gets further along. The character development builds up after each book. This book is told from 3 points of view, both detectives and an eye witness to the crime, Carol Holman. Carol, I would consider an unreliable witness but I wont go into too much detail as I do not want to spoil anything. The crime is centered around a female police officer being attacked in front of her home. I would consider this a police procedural book with a murder mystery twist. I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to anyone who has read any of the previous series novels.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    The silent conversation by Caro Ramsey. An Anderson & Costello Mystery Book 13. When DNA evidence links a present-day murder to the disappearance of a young boy four years earlier, detectives Anderson & Costello are plunged into a baffling mystery. It’s been four years since four-year-old Johnny Clearwater disappeared without trace one hot summer afternoon. Now, a new TV documentary series is revisiting the case, dredging up memories perhaps best left forgotten. A brilliant read. I love this author The silent conversation by Caro Ramsey. An Anderson & Costello Mystery Book 13. When DNA evidence links a present-day murder to the disappearance of a young boy four years earlier, detectives Anderson & Costello are plunged into a baffling mystery. It’s been four years since four-year-old Johnny Clearwater disappeared without trace one hot summer afternoon. Now, a new TV documentary series is revisiting the case, dredging up memories perhaps best left forgotten. A brilliant read. I love this author. Great story and characters. 5*.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ria

    Not sure how I feel about this one... https://thelibraryenthusiast.blogspot... Not sure how I feel about this one... https://thelibraryenthusiast.blogspot...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anne Fox

    Another great story in this series

  16. 4 out of 5

    Martha Brindley

    The latest addition in the Anderson and Costello series, set in Glasgow, is one of my favourite series. They are fascinating characters, who feed off each other, and this case is very intriguing. It's complex, has a fascinating plot and is brim filled with a variety of interesting characters. I really loved the story, although at times I struggled to keep up, but I can really recommend the read which kept me engrossed to the last page. It is part of a series but works well as a stand alone and i The latest addition in the Anderson and Costello series, set in Glasgow, is one of my favourite series. They are fascinating characters, who feed off each other, and this case is very intriguing. It's complex, has a fascinating plot and is brim filled with a variety of interesting characters. I really loved the story, although at times I struggled to keep up, but I can really recommend the read which kept me engrossed to the last page. It is part of a series but works well as a stand alone and is sure to be another winner for the author. Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    A multi layered police procedural with the established team of Anderson and Costello. The plot is carefully devised if. A little complex needing concentration to keep track. I found the storyline intriguing but the reference to previous incidents in earlier books of the series disconcerting as I had not read the Night Hunter . A lot of characters to keep track of butvanother good addition to the series

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen R.

    This is the first book I read in what is apparently a character series, but works well as a standalone. Great police procedural storytelling, with lots of twists and turns. Johnny was 4 when he went missing four years ago. When a police officer is found murdered, why is there a link between her and the missing child?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Another good read from Caro Ramsay with lots of twists and turns and lots of characters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynsey

    ‘The Silent Conversation’ is the latest in the Anderson and Cooper mysteries which are set in modern-day Glasgow. This was an intensely chilling, claustrophobic thriller that is tightly plotted with numerous arcs that truly creeps you out! Normally I would say you could read these books as standalone but you would have benefited from reading the whole series as there are links to The Night Hunter which aren't fully explained. This is a series that I think deserves more recognition than it receiv ‘The Silent Conversation’ is the latest in the Anderson and Cooper mysteries which are set in modern-day Glasgow. This was an intensely chilling, claustrophobic thriller that is tightly plotted with numerous arcs that truly creeps you out! Normally I would say you could read these books as standalone but you would have benefited from reading the whole series as there are links to The Night Hunter which aren't fully explained. This is a series that I think deserves more recognition than it receives as they are brilliant police procedural with great plots and superbly develop characters. I want to live in Maltman Green - not the building in this story but the concept of it sounds amazing. It really was a character of it's right as it evoked claustrophobia, lent to a gradual build-up of tension and suspicion and allowed for a great ending to the book. I could feel the heat of the summer coming off the pages and boy I wish I lived near that deli! It was extremely interesting to see the effects of a crime committed in the past still has on it's victims. Both the parents of the missing boy and also Carol one of the victims from The Night Hunter. I loved this and instantly put it on my website as for some reason I had missed its release in hardback.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alice McGuire

    Excellent Another in a marvelous mystery series by Caro Ramsey. The characters are true-to life and the plot twisting and hidden. Go, Caro!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hannelore Cheney

    Thank you Netgalley and Canongate;/Severn House for the eARC. Caro Ramsay has just gone to the top of my female authors list, what a book, what a series! Anderson and Costello catch the case of a young woman, dead in a. luxurious gated community. Was she murdered? They won't know till the autopsy. But the disappearance of a three-year old little boy five years ago may have something to do with it. There are so many twists and turns, it takes quite a while before things finally become clear. Costell Thank you Netgalley and Canongate;/Severn House for the eARC. Caro Ramsay has just gone to the top of my female authors list, what a book, what a series! Anderson and Costello catch the case of a young woman, dead in a. luxurious gated community. Was she murdered? They won't know till the autopsy. But the disappearance of a three-year old little boy five years ago may have something to do with it. There are so many twists and turns, it takes quite a while before things finally become clear. Costello is even more difficult than usual; there are times when Anderson visualizes slapping her - that made me chuckle. But I love her, she's quite the character. Anderson tries to fit in looking after his beloved little Moses and his dog;e hes' such a good man, trying his best for his family while involved in the complications of this mystery, which takes up so much of his and the team's time. Anderson and Costello have become my favorite team, they feel like friends to me. The Glasgow setting is great too. I think this series is brilliant and just gets better and better Highly recommended, 5+++

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bill Berger

    Caro Ramsay consistently writes one the best police procedural novels based around her two main characters. The plots are always intriguing, the characters are always so different and interesting, it consistently confuses me why she isn’t much more popular here in the States. Many thanks to Netgalley for an advance.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna Bradley

    A really complicated web of cases with far too many characters makes this a difficult book to keep track of and it doesn't feel like a full conclusion is reached. I've read and enjoyed all of this author's previous books but this one just didn't do it for me unfortunately. I can't decide if it's missing something or trying too hard but I hope to see a return to form with the next instalment. A really complicated web of cases with far too many characters makes this a difficult book to keep track of and it doesn't feel like a full conclusion is reached. I've read and enjoyed all of this author's previous books but this one just didn't do it for me unfortunately. I can't decide if it's missing something or trying too hard but I hope to see a return to form with the next instalment.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Very twisting and twisted. I had no idea who did what and the case seemed unfold very realistically. I had no solid idea who the emails were from,. I could empathize with the pain of the telecast reliving trauma and the agoraphobia that was the result of the previous killer’s victim. It will keep you guessing Thank you netgalley and the publisher for this arc

  26. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Duke-Wyer

    As good as ever. Never disappoints

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shauna Whall

    Excellent and twisty as always.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of The Silent Conversation, the thirteenth novel to feature Glasgow detectives DCI Anderson and DI Costello. When Anderson and Costello are called out to the death of a policewoman in an exclusive gated community the mysteries abound. Who is she, why was she in the community and why is there a link to Johnny Clearwater who disappeared four years ago as a four year old and has never been found despite his mother’s high profile ca I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of The Silent Conversation, the thirteenth novel to feature Glasgow detectives DCI Anderson and DI Costello. When Anderson and Costello are called out to the death of a policewoman in an exclusive gated community the mysteries abound. Who is she, why was she in the community and why is there a link to Johnny Clearwater who disappeared four years ago as a four year old and has never been found despite his mother’s high profile campaign. I thoroughly enjoyed The Silent Conversation, which is a story as much about the characters and their secrets as it is about the police investigation. I found myself hooked from the start with one of the residents giving her observations on her rather Stepford-y neighbours. It’s intriguing as, while she’s upfront about her own secrets and problems, there are obviously plenty to uncover about her neighbours. Then comes the death and its nod to Rear Window. The novel is full of twists and turns, some more credible than others, so I never felt as if there was a dull moment. The author does a great job of turning what the reader thinks they know into something else, requiring constant recalibration and adjustment and yet it’s not disconcerting or off putting. It still seems to flow. I like the narration, with the novel being told from three main points of view. The neighbour, Carol, provides her insight and Anderson and Costello provide their assessment from the investigative point of view. As these two have widely differing approaches and, despite a lengthy working relationship and friendship, they seldom agree on perspective and argue frequently. This provides a few laughs. Anderson is settled and content, Costello is constantly grumpy, unsettled and discontented. She might not be appealing to new readers, but still have affection for her and hope she moves on from this bad patch. The Silent Conversation is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zara

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest, independent review. Four years ago, four-year-old Johnny Clearwater disappeared without a trace. A TV documentary series revisits the case, dragging up the past, looking to solve the mystery. On the night of the documentary, a female police officer is murdered. But when detectives Anderson and Costello arrive at the scene, an exclusive complex, they find nothing is straightforward about this crime. And when DNA evidence later links mi I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest, independent review. Four years ago, four-year-old Johnny Clearwater disappeared without a trace. A TV documentary series revisits the case, dragging up the past, looking to solve the mystery. On the night of the documentary, a female police officer is murdered. But when detectives Anderson and Costello arrive at the scene, an exclusive complex, they find nothing is straightforward about this crime. And when DNA evidence later links missing Johnny to the present-day murder, the pressure is on to find the link... and find Johnny. I admit I struggled at first as I did not know at first when requesting from Netgalley that The Silent Conversation was part of a series. However, as soon as I got stuck into the story, I realised that didn't matter, as enough background information on the characters is provided for the novel to be read as a standalone book, and I was able to enjoy the story without feeling lost. The novel was told from many points of view - mainly Anderson and Costello, though I was intrigued by Carol, a recluse living in the exclusive complex, and enjoyed the insight she provided into the crime from a different angle to that of the detectives. Many threads were weaved together throughout to form one gritty, engaging, character-driven novel. Full of interesting, realistic characters, and I particularly loved the relationship between the two main characters, detectives Anderson and Costello, who despite working closely together, do not always agree! I will definitely read more from this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    This book, The Silent Conversation is the thirteenth in Caro Ramsay's Anderson & Costello mysteries and my fourth in the series; I dived in at book ten in The Sideman. The Silent Conversation is a splendid novel. Set in Glasgow, with its mixture of clever plotting, suspense and with the Scottish location this is an exhilarating, intense read. The novel is told mostly from Anderson and Costello’s points of view. I really like their characters, particularly DI Costello with her snarky comments and This book, The Silent Conversation is the thirteenth in Caro Ramsay's Anderson & Costello mysteries and my fourth in the series; I dived in at book ten in The Sideman. The Silent Conversation is a splendid novel. Set in Glasgow, with its mixture of clever plotting, suspense and with the Scottish location this is an exhilarating, intense read. The novel is told mostly from Anderson and Costello’s points of view. I really like their characters, particularly DI Costello with her snarky comments and antiseptic realism and I appreciated the cocktail of current investigative duties (although they have links to a previous novel, The Night Hunter which you might want to read) and personal matters in this novel. The inclusion of PC Ruby Redding brings freshness and the well-plotted narrative comes with a sizeable chunk of good twists leading this reader to struggle with the puzzle pieces and there are some unexpected surprises. I am inspired to continue to read more from this series and accomplished author. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Severn House Publishers via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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