Book Review: Splinter the Silence (Val McDermid)

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Splinter the Silence

Val McDermid

Publishing December 1st, 2015

Atlantic Monthly Press




The highly anticipated, brand new Tony Hill and Carol Jordan novel. I stayed up well into the night the minute I got my hands on this one.

Three high profile women end up dead, presumably by suicide. All three were hounded on the internet by trolls for their very visible, very vocal feminist views.

Something about all three deaths catches Tony Hill’s attention. He can’t quite put his finger on it, but the deaths themselves are a pattern.

Carol Jordan is not adjusting well to civilian life. Her drinking has gotten the better of her, and now she’s got a drunk driving charge to answer to. Tony is there to help, whether she wants him to or not.

John Brandon is putting together a floating Major Incident Team, and knows just the perfect person to head it up, and Carol’s problem poses an easy way to convince her to get back to business.

They’re getting the band back together.

Splinter the Silence touches on a topic that chills the blood of every woman who’s ever had an opinion online. This murderer is truly frightening because we see him potentially lurking behind our very computer screens; the nasty troll who decides it’s time to take things offline, and silence women permanently. He thinks that making examples of high profile women will change minds of anyone admiring them, putting women back into a 1950’s mold. It’s scary as hell, because it’s plausible.

McDermid also spends considerable time in mending Hill and Jordan’s relationship, and in Jordan finally facing her drinking problem. A satisfying read all around, and one that literally kept me up half the night. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed.


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