But first, there was a murder to solve. Or was there?
"Psychological profiler Tony Hill is trained to see patterns, to decode the mysteries of human behaviour, and when he comes across a series of suicides among women tormented by vicious online predators, he begins to wonder if there is more to these tragedies than meets the eye. Similar circumstances, different deaths. Could it be murder? But what kind of serial killer wants his crimes to stay hidden? Former DCI Carol Jordan has her own demons to confront, but with lives at stake, Tony and Carol begin the hunt for the most dangerous and terrifying kind of killer - someone who has nothing to fear and nothing to lose . . ."
Val McDermid is great at getting you into the lives of the characters she writes. I was fully engaged with the things they went through, upset when it went wrong, happy when something good came out of it and sympathetic at the fallout for others as a result. Sound mysterious? You'll have to read it yourself to find out what I am talking about. :)
The mystery side came to a nearly sudden conclusion, with it all coming together within a short time, however, McDermid did manage to do so whilst only brushing against my suspension of disbelief.
This part alone was unsettling, but not unsatisfying and overall I really enjoyed the story, the whole concept of the mystery and the journey she took the characters on. And there are some lovely lighter moments in there too to watch for and delight in.
If you like Val McDermid or the TV series Wire in the Blood, you will enjoy "Splinter the silence". If you enjoy forensic type mysteries, then I encourage you to get into this series.