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Deadly Silence by OMJ Ryan
Narrator: Danielle Cohen
Series: Detective Jane Phillips #1
Published by Tantor Audio on June 10, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 9 hours
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DI Jane Phillips was a star detective driven by a relentless quest for justice. But then she stepped outside the law.
Now, demoted and suffering with PTSD, she finds herself facing the deadliest threat of her career -- a serial killer who is preying on vulnerable women, murdering them in a shocking and bizarre ritual.
A master of deception, he selects his victims at random. Or so it seems. But as Phillips investigates, she begins to see a method in the killer's madness. Perhaps these victims aren't random at all...
As the pressure mounts, can Phillips find the link between these ritual murders before the killer strikes again -- or will her dogged determination to solve the case bring his deadly silence to her door?
So I’m a sucker for a British police procedural. Throw in a female team lead and the format being an audiobook, and you have serious interest from me. Deadly Silence follows a serial killer case. The killer is fast-paced and brutal.
Our point of view is Jane Phillips who is leading her old team, but not technically in charge, after she was injured in the line of duty. She has been demoted and is suffering some PTSD. We learn a bit about her history and character. I liked her. She may be flawed, but she is smart and loyal to her team and she does stand for the victims and truth.
The blurb seems a bit inaccurate. The team puts the pieces together fairly quickly, on the right track, but they need evidence to pinpoint the perpetrator. They have a political hack as the actual team lead and a new geek rookie to handle. I enjoyed learning about the team and seeing its development.
In addition to the tracking down evidence and interviewing witnesses, there is some action. We do learn a bit about the victims and see the killer in process at times. I thought this was a great start to a new series and look forward to continuing it.
I can’t say I know the difference between different regional voices in the UK but I love to listen to them. I don’t believe I have heard this narrator before but I was comfortable with all her voices. She handled the emotional infusion of fear and banter into the vocals well. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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