The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad is set in Vermont and Rath a former police officer, now private investigator is helping the local police look into the the disappearance of a young girl. Part way through the investigation other disappearances are revealed that look similar and then a body is found. Rath has been raising his niece alone since his sister and her husband were murdered when she was a baby. That murderer is now up for parole. Both situations are affecting him deeply, combined with chronic back pain and not being able to get in touch with his niece at her university he starts to panic.
I did enjoy this novel. It was easy to read and the characters were believable. Even though Rath wasn’t the nicest person that you would ever meet in a novel you could understand the reasons why he approached things the way that he did. The different points of view were handled very well and without bias. To reveal what these views were would give away the main storyline and I don’t want to do that. But it a debate that is common everywhere.
A few loose threads but I have noticed that there is a follow up. Hopefully they will be resolved then. I did have one issue with the novel and that was the amount of spelling errors and at one point a character’s name changed. Just a little confusing!
Thanks to the publisher for the published novel received for review.