Detective Jo Larsen doesn’t think much of it when Patrick Dielman walks into her office and asks her to find his missing wife. After all, in a small town, people aren’t abducted. But as Jo starts digging into the case, she finds puzzles in Jenny Dielman’s past. Did the woman flee to escape a controlling husband, or is there something sinister in her past that has caught up with her?
Winter is the time I like to curl up with mysteries, so when I first heard about Walk Into Silence I was intrigued. I’ve read a few of McBride’s other books before (though not her crime fiction), so I was eager to delve in and see what this book was all about. And I was surprised—not just by the twists and turns of the story, but how immersed I became in it. It’s really difficult these days for me to become utterly hooked on a crime novel just because I’ve read so many. But McBride’s story had me turning the pages quickly because of her wonderful characterization.
One aspect of Walk Into Silence that I loved was the number of major female characters. They are all imperfect, and not all of them are very likeable, and I loved that. You see so many different types of women in this book; there isn’t just one female character that has to be everything for every woman reading the book. McBride’s characters are well-developed, and even when you don’t agree with their decisions, you are emotionally invested in them.
If you’re looking for a satisfying crime novel to delve into this winter, look no further than Walk Into Silence. It’s well-written and engaging, and will keep you hooked. I’m not sure if it’s part of a series, but I was happy reading it as a standalone novel (though I hope there are more to come!).
Other books by Susan McBride