The Study Of Silence- A sensational Read!

Hey there!

I’m back with another book review!

Firstly thanks to Jenny or Jennifer Marston who writes the blog: https://jennyinneverland.com/ and if you haven’t checked it out already you definitely should! As you know I’ve taken part in a couple of Jenny’s Blog Tours already. If you haven’t read those posts you can read them here https://girlmasked.com/2017/09/27/pot-love-review/ and here  https://girlmasked.com/2018/01/18/blog-tour-book-review-prosecco-christmas-by-sylvia-ashby/.

Blurb:

Lady Evelyn Carlisle has returned home to England, where she is completing her degree at St. Hugh’s, a women’s college in Oxford. Her days are spent poring over ancient texts and rushing to tutorials. All is well until a fateful morning, when her peaceful student life is turned on its head. Stumbling upon the gruesome killing of someone she thought she knew, Evelyn is plunged into a murder investigation once more, much to the chagrin of her friends and family, as well as the intriguing Detective Lucas Stanton. The dreaming spires of Oxford begin to appear decidedly less romantic as she gathers clues, and learns far more than she ever wished to know about the darkness lurking beyond the polished veneer. Can she solve the crime before the killer strikes once more, this time to Evelyn’s own detriment?

The Study of Silence is by the very talented Malia Zaidi and here’s a little bit about her:

Malia Zaidi is a writer and painter, who grew up in Germany and lives in the US. An avid reader and traveler, she decided to combine these passions, and turn her long-time ambition of writing into a reality. The Study of Silence is the third book in The Lady Evelyn Mysteries.

Author links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/maliazaidiauthor/about/?tab=page_info

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14197546.Malia_Zaidi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaliaZaidi

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maliazaidi/

Website: https://www.maliazaidi.com/

Blog: https://www.princessandpen.com/

I was very excited to read The Study of Silence when it came in my inbox. It’s a long read, 599 pages in total but definitely worth it! I really liked the author’s writing style and that’s a big winner for me. If an author can write well and keep me interested I will keep reading.

I loved the air of mystery that the novel had. It mentioned one or two things, for example that the main character was uncomfortable journeying back to her childhood home and wouldn’t set foot in it. But it isn’t elaborated on until later on. This may drive some of you crazy but it personally kept me in suspense and hooked on the story. This was a really clever technique and I really admire the author for using it.

There was good use of dialogue and it was balanced fairly well with the passages of description. Normally by scanning the pages I’d say that there was a bit too much description but when you actually sink your teeth into the story it’s used when necessary and with ease. Any of my regular readers will know that this means a lot to me!

The prologue was excellent. Rather than be dreary and meaningless like prologues can be sometimes this one jumped straight into the action. It didn’t have much context but that’s what made it really exciting to read. I wanted to know what happened to the characters so I quickly turned the page to get on to chapter one. The chapters themselves didn’t disappoint, they were well paced and quick but in a good way at certain points and had great plot twists!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read a mystery novel with interesting characters.

Here’s where you can buy it:

Buy links:

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Study-Silence-Evelyn-Mystery-Mysteries/dp/1543916384/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519242007&sr=8-1&keywords=study+of+silence

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077Y71C67/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B077Y71C67&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-study-of-silence-malia-zaidi/1127631849;jsessionid=05B8B8BD01075FE9CF785C15AA192F24.prodny_store02-atgap12?ean=9781543916386

 

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. citigypsy says:

    I do love a good murder mystery in the style of Agatha Christie

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  2. Really glad you enjoyed the book! Thank you for a fab review 🙂 xxx

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thanks, I was delighted to be a part of the book tour! No bother! 🙂

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  3. Safe Haven; Anonymous Letters says:

    It’s very rare for me to read a book review and think “I really need to read this book now!”. But that’s exactly what I thought. This book sounds like it has everything that keeps me interested until the end. I can’t wait to buy it!

    Really great review. xx

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Aw that’s great, I’m glad! Delighted that you liked the review! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  4. I’ve heard lots of positive things about Jenny’s blog tours! I always love when a prologue jumps straight in to the action. Grips you from the beginning. This was an excellent review and this is something I would read. I might add it to my TBR pile now!

    Charlene McElhinney
    http://www.charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Yeah, I’ve loved participating in Jenny’s blog tours! Thanks so much for reading the post, glad you liked the review!

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  5. Grace says:

    I love a good mystery novel! Will definitely have to check this out when I’m next in a book shop – I love finding new books to read!
    Grace x
    https://loveellenagrace.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Fab, hope you enjoy! Yeah same here, nothing like discovering new reads!

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  6. This sounds like a great read and great review! Love a good mystery book but I don’t read enough of them! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thank you!
      No bother, thanks for reading!

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  7. To be honest this doesn’t sound like a book that I would enjoy but I’m super happy you enjoyed it, and it’s a really great written review. Thank you for sharing 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thank you, glad you liked the review. No bother. 🙂 Thanks for reading.

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  8. Wow this is a big chunk of a book coming in at 599 pages. I’m not a huge fan of this type of novel, but you may have sold it to me with this wonderful review!!

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Yeah, it was definitely a long read! Aw thanks!

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  9. When I saw the book cover first I really wasn’t sure about this book but your review really sold it to me! I love anything that is a mystery/thriller so I will be keeping an eye out for this.

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thanks so much, I’m delighted that you like the review! Same, I’m a huge mystery/thriller fan! High five! Thanks so much for reading my post!

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  10. ofbeautyand says:

    It doesn’t sound quite like my kind of read but I’m glad you liked it x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      No worries, thanks for reading the post! 🙂

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  11. As soon as I saw this book cover I knew that I’d have to pick up a copy! Any stories set in Oxford always bring a smile to my face because it’s my all time favourite city, I was lucky enough to live there for four years and it brings me great joy to go back and visit! The novel sounds really intense with a lot of mystery, I like that it was fast-paced from the get-go and kept you entertained for all 500+ pages!

    Abbey xx

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  12. This completely sounds perfect for me, I really appreciate your review, thanks!

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Aw no problem at all! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  13. Ana Regina says:

    It sounds like an amazing book!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Yeah, I enjoyed it! Thanks for reading my post!

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