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/.
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.
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.
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