Today I am sharing my review on its publication day for Silenced Girls by Roger Stelljes, republished by Bookouture.
Silenced Girls by Roger Stelljes
Agent Tori Hunter Book 1
Release Date: 11th of November 2020
Print Length: 482 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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Agent Tori Hunter takes in the body of the beautiful young woman curled up in the trunk of the car. Knowing what she will find, Tori gently lifts the bottom of the victim’s blouse. Decorating her back are two small dots an inch apart. Just like the others.
Guilt has kept FBI Agent Tori Hunter away from her home in Manchester Bay, Minnesota for twenty years, ever since her twin sister disappeared on the Fourth of July, when the girls should have been together. But when she receives an anonymous newspaper clipping about another missing girl, Genevieve, Tori is dragged back to the past. Just like Tori’s sister, Genevieve vanished without a trace, her empty car abandoned on a lonely lakeside road as Independence Day fireworks lit up the sky overhead.
Returning to Minnesota lake country, Tori finds Genevieve’s distraught parents desperate for answers. How could their beautiful, popular daughter be snatched so near her own home? Under pressure to make an arrest, the police have no time for Tori’s theories. Besides, they already have a suspect for Genevieve’s abductor: a local man seen flirting with her the night she disappeared.
When the suspect is found dead in his isolated cabin, his apparent suicide confirms his guilt to police. But Tori’s instincts tell her otherwise. Digging into cold cases, she discovers four women over the past twenty years who were found murdered in their cars late at night. Each had two puncture marks on her back. And when another missing young woman is found bound and strangled in the trunk of her own car, the tell-tale dots prove Tori’s suspicions tragically right. A dangerous killer is still out there…
Can Tori stop him before Genevieve meets the same fate? And if her twin’s kidnapper is pulling the strings, will Tori be the next to disappear?
An absolutely addictive mystery thriller that will have you turning the pages late into the night. Perfect for fans of Kendra Elliot, Robert Dugoni and Tess Gerritsen.
When I was first given the opportunity to read Silenced Girls, I was unable to commit to reading it, which I was disappointed about. Everything about this book appealed to me, I mean just look at the cover for one thing! But as fate would have it, the stars ended up aligning and here I am now sharing this review on its publication day!
The Silenced Girls follows FBI agent Tori Hunter as she returns to her home town of Manchester Minnesota, after being estranged from there for the last twenty years. She has been lured back to investigate the disappearance of a woman, but with it, comes painful memories of her past that are brought back up to the surface.
I really liked the character of Tori Hunter and learning about her background, which involved the disappearance of her twin sister 20 years ago and how the case she is working on becomes entwined with that. She is complex and has a lot of layers to her, which I look forward to being peeled back in future books.
I enjoyed Roger Stelljes writing which is very engaging and he has executed this story very well. The only thing I did find was that it could have been a bit shorter, but in the grand scheme of things, this did not take away from the strength of the story, its characters or the enjoyment of the book for me.
Silenced Girls is such a good start to a new series and is a real page turner. It is a gripping mystery that is fraught with tension and suspense and with some twists and turns thrown in along the way, makes this an entertaining and enjoyable read.
Thank you to Roger Stelljes, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Silenced Girls, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Roger Stelljes
Roger Stelljes is the acclaimed New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of pulse-racing murder mystery and suspense novels, including the McRyan Mystery Series and the Agent Tori Hunter Mystery Series, which have been downloaded over 2 million times and have been reviewed/rated 50,000+ times. His books have been referred to as reminiscent of John Sanford and Lee Child and he has been hailed as “a powerful new thriller voice” by Vince Flynn.
His author picture is in front of the historic Stillwater lift bridge which is one of the major locations in the book DEADLY STILLWATER. The bridge raises on a set schedule to allow larger boats to travel up and down the St. Croix River. Stillwater is considered the birthplace of Minnesota and it is also a frequent tourist destination with its river bluffs, amazing scenery, paddlewheel boats, caves and historic buildings which made it an ideal location for the book.
The McRyan Mystery series has received such accolades as being a Minnesota Book Awards nominee and winner, and he was a Merit Award Winner for Commercial Fiction for MIPA Book Awards. Roger is always busy working on the next new novel or you can find him honing his golf game or watching hockey and other sports.
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