A great read!
"Death's Silent Judgement" is the thrilling sequel to "Dancers in the Wind", and continues the gripping series featuring London-based investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge.
Following the deadly events of "Dancers in the Wind", freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is thrown into the heart of a horrific murder investigation when a friend, Liz Rayman, is found with her throat slashed at her dental practice. With few clues to the apparently motiveless crime Hannah throws herself into discovering the reason for her friend's brutal murder, and is determined to unmask the killer. But before long, Hannah's investigations place her in mortal danger, her hunt for the truth putting her in the path of a remorseless killer.
I love the author Anne Coates' writing, it's such a pleasure to read, easy to follow with interesting storylines that keep you compelled to keep reading and with modern and very up to date subject matter that evokes emotion and feeling, these books are truly impressive and gripping.
I like the character Hannah, she's so determined to search out the truth, quite often knowingly placing herself in danger though constantly keeping her young daughter in mind and as safe as possible. Her love and respect for the less fortunate is to be commended and I liked how in this story, her dedication in revealing the horrific nature of FGM and the trafficking of young girls was handled. Anne has obviously done a lot of research on these matters and also homelessness and has worked them into a fiction novel that truly gets across to the reader real life atrocities and the plight of less fortunates.
Although I really did enjoy this second book in the exciting series I did feel that it lacked a little of the magic the first one had, especially the chemistry between Hannah and DI Tom Jordan and I would have liked to have seen their relationship develop further, rather than him being mostly absent during this story. His replacement DI Claudia Turner didn't quite do it for me and I do hope that the next in the series, "Songs of Innocence", sees the return of Tom and that he and Hannah both work together solving another horrific crime.
All in all though, another excellent piece of crime fiction from a talented author who I'd happily recommend and I await the next Hannah Weybridge story with baited breath!