Book Review – Silent Cry (Gabriella Darin #1) by Jenny O’Brien

First published, 2020

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Five years ago, Izzy’s boyfriend left the house with their baby girl to give her a bit of a break. And they didn’t come back. After frantically searching the house, Izzy found a card that had been popped through the door, stating, ‘Alys is fine. Don’t try to find us.’ But having pulled herself through five years of wondering, worrying and sleepless nights, Izzy catches sight of a face from the past, and the search continues.

With Gabriella Darin, a police officer with her own difficult past, newly transferred from Cardiff, now on the case, surely it won’t be long before Izzy has some idea of where Charlie went and what happened to their family.

The writing is stunning. Addictive. I couldn’t put it down. It’s rare I’ll go without sleep, I went without sleep for this one. The characters were sympathetic without hitting you over the head with their misery. The scenery was stunning and I loved the story. Really well crafted with a surprising finish that’s bound to stay with me for a good long time. I’m off to find the rest of the series now.

‘Real sorrow was all snot and snivelling. It was red-rimmed eyes and the gut-wrenching ache that started in the belly only to lodge at the back of the throat. There was nothing glamorous about someone in the throes of misery, nothing at all.’
Chapter 22, Silent Cry (Gabriella Darin #1) by Jenny O’Brien

Amen to that. This is an awesome book. Go, read it.