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Summary

Victim: male. Mid-30s. Five foot seven. Cause of death: hanging. Initial impression - murder. ID: Mickey Doyle. Suspected terrorist and member of the Mayday Five.

The officers at the crime scene know exactly who the victim is. Doyle was one of five suspected bombers who caused the deaths of 16 people. The remaining four are also missing, and when a second body is found, decapitated, it's clear they are being killed by the same methods their victims suffered.

Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire is assigned the case, but she is up against the clock - both personally and professionally. With moral boundaries blurred between victim and perpetrator, will Paula be able to find those responsible? After all, even killers deserve justice, don't they?

©2015 Claire McGowan (P)2015 Claire McGowan

Critic reviews

"A knockout new talent." (Lee Child)
"Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell." (Ken Bruen)
"Astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying." (Peter James)
"Page-turning." ( Guardian)
"McGowan...knows how to tell a cracking story. She will go far." ( Daily Mail)

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A very enjoyable read

Would you listen to The Silent Dead again? Why?

I love detective stories especially deep rich detective stories like this particular one. It had some great twists and turns. the story lines continued from the previous books but they managed to give enough detail so that you could listen to this story without needing to read the previous story's. I spent many enjoyable hours with this story. I think it is very well written,

What about Joanne King’s performance did you like?

Joanne King has a really lovely voice to listen to it helped me to become instantly hooked into the story, sometimes I can find narrators voices quite jarring or hypnotic but not Joanne kings.

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Loved it

If you could sum up The Silent Dead in three words, what would they be?

Interesting
Captivating
Enthralling

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Dead?

Claire having her baby

Have you listened to any of Joanne King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have Listened to the whole series

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for more

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Brilliant Storyline

Brilliant storyline, one of the best I've every read / listen too, couldn't stop listening to it, totally recommend it to read / listen to, I'm going to try more books by the author, enjoy x

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  • Diana
  • 14-03-16

Poor recording

Enjoyed book Wish One and two were available. Poor recording. Skipped frequently. Actually missed a whole part. Not like a hard copy where you can leaf through and find what you missed.

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  • Donna
  • 22-11-15

A good one

I stumbled into this one. The publisher's blurb did not prepare my for the depths of collateral damage left by old murders and the echoes of those deaths. This book caught my ignorant self and did not let go until I saw the ravages of The Troubles in Ireland. I could not put it down. I thought of people all over the world who live with loss from bombs and killings.

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  • Bijou Baby
  • 25-04-18

I'm Caught By Paula

Would you consider the audio edition of The Silent Dead (Paula Maguire 3) to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version, but will search out other titles because of this reading.

What did you like best about this story?

Paula is vulnerable, but good at her job. I get her. Reminds me of Jane Tennison later in her career.

Have you listened to any of Joanne King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. Her reading is real and adds to the story. She does men's voices well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

After the birth of her baby, she is torn between new feeling of motherhood and need for her job.

Any additional comments?

Look forward to reading more in the series.