Silent Fear is another page turner from Katherine Howell. Detective Ella Marconi is back at work unravelling a complex crime involving brothels, drugs, and murder. Holly, a paramedic, provides the other point of view for the story. It’s a good contrast between the conflicted paramedic and the dedicated detective.
As usual the cast of characters is large, interesting and oh so real. The suspects are linked by spidery connections that gradually pull together for the ending. Ms Howell’s stories are less of a ‘who dunnit’ and more of the ‘why dunnit’ which suits me as I’m not adverse to reading the end of a book before the beginning!
She digs deep into her characters’ motivations and the human psyche, and that makes for strong characterisation. Along with snappy dialogue, a solid plot and plenty of action, Silent Fear kept me reading long after I should have been asleep.
Find Katherine Howell at www.katherinehowell.com
I read this as part of the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012