Monday, October 05, 2020

Review: Their Silent Graves by Carla Kovach

Title: Their Silent Graves
Author: Carla Kovach
Series: Detective Gina Harte, #7
Published: September 2020, Bookouture
Format: ARC E-copy, 360 pages
Source: Netgalley via Publisher

Dressed in garish Halloween costumes, two teenage girls run through a patch of dense woodland towards the outskirts of town. But before they can reach the safety of the streets beyond, they make a shocking discovery.

Following a piece of old rope, the girls find a large mound of freshly laid earth, undisturbed in the darkness of the trees. Clawing at the ground beneath them, they make contact with something solid. When they realise what they’ve discovered, the silence is broken by their piercing screams as they stare down at the shallow grave.

Without looking back, they run as fast as they can, failing to spot the person nearby watching their every move…

And when another grave is found just days later, it’s clear a serial killer is praying on the small town. But who is the killer watching now? And when will another grave be filled?

If you like Angela Marsons, Cara Hunter and Clare Mackintosh, you’ll love this heart-racing thriller from bestselling author, Carla Kovach. With gripping suspense and a twist you won’t see coming, Their Silent Graves will have you hooked from page one.

My thoughts:  This is the seventh book in the Detective Gina Harte series and I definitely think this series gets better and better with each new installment! It's so addicting and compelling...I just love when I find these crime fiction/police procedural series with a strong female lead.

While this book can definitely be read as a stand-alone - something that I am finding most books in series can be done these days - I will say that I highly recommend reading the previous books first. There is quite a lot of backstory on the characters that I think is helpful in really understanding the characters more fully and some threads that deal with the character development are carried over from book to book.

This latest book really takes a toll on Detective Gina Harte and again, if you haven't read the previous books, you might be at a disadvantage. Having said that, you really see how much her past still wreaks havoc on her, and despite her being such a strong person, some days it's a tough battle. And it seems as if there is someone out there that is determined to not let what happened in the past go...someone is determined to settle some scores and is going to use Gina to do so.

I love that we see such a human side to Gina Harte in this book. We see her unsettled by what is happening here as much as she tries not to let it get to her. And even though she wants to trust Briggs, there is a part of her that has to question him and you can't fault her - he is after all the only one that knows exactly what happened that long ago night, he is the only one she has told. 

This book is dark and creepy, the Halloween theme makes it the perfect book to pick up right now, but again, I caution you to please consider reading the earlier books first. It really does make for a much more richer reading experience.


Books in this series:

  1. The Next Girl
  2. Her Final Hour
  3. Her Pretty Bones 
  4. The Liar's House
  5. Her Dark Heart 
  6. Her Last Mistake
  7. Their Silent Graves



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