Out of The Silence by Owen Mullen #bookreview @BloodhoundBook

About this book…

Star investigative reporter Ralph Buchanan’s glory days are behind him. His newspaper has banished him abroad, not knowing the greatest moment of his long career is waiting for him there.

When Simone Jasnin asks him to help expose a grave injustice, he finds himself embroiled in a harrowing tale that began in a dusty rural settlement, setting in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.

Seven years later, members of a prominent family are being brutally murdered one by one. The only clue is a hand-carved wooden bangle left at the scene of each crime.

As the list of suspects grows and the tension mounts, Ralph realises the answers might be closer to home than he ever thought possible.

Solving the mystery will put him back on top but at what cost?

Only when the smoke clears will the killing stop and honour be satisfied…

My review…

Wow! This is a bit of a departure for Scottish crime author Owen Mullen but what an incredibly moving and well researched book he has delivered here. Once you start reading, it’s just so easy to become completely caught up in the story of Afra and Jameel, one that is expressively brought to life with a passion and authenticity from the start. It’s a gripping thriller that develops into a murder/mystery and probably doesn’t take you on the path that you are expecting but will definitely give you food for thought.

Out of The Silence is just so beautifully written and completely absorbing. The passion that Owen Mullen has for his subject matter comes across in waves to wash over the reader, taking them to a place that becomes a vibrant setting and backdrop to this story of love, honour and revenge. You will become caught up in the cultural struggles facing these young women, shocked at the injustice faced but willing the need for change and for the education that could help stop these atrocities taking place.

Great thought provoking read.

Meet the author…

Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
And So It Began earned a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club
Star Pick.Owen Mullen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; Owen still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home away from home in the Greek Islands where the psychological thriller In Harm’s Way and both the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’ were created.bit.ly/YouTube-OwenMullen

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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