Book Review: Perfect Silence (D.I. Callanach #4) by Helen Fields

“When silence falls, who will hear their cries?”

Published in 2018 and the fourth book in Helen Fields‘s D.I. Callanach series, Perfect Silence sees the body of a young girl found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the outline of a doll carved into the victim’s skin.

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby. After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?

Rating:

Another fast-paced and gripping instalment, Perfect Silence sees the brilliant DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanch return to chase another twisted killer.

A strong police procedural with immensely likeable characters, there’s again a lot of humour amongst the team in this series (with some real laugh-out-loud moments!), while the crimes remain dark and disturbing, satisfying your appetite on all levels.

Although this psychopathic serial killer’s actions are straight out of a horror film, I love how Field’s balances the macabre out with her characters. The crimes are dark, but Ava and Luc show so much emotion in their jobs that you feel compelled to every case at the same time, all the while getting a great insight into their personal lives.

I’m excited to move on to the next instalment, but I’m also very eager for this “will they/won’t they?” trope to come to an ultimatum now as well. Let’s see what Perfect Crime brings!

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