Today is my spot on the blog tour for ‘Silenced’ by Jennie Ensor. Thank you to Hobeck Books for my spot on the tour and the E-ARC I received to review.
About the Author:
Jennie Ensor –
A Londoner with Irish heritage, Jennie Ensor writes dark, gritty psychological suspense and thrillers as well as darkly comic fiction. She began her writing career as a journalist and loves to tackle controversial issues in her novels: Islamic terrorism, Russian gangsters and war crimes in her debut Blind Side (a thriller set in the year of London’s 2005 terror attacks), domestic abuse and sexual exploitation in her second, The Girl in His Eyes. Her third book, a wander over to the lighter side of life, is Not Having It All: a wickedly funny, feel-good novel about love, lies and middle-age.
Her fourth book – due out at the end of 2021 with Hobeck Books – is a crime thriller with a strong psychological element, which ventures into the shadowy world of London drug gangs and police corruption.
Ms Ensor lives in north London with her husband and their Airedale terrier. She writes poetry as well as novels, some of which is published in UK and overseas journals; ‘Lost Connection’ placed second in its category in the 2020 Fish Lockdown Prize. In her spare time (?) she reads widely, sings choral music and practices yoga. She is a fiendish walker and regularly cycles the punishing local hills. Evenings she can often be found collapsed in front of a TV crime drama with a bar of chocolate/glass of strong alcohol.
Synopsis from goodreads:
A teenage girl was murdered on her way home from school, stabbed through the heart. Her North London community is shocked, but no one has the courage to help the police, not even her mother.
It’s DI Callum Waverley’s first major case as a senior investigating officer – can he break the code of silence that shrouds the case?
This is a world where the notorious Skull Crew rules through fear. Everyone knows you keep your mouth shut or you’ll be silenced – permanently.
This is Luke’s world. Reeling from the loss of his mother to cancer, his step-father distant at best, violent at worst, he slides into the Skull Crew’s grip.
This is Jez’s world too. Her alcoholic mother neither knows nor cares that her 16-year-old daughter is being exploited by V, the all-powerful leader of the gang.
Luke and Jez form a bond. Is it friendship, love or fear that brings them together? Can Callum win their trust, or will his own demons sabotage his investigation? And can anyone stop the Skull Crew from ensuring all witnesses are silenced?
I received an E-ARC copy of ‘Silenced’ by Jennie Ensor from the publisher Hobeck Books in return for my honest review. Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.
A teenager is stabbed near a council estate on Effra Lane, there are plenty of witnesses, but no one can give any details that will help find the killer.
In an area where gangs, drugs and violence are everywhere anyone who knows anything is scared to come forward, as they know what will happen if they do.
Will anyone come forward?
Jez and Luke are two teenagers that live near this estate, they start a friendship and soon both are brought into the terrifying gang life.
Callum is allocated the case as the senior investigating officer, and soon he is finding the case frustrating but feels there is need of urgency for it to be solved. When he finds a skull model in his car his anxiety creeps in and brings back memories of his own past that he has kept hidden.
Is someone from the team playing a practical joke, or is this a warning from The Skull Crew?
What follows is an intense look into gang life and county lines, where everyone involved is scared for their lives.
Will Callum manage to find the murderer? Will the teenagers manage to escape gang life?
This book follows three main characters Luke, Jez and Callum and tells the story from their point of view.
I have only been aware of County Lines the last few years after learning about it in Safeguarding training for my job. This must have been going on for a long time but now it seems to be affecting teenagers all over the country. It is terrifying that teenagers and I have heard younger children are being groomed into becoming part of gangs and taking part in the violence and criminal behaviour involved.
This book takes you into this horrific world and the fear felt by the characters is felt by the reader due to the authors great writing.
I heard the author talk about this book, on her book launch and the research she did visiting these types of areas herself. I must admit I would not feel brave enough to do this myself, so it took a lot of courage, but it added to the realness of the story.
It is a great read and is intense throughout, as you delve further into the characters’ lives.
Overall, an intense crime thriller which has a very current feel, and takes you into the terrifying world of gangs and county lines.
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