Perfect Silence – Helen Fields (DI Callanach Book 4)


Perfect Silence is published on 23 August 2018 by Avon and is available to purchase here

When silence falls, who will hear their cries?

The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in 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?

Also in this outstanding crime series

Perfect Remains – Book 1

Perfect Prey – Book 2

Perfect Death – Book 3

My thoughts

With Perfect Silence, Helen Fields takes us to the fourth instalment in this dark and disturbing police procedural series. This is exactly the kind of crime that I am completely in love with. Every single book has been intelligent, incredibly dark and disturbing and wonderfully written. As usual, I am in awe of Helen Fields and want to sing her praises to the world. It is quite an achievement to have created such a deliciously strong series.

Helen Fields’ imagination takes us to a very chilling place. The story features our duo of Callanach and Turner seeking a psychopathic serial killer in Edinburgh. This is one unique monster. Shades of Ed Gein. With a touch of Hannibal. This killer kidnaps woman and removes portions of skin. The skin is used to craft a doll, as a likeness to the victim. This is stomach churning. It is the stuff of nightmares. It is grotesque. It is horror. The press label him ‘The Baby Doll Killer’. Field’s skill as a writer gives us the human stories of the victims, as we follow Callanach and Turner through this compelling investigation. At the same time, we see homeless users of the new drug Spice targeted and assaulted in the city.

Field’s strength as a writer is the way she writes her key players. Her characterisation is superb and subtle. Her dialogue is clever. We hear from Callanach and Turner, plus others in the team. The balance is just right. We know about their private lives. Field does not turn them into stereotypes, with irritating issues. They have intelligent discussions on drugs, homelessness and on religion. These are all very credible characters, with faults. We still have the potential for Callanagh and Turner to develop their relationship, into something more romantic. Callanagh has begun to move on from the false allegations made against him. Our pair have stopped socialising, which is a shame.

Perfect Silence continues, with the same high quality plotting and chilling drama that we have come to expect from Fields. PERFECTION in a book. DARK. DISTURBING. NIGHTMARISH. COMPELLING. This is one of the best series out there, by a truly talented author. Long may it continue. I need more.

Highly recommended




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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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