Book Review: Silent Island by Dana Perry

Detective Abby Pearce is back and is looking forward to you reading her next story.


Nancy Lavelle lies still on the floor. With her eyes looking towards her children’s rooms, her hands are clasped in prayer, as if the last thing she wished for was her children to be saved…

When Detective Abby Pearce is called to the Beach House, a holiday home in the most affluent part of Martha’s Vineyard, she finds five bodies. An entire family has been killed in a frenzied attack… all except one. Fifteen-year-old Karin is the only survivor. Sitting in the house, surrounded by her family, she stares into the distance and doesn’t say a word.

When Karin’s grandparents fly in to take her home, Abby’s investigation takes a shocking turn. Taking one look at the traumatised girl, they recoil—the girl curled up in a hospital bed isn’t their granddaughter. So who is she? And where is the real Karin Lavelle? 

Abby fears the missing girl is in serious danger, and with local residents worried that the killer is still on the island and the press questioning her every move, she’s under pressure to solve both crimes fast. But when she uncovers a link between Thomas Lavelle’s New York office and her previous job at the NYPD, she begins to fear that these brutal murders are a sign… and that she’s next. Can she find the killer before another life is taken, or is she walking into a trap?

Silent Island Book Review


It was just this summer that I reviewed Her Ocean Grave so I was excited to get another Abby Pearce book so soon. As with the first in the series, what I liked the most was Abby herself. Besides the alcoholism, which seems to be prevalent in most cop books, the author has done a good job creating a character that is not stereotypical. She is likeable and kind but also doesn’t shrink away from a difficult investigation.

This was certainly a difficult investigation! I had no idea how this one was going to play out. However, when the mystery was unravelled, I could appreciate how well-thought out and logical it was. The story was also fast paced so not much time has to pass at all before a piece of juicy information is released.

Silent Island is also one of few police books where I didn’t mind the delve into the main character’s personal life. And you have just to see how the author twists Abby’s past and present together to make something really exciting!

If you would like to delve into the world of Abby Pearce, get Silent Island here. Learn more about Her Ocean Grave in my review here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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