‘Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl.’ A sob choked off the sentence… ‘It’s my daughter.’

When a young girl disappears from the edge of the local forest, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the same killer who stabbed to death beautiful, young Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.

Only Detective Anna Gwynne thinks he isn’t the real killer.

Anna can’t find proof and as time is running out, she realises she needs to get inside the killer’s twisted mind. And she knows just who to ask. Hector Shaw, in prison for killing the six men who caused his own daughter’s death.

Can Anna get what she needs from Hector before another life is lost, or could he lead her down a path that puts her own life in grave danger?

An absolutely page-turning thriller that will have you hooked. If you love Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and Robert Dugoni, you won’t be able to put down The Silent Girls.

What people are saying about The Silent Girls:


Pulled me in from the start and just wouldn't let go. This is an incredibly gripping page-turner with a cast of truly fabulous characters… gets right under your skin, making it crawl… Incredibly compelling, it had me hooked.’ Novel Deelights

Intense and grittyThe Silent Girls was a suspenseful and eerie ride, and a fantastic start to the series. I can’t wait for the next book!!Jenea’s Book Obsession

Deeply disturbing, dark and dangerous and so full of twists you will never guess the bad guy!Bonnie’s Book Talk

Such twists and turns!!! I was on the edge of my seat and just couldn't put it down!!! No way will you see the final twist... I'd give it more than five stars if I could!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Loved delving deep into the dark mind of a serial killer, chilling my very soul. The Silent Girls drips with intense and insatiable criminal desire, pulling you deeper into the darkest of minds.’ Sweet Little Book

An impressive, addictive and compelling read from a master storyteller. Once I started this book, I could not bear to be parted from it… you dare not take a breath as the suspenseful story unfolds right up until the cinematic end.’ Renita D’Silva

Phenomenal… The Silent Girls is a fantastic start to a new series full of vivid characters and a meaty plot that you will want to sink your teeth into… I need more!Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews

Hold onto your hats for a heartpoundlingly gripping read that will knock your socks right off!... I CAN NOT WAIT to see what you bring us next!’ Orchard Book Club

Creepy, eerie, gritty, and suspenseful… A must read!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I loved this book… I couldn’t put it down, I was hooked from the first page. Five star recommendation.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘What a great debut novel, Dylan Young is my first great find of 2018. I'm excited for the next instalment of the great Detective Anne Gwynne.’ The Laughing Librarian Book Reviews

An absorbing new crime series with a cleverly written, complicated plot.’ Humble Tart Kitchen

I was hooked right from the very first chapter… the pace never slows down... If you are looking for a new and refreshing detective series to follow, you should go meet Anna Gwynne!’ It’s All About Books

Brilliantly terrifying. It will keep you hooked… guessing right until the very end.’ Star Crossed Reviews

‘Haunting… a story that will stay with you long after it's over… A great beginning to a new detective series! Bravo for Dylan Young!’ Two Girls and a Book Obsession

Previously titled Come Out to Play.