In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband.
But for the not-quite-seven-year-old daughter Daisy she left behind, Violet's absence has never been explained or forgotten.
Now, 34 years later, she wants the solace of closure.
Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.
©2005 Sue Grafton; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"This novel...presents strong character portrayals, a mosaic of motives, and a stunning climax" (Booklist)
I liked this story. It was fast-paced and kept you guessing as to who the culprit was. I was compelled after listening to this book to read others by the same other and am currently reading R is for Ricochet. Would recommend this book to anyone.
I've read all the Kinsey Milhone mystery series, and was beginning to get a little bored with the routine of them. S is for Silence is a refreshing change of pace, as large sections of the book are about the personalities and motives of characters from 34 years ago, who were connected to a disapperance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and my enjoyment was increased by the excellent reader. I consider this latest addition to the "alphabet" mysteries to be the best of the Kinsey Milhone series.
I have to admit, I almost didn't buy this book. I thought it would be like a few of the previous Kinsey Millhone novels, predictable and boring. But no, Grafton's back and this one makes up for quite a few stinkers. Great plot, great characters and action. A really good read (listen)start to finish!
Her best story to date. Plot was believable and entertaining. I enjoyed the character's inner thoughts and actions and how Milhorn must solve the mystery without knowledge of that information we have as listeners. I can't wait for the next T is for ???
I enjoyed this book until the end. When we discovered who murdered her I couldn't figure out a what his motive was. There should have been a chapter on Violet's murder. I thought I missed something so I listened again. It just wasn't there. Lots of information was just left hanging at the end.
I do enjoy the narrator
Typical Kinsey, I thought the plot was good. The story had enough of a twist that I did not how how it was going to end until late in he story.
A good read
I have to admit that I was not at all impressed with R is for Ricochet and was really looking forward to the next volume in the series. I also have to admit that I hate reading Sue Grafton's books but Judy Kaye, the reader, is so great and humourous that I have become addicted to Sue Grafton Audio Books. I have all of them (A - S).
In S is for Silence, the flash backs and lack of climax and when the mystery was solved it made no sense to me and I still have no idea what the motive of the killer was. I was also disappointed that they did not focus at all on the previous volumne including no mention of Henry, Rosie, Chaney or any of the other regulars. All in all it wasn't horrible but it was not good at all.
The first half of this was the old Grafton - lots of clues, moved along, great character and plot development; really had me going. Then half way through the mystery was dropped for several parallel romance themes. At the end she decided she should wrap up the mystery, and does so as one reviewer said, out of left field. Have read all her work and been disappointed lately as she has shifted from detective to teen romance. Very disappointed with this one, may not get to Z.
Not like the others.
With the strange bits with other people as the point-of-view characters so that you get to contrast what happened with how people remembered it--or lied about it--later.
At one stage nearly everyone in the book is in the running for the title of chief villain. Well, not Kinsey.
Not sure I loved the ending, but it was the most likely.
Grafton has taken the kind of unusual step of advancing the time of each book by only a year or so, and definitely setting the book in that time. I can see why she did it, not sure how well it works out here, and wonder what happens later.
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I have eagerly awaited each Kinsey adventure, as has my husband. We were both disappointed. While Ms. Grafton's style and character development were excellent as usual, the plot left much to be desired. I thought the ending came out of Left Field and was almost an anti-climax. I am sure the tedious and boring work of a PI is very much like this book; however, it doesn't make for a very enjoyable listen. The talent of the reader goes without saying. She is always superb.
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