The story takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland shortly after Rea Carlisle inherits her deceased uncle's house. Rea and her mother clean out the house, but there is one room that they can't access because it's locked. Rea eventually gets the door open, and what she discovers sheds a gruesome light on her uncle. On a desk is a catalog of hair, fingernails, and victims.
In an attempt to not ruin her father's political career, Rea is persuaded by her parents to not call the police about the book. So instead Rea calls someone from her past: disgraced former police inspector Jack Lennon. He's got a lot of issues of his own and isn't really eager to help Rea, but a murder spurs Jack to investigate and brings him even deeper into the investigation than he wants.
I could not stop reading this book! The chapters are fairly short and fast-paced, so you just keep turning page after page to find out what happens next. I gotta admit, I was kind of able to figure out a few things before they were revealed, but I wasn't able to figure out specific details and motives, so there were still many elements of surprise.
I also loved the characters and how multi-layered and sympathetic they were. Without giving anything away, there were sub-plots that almost made me cry!
Fair warning: some parts of the book were kind of graphic, so if you're not into reading about people getting murdered, then you shouldn't read this book.
The Final Silence is published by Soho Press and is on bookstore shelves now. I received a free advance review copy at Book Expo America with no obligation to review.