Two women share one fate.
A suspected murder at an English Farm. A reported suicide at a local quarry.
Can DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather the evidence and discover a link between them, a link which sealed their fate one cold night, Under a Silent Moon?
A tense, compelling and unsettling novel mystery brimming with source material and evidence set over just six days, Under a Silent Moon will keep you gripped until the very last page and asks:
Can you connect the clues and name the Killer?
P. D. James meets E. L. James in this exciting new British crime series-a blend of literary suspense and page-turning thriller that introduces formidable Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith-from suspense talent Elizabeth Haynes, author of the bestselling Into the Darkest Corner
“Elizabeth Haynes is the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time.”-Sophie Hannah
In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman’s body inside was found at the bottom of the pit.
As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths-a bond that sealed their terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.
In this first entry in a compelling new detective series, Elizabeth Haynes interweaves fictional primary source materials-police reports, phone messages, interviews-and multiple character viewpoints to create a sexy, edgy, and compulsively readable tale of murder, mystery, and unsettling suspense.
I would not buy this book based on the cover alone. Reading outside my go-to genres has not been treating me well. I was not “gripped until the very last page”, like the Goodreads summary suggests. This is supposed to be an exciting crime novel, but I found it to be very boring. I received this book for free in exchange for a review from TLC Book Tours. I thought this book was going to be very interesting because it has all of the police crime reports interspersed throughout the novel, however I found it to be tiresome and boring. The book starts off by introducing so many characters, that I could not keep track of who anyone was, and I had to keep turning back to try and remember. The police reports and witness statements really interrupted the already hard to follow story, and didn’t seem at all necessary. I felt like they were thrown in to the book in odd places, and repeated exactly what I just read from the characters. I know police work isn’t as exciting as it is on TV, but I didn’t realize fictional murder could be so dull. I didn’t get a connection with any of the characters, and really didn’t care about who the killer was, or what was going to happen next. This definitely was not a page-turner. Overall this book was NOT FOR ME. I think I will stick with young adult books from now on.
Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst, a civilian role that involves determining patterns in offending and criminal behavior. Dark Tide is her second novel; rights to her first, Into the Darkest Corner, have been sold in twenty-five territories. Haynes lives in England in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son.