Under a Silent Moon: A Novel

Under a Silent Moon: A Novel

by Elizabeth Haynes


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ISBN-13: 9780062276025
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Series: Briarstone Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,330,471
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Haynes is a former police intelligence analyst, a civilian role that involves determining patterns in offending and criminal behavior. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner, Dark Tide, Human Remains, and, most recently, Under a Silent Moon, the first installment of the Briarstone crime series.

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Under a Silent Moon 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Haynes writes crime thrillers - darn good crime thrillers. I've read and really enjoyed her previous three books and was eager to get my hands on her latest - Under a Silent Moon. Haynes's first three books have been stand-alones, but the publisher's blurb lists Under a Silent Moon as the first in a new series. The protagonist is Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith. Louisa leads her first murder case when a young woman is found dead in a small village. The case doubles when another woman is found dead nearby, in what looks to be a suicide. And there more than geographical connections between the two women. Can the crime be a simple as a murder-suicide? Nope...... Haynes lays out a meticulous trail for the reader to follow as Louisa and her team struggle to make sense of the conflicting clues and information they gather. Connections and tendrils are there - as readers we know a bit more than the police. And a single little sentence lets us see what might happen. I was quite tempted to peek at the last few chapters 'just to see', but managed not to. And really, you wouldn't want to spoil this deliciously plotted thriller by reading out of turn. Haynes kept me guessing as to who the guilty party might be for quite awhile. I love British crime novels. The solving of the crime is done with step by step police work rather than guns drawn and blazing. It is this aspect that I really enjoy and Haynes does a phenomenal job. Her job as a police intelligence analyst brings so much authenticity and detail to all of her books. (The case documents of the crime in Under a Silent Moon are included as an appendix) And for those who want more, Haynes has written a great post on the technicalities of Under a Silent Moon. The secondary storyline in Under a Silent Moon revolves around the personal lives of the team, notably Louisa. This was a great introduction to a team I hope to see more of. But, the private lives of the team figure significantly into the main plot as well. I really enjoyed Under a Silent Moon. It was clever, authentic and a real page turner. I can't wait for the next book from Haynes!
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BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Recently, and still today, I've been dealing with some personal issues that have made reading difficult so I had trouble connecting with Under a Silent Moon at first. I'm glad I kept on, though, because I ended up enjoying it for the most part, enough that I plan to re-read it when I'm in a more receptive state of mind. Multiple points of view can be confusing sometimes and I do think there were too many characters, some quite unnecessary to the story, but the author gave us a cast of characters that helped a good deal. The multiple POVs offered a broader look at things and I did like that; this style allows the reader to know more than any individual character and, while I wouldn't want it in all books, it's a nice change now and then. Lou Smith has all the earmarks of a detective with some experience but thrust into her first major crime as a DCI. Some mistakes are made but she shows herself to be a contender and that her promotion was well-deserved. Her investigative techniques are valid and mostly successful; less successful are various personal relationships but the ending of this book leads me to think some of those issues will be resolved in the next one. Hopefully, those relationships will have more depth to them then. On the whole, I did enjoy Under a Silent Moon and, as I mentioned before, I'll be reading it again when I'm in a better frame of mind. I like Lou and want to spend more time with her.
SeaKyle More than 1 year ago
Too many characters were introduced quickly at the beginning. That being said, the characters were all well written and/or you get a good sense of them. The story gets going quite late but all-in-all, it was a good read. Not suspenseful to me but the twists were intriguing. I will be reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The format was much too diisjointed thus difficult to keep track of both characters and storyline otherwise great plot and well developed main players
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I marked good, but I was disappointed. Too many characters to keep track of, maybe it will be easier to read the next book? I didn't much like the format either. But I love EH's books, so I could never mark one below good.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
So I have to tell a personal story, and if you don’t like it, that’s just tough bananas and crackers. Sometimes it pays to wander around aimlessly in the middle of a mystery conference. You never know what wonderful solutions you might stumble upon. In this particular instance, I happened upon Elizabeth Haynes, and her newest novel UNDER A SILENT MOON. Of course, I had to bypass a slightly impaired individual first, who when I asked her, “What’s everybody in line for?” She promptly and without the slightest hint of a smirk or a smile responded, “A book signing.” Thank you, Captain Obvious. Here would have been the perfect opportunity to offer up any number of wisecracks, all of which slipped right on by me in my semi-agitated state. But I walked around, burned off a bit of steam, and discovered a treasure trove when I made it all the way to the front of the line. I received one signed ARC courtesy of Elizabeth Haynes and one signed hardcover courtesy of Alafair Burke, so yeah, I’d say it was worth the trouble. I also conveyed to Ms. Haynes how much I enjoyed INTO THE DARKEST CORNER, and I didn’t even need to fib. That alone probably could have put Albany on the map for me, but there are other stories to tell. None of which have anything remotely to do with this novel, so I’ll save them for another round on the merry-go-round. Unfortunately, though, my complete intoxication made her newest novel just an okay read for me. Sure, it was a police procedural; sure, Louisa Smith or Lou for short has a soft voice, a sweet body, and a good head above her breastbone; sure, there was more than one body deader than a skunk on the side of the road; sure, the pace moved along in a rather efficient manner once I dipped a bit more than my toes in the water; sure, there was more than one bout of suffocation sexcapades that really set my imagination afire; and sure, the women and men were all equal parts intriguing and mind-boggling. And there might have even been a free love department marathon, not that yours truly was complaining. But this novel didn’t make my toes curl, the way her debut novel did. I mean that was a serious mindgasm, and this was merely a minor mindgasm. And I know I shouldn’t compare the two novels, and I know Ms. Haynes can write circles around plenty of writers and still have a few more spins left in the tank, and I know I probably would have enjoyed this novel had I not read her debut novel, but I can’t erase the image of that particular masterpiece from the equation, since it touched me on some deeper level, and nearly caused me to forget who I was for about six hours. While this tale just was strictly a wee bit of entertainment. Oh, and I’d be a bit remiss, if I didn’t mention the situation near the end of this story, so cover your eyes and ears, if you’d prefer not to see how your eggs are cooked. *BEGIN SPOILER* Suzanne Martin was a perfectly excellent villain, and might have been a bit too smart for her own good. But, seriously, you’re going to spout off the entire story of how you killed Polly Leuchars to Andrew Hamilton. I don’t care if he’s an investigative moron, and you’re going to turn around and drug him later, and even if he was a rather entertaining shag for a few hours. *END SPOILER* Otherwise, I’d say we’re doing just fine here. Just not fine enough for my heightened expectations. I received this ARC for free at Bouchercon. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator