‘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 M.J. Arlidge, you won’t be able to put down The Silent Girls.

What people are saying about The Silent Girls:


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

‘I read this book in less than 24 hours… I was hooked.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘A very creepy procedural with tons of suspects and red herrings and a twist that I didn't see coming… unbearably suspenseful.’ Goodreads reviewer

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. I can’t wait to read the next in this series.’ 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

A dark thriller… I loved the (creepy) dynamics between DI Anna Gwynne and Hector Shaw.’ Goodreads reviewer

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

‘So many unexpected twists and turns and an ending that came as a complete surprise.’ Goodreads reviewer

This title was previously called Come Out to Play.