Broken Silence

  • by Danielle Ramsay
  • Narrated by Mike Rogers
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Who killed Sophie Washington?
Early one cold November morning in the run-down seaside resort of Whitley Bay, the body of a young girl is discovered. Found abandoned five minutes' walk from her home, her face has been mutilated beyond recognition.
DI Jack Brady, just back on active duty after recovering from a vicious shooting incident, is on the edge. Struggling to deal with his marriage break-up and his tortured past, his problems intensify when long-standing friend and colleague DI James Matthews confidentially reveals that he was with the victim the night of her murder.
Brady's loyal deputy, the clean-cut, Detective Sergeant Harry Conrad and the attractive and highly-respected police psychologist, Dr Amelia Jenkins are assigned with Brady to solve the victim's murder. But the investigation becomes increasingly compromised as Brady realises that Matthews is holding something back from him that could be vital to the case.
As Brady delves ever deeper into Sophie's life, he comes to realise that the three men who should have protected her during her short life are the chief suspects in her murder: her teacher, her step-father and a police detective.
Brady finds himself unravelling a metaphorical thread that eventually makes him re-evaluate not only the seemingly blameless life of the victim, but more disturbingly, Matthews's motivation and ultimately his own.

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Where's the editor?

A pretty good whodunnit, brilliantly read. Unfortunately the writer seems to have little idea of correct grammar, word order and the use of adverbs. It becomes very irritating and I can't understand why the editors did not correct these errors. 'Jenkins uncomfortably answered...' 'Brady sceptically asked...' It is very jarring. The reader, however, is excellent and manages all the voices and accents very well.
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- Vivien Tarkirk-Smith

Are there no real Geordies that can read?

I bought this book, as many people must, because it was so specifically set in Whitley Bay. As a (very willing) exile from that town myself I looked forward to hearing the descriptions of the places I know myself - which I did - if a little sketchily. Why go to the trouble of locating a novel quite so specifically, geographically, and then not make use of it except to damn the locality very comprehensively and a little unfairly.

However this is a small point when viewed alongside the inadequacies of the reader! In the descriptive passage he is fine - but his attempt at a Geordie accent is excruciating! This deficiency is, I'm sure, compounded because a higher than average proportion of the listeners are probably from the North East - having chosen the book because of it's local connections.

Surely there must be one genuine Geordie narrator who could have done a better job with this!
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- Jayne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-10-2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Limited