‘In this country, women are the property of men. Let me do something shocking for a female here. Let me buy you a drink and tell you the everyday circumstances of life that exists in this country, the world outside refuses to believe. And when I finish, if you don’t see it as I do, I won’t ask for your help. You’re not in a hurry, I hope?’
I was a newspaperman and she was a lovely woman with a tale to tell with her hand in her pocket to buy me a drink.
No, I wasn’t in a hurry.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: A powerful new thriller from a critically-acclaimed and bestselling author.
Star investigative reporter Ralph Buchanan’s glory days are behind him. His newspaper has banished him to Pakistan, not knowing the greatest moment of his long career is waiting for him there.
When Simone Jasnin asks him to help expose a grave injustice, he finds himself embroiled in a harrowing tale that began in a dusty settlement in rural Punjab, setting in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.
Seven years later in the city of Lahore, members of a prominent family are being brutally murdered one by one. The only clue is a hand-carved wooden bangle left at the scene of each crime.
As the list of suspects grows and the tension mounts, Ralph realises the answers might be closer to home than he ever thought possible.
Solving the mystery will put him back on top but at what cost?
Only when the smoke clears will the killing stop and honour be satisfied…
MY THOUGHTS: I was privileged enough to have read Owen’s original manuscript for this book, then titled The Blue Rock, several years ago. It blew me away then and, even though this must be my fourth or fifth reading, its impact has not diminished.
This is a powerful book. Contemporary faction, because it happens every day. Even here in New Zealand, a brother killed his sister recently for bringing dishonor upon his family. I was tempted to classify Out of the Silence as horror. It is horrific what people do to one another, are able to justify to themselves and others, and are actually proud of themselves.
Owen doesn’t pull any punches with his writing. He tells it as it is, and demonstrates a great deal of understanding and knowledge while still writing with compassion.
A big thank you to Owen Mullen for having the courage to write this book, and for his perseverance in his quest to get it published. A big thank you too, to Bloodhound Books for publishing Out of the Silence.
If you only read one book this year, make it Out of the Silence. It is impossible to read and not be moved.
THE AUTHOR: Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year
And So It Began earned a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club ⭐Star Pick.
Owen Mullen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; Owen still loves to perform on occasion. His great love for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home away from home in the Greek Islands where the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’, and the In Harm’s Way psychological thriller were created.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to author Owen Mullen for allowing me to read the early draft, and Bloodhound Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Out of the Silence for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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