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Review: THE SILENT TWIN, Caroline Mitchell

“The plot is as slippery as an eel”


I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …

Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.

Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.

A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?


I listened to this on audio, rather than read it – I wish I had read it. Why? So that I could have got through it faster! I was desperate to know what the heck was going on, where little Abigail could be, and who had taken her.

The plot is as slippery as an eel, too, because every time you think you’ve got it all figured out, something changes – and your mind changes with it!

This is my first Caroline Mitchell read, but won’t be the last. The clever, subtle use of the paranormal is just enough to give the tale an extra edge, but isn’t over used at all.

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