Andrew Taylor, A Stain on the Silence (2006)

Mini-review (one of the books I rushed through without taking notes while having the flu this weekend).

A British standalone.

Like The Barred Window, this mystery begins with a middle-aged man who is caught up by the past. James is quite satisfied with his wife, his house, his job, when Lily enters his life a second time to tell him he has a young daughter who is involved in a violent death.

From then on we follow James´ story both when he was a teenager, infatuated by his cool school mate Carlo, Carlo´s awkward sister and good-looking stepmother, and the in the present, when James begins to realize that your lying and cheating in the past may come back to haunt you. (Did that make sense at all?)

A bit like Robert Goddard, just better. I bought the book myself.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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11 Responses to Andrew Taylor, A Stain on the Silence (2006)

  1. Oh, looks like something I could sink my teeth into.

  2. Sounds interesting, with the jumping back and forth from the past to the present.

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  3. Margot Kinberg says:

    Dorte – Oh, Andrew Taylor has such a lot of talent! I’m glad you’re featuring one of his novels, and this one looks like a good ‘un. And yes, your mini-review makes sense :-).

  4. Petty Witter says:

    Sorry to hear you have had the flu. Thanks for a great review, short but sweet, yes, it made perfect sense.

  5. Barbara says:

    I’m going to look into this one. Flu or not, notes or not, your mini-review was plenty to make this book tempting to me. Get well soon, Dorte.

  6. Kelly says:

    Yes, it made sense and actually sounds quite good!

  7. Clarissa: the only ´flaw´ for me was that the structure was a bit like “The Barred Window” which I read recently – but it is hardly Taylor´s fault I picked two that had a few things in common right after each other.
    Elizabeth: I am back to work but still have to relax often or my head will go dizzy.
    Margot: I really wondered if it was too convoluted; glad it makes sense.
    Tracy: thank you. I am much better but not at full speed yet.
    Barbara: I´m glad, because it was a great read and something of a pageturner.
    Kelly: the idea is not new, but Taylor does it really well.

  8. Heather says:

    Sounds interesting. Glad to hear you are feeling better.

  9. Ann Best says:

    It did make sense. And speaking of convoluted … I am currently obsessed with watching the Midsomer Murders, a British series that I think is still going but with a different cast than the one in the 90s. I’m on #19 and there are a total 59! This should take me away for a while from everything else I’m supposed to be doing!

    But I am making progress with my second memoir I’m ghost writing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my last post about it. And I’m also glad you’re feeling better.

  10. Erica says:

    Glad you are feeling better, Dorte. i’m now following you on my reader.

  11. Heather: thank you.

    Ann: even though we have watched most of the episodes of Midsomer Murders, I still can´t resist that series.

    Erica: always great to hear that 🙂

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