I started reading this book just after I finished Red Dragon (from the Hannibal Lecter series) and really found the similarities quite overwhelming at times. I was a major fan of the Hannibal Lecter series, so finding something that seemed to be a lot similar really interested and excited me, however that excitement didn't last very long.
The opening paragraphs of The Silent Girls really impressed me. They built up an intense, gripping story which I was hoping would play out throughout the book, sadly this was not the case.
The story begins with the gruesome murder of a woman by a demonic, disfigured child who the woman thinks is just dressing up for Halloween. In my head I thought, okay, this is already starting to live up to its horror description on the cover of the book, however we do not meet this child again until the very end. The story in-between is a mixture of uninteresting, unoriginal gabble which seems to go on forever without any real direction or conclusion.
As I said at the beginning, this book seems to take a lot of its influence from Red Dragon. The majority of the book focuses on the disappearance of a number of young girls. With ex-cop Frank Rath on the case and a number of detectives, I feel they couldn't even find their glasses if they were sitting on top of their heads!
The story falls flat, with little explained or even a memorable ending. Even after reading this book, the title still makes no sense to me. The Silent Girls, was it a horror, detective series, romance novel....? Guess I'll never know, but then again not sure I really want to...