SILVER by Mark L. Fowler

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RATING: ★★★★☆

A writer murdered.

A reader with a dangerous obsession.

A killer who shouldn’t exist.

When romance novelist Joy Haversham is murdered, she leaves behind a husband, daughter and Silver, a disturbing, unfinished manuscript the publishing world are desperate to read. But her grieving husband, Roger, refuses to allow publication. Roger wants to lock himself away with his memories. But the fans have other ideas.

Nick Slater, a former reporter and successful novelist who covered the trial, remains obsessed with the unanswered questions surrounding Joy’s death. Determined to learn the truth Nick finds himself in trouble. And the evidence he will find is…impossible.

I was sent a copy of Silver by the author, Mark Fowler, in exchange for an honest review. I was hooked by the intriguing description, and I’m glad that I agreed to read it.

The main focus of the story is Nick Slater, a journalist turned fiction writer who has become interested in the case of a murdered author, Joy Havisham, whose killer, Gil Ray, is soon to be released from prison. Nick is attempting to write a book on the case, but the boundaries of biography and fiction become more and more confused as he becomes embroiled in the twisted facts and unanswered questions.

Throughout the book, Nick becomes involved with Grace, the daughter of Joy Havisham. Both have their own agendas and it is unclear who instigated the first meeting, but their relationship soon becomes more than just business. They work together to try and unravel the mystery surrounding Grace’s mother’s death, and become increasingly close with each other in the process.

Meanwhile, Grace’s father, Roger, is plotting revenge for the man who murdered his wife. In his opinion, Gil Ray has not received the punishment he deserves and Roger is intent on changing that. As a highly regarded university professor of technology, he has more than just a few simple tricks up his sleeve with which to may Ray truly pay for his evil act.

However, Ray has other plans. The narration is interspersed with scenes of Ray in prison, during the days leading up to his release. He is a controlling, menacing man who has the ability to manipulate situations in an unnatural way. I don’t know what it was about the way these passages were written, but any scene with Ray in it made me feel intensely uneasy, just adding to the creepiness of the character.

As Silver progresses it becomes clear that there is more to the story than meets the eye, and that Joy Havisham’s murder was not an isolated incident. However, as Nick and Grace come closer to solving the mystery, they’re putting themselves in an increasingly dangerous position. The climax of the story is very tense – will Gil Ray become the ultimate controlling mastermind, or will Nick and Grace be able to stop him before it is too late?

I enjoyed Silver and it was quite different to anything I have read before. Gil Ray is definitely one of the creepiest fictional characters I have encountered. I found the beginning quite slow but I really enjoyed the intensity of the last few chapters.

I would definitely recommend Silver to anyone looking for a mystery thriller with some unpredictable twists and turns.


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