"S" Is for Silence

"S" Is for Silence

eBook - 2006
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"Cases don't get much colder than that of Violet Sullivan, who disappeared from her rural California town in 1953, leaving behind an abusive husband and a seven-year-old named Daisy. But P.I. Kinsey Millhone has promised Daisy she'll try her best to locate Violet, dead or alive. All signs point to a runaway wife -- the clothes that disappeared; the secret stash of money Violet bragged about; the brazen flirtations she indulged in with local men, including some married ones. Kinsey tries to pick up a trail by speaking to those who remember her -- and perhaps were more involved in her life than they let on. But the trail could lead her somewhere very dangerous. Because the case may have gone cold, but some peoples' feelings about Violet Sullivan still run as hot as ever..." --P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Group US, 2006.
ISBN: 9781429502962
Subjects: Millhone, Kinsey (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Women private investigators -- California -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Electronic books.
California -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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PolyWogg
Mar 19, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
The story is okay, but the characters are depressing.
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
It's a 35-year-old cold case of a missing mom, and the now 40-year-old daughter wants to know what happened to Violet.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Daughter Daisy needs to know what happened so she can move forward in her messed-up life -- did Dad kill her? Did she run away? And why did she take the DOG but not her daughter? The people with info include the husband aka Daisy's Dad, a babysitter who saw her get ready to go out, a best friend, a brother, a car salesman, some men at the local bar, etc. The story bops back and forth from the past to the present, like most cold cases do. And the tension ramps up when Kinsey finds out that not everyone seems to like her looking for Violet...either that or they just don't like the tires on her car.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The characterizations of the kids and what they're thinking or feeling back in '53 seem "off", more like adults guessing how they feel or act, and the interactions come off really clumsy. And I don't think there is a single character that I actually like.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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teemsum
Apr 28, 2018

The storyline is very similar to Q is for Quarry & I didn't like the sexually graphic content towards the end of the story,

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California_girl51
Apr 19, 2012

I have read two of Sue Graftons books, her series of Kinsey Millhone is intreging and full of excitement and bravery. I look forward to reading the hole series. I think it would be a great t.v. show or mini series.

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gailygirl
Nov 26, 2007

gailygirl thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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