Firstly I wish to thank Emma Welton of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for OUT OF SILENCE by Owen Mullen
Star investigative reporter Ralph Buchanan’s glory days are behind him. His newspaper has banished him to Pakistan, not knowing the greatest moment of his long career is waiting for him there.
When Simone Jasnin asks him to help expose a grave injustice, he finds himself embroiled in a harrowng tale that began in a dusty settlement in rural Punjab, setting in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.
Seven years later in the city of Lahore, members of a prominent family are being brutally murdered, one by one. The only clue is a hand-carved wooden bangle left at the scene of each crime.
As the list of suspects grows and the tension mounts, Ralph realises the answers might be closer to home than he ever thought possible.
Solving the mystery will put him back on top but at what cost?
Only when the smoke clears will the killing stop and honour be satisfied…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Owen Mullen has brought to life some amazing characters in his previous books but this story took me in a totally new direction that made me feel so very humble. In a modern world it seems that technology has developed at a much faster rate than the humans that made it have. The story is set in the Punjab region of Pakistan where men are holding on to their cultural ways of being the superior beings to the female population. This is not an easy read, not a coffee break filler, this is a deep, violent and heart breaking, not something you can shake off, put out of your mind and get back on with your own life.
When Afra is sold to a wealthy family she has to face a daily bombardment of physical and mental abuse, rape and impossible tasks to complete. When she was a child her playmate Jameel was her soul mate and it is only the thought of him that gives her the will to live. Unknowingly Afra and Jameel are in the same town. Harrowing and haunting scenes take place that totally enraged me. But a few years down the line the tables are turned with clear clues for the guilty to know who is responsible.
Owen Mullen set a corking scenario in the first half of the book with perfect graphic descriptions of Afra as a child that has her humanity stripped away. I hated these brothers with a passion. The second half of the book revolves round solving who is out for revenge against the three brothers. I simply couldn’t feel any sympathy for any of them. This is like the heads and tails of Mullen. Each half of the story is so very different but he has nailed it in every possible way.
This for me is Owen Mullen’s best work yet. It is brutal, raw and meaningful. Fly on the wall realism that won’t go away.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; he still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where In Harm’s Way and the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’ were created and written. His latest novel Out Of The Silence is a truly compelling thriller set in Pakistan