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Silent Voices (Vera Stanhope 4)
by Ann Cleeves | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by wingPlum-crazywing of Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on 6/11/2012
Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by wingPlum-crazywing from Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once, it's a death from natural causes. But closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim's throat ...

Doing what she does best, Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing staff and those connected to the victim, while she and colleague Sergeant Joe Ashworth work to find a motive.

While Joe struggles to reconcile his home life with the demands of the job, Vera revels being back in charge of an investigation. Death has never made her feel so alive. And when they discover that the victim had worked in social services and was involved in a shocking case involving a young child it seems the two are somehow connected. But things are rarely as they seem ...  

Journal Entry 2 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, March 20, 2014

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I've followed this series from the start & enjoyed them all - & this was no exception. Cleeves' style is not of the gory, gritty variety but built up with a cleverly constructed storyline & credible characterisation.

Book V TV
As much as I love the series I've never got to grips with the TV version "Vera". While I liked Brenda Blethyn's portrayal, it's not the vision of Vera that I'd built up in my mind over the years & the series failed to hold my interest - unlike the books which have me gripped! It's hard to believe it's 15 years since I read "The Crow Trap" (I remember getting it from the library when it came out) but it had always left me with the impression of Vera being a large, ungainly woman (indeed that was reinforced in this book) but also a lesbian & there was a throwaway comment in this tale about her "never having known a man" although the remark seemed to be indicative of the lack of love/sex in her life rather than her sexuality (if that makes sense!). It seems to me that the character has changed over the 4 books & is becoming more like the TV character - maybe I need to revisit "The Crow Trap" etc to see where I got my impressions from....or maybe it's all my imagination!

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- thanks for journaling so promptly AnonymousFinder :o)


Journal Entry 3 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Wigtown, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, March 21, 2014

6 out of 10

well written not my choice of subject . 

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