Category Archives: Ann Troup

**Blog Tour** The Silent Girls by Ann Troup



Today it’s my turn on the blog tour for The Silent Girls by the very talented Ann Troup, hosted by Jenny at Neverland blog tours. I’m really happy to be part of this blog tour, as I really enjoyed The Silent Girls, you can read my review further down the page.



Book Description

What if everything you knew was a lie…
This house has a past that won’t stay hidden, and it is time for the dead to speak.
Returning to Number 17, Coronation Square, Edie is shocked to find the place she remembers from childhood reeks of mould and decay. After her aunt Dolly’s death Edie must clear out the home on a street known for five vicious murders many years ago, but under the dirt and grime of years of neglect lurk dangerous truths.

For in this dark house there is misery, sin and dark secrets that can no longer stay hidden. The truth must come out.
Finding herself dragged back into the horrific murders of the past, Edie must find out what really happened all those years ago. But as Edie uncovers the history of the family she had all but forgotten, she begins to wonder if sometimes it isn’t best to leave them buried.

An unforgettable and addictive story, perfect for fans of Lesley Thomson, Diane Chamberlain and Tracy Buchanan.

links to buy

Amazon UK


About Ann Troup

Ann Troup tells tales and can always make something out of nothing (which means she writes books and can create unique things from stuff other people might not glance twice at). She was once awarded 11 out of 10 for a piece of poetry at school – she now holds that teacher entirely responsible for her inclination to write.

Her writing space is known as ‘the empty nest’, having formerly been her daughters bedroom. She shares this space with ten tons of junk and an elderly Westie, named Rooney, who is her constant companion whether she likes it or not. He likes to contribute to the creative process by going to sleep on top of her paperwork and running away with crucial post-it notes, which have inadvertently become stuck to his fur. She is thinking of renaming him Gremlin.

She lives by the sea in Devon with her husband and said dog. Two children have been known to remember the place that they call home, but mainly when they are in need of a decent roast dinner, it’s Christmas or when only Mum will do. She also has extremely decent stepchildren.

In a former incarnation she was psychiatric nurse, an experience which frequently informs her writing. She has also owned a cafe and an art/craft gallery. Now she only makes bacon sandwiches as a sideline, but does continue to dabble with clay, paint, paper, textiles, glue…you name it. Occasionally she may decide to give away some of these creations (you have been warned!).


To learn more about Ann Troup visit






This is the first book I have read by Ann Troup, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, I must admit I picked it up with some trepidation. I found The Silent Girls slow to start, but Ann spends the time building up the layers of the story, and it’s characters, which is not a bad thing, and in fact added to the anticipation of what was to come. Edie returns to Coronation Square where many years before Five women were brutally murdered, the murders were solved and a man was hung for them, but as Ann weaves the threads of a fine plot, you can sense that there were more to these murders than first Thought.

Not long after Edie arrives at her aunts house, a host of characters enter her life, some of them were very likeable, others the complete opposite. The characters are well developed, and I especially liked reading about Edie and her blossoming friendship with the homeless Sophie. Again Ann builds on her characters strand by strand, so you feel like you really get to know them, warts and all!

I was very impressed with Ann’s ability to describe things, I really could imagine Dolly’s squalid house, and the darkness surrounding 17 Coronation Square, where secrets lay in every corner, waiting to be revealed. What starts out as a relatively straight forward task for Edie (sorting out her aunts house), soon becomes something much darker, as secrets from her family’s past start to unravel strand by strand, setting off a chain of events that lead to a nail biting conclusion.

All in all The Silent Girls was an enjoyable read, with a well developed plot and descriptions that help the reader to conjure up both the atmosphere and the surroundings in her book. Ann has certainly crafted a beautifully written book, with descriptions that bring the whole story to life, and I for one will be reading Ann’s first book The Lost Child soon.

Publisher: Carina; ePub ed edition (18 Feb. 2016)

4☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5


**Stacking The Shelves**


Here’s my round up of stacking the Shelves hosted by Stacking the Shelves highlight books which have been received In a week. Paper books, e-books, ARC’s received, books bought or borrowed, are all included.

ARC’s received


Time To say Goodbye by S D Robertson

Book description

A heart-rending story about the unique bond between a father and his daughter, for fans of Jojo Moyes and John Green – for anyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to get one last chance to say goodbye.


Will Curtis’s six-year-old daughter, Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And he’s going to do everything he can to keep his word.

What Will doesn’t know is that the promise he made to his little girl might be harder to keep than he imagined. When he’s faced with an impossible decision, Will finds that the most obvious choice might not be the right one.

But the future is full of unexpected surprises. And father and daughter are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together . . .

Publishers: Avon 11th February 2016 

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza



Book description

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

Publishers: Bookouture 12th February 2016

Tainted Love by Kimberley Chambers


Book description

Three Butlers
Two weddings.
One funeral.
The explosive new novel from the Sunday Times #1 bestselling author Kimberley Chambers.

Times are changing in the East End, from bad to worse . . .

Despite the love they share, Bella’s and Michael’s lives seem to be continually throwing grenades in their path to true happiness. Bella’s dark secret is threatening to spiral out of control – and has the power to destroy the Butler brothers’ bond once and for all . . .

Meanwhile, Little Vinny has truly turned over a new leaf and is doing everything he can to be a good husband and father. He doesn’t want to follow in his old man’s footsteps, but the apple never falls far from the tree, and despite everything he’s done to wipe the slate clean, his past is about to catch up with him.

Everyone knows the Butler family’s reputation – you don’t mess with them unless you’ve got a death wish. But there’s someone out there doing the unthinkable – and they are aiming for the heart of the family.

It feels like the end of a golden era – could it finally be the end of the Butlers?

Publisher: Harper collins 11th February 2016

The Silent Girls by Ann Troup


Book description

From the bestselling author of The Lost Child, unfortunately there is no description available for this book

Publishers: Carina 18th February 2016

I also won a copy of Sewing the Shadows Together over at

Sewing The Shadows Together by Alison Baillie



Book description

Can you ever get over the death of your sister? Or of your best friend? More than 30 years after 13-year-old Shona McIver was raped and murdered in Portobello, the seaside suburb of Edinburgh, the crime still casts a shadow over the lives of her brother Tom and her best friend Sarah. When modern DNA evidence shows that the wrong man was convicted of the crime, the case is reopened. So who did kill Shona? Sarah and Tom are caught up in the search for Shona’s murderer, and suspicions fall on family and friends. The foundations of Sarah’s perfect family life begin to crumble as she realises that nothing is as it appears. Dark secrets from the past are uncovered, and there is another death, before the identity of the real killer is finally revealed… Set in Edinburgh, the Outer Hebrides and South Africa, Sewing the Shadows Together is a thoroughly modern murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the end. Filled with characters who could easily be friends, family or people we work with, it asks the question: Do we ever really know the people closest to us?

Publishers: Matador 7th August 2015

Please feel free to leave a comment on what Books you’ve received this week or if you have any book recommendations the book review cafe would love to hear them