Silence was an enjoyable thriller, with a few annoyances in the female characters.
Six years ago, Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear. But now her ex boyfriend and former business partner, Eric Fuller, is being framed for her presumed murder in an effort to smoke her out, and Till must find her before tango-dancing assassins Paul and Sylvie Turner do.
The Turners are merely hired to do a job, though, and prefer to remain anonymous. When they find that a middleman has let the true employer know their identities, finishing the job is no longer enough. Their fee just went up. And now they must double-cross the man who wants Wendy dead before he can double-cross them—if their jealousy and cold-blooded calculations don’t result in a fatal lovers’ quarrel first.
Thomas Perry is known for his Jane Whitefield books, about someone leading people into hiding and into new lives. Silence has an interesting twist on this idea– Jack Till coached Wendy Harper in the skills she would need to successfully disappear 6 years ago. Now, he needs to find her, and must unravel the steps she took.
The book switches between views of Jack (& Wendy) and that of Sylvie (& Paul) Turner, the ballroom dancing killers for hire, with occasional looks at other characters. For the most part, the characters were interesting and well written, but I had an issue with each of the two primary female characters.
Sylvie married a killer for hire, and became his partner in his business as well. In the middle of a job (which isn’t going well), she keeps worrying about why he doesn’t show her more affection, does he still love her, is she losing her beauty as she’s aging, and so on. This was distracting and unnecessary.
Wendy’s actions are shaped by her falling in love with Jack during their short acquaintance, when he was teaching her how to escape the person trying to kill her. In spite of this, she marries a man with children, putting them all in danger. I wanted to think she was a different sort of person.
Paul and Sylvie were quite funny, but I found their cavalier attitude towards killing disturbing. I’m not counting this as a flaw, but I did want to mention it as a warning.
There was a twist at the end I didn’t see coming, one that answered the minor problems I had with the plot up until that point. The book kept me listening, and that’s the biggest test of an audiobook.