A dark psychological thriller that will hold the reader in its grip from beginning to end, Silent Playgrounds is the stunning follow-up to Danuta Reah’s highly praised debut, Only Darkness.
The path through the park runs from the centre of the city into the wilds of the countryside. At weekends the area is a playground for children and walkers, but during the week it is silent and deserted.
When six-year-old Lucy gets lost there one day, her disappearance sparks a chain of events leading to the murder of a young woman. Lucy tries to warn the people she cares about of the danger: she knows that there are monsters lurking in the rambling park, and she knows that they are getting closer.
What should be a straightforward investigation leads DI Steve McCarthy into a web of lies and evasions, where nothing is quite as it seems and everyone seems to be hiding something. With each step forward McCarthy faces new questions, and if he is to prevent an escalation in violence, he has to find some answers – fast.
About the author
Danuta Reah is an educational consultant who has also taught creative writing. She lives in Sheffield. Silent Playgrounds is her second novel.
- Praise for Only Darkness:
- ‘Dark, edgy and compelling, this is a first novel from a writer to watch’The Times
- ‘Balancing a neighbourly ethos of community with a claustrophobic menace of intrusion [Danuta Reah’s] setting becomes as unnerving as any of America’s meanest streets’Sunday Express