Death’s Silent Judgement by Anne Coates @Anne_coates1 @Urbanebooks #BookReview #AuthorTakeOver

Posted June 19, 2020 by Zoé in Author TakeOver, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

We are back with book 2 and woah there, before I discuss the book, check out the blurb first.

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Death’s Silent Judgement by Anne Coates @Anne_coates1 @Urbanebooks #BookReview #AuthorTakeOverDeath's Silent Judgement by Anne Coates
Series: Hannah Weybridge #2
Published by Urbane Publications on May 11 2017
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 304
Also by this author: Dancers in the Wind, Dancers in the Wind, Songs of Innocence, A Tale of Two Sisters, Perdition's Child, Stage Call

Following the deadly events of Dancers in the Wind, freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is thrown into the heart of a horrific murder investigation when a friend, Liz Rayman, is found with her throat slashed at her dental practice.

With few clues to the apparently motiveless crime Hannah throws herself into discovering the reason for her friend's brutal murder, and is determined to unmask the killer. But before long Hannah's investigations place her in mortal danger, her hunt for the truth placing her in the path of a remorseless killer...

Back with Hannah and my god what a book! I had my heart in my throat in the part of the book, what a thrill this was!

When we meet back with Hannah, she is looking forward to seeing her friend Liz. Liz is recently back from Somalia and running a dental practice in a part of a church. Hannah, goes to see her friend and unfortunately she discovers her body!

This book is refreshing because while there is a police investigation and bodies are dropping but we see everything from Hannah’s point of view. She is a novice in this world, yes she had a hell of time in Dancers in the Wind but that was nothing compared to this outing. She has found a semi happy medium with Janet as her Nannie looking after Elizabeth. Hannah obviously feels parent guilt, she is trying to come to terms with her grief, missing whatever it is she has with Tom, being a mum and working. Also, Liz’s mother Celia has asked Hannah to investigate her death and if that WAS NOT enough, Paul is back, the father to Elizabeth!

To replace Tom, we have a new character in the face of DI Claudia Turner, she is hard one to figure out but it looks like there could be a buddy friendship with her and Hannah. She is however, one I could trust to have my back.

With these books being set in the 1990s it is such a contrast to where we are these days. Mobiles are hardly a common thing, so calls are done the landline and answer phone, making them not only easier to bug but also more difficult to get hold of someone when trying to save their life!

There is so much going on and with the short chapters and Anne’s writing I just flew through this book. This book was over before I realised. It had so much going on, that you just whizz through. So much tension, so much thrill, so much energy!

I do find Hannah so endearing, she could be anyone of us, yet she always ends up with a raw deal and finds herself embroiled in something that can be quite threatening. The darkness in this book is a complete step up from the previous one. It’s a heartbreaking storyline, one that made me struggle not to sob reading it. It was carefully done, yet I still feel on edge because I really don’t think it will be the last we here about it.

Deaths silent judgment is raw, gritty and hard hitting. A lot of dark with some light in thrown in with Elizabeth and James. It will keep you guessing as you really don’t Forsee some things ans I found that something that was mentioned at the beginning, well I forgot until it reared it’s ugly head at the end! It’s an enthralling read and it is one to keep you reading in the late hours of the night.

Until next time xxx

Check out a snippet from the audiobook

About Anne Coates

I love reading and the type of fiction I write is what I like to read. So my very short stories are often tales with a twist and the longer ones explore relationships – often within a family. Most of these stories were published first in Bella, Candis and other magazines and now appear in two collections published by Endeavour Press.

My debut thriller, “Dancers in the Wind”, was published by Urbane Publications in October 2016. This book is a result of an interview I did for a national newspaper and afterwards I thought “What if…” and so Hannah Weybridge came into existence and she continues her life in “Death’s Silent Judgement” published in May 2017 and “Songs of Innocence” (May 2018) again by Urbane Publications. The fourth book in the series, “Perdition’s Child” will be published in March 2020. You can find out more about my writing at

Journalism has led me into diverse fields from human interest stories to health and beauty to travel and parenting and so just over seven years ago I founded the website: writing about what inspires (or upsets) me and hosting articles and reviews by other writers and parents. This led to two parenting guides again published by Endeavour Press.

Before that I had written three books (two for Wayland) including “Your Only Child” (Bloomsbury) plus two books about applying to and surviving university published by Need to Know.

I live in SE London with three demanding cats and enjoy going to the theatre and cinema and socialising with friends. You can find out more about the parenting website on twitter @ParentingWT or more about what I am up to @Anne_Coates1

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