Dead Silent is the 2nd Poppy Sinclair book by Sharon Jones
When Poppy Sinclair and her boyfriend visit snowy Cambridge, she doesn't expect to discover the body of a student - arms outstretched in the act of smearing bloody angel wings on the chapel's floor. Suddenly, Poppy is faced with the possibility that the one closest to her heart might be the one committing the most malicious of crimes. Dodging porters and police, dreading what she might find, Poppy follows the clues left by a murderer bent on revenge... Long-hidden secrets are chillingly revealed, an avenging angel seeks forgiveness and red-hot vengeance must be quelled in the amazing new Poppy Sinclair thriller.
- Published by Hachette Children's Books/Orchard Books on Feb 6th 2014 - ISBN: 9781408327562
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: I hadn't read book one Dead Jealous before reading Dead Silence, but other than a few references to previous events it didn't really matter and Dead Silent works as a standalone novel.
The plot sees Poppy and her boyfriend Michael visiting Cambridge Uni. Her Dad works there and Michael is attending an application interview. Where book one dealt with not only the mystery element but also Poppy and Michael going from best friends to a couple. Dead Silent shows them coming to turns with their new relationship, whilst planning for the future. I really liked them together because they're cute and kinda awkward. Poppy is forced to face her issues with her father, religion and being a teenager.
As they arrive a student is found brutally murdered in strange circumstances. Poppy is determined to find out what happened (much to Michael and her Dad's annoyance). Everything is not what it seems at Cambridge. The odd hints towards the supernatural were very cleverly woven into the story.
Poppy constantly made me laugh, although possibly not intentionally. She's impulsive, kinda bratty at times (poor Michael) and I found her neurotic moments really entertaining. In the midst of tracking a killer Poppy is dealing with the normal teenage dramas as well as some not-so-normal ones.
3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!