I hadn’t read any books by Joy Dettman before The Silent Inheritance. I found myself picking it up every time I walked into a book shop, but then I would put it back. This week I thought, you know what? Just buy it! And I did.
Choosing The Silent Inheritance was one of the best decisions I made this week. I enjoyed every page. The main story line revolves around the life, secrets and heartache of Sarah Carter and her daughter Marni, but there are so many other stories intertwined, some of them quite dark like that of the serial killer.
In the beginning I was a little bit put off by the language of the book; it was confusing and hard to read. However it wasn’t long before it became clear why it was written in this manner. So please, if you have tried to read this book but put in down because of the first few chapters or so, persevere because it is well worth finishing.
I will admit I found it hard to read the chapters about the serial killer dubbed “The Highway Killer”. I wanted to skip them but I didn’t because I felt it was important to the overall story to know what everyone was feeling.
Sarah and her daughter Marni were strong and likeable characters, as was Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Hunter (I loved him). In fact all of the characters in the book were really interesting.
Now I come to a very hard part to write about, the book’s ending. I have mixed feelings and am not sure how to write it down without giving too much away or discouraging anyone from reading this book; because I loved it.
I think the main thing I find hard to cope with is that I didn’t get the closure I needed for most of the characters in the book; including Sarah, Marni, Ross, Dani (and her family), Bob, basically everyone who featured in the story. Maybe this was how it was meant to be; perhaps there is a sequel planned, or am I the only one who felt this way?
But the book’s ending didn’t alter my overall opinion. Quite the opposite, it left me wanting more, more, more. I totally enjoyed every page and if there isn’t a sequel planned that’s OK, because it doesn’t spoil the fact that it was a great Australian novel.
I will definitely be looking for more Joy Dettman books in the future.
It’s 5/5 stars from me.