SILENT NIGHT By Geraldine Hogan


‘She reached into the pram and placed her hands on the cotton blanket. It was still warm. But her smiling, new baby sister, with her wide blue-grey eyes, was gone…’

Twenty five years later, three bodies are found at a ramshackle cottage in the Irish countryside, and Detective Iris Locke is sick to her stomach. The victims are Anna Crowe and her two young children.

Iris has only recently joined the Limerick Murder Squad. Against her father’s advice, she’s working the narrow lanes and green hills of her childhood. Iris still remembers Anna, who was just a small girl when her baby sister was snatched, never to be seen again. It was one of the cases Iris’s own father never solved, and Iris can’t help but wonder if the two crimes are connected.

She’ll stop at nothing to find Anna justice, but a fire has destroyed almost all of the physical evidence, and Limerick is the same small town she Remembers: everybody protects their neighbours, and Iris has been away for too long.

Can Iris unpick the lies beneath the surface of her pretty hometown, and catch the most twisted individual of her careeer, when reopening old wounds for her team, the rest of the community, and her own father?


This is a great start to a new crime series, well written and a great storyline I loved it, only slight thing the start was a little slow, but when you are learning about new characters it takes time to get know them. The pace picked up once you were into the book as well.

Detective Iris Locke has been waiting to get into the Murder Squad it’s her dream. But nothing is coming up in the area of Ireland where she is, and she knows she could be hanging around for a long time. So when the temporary post of joining the murder team in Limerick is offered to her, despite it not being where she wanted to go she takes it. With the hope there may be a permanent position at the end. Her father Jack Locke had worked as Detective Inspector in this station for many years now retired. Iris has big shoes to fill and lots of people are watching her to see if she is good enough. Other characters are Grady the Inspector of the team, they are currently looking for a new superintendent, but Grady is not really interested in the job, he likes what he does now. We are then introduce to Cullen a bigger lady who comes to the station to be the new superintendent at first she seems like a really nice woman, but it turns out there are a few skeletons in her closet. June Quinn seems to do a lot of paperwork and office based work more than hands on. Then there is Slattery who comes across as a bit of a slob, always smells of alcohol and definitely has a problem with booze. He is married with a daughter but I think they are separated. He lives with a secret which is one of the reasons he drinks so much.

The book opens with Anne Crowe as a young child fussing over her new baby sister, she has named Janey, she adores her baby sister and doesn’t want to leave her side. She leaves her in her pram when her mum insists she goes out to play and run off some energy. She has only gone for a brief time when she feels something has happened, her mother had been hanging washing out, but had gone in doors. Anne ran back to the house, straight to the pram where she had last seen her sister, but she was no longer in her pram, she had completely disappeared.

Twenty five years later a woman and her two children are found, shot and then burnt, this is the case Iris is working on, the dead woman is Anne Crowe and her children. Could the two cases be related? Why would someone want to murder her and her children? With few leads the team are up against it. They have a few suspects but nothing seems to be panning out.

I loved this first book in the series and I look forward to the next hoping to get to know more about Iris and the other members of the murder squad. There is a twist at the end that I didn’t expect. But I highly recommend this book.

Currently available as an ebook on Amazon for 99p a bargain. Also available as an audio book.

I would like to thank netgalley and bookouture for an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.


Geraldine Hogan was born in Ireland. She gained an Honors degree in English Literature and psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate degree in Training and Management from University College, Galway. She is an Irish award winning and best selling author of four contemporary fiction novels under the name Faith Hogan.

Silent night is her first crime novel, her second is due out in December 2019. She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the West of Ireland with her husband , four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a write, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!



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