Silent Night by C.J. Kyle

November 20th, 2014 Kimberly Review 68 Comments

20th Nov
Silent Night by C.J. Kyle
Silent Night
by C.J. Kyle
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Mystery
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Christmas, Tennessee, is a town where no one locks their doors and the worst crime is a stolen bicycle. Until the night blood is found . . . but there's no body. Police Chief Tucker Ambrose hopes it's just a prank, but his years as a cop in Chicago tell him different. Then a body is discovered in the middle of the woods, staged with a bible, a crucifix, and a rosary . . . and Tucker knows something dark and sinister has arrived in his town. Miranda Harley knows exactly what's going on. In fact, she's been tracking this serial killer, hoping to gather enough evidence to convict him. Trouble is, no one will believe her, not even the sexy police chief whose heated gazes promise nights of sin. But when Miranda falls into the crosshairs of a psychopath, Tucker must put aside his doubts and race to stop the killer from striking again

Are you looking for a little something different to read this holiday season? Silent Night by C.J. Kyle offers up a suspenseful thriller set in the small town of Christmas, Tennessee. It comes complete with a serial killer, a woman on a mission and a sexy police chief trying to protect the innocent. Suspenseful with a side dish of slow-burning romance Silent Night, was an engaging holiday read.

Unexplained blood patterns in the snow, a missing teen, and a body found in the woods with a crucifix, rosary and bible. Something sinister has come to Christmas, Tennessee. I love a good serial murder and this case was an interesting one.

Police Chief Tucker Ambrose left the hustle and bustle of Chicago for the quieter life in Christmas where missing bikes and mischievous pranks are the most pressing cases. I liked Tucker; he was open minded, but thought things out for himself and was not averse to calling in outside help. I was a little disappointed that some of the department characters were cliché’ depicting small-town police officers as incompetent.

Miranda Harley is tracking a serial killer and has arrived in Christmas to gather evidence. A trained nurse, she has dropped everything to catch this killer. She failed once and refuses to fail again. Miranda is stubborn, a bit of a risk taker and not exactly open and honest with the local police chief. I know she was frustrated but I would have liked to see her open up more. Miranda was awkward at times but felt genuine.

I appreciated that the romance in Silent Night was delivered on the side and that solving the case took precedence. It allowed for an element of warmth as we hunted a killer. The relationship that developed was slow burning, with sexual tension as these two tangoed. The attraction felt genuine, and had just enough heat without too much detail thus, allowing this to appeal to a larger audience.

The serial killer is twisted, and I loved the religious angle and methodology the author used. The clues, red herrings and twists were delightful without getting too procedural making it a lighter read. Kyle shared the murders with us, giving us first hand experience with the killer. Silent Night flowed wonderfully and I was hooked from page one. Kyle offered some twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

Silent Night will make a wonderful addition to the bookshelf for fans of suspenseful crime thrillers who don’t mind a dash of romance.

About C.J. Kyle

C.J. Kyle lives in Florida, where the weather is as bipolar as her characters sometimes turn out to be. Besides partaking in all things Jeep-related, she is an avid reader of most genres, loves cooking, watching sports, and thrives on being a wife and mother. She also classifies herself as a geek and nerd, enjoying gaming while thinking about the next scene she has to write.

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68 Responses to “Silent Night by C.J. Kyle”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The serial killer is rather twisted Jen..I think you would like him.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It doesn’t all have to be candy canes and goofy kisses under the can be murder and mayhem!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is one of my favorite elements in a book. It can be historical to futuristic and if it has suspense or mystery it draws me in

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Go with suspense thriller mysteries to dip your toe in Jennifer. This isn’t straight up since it involves a serial killer..this is more crime suspense.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The religion is part of the serial killers profile…there is no message or preaching…just a twisted killer.

  1. Jenny

    “Suspenseful with a side dish of slow-burning romance Silent Night, was an engaging holiday read.”

    You sure know how to sell a girl on a book Kim! I’ve been on a bit of a mystery kick lately and am loving it, so this is going on the list for sure. Love the fact that there’s a slow burn romance in play as well. *runs to Amazon*

    Jenny recently posted: Review: Night Shift
    • kimbacaffeinate

      That is exactly why I loved this..that and I love reading about serial killers..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Standalone reads are refreshing and I hope you get to read this

  2. R_Hunt

    I think this would be right up my alley! A suspense thriller, some romance, and with an added bonus of holiday time thrown in. I just wish she didn’t make the town named Christmas..unless there really is a town with that name there? That seemed over the top to me, but whatever. I will be looking to pick this one soon. I like that the author says she is a geeky nerd 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love romantic suspense if your looking for suggestions let me know 🙂

  3. Candace

    The term ‘crime thrillers’ is one that I think I’m a little scared of. I like mysteries and I like suspense but crime thrillers- I guess I just haven’t found the right ones? Maybe they are too dark? I’m not sure sure. One of these days I just need to go for it though, I’ll probably be surprised!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love them this one is lighter than most since its a romantic suspense

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I enjoy romantic suspense, yeah she got burned once and doesn’t trust.

  4. Katherine

    I’ve been wanting more romantic suspense/thriller type books and this sounds like a good choice! I like the holiday spin to this one. I see romances and cozies all the time with a holiday theme but I don’t think I’ve ever read a Christmas themed book with a serial killer! Going on the TBR!

    Katherine recently posted: Maybe This Christmas - Review
    • kimbacaffeinate

      ha..yes my Grinch-y friend it has a serial killer so all is good!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The religious angle comes from the mind of the serial killer…it is quite creep-tastic

  5. Olivia

    In my opinion it only makes sense that the romance was something off to the side, and seeing as there is a serial killer around, I am glad to know they don’t ignore it and simply fall into each others arms! I have seen quite a few positive reviews for this book, so I look forward to trying it out 🙂 Sounds like the kind of thing I would like!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed Olivia. I love romantic suspense and was glad the romance took a back seat to the murder. Hope you try it 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres and I love the serial killer aspect in Silent Night 🙂 enjoy!

  6. Tyler H Jolley

    I haven’t read a great serial killer mystery since 3 Gates of the Dead. This sounds like it’s along the same lines, I think I’d really enjoy it. Thanks for the review, Kimba!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Someone has internet connection..woot! Yes, the mystery aspect was stronger in this, I liked that it was different from your typical holiday read.