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SILENT (a psychological thriller, combining mystery, crime and suspense) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1159 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Agamemnon Independent Publishing (January 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNESYV4
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D. M. Mitchell has been compared to Ruth Rendell, Martina Cole, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Linwood Barclay, Dickens and even the Bronte sisters! This wide array of writing styles is appropriate - though Mitchell is known for his psychological thrillers, he is determined that each of them will be different, so they might be set in different eras, may be straightforward thrillers or have a supernatural or horror twist, and he avoids like the plague the standard and unimaginative serial killer format! You'll find he uses different styles of writing to suit different types of books - it also keeps him from getting bored...

D. M. Mitchell was born into a small mining community in Yorkshire, England. His career advisor said he had two options - go down the mines or become a policeman. Being scared of the dark and never having much meat on his bones, he declined both and in his early years bounced like a pinball from job to job - warehouses, cinema projectionist, market trader, salesman - you get the picture. He sort of made a success of himself and now lives in a money-pit of a cottage in a tiny village in the cream tea heart of the South West of England.

His first remembered attempt at pushing the boundaries of creative writing was during a school lesson at the age of nine. Titled simply 'Rain' his proud masterpiece began with 'It started to rain' then there followed eight pages of nothing but the words 'pitter-patter', concluding with 'and then it stopped'. It was handed over and duly reviewed by his brick wall of a teacher, whose eyebrows flickered up and down ominously, his cheeks flushing bright red, before declaring it total rubbish. He tore it up into ribbons, showered him with his first, and no doubt only tickertape ceremony, and gave him a meaty slap around the head (they could do that sort of thing in 1967). He made him write 'I will not write stupid things for eight pages' for eight pages. Thus he learnt a number of valuable early lessons - the meaning of irony, writing is very subjective, everyone's a critic, and no-one likes a smart-arse.

He persevered, his first novel appearing in 1986 and disappearing into the attic the same year. It's still up there. Many manuscripts later he used to save the piles of rejection slips to paper his bare walls. So the adage is, keep at it, in these times of economic depression you'll soon have the house fully redecorated. Nowadays, writing is the one thing he feels totally comfortable with, except perhaps for a cup of Horlicks on a cold winter's night when the rain goes pitter-patter against the window panes (there it is again...).

Characterisation is an important and noticeable aspect of all Mitchell's novels. It allows him to be whoever he wants to be when he gets fed up of being himself, which is quite often. So too is a sense of mystery and the exploration of the darker side to humanity. There are always strong elements of a complex puzzle to be solved in a D M Mitchell novel, many disparate parts ultimately coming together, tragedy and comedy sitting side by side. As in life, nothing is as it first seems. He takes a keen interest in history, a thread which runs through his writing, whether it's the 1960s or 1970s, as in 'Max' and 'Pressure Cooker', or the Victorian 1880s, as in 'The House of the Wicked'.

His favourite novelists include Barry Unsworth, Thomas Hardy, John Steinbeck and Graham Swift. Top two favourite historical books: Culloden, by John Prebble and The Face of Battle by John Keegan. He also collects first edition novels and takes a keen interest in anything old, tatty and in need of love and restoration. His wife says he needs to get out more.

He has three grown children and also enjoys photography, painting and walking the Blackdown Hills with his wife and an overly excitable Border Terrier - or is that an overly-excitable wife and a Border Terrier... One of the two.

He'd like to thank his growing legion of fans for allowing him to practice being a writer and sharing in his strange and lurid imaginings.

The story 'Rain' has not yet been made available on Kindle...



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This is the first book I have ever read from author D. M. Mitchell and it was freaky good. It is set in the perfect time period (late 1920's) for the story line. Actor Rick Mason has been in a few flop movies and has been told by Prima movie company that he's done with them. To make things worse, he gets kicked out of his apartment, and this all happens in the same day. Things do start to look up for him though. He meets a beautiful lady Betsy and her over-protective brother Davey and gets to stay with them for a little while. His agent says a different movie company wants to meet with him and then a lawyer from Europe tracks him down to say he is to receive a huge inheritance from his unknown father. Without giving anything away, things get very interesting from that point on. The story line is easy enough to follow along with, but I did not see the ending come like it did. That threw me for a loop. I did notice a few editing errors though. One was in the very beginning, Rick was called Nick in a conversation, and the other was like someone hit the wrong key when typing a word. Just minor things but they did stick out. Other than that, this was a freaky, good thriller.
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By tjs on December 11, 2014
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Story for the most part kept me wanting more. Some parts were slow and pondering, but again kept me interested. Gave only three stars as there were many typos/errors and because I do not appreciate an ending that REQUIRES me to purchase the sequel. The author should trust not only me, but his own ability as a story teller knowing I will WANT to move on to the sequel. Frustrating.
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I nearly stopped reading this book as soon as I became aware of the era in which it was based. I am not generally a fan of stories that encompass a time that even my beloved grandmother would be hard pressed to remember. (Classics aside, of course) I found this story intriguing and enthralling from the beginning. The desire to uncover the mysteries of the past and how it all relates to the present times of the main characters kept me engrossed. I was admittedly surprised by the turn of events in the end. As someone who generally reads between 8 to 10 books a week, I am always impressed to find an author skilled enough to develop a plot line that I do not have figured out within the first few chapters. I would have loved an afterword that gave us readers a glimpse into what happened to Rick and Davey (aka Peter) after the final chapter. If that is the only issue I can find lacking in this book, then the author should feel pleased to have gained a new fan and I am looking forward to reading his other works.
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I was excited about finding a new author after reading "Flinders Field." I'm not into horror or psychological terror, but I loved F.F. I then chose "Silent." Talk about formulaic. Even with the twist at the end, it was such a disappointment. I'm not giving up on you, however, Mr. Mitchell, because I so loved F.F. I'm thinking maybe it's me. Maybe Silent was just so hip, I would have gotten it if I had been hipper. Anyway, I kept expecting Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner to jump out and shout, "Surprise!" That didn't happen either. Yet another disappointment. (heavy sigh)
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I downloaded this out of boredom and was shockingly surprised. An antiquated and cliched premise that evolved into a genuinely good read. It was a perfect "beach read"-- involving & entertaining without requiring a lot of mental gymnastics. I enjoyed it. Period.
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It was hard putting the book down. It was a page turner from beginning to end. I didn't expect the ending which I just loved because so many stories out there are so predictable. I wish it had a few more chapters to answer some lingering questions I have.
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By 2728brat on November 9, 2013
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I enjoyed this book. It was slow in the beginning but then you started to draw my attention i became pulled into the characters the lead character was portrayed perfectly and kept your attention i would recommend this book for people to read but i would have changed the ending read it to find out for yourself.
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This book was one that was recommended according to previous books I've read in the thriller category. I gave it a shot. I had a hard time getting into the story it started off slow. When it finally got going, then Rick professes his love for Betsey after a few days after meeting her. That was my signal on how the story was going to play out. Despite all the attempted twists and turns with the plot, it just got more ridiculous. I flipped through the last chapter to get it over with.
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