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Dead Silence | [Brenda Novak]

Dead Silence

There's a body buried behind a Mississippi farmhouse. Grace Montgomery knows who it is, and she knows why it happened. She was only 13 the night it all went wrong. And now, like then, she has no choice but to keep her mouth shut.
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Publisher's Summary

There's a body buried behind a Mississippi farmhouse. Grace Montgomery knows who it is, and she knows why it happened. She was only 13 the night it all went wrong. And now, like then, she has no choice but to keep her mouth shut.

Grace left the town of Stillwater 13 years ago, trying to forget, trying to make good. As an assistant D.A. in Jackson, she's finally achieved the success that was supposed to change her life. But it hasn't, so she's come back to confront her own history. Which means returning to the farmhouse now owned by her brother and facing the people of Stillwater, a number of whom suspect the truth.

Widower Kennedy Archer is one of those people. He's running for mayor and needs to stay as far away from Grace as possible. And yet, she's an enigma he can't resist. Even though her enemies are close to finding out what really happened...and that could ruin them both.

©2006 Brenda Novak; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

What the Critics Say

"Compelling...Novak expertly mixes her usual superior characterization with a chilling sense of evil as she pairs up a complicated heroine with a dark past with a caring, honorable man who gives her hope for the future." (Booklist)

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    Jennifer Oakland, CA, USA 10-14-06
    Jennifer Oakland, CA, USA 10-14-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointing"

    I was very disappointed with this book. I expected a mystery and instead got a peculiar Southern romance novel with not very mysterious mystery elements thrown in. Additionally, the Southern accent of the narrator was over the top. However, if you are a lover of the Harlequin Romance genre, I'm sure you'll love this book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Janice 12-13-06
    Janice 12-13-06
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    "Dead Silence"

    I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this book. Turns out the publisher's summary is the most interesting part. This is a story for the hopelessly romantic gal who wants to simply disengage her brain and escape reality and logic. All I can say about the main character, Grace Montgomery, is that for a smart woman she sure is dumb.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 10-18-06
    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 10-18-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Suspending Disbelief"

    There were a few interesting aspects of this book if the reader or listener is looking for escapist junk but it is grating to find a character, who is smart enough to put herself through college and law school and is supposedly an officer of the court, stupid enough to commit the act of breaking and entering. I wanted to scream at her for being such an idiot and for allowing another character to harass her without this dumb bunny getting a restraining order against him. The reader was simply awful, especially when she was doing a male character.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Book and Movie Lover Austin 08-23-06
    Book and Movie Lover Austin 08-23-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Five Stars for this Thriller!"

    I loved this audiobook and am thrilled that this author has another book I can download and listen to immediately but wish she had a lot more. Hopefully some more will appear soon. This book is about Grace, a woman who moves back to her home town where she is remembered as high school's "bad girl". Her stepfather's disappearance when she was 13 is a mystery that was never solved and keeps the townspeople talking about her "white trash" family and what they might have done to him. One man, Kennedy Archer, remembers Grace from high school and cringes with memories of how she was treated, regretting how his friends treated Gracie in high school and how he himself just plain ignored her. He finds the adult Grace, now a successful assistant district attorney to be very attractive and the feeling is mutual. Romance ensues along with great consternation among the townspeople, and Archer's mother and friends. This book is a fast read which doesn't lose your interest. A good mystery! Loved it.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy 05-26-08
    Cathy 05-26-08
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    "worse than dull"

    I bought the first two books in this series because they were highly rated and we were terribly disappointed. The plot is weak, the characters are shallow and inconsistant and we didn't bother finishing either of them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda 05-30-13
    Lynda 05-30-13

    rather read than eat

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    "Dont waste your time with this one."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a hard book to listen to. The narrated made me think the setting was in England.
    I can even tell you if the book was any good, the narration was so bad that I just could finish it.


    Has Dead Silence turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No because in error I read the second and the third book and they were great. So I order the first book and I couldnt make it past the three chapter


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was the wrong one for this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 02-23-12
    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 02-23-12
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    "Enjoyed It"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Silence to be better than the print version?

    Probably not, only because I did not enjoy the narrator--she had to work too hard for the southern accents, the men character versus the ladies versus the kids as well. I wish she had just read the book, noting who said .... She should not try to do southern accents, read because I think she has a good voice.I say I would sit and read it, but then the majority of the time, I don't have the time to sit down and read at all, so listening on the go works very well for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clay and then Grace. I just knew somehow he as going to save the day. His book is next and I can't wait.


    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

    Probably not, only because I did not enjoy the narrator--she had to work too hard for the southern accents, the men character versus the ladies versus the kids as well. I wish she had just read the book, noting who said .... She should not try to do southern accents,just read because I think she has a good voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, needed a break from the narrator--no more southern accents for her.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Brenda Novak books and will mostly read them all--loved the

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 04-23-13
    MickeyMarie 04-23-13

    I read so I can write

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    "Glad I didn't buy the rest"

    This definitely did not meet its publisher reviews. If this is supposed to be a Mystery/Thriller, I don't understand the genre. It is in fact a not well written romance.

    I'm glad I didn't buy the rest of the series.

    The narrator contributes to the weakness of this book. If this narrator has ever been to Mississippi, she slept through it.

    Don't waste a credit, your dollars, or your time.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Bahama, NC, USA 09-29-08
    Dawn Bahama, NC, USA 09-29-08
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    "Where's the suspense?"

    More romance than suspense. The southern accents are beyond awful! Where in the south do people actually sound like that?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Davis Louisiana 09-17-06
    Jim Davis Louisiana 09-17-06 Member Since 2001

    Jim

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    "Simple"

    This is the perfect book for the simple-minded romantic. The characters are over-developed in that after each character is introduced, defined then the author continues to pummel the reader with examples ad nauseam of what the character represents. The main characters are much like those in a cartoon except that cartoon characters are more subtle. The only thing that is worse about this book is the goofiest rendition of a southern accent I have ever has the displeasure to endure.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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