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How steamy is it? Sizzling

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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing Ending

Good story with complex characters. Story ended with heroine still in possible future danger. I would have liked a secure happily ever after.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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BDSM and Pedophiles

I was not expecting such a darkly tragic plot, involving BDSM and pedophiles. I was relieved that sexual violence was not portrayed as an erotic or romantic adventure, unlike too many recent novels. Thankfully, the author does NOT appear to believe that females of any age enjoy being raped, tortured and sexually degraded.

Unfortunately, the depressing topic of sexual predators was alarming realistic, showing the vivid and long-lasting damage done to victims of sexual assault and their loved ones. There were very few happy or light moments to relieve the overwhelming sadness; the small Mississippi town seemed to contain mostly ignorant and heartless residents.

While Grace and her siblings were incredibly sympathetic characters. I was disappointed that they could not be honest with each other, even when they were in their 30s. I kept fast forwarding, hoping for an upbeat ending, but there was no real conclusion. FYI, books 2 and 3 were more of the same...

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Cannot get over the terrible accent.

Terrible narration. Terrible accent. Does not match the north, whatsoever! Disappointed. Could not finish first chapter.

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Barely made it through

Every element of this story lacked any credibility. Was this also a romance? Just too painful to read.