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Dead Silence

Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Series: Stillwater Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (421 ratings)
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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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awesome

I really loved it, couldn't put it down! Cant wait to start the second book

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Great Read

Dead Silence (Stillwater Trilogy, Book One) was another great read by Brenda Novak. One night when Grace was 13, everything changed for her and her family. Because of that night, there's now a body buried behind their farmhouse. Grace left Stillwater 13 years ago and never expected to return. She decides that she will return and confront her past and all the people of Stillwater. She runs into Kennedy who is someone from her past. He is running for Mayor and they both know that they should stay away from each other but they are always being pulled together. I loved reading Grace and Kennedy's story and can't wait to read more in this series.

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Too much Sex.

Good story, but having to fast forward to all the sex scenes caused me to lose some of the story.