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Publisher's Summary

From the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author comes the first book in a trilogy about love, betrayal, and the secrets families keep.

Forced to choose between abortion or adoption, Olivia Carson’s younger sister, Lily, runs away from home. Sixteen and pregnant, she never returns. But she writes. Once a year, Lily mails a picture of her son, Josh, to Olivia until his thirteenth year. Then it’s Josh himself who arrives at Olivia’s house, alone, terrified, and in possession of a notarized declaration from Lily. It begins, “In the event I go missing...”

Josh has difficulty talking. He can’t read or write, but he’s a prolific artist, exhibiting skill beyond his age. His drawings are as detailed as they are horrific. Olivia soon realizes Josh’s artwork tells a story. There’s more to his arrival and to Lily’s untimely disappearance than it seems. Using the drawings as a road map, Olivia traces Josh’s path back to his mom. Each drawing sheds light on Lily’s past and reveals a darkness that forces Olivia to question everything she thought she knew about her family.

©2021 by Kerry Lonsdale Inc. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Lonsdale is at her best with this multilayered story about three dysfunctional siblings and the secrets they keep. What a ride. I’m still a little breathless. This one was an addictive page-turner - impossible to put down. Fans of domestic suspense will eat this up.” (Sally Hepworth, best-selling author of The Good Sister and The Mother-in-Law)

“Kerry Lonsdale is back and better than ever with this multilayered tale about three siblings torn apart by a series of tragic events. Nuanced and smart, filled with characters with real emotion and depth, No More Words is everything you’ve come to love from the master of domestic drama. A mesmerizing beginning to a new trilogy that will have you one-clicking the next in the series.” (Kimberly Belle, internationally best-selling author of Stranger in the Lake)

“Full of suspense, romance, and drama, No More Words is a powerful story about what it means to be a family. Emotional and honest, it tells the story of three siblings each dealing with demons from the past. I fell in love with all three Carson children and look forward to the second and third installments of this series. Kerry Lonsdale is a master storyteller of family drama, and this is Lonsdale at her best.” (Suzanne Redfearn, number one Amazon best-selling author of In an Instant)

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Really terrible.

This book was so bad I could only get through it at 1.4 speed. I was curious to know how it played out, but hated almost every minute. The characters were flat and lacked depth. The story was predictable from the beginning. The writing made me roll my eyes or get annoyed: histrionic heroine, over use of similes, it was truly terrible. In the end, I was just relieved it was over.

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More”show,” less “tell.”

The paragraphs and paragraphs of explaining and mining Olivia’s avoidance were irritating and unnecessary. A confident author would demonstrate the trait and leave the interpretation to the reader.

I know this is the first of a three book series, so loose ends are to be expected. BUT-after a character says she’s being followed and stalked, having caused enough panic to cause her to abruptly move, the next chapter has everyone planning to spend a holiday at the place where she was in danger. That’s not a loose end. It’s a glaring omission.

The romance between Olivia and Blaze is overwrought. I’ve read others of her books and I don’t feel she is growing as an author. I doubt I’ll read the next two books.

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Entertaining

Good but somewhat predictable storyline. Would have been much better without the overuse of complex similies. So many similies and metaphors but especially similies.

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Absolutely awful! Don’t waste your time!

Hard to follow. Shallow characters and even more painful to listen to. I would not recommend at All.

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Great storyline !

The characters were easy to picture, it was interesting kept me listen nonstop.
There were some unanswered questions unless I missed of the story.I like to listen at home and in the car so I do get interrupted some.

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Pleasantly surprised

I’m not immensely “wowed” by this. But an overall good book. Well written and wonderfully narrated. Doesn’t leave you on the edge of your seat but had overall fun twist

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No More Words

I picked this book just because of the cover.
I am blown away with how sucked in the book had me. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t think it was going to be a mystery at all.

I loved Josh, and yes he struggles but his way of communication and the way Olivia just gets it and how protective she is I loved that.

Interesting to say the least, my mind is still wondering about this and about that but I don’t want to voice it because it could give away spoilers.
Loved the narration, Susannah Jones is a phenomenal narrator.

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Narrator Killed It - and not in a good way

This may be the first book I dumped after only a few chapters. The story seems interesting enough, but the narrator - wow, I just - couldn’t. She…speaks in…very…AFFECTED…slowww (whisper breath) tones….

Just…(quiet sigh)…paused start…no.

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She does it again

The book was great. You are constantly wondering how she will pull all the pieces together. The person who does the voice for the audio does a great job of telling her story.

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Great read

So glad to get to ending. Kept you guessing all through . That's all I am going to share as not to give away the ending away