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Publisher's Summary

Judge Scott Sampson doesn't brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she'll get the kids from school instead.

It's not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn't have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent's most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. A man who warns the judge to do exactly as he is told in a drug case he is about to rule on. If the judge fails to follow his instructions, the consequences for the children will be dire.

For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper's call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told.

Through it all, Scott and Alison will stop at nothing to get their children back, no matter the cost to themselves or to each other.

©2017 Brad Parks (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator George Newbern gives Sampson a conversational yet compelling voice - at times vulnerable, at times furious but consistently determined. The story is fast paced, engaging, and heartbreaking." ( AudioFile)

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OMG! I Did Not Think That I Would Survive This!

This marvelously written story is not for the faint of heart. Some pretty horrific things occur. Without giving too much away I want future readers to know that there is jealousy, lying, kidnapping, child abuse, accusations of marriage infidelities, vultures feasting on human remains, extortion, thefts, misdirected trusts, deceitfulness among spouses, relatives, co-workers and old friends. Under the most extreme crushing circumstances Women are portrayed as strong capable people, even the little girl. Remember that I don't want to give too much away!

It is also a frustrating story about how much parents will do for their children. Frustrating because the parents become amateur detectives. Legitimate trained law enforcement officials have minimal roles until the end. Frustrating because for almost 3 weeks the torturous manipulation went on and a child was missing. Frustrating because of the false starts, twists and turns of storyline. I was so tensed up that I had to go to the pool to work out some frustrations. This story is frightening and sooo good. I recommend it highly.

I love George Newbern's narration. There is an even tone and cadence to his voice. There are no distracting noises such as spit clicks, heavy breathing or shrillness. The slight variations in the male voices is good. This story is told from the point of view of Scott Sampson, who happens to be a federal judge and the father of a set of twins. Through the writing and Mr. Newbern's reading, the listener experiences each emotion of Scott's.

As mentioned earlier, this is an excellent story and one that shouldn't be by-passed.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 03-11-18

Implausible at Best

Even though this book was very engaging and kept me listening, the plot had so many implausible twists and turns in it that I found it to be ludicrous at times. For example (spoiler): a six year old girl is kidnapped, held for 21 days, burned with cigarettes and electric shock, threatened with death, threatened with having her fingers cut off, had her head shaved of hair, had one or more anaphylactic shock episodes; and comes away just a normal six year old? I don't think so. Also, a wife suffering from terminal cancer doesn't tell her husband, shoots it out with the bad guys and dies to save her daughter? Yep, just a normal family.

Too bad about this because the narration was great and the story had terrific potential.

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Do not pass go - Start Here!

What made the experience of listening to Say Nothing the most enjoyable?

Having never listened to or read anything by Brad Parks this was a very pleasant surprise!

What did you like best about this story?

The whole thing! This was just a really good story from beginning to end.

Any additional comments?

So Judge Scott Sampson and his wife Allison have a set of boy/girl twins that are 6 years old. They are kidnapped and to them it looks like it must be someone who knows them and their routine. Why don't they call the police or FBI? Scott recalls being told somewhere along the line that agents do not get on trouble if the victim dies, that happens more often than not. An agent's career suffered if the kidnapper got away. Since the Jusge and his wife wanted their kids back alive they chose not to call the authorities.
Scott is then told how to rule on cases if he wants his children returned. He complies all the while suspicious of everyone he comes in contact with. Friends, family, associates and even his own wife. He comes up with plausible scenarios for each who and why and one by one determines why they can't be until the end. WOW, this was some ending! Good bad and heartbreaking.
George Newbern does an excellent job narrating. His narration gives Scott the level headedness that gives this character credibility.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I will definitely be checking out Brad Parks other books.
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  • John
  • tallevast, FL, United States
  • 11-03-17

Overall - I enjoyed this book. The end was?

The end was a little hinky. It almost felt rushed. I don’t think it came together as well as I expected - But 90% of this book was pretty well done.

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Far fetched

I purchased this based upon all of the 5 star reviews but I am learning that I need to be more skeptical of these reviewers. This book was relatively well written with some good character development and interesting insight into the legal world. The rest was so far fetched , predictable and dull.
For a supposedly intelligent judge, Scott Sampson was quite stupid.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Will
  • Piscataway
  • 03-28-17

First audio book that made my eyes wet.

Totally loved this story. I've been a huge fan of the Carter Ross series so I was interested to hear what Brad Parks could do outside of that. He completely out did himself.

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Finished thus novel in record time.

Finished listening to this novel in record time. Keeps you in suspense until the end. Many intriguing twists and turns.

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 03-11-18

Just Okay- Very Implausible

A federal judge is trying a huge case. Someone has kidnapped his six year old twins and threatened that if he doesn't give the correct ruling, the children will die. He cannot say a word to anyone or there will be dire consequences.

He starts to suspect everyone of the kidnapping, even his own wife. He lives in terror and a world of lies because he knows he has to do anything and all he can to save the lives of his children.

This book is worth the listen, but it's confusing and convoluted. The author steers us in several paths to try and place the blame on several different people. The case the judge is trying is very intricate and detail oriented and it's hard to decipher the characters and circumstances.

The ending is absolutely horrible. The narration is lifeless and 'matter of fact.' But, it did keep my interest and I will give it 3 stars all around.

-Wendi

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 07-18-17

Terrific legal thriller!

What a fantastic novel! This one keeps the listener on the edge of his/her seat with suspense, contains mind numbing plot twists,and leaves the listener in tears at the end. I loved it and want to listen to other books by Brad Parks. The publisher's summary sets up the book well without exposing too much of the plot. I also enjoyed the narration.

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BEST ONE I HAVE LISTENED TO IN FOREVER!

What a great listen! Riveting and masterful! I was so happy with this choice :) everyone should listen!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful