Dead Silence

I just finished reading Dead Silence, by Robin Carroll, at the invitation of Barbour Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. Ms. Carroll has woven into the story compassion for the deaf, as well as examining sexual abuse and political corruption at high levels in our government. I was hooked on the first page, and could not put it down.

Elise Carmichael is a court reporter who learned lip-reading and American sign language when her beloved son, Sawyer, was born deaf and mute. As she is leaving the courthouse, she happens to “see” a conversation in which a courthouse security guard promises to end the life of her mother-in-law, a state senator, that night. Before she can notify the authorities, she is called away as  Sawyer has been rushed to the hospital due to a playground injury.

When Elise awakens to the news her mother-in-law has been shot and killed, she remembers the security guard. She reports what she witnessed, begins receiving death threats, she fears for both her life and Sawyer’s. Where is the leak in the FBI? Has God forsaken her? After all her son is deaf and mute, and her husband, a Marine, was killed in action. She has lost her faith. Will she get it back? Can it be that her son’s deafness will save his life?

Anyone who enjoys a good mystery or thriller, will love Dead Silence. I admit there were a couple of times I was thinking why don’t the cops or FBI check on this or that? It seemed so obvious, but overall it is a wonderful story. This book would make a great gift for your favorite mystery-lover.

What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
Recognizing the version I read was the uncorrected ARC, the story was very well written. I do believe she was a bit hard on law enforcement, but otherwise, the plot flowed smoothly, and the characters were lifelike. This is a little of what I found:

    • Incorrect verb usage;
    • mixing singular and plural;
    • an occasional missing word or extra word, probably the fault of spell correction.


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