REVIEW: DON’T MAKE A SOUND, BY T.R. RAGAN

 

 

Plagued by traumatic childhood memories, crime reporter Sawyer Brooks still struggles to gain control of her rage, her paranoia, and her life. Now, after finally getting promoted at work, she is forced to return home and face her past.

River Rock is where she’d been abandoned by her two older sisters to suffer alone, and in silence, the unspeakable abuses of her family. It’s also where Sawyer’s best friend disappeared and two teenage girls were murdered. Three cold cases dead and buried with the rest of the town’s secrets.

When another girl is slain in a familiar grisly fashion, Sawyer is determined to put an end to the crimes. Pulled back into the horrors of her family history, Sawyer must reconcile with her estranged sisters, who both have shattering memories of their own. As Sawyer’s investigation leads to River Rock’s darkest corners, what will prove more dangerous—what she knows of the past or what she has yet to discover?

 
 
 

Don’t Make a Sound alternates between Sawyer’s narrative and the voices of women in a group called The Crew. Women who are seeking justice against men who assaulted them.

I enjoyed watching Sawyer as she tried to solve old and new murder cases, and how she tried to sort through the pieces of her past life, a life she had escaped.

Sawyer’s sister Harper suffers from OCD, while Aria, the youngest sister, hopes to have a normal life.

As I tried to follow the clues about “The Crew” members, I had my own theories. Would they prove true, or were there more troubling answers?

The twists and turns led to answers about the secrets of the past and River Rock, and I was pleasantly surprised that I had figured out the identity of one of the members of The Crew. 4.5 stars.

 
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REVIEW: THE LAST GOOD GIRL, BY ALLISON LEOTTA

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It was a Friday night in March 2015 when Emily Shapiro went to Lucky’s Bar, trying to move beyond events that began for her the previous September. But as she left the bar that night, a Delta Psi fraternity member, Dylan Highsmith, confronted her and then chased her down the street.

Later, when she was reported missing, video coverage showed him chasing her…and then there was no further sign of her. A missing Tower University freshman was a big deal, especially as her father, Barney Shapiro, was the university president.

Anna Curtis, a federal prosecutor, has been staying on a Detroit urban farm with old friend/new lover Cooper Bolden, still torn about her broken relationship with Jack, the Homicide Chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D. C. She is pulled into the investigation, and is working alongside her friend, FBI agent Sam Randazzo. Just as they are getting started, Jack joins them, and they begin coordinating their efforts with his task force on college sexual assaults.

The Last Good Girl takes the reader into the daily pursuit for the missing girl, and we follow their efforts to break behind the secretive walls of the popular fraternity, protected by all the Old Boys’ networks, including local law enforcement. It seems that Dylan’s father is a politician and big contributor to the university.

Alternating narratives reveal to the reader Emily’s video log, as it details how Dylan drugged and raped her, how she tried to get justice, and how she met with resistance along the way. Her frustration and sense of powerlessness grew with each new post.

I also loved how the author brought the reader right into the personal world of the characters, spotlighting their thoughts, their feelings, and their childhoods. I loved having a sense of who they were as people.

As I quickly turned the pages of this intense thriller, I was captivated throughout; I didn’t see the final revelation coming, but then it all made sense. 4.5 stars.

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