Her own past could be a reporter’s biggest story in this twisting thriller about murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author 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 Say a Word is a tense and dark thriller from author T.R. Ragan. It is the first book in a new series featuring crime reporter Sawyer Brooks. River Rock is where Sawyer suffered abuse as a child, her older sister disappeared, and two teenage girls were murdered. When another girl is killed in a similar fashion, she goes home to investigate and try to put an end to the killing.
There are a lot of subplots going on in this story that add to the tension. There were parts that were almost difficult to read, but they definitely make you feel more for the characters in the book and what they’ve been through. This is a novel I had a hard time stopping each time I picked it up because I wanted to see justice served for the girls in the story. It’s a good start to a new series, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Sawyer.
Content warning: Readers, this book does involve sexual crimes in case that is something you would prefer to avoid.
About the Author
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author T.R. Ragan has sold more than three million books since her debut novel appeared in 2011. She is the author of the Faith McMann trilogy (Furious, Outrage, and Wrath); the Lizzy Gardner series (Abducted, Dead Weight, A Dark Mind, Obsessed, Almost Dead, and Evil Never Dies) ; and the Jessie Cole novels (Her Last Day, Deadly Recall, Deranged, and Buried Deep). In addition to thrillers, she writes medieval time-travel tales, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense as Theresa Ragan. An avid traveler, her wanderings have led her to China, Thailand, and Nepal. Theresa and her husband, Joe, have four children and live in Sacramento, California. To learn more, visit her website at theresaragan.com.
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