Speak No Evil by Tanya Anne Crosby

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Speak No Evil by Tanya Anne Crosby
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (294 pgs)
Heat: spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

Lifting the veil of secrecy on a grand Southern family in decline, New York Times bestselling author Tanya Anne Crosby explores the lives of Caroline, Augusta, and Savannah Aldridge, three sisters who share a dark past and an uncertain future…

Caroline Aldridge was surprised by the number of mourners at her mother’s funeral. Evidently the newspaper heiress who had caused her children so much pain was well-loved by everyone else in Charleston. Now she was gone, leaving behind countless secrets-and a few demands: Caroline and her sisters must live together for one year or lose their inheritance. And Caroline must take over The Tribune. But a killer is making headlines, and Caroline may have unwittingly stepped into the crosshairs…

A series of kidnappings and murders resurrect the sisters’ memories of their brother’s disappearance as a child-and Caroline fears she may be next. Yet in the midst of her turmoil, she may be rekindling a romance she’d extinguished long ago. With Jack back in her life and the tattered bonds of sisterhood slowly mending, Caroline hopes the family can restore its position in Charleston society-unless a sinister force beyond their control tears them apart forever…

Speak No Evil is a book that’ll keep you guessing right up to the very end.

It doesn’t start with a bang, though, so don’t expect edge of your seat action from page one. There’s a lot of introspection here, from the three sisters Caroline, Savannah and Augusta because of their mother’s death and the specifications of her will. It also occasionally reads like a police procedural when we’re in Jack’s point of view as we watch him try to piece together the details of what may be a serial killer’s crimes.

Hang in there, though, because once things start moving, they don’t stop. Clues are dropped here and there, Caroline and her newsy friends are investigating on one end, Jack on the other (which sometimes causes a bit of friction), and you’ll spend a good deal of the second half of the book wondering who the bad guy is.

The author has a talented hand at description. Once, the killer says this about himself: “He had to unzip his skull and let out a little crazy–enough to function without suspicion.” I loved the picture that painted…

And, though this book wraps up one mystery, another is introduced. I expect the author is planning a novel for each of the sisters … and I’ll be happy to read every one.

If you like plenty of story and characterization with your suspense, as well as a touch of romance, I recommend Speak No Evil.


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  2. Thank you so much for hosting Speak No Evil and for the wonderful review! And good luck to each of the contestants!

  3. momjane says:

    What a wonderful and exciting mystery romance. It really does sound like an awesome book. And perhaps there will be more. Great!!!

  4. Thank you for the honest review!

  5. Sounds supenseful

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  6. BETH SHEEHE says:

    Sound like a good book, will have to read it soon.

  7. Catherine says:

    I love how reviewers have said that they can’t guess “whodunit.” That’s how I like my mysteries.

  8. Chelsea B. says:

    I love me a good whodunit!


  9. Mary Preston says:

    I actually like a suspenseful read to start out simmering. I think it builds the story well.


  10. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a compelling story, I can’t wait to read it.


  11. Karen H in NC says:

    Thank you for your review.

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  12. Congrats on another great review showing what a suspenseful and twisty mystery.

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  13. Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a blasty-blast!

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