Unspeakable by Sandra Brown

Unspeakable by Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (449 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Carl Herbold is a cold-blooded psychopath who has just escaped the penitentiary where he was serving a life sentence. Bent on revenge, he’s going back to where he began–Blewer County, Texas…

Born deaf, lately widowed, Anna Corbett fights to keep the ranch that is her son’s birthright, unaware that she is at the center of Herbold’s horrific scheme–and that her world of self-imposed isolation is about to explode…

Drifter Jack Sawyer arrives at Anna’s ranch asking for work, hoping to protect the innocent woman and her son from Herbold’s rage. But Sawyer can’t outrun the secrets that stalk him–or the day of reckoning awaiting them all…

All I can say is wow. From the start this book had me. The characters were so in depth and real that I couldn’t help but be drawn into the story. I normally don’t like to read lengthy books but this one was so enjoyable and wasn’t overly wordy that I am so glad I didn’t let the number of pages prevent me from reading because I would have missed out on a great read.

I enjoy books that take place in small towns. Blewer County has a set of interesting characters that kept this book moving. With a prison break, a unsolved murder and a deaf widow the action and thrills are continuous thorough out. Not only did I love the character’s bio I was also in awe of the author’s writing and how the plot was laid out for pleasant reading. The author filled the characters with an incredible amount of detail and liveliness. Some of the context and language may be uncomfortable to some reads. To me it’s not overly harsh context but more so Carl’s character traits and habits being visually displayed in true form.

This book just took my mind to Blewer County; to the people like former sheriff Ezzy Hardge and his commitment to a 20 year cold case. My favorite character is Cora, Ezzy wife and young David Corbett. Each character had a personality and believable qualities that made them so likable and real. Their dialogue added such realness to the scenes.

There were quite a few things going on in the novel but it wasn’t too much. Carl Herbold and his prison mate Myron Hutts have escaped. Jack Sawyer has coincidentally arrived on the farm of Delray Corbett just as word has spread about Carl’s prison escape. Emory Lomax, the towns loan officer is pressing Delray about selling his farm. This unforgettable read delivers perilous danger, soft romance and heart-stopping action.

Skillful storytelling in relaying deaf widow Anna’s voice. I was curious how the author would be able to including a deaf character but I have to commend the author on a wonderful well done job on having a strong sense and talent to carrying this out with success. I am sure once a reader starts reading they will be captivated and won’t be able to put the book down.

This edge of your seat thriller will keep you reading until the last page.


  1. This book was published 20 years ago, in 1996. Don’t understand why it’s being reviewed now with the slew of new books waiting for reviews. It’s a good read-if you haven’t already read it ages ago!

  2. Jack Jones says:

    In-depth review of this story. I’d been hesitant to pick it up, but now that I’ve read the review, I’ll be sure to look for it.
    thanks so much

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