I received this book for free from the TLC Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Longest Silence by Debra Webb
Series: Shades of Death #5
Published by MIRA on March 6, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Crime, Kidnapping, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Source: TLC Tours
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"The twists and turns in this dark, taut drama make it both creepy and compelling." --New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
A killer stole her voice. Now she's ready to take it back. Don't miss the chilling Shades of Death series from USA TODAY bestselling author Debra Webb.
Joanna Guthrie was free. She had been for eighteen years--or so she needed everyone to believe. What really happened during the longest fourteen days of her life, when she and two other women were held captive by a dangerous serial killer, wasn't something she could talk about. Not after what they had to do to survive.
But when more women go missing in an eerily similar manner, Jo knows her prolonged silence will only seal their fates. She's finally ready to talk; she just needs someone to listen. FBI special agent Tony LeDoux can't deny he finds Jo compelling--he's just not sure he believes her story. But with the clock ticking, Jo will do anything to convince him, even if it means unearthing long-buried secrets that will land them squarely in the crosshairs of the killer...
Eighteen years ago, Joanna Guthrie was abducted and held captive for two weeks along with two other girls. Forced to do unspeakable things to survive, she and another girl were set free, and Joanna has tried to put that dark time in her past–but the past won’t stop chasing her. She lives an isolated life away from her family, writing for an online newspaper to make a living. But when Joanna receives a phone call from the other survivor’s grieving husband after his wife’s suicide, Joanna decides that enough is enough. She returns to Milledgeville, Georgia where she was attending college all those years ago, and she stumbles upon a crime that is exactly like her abduction. Joanna knows that these abductions haven’t stopped over the years, and now it’s a matter of time before these three girls can be found alive. She knows just how to get involved with the case, and she tracks down a well-known FBI agent at a bar to worm her way in.
Tony LeDoux is a shell of his former self. Once a successful, prolific FBI profiler, he’s now just an unemployed alcoholic barely hanging on after the loss of both his marriage and his career. When his sister calls with the news that his niece has disappeared from her college campus, he heads straight for Milledgeville–willing to do whatever it takes to bring his niece home safe and sound. Presenting himself as a current FBI agent to the local sheriff, Tony tries to get in on the investigation even though he’s a civilian now. This doesn’t work so well since the sheriff is no fool, and the feds are called in to both help on the case and corral Tony. But that doesn’t stop Tony from digging into any lead he can find–especially once he realizes that the beautiful woman he just had a one night stand with is intimately connected to this case and has invaluable information that only a victim would know.
Told in alternating chapter timelines, you learn what happened to Joanna and the two other women in real time as Tiffany is facing the same trials as Joanna did eighteen years ago. Joanna knows the most about what is happening to Tiffany, and she’s the key to discovering all of the players involved. As suspects turn up dead the deeper they dig, will Tony and Joanna get to the bottom of these crimes before the girls endure more torture or die? It’s a race against the fourteen day clock, and the odds are stacked against them.
I give THE LONGEST SILENCE a 4.5 out of 5. I’m new to this series, so I can’t speak for the other four installments, but I really enjoyed this thriller. The things that Joanna endured eighteen years ago are heartbreaking, and it’s even sadder when you realize that Tony’s niece Tiffany is going through the same things. If you’re looking for a romantic book, this one is very light on that and is more of a straight up thriller or suspense–which was a refreshing change for me. Thrilling and suspenseful from start to finish, I really enjoyed the twists and turns in The Longest Silence. This is a perfect book for lovers of thrillers and psychological suspense, and I was on the edge of my seat as the time ticked down to find the girls.
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About Debra Webb
DEBRA WEBB is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 130 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency, and the Shades of Death series. With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood on a farm in Alabama.
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Debra Webb’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for THE LONGEST SILENCE:
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