Audio: Don’t Make a Sound by TR Ragan @TRRaganAuthor #JennicaDamon #BrillianceAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAM

Posted May 28, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 10 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Audio: Don’t Make a Sound by TR Ragan @TRRaganAuthor #JennicaDamon #BrillianceAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAMDon't Make a Sound by T R Ragan
Narrator: Jennica Damon
Series: Sawyer Brooks #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on June 1, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 8 hours, 6 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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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 is the start of the new Sawyer Brooks series. It focuses primarily on the youngest of three sisters, Sawyer.  I don’t know what I expected, but I didn’t expect her to be a crime reporter.  I guess that is in the blurb, but I expected more police involvement.  She has been trying to get onto a top investigative team at her paper and finally has a chance.

The story is a roller-coaster from start to finish. There are some things which feel kind of disparate but it all eventually fits.  I appreciated the well-rounded view with her personal life, the boyfriend, her sisters and co-workers, and then her efforts in investigating.

She does end up going back to her hometown and following up on some cold cases. Everything escalates there very quickly, at least it feels that way.  Is there anyone Sawyer can trust?  I wasn’t sure about anyone and it kept me on edge.  There are some seriously bad happenings, both past and present.

I did figure out almost everything at about 75% into my read, but not how it would be resolved. There were some crazy twists.  For being a bit naive and not taking very many precautions, somehow Sawyer solves a lot of crimes.  She is rather brazen about collecting information. I wouldn’t be so confidant and would be worried about the criminals taking notice of my efforts.

I enjoyed this quite a lot and recommend it if you aren’t triggered easily by crime.  Some of it feels very unrealistic but it might be it is just really far out of my personal experience.  I look forward to more in this series.


I enjoyed listening to Jennica Damon who was a new narrator to me. The voices felt slightly differentiated and appropriate for male and female voices.  There were definitely more female than male characters here. I did have to slow to 1.25x speed.

Listen to a clip:  HERE


About T R Ragan

T.R. Ragan (Theresa Ragan) is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her exciting Lizzy Gardner series: Abducted, Dead Weight, A Dark Mind, Obsessed, Almost Dead, and Evil Never Dies, has received tremendous praise. In August 2015 Evil Never Dies hit #7 on the Wall Street Journal Bestselling List. Since publishing in 2011, she has sold over three million books and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, PC Magazine, Huffington Post, and Publishers Weekly.

Theresa grew up in a family of five girls in Lafayette, California. An avid traveler, her wanderings have carried her to Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, China, Thailand, and Nepal, where she narrowly survived being chased by a killer elephant. Before devoting herself to writing fiction, she worked as a legal secretary for a large corporation. Theresa and her husband Joe have four children and live in Sacramento, California.

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Posted May 28, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 10 Comments

10 responses to “Audio: Don’t Make a Sound by TR Ragan

    • Nope but some really not nice things happen to women in serial killer stories and also many historical fantasy books I read. I put that warning because some people don’t want to read about it, even if it is mostly off-page. I don’t use the warning for regular sex in romance novels, even if it is pretty steamy. I use it more with violence related sex.

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    • I did like the narrator; it was my first time hearing her. My narrator ratings are based on how easy it is to listen and if the voices sound appropriate. I can think of at least one very popular narrator where I have to read the books because I don’t like his voice; I find it hard to understand. And I can think of other narrators who don’t work on a series for me because their voice sounds too old or too young for the main character. That doesn’t mean they won’t work well for someone else.

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  1. I don’t think that I have tied this author’s work yet and I have listened to the narrator. It does sound like a great read and I am glad you enjoyed it.