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Don'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
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.
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