Thank you so much Harlequin Books and TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour! Debra Webb’s newest mystery had me hooked from page one, reading quickly along with the twists and turns. Fast paced, dark, and creepy I rate this 4 out of 5 stars!
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…
I have never read any of the books in the Shades of Death series by Debra Webb. The Longest Silence is the fourth in this series, but as I read I never felt I needed to know the rest of the series to be able to follow along. It read very much like a standalone. However, now that I have read it and enjoyed it I think I will go back and pick up the others and follow the story of one Special Agent Anthony LeDoux because I really liked him and I really liked Debra’s writing.
The plot was definitely dark and I don’t think this story would be for everyone as it does deal with kidnapping and rape and thats really hard to read. I do think Debra handles it well in the way good mystery and crime writers can and it makes you really root for the good guys both in the book and in real life so these things never happen. I thought the romance was a bit superficial, but it also wasn’t forced or annoying by any means. Which was nice because in that way it didn’t take away from the mystery at all or make the story feel like two separate genres. The whole story flowed perfectly together.
The one thing that did slightly annoy me was the drunk ex agent plot. I feel like I have seen this plot line so many times in mystery books. Thankfully it doesn’t seem that theme will continue for long in this series.
Overall a solid read for mystery fans who want a fast paced and engrossing read, just be aware the content is a bit dark. You can certainly read this as a standalone, but like me you may find you enjoy Debra’s writing and will have wanted to read the series from the start to begin with!