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And Still, She Wept [Kindle Edition]

T.C. Barnes
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)

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Book Description

~"A disturbing portrait of a killer, and the scrupulous work and determination required to find him."
***Kirkus Reviews ~The World's Toughest Book Critics


New York Detective Frank Reilly is a man on a mission. After having lost his beloved wife to cancer, he is drawn back from the brink of an emotional abyss by the murder of a teenage girl who looks just like her. With nothing else left to assuage his guilt, he throws himself into the investigation with every ounce of passion still left inside him. But with little evidence to go on, the case quickly grows cold.

When another victim is killed in exactly the same manner over five hundred miles away, Reilly knows that he must act immediately. Going against the advice of his superiors, he flies to North Carolina to continue his hunt for the sadistic killer. Reilly knows that his only hope of success is to convince the Sheriff of Camden County that each of their crimes is connected. To his relief, Claire Stiles immediately recognizes the undeniable similarities between them both. Fueled by their furious and unrelenting desire to find the murderer, they work together day and night. Unexpectedly, however, they also find themselves growing closer in the process. This new-found friendship helps Reilly begin to heal his hidden wounds, yet it also causes Claire's dark and violent past to be once again dragged into the light.

With the help of two FBI profilers, Claire and Reilly leave no stone unturned in their hunt for the serial killer. In order to understand what tenuous link binds all of the victims together, they end up having to delve into the nearly-forgotten details of an unsolved murder from over a decade ago. Yet when another girl is abducted, Claire and Reilly must also put their own lives on the line in order to catch the madman; before it's too late.

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"And Still, She Wept": Copyright 2011, 2012 by T.C. Barnes
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From ~Kirkus Reviews~ "The World's Toughest Book Critics"

A small-town sheriff and a detective try to stop an elusive killer targeting young girls in Barnes' debut.
     A missing teenager is found dead in North Carolina and Sheriff Claire Stiles is called in to investigate. The death is connected to a murder in New York, so Claire soon welcomes recently widowed Det. Frank Reilly to the case. The killer, Jackson, introduced early in the novel, concentrates his murderous animosity toward one girl--she's already dead, but Jackson continues to see her reflection in other young women. A meticulous investigation ensues. It's deliberately slow but never tedious, even when highlighting the mundane aspects of the police work--like the sheriff assigning tasks--and the many unanswered questions and dead ends...
     Claire's despondency and willingness to sidestep the rules place her in closer proximity to a film noir gumshoe than her detective counterpart, Frank. A subplot involving a potential love connection between the two is made more complex because she has a boyfriend.
     The novel's greatest strength is its unrestricted look at Jackson's history. He had a loveless mother who nurtured his hatred and now represents an evil living beyond the grave. Despite several scenes of victims' parents hearing the dreaded news, Barnes avoids melodrama and continuously reminds readers of the murderer's presence. For every scene of a mother crying for her child, there's a less intense but still chilling sequence such as Claire witnessing an exhaustive autopsy. The...unsettling coda will linger with readers.
A disturbing portrait of a killer, and the scrupulous work and determination required to find him.

From the Author

This book was initially released through Authorhouse, a web-based, self-publishing company.  When I decided to pull their publishing rights so that I could offer my novel to readers at a much lower price, I discontinued the old softcover and hardcover editions and submitted a new Kindle version with a stark cover that I hope will speak to readers (as it spoke to me when I created it).   I hope to also re-publish in physical format on CreateSpace soon (for those readers who do not have a Kindle yet), and I look forward to introducing my book to a number of new and interesting readers.
This novel, my first, was truly a grueling endeavor.  But it was a labor of love, and I don't regret a minute of it.  Thanks for reading!

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  • Print Length: 564 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WEOR8O
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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This is a fantastic read. Reilly, a recently bereaved NY cop, heads to North Carolina in order to chase what seems to be a serial killer. A very clever, precise killer who seemingly leaves no trace.
The pacing of the book never lets up. Even when Reilly and Claire, the head of the unit he heads to, take a day off, readers are scanning details, wondering if the baddie is near them. As we learn more of the baddie's story, we understand more, and carefully look for more information and insight.

Not a short read, And Still, She Wept, not only has a great title, but is a gripping read. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone. Mystery/Thriller is not my preferred genre (bought it for the great title), but I could not put this book down. The characters are so interesting, the story so sad and intense, the ramifications so horrific, the timelines so tight that this book captures you from the start.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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T. C. Barnes has written "And Still, She Wept" a gripping, fast-paced crime novel that anyone who reads may enjoy. Moving, multiple times, from the initial events which set things in motion to the killer's childhood and then the criminal investigation, the novel never allowed the reader to become distracted. Each such segment built on those preceding it; each one added another layer to the complexity of the cases to be solved.

Strong, very human protagonists elevated "And Still, She Wept" above the majority of works of this genre. Frank Reilly, a New York City detective, is a broken man who verges on the border of alcoholism. He is, however, not the typical multiple-times divorced, hard-bitten detective. Rather, he is a man whose beloved wife has succumbed to the ravages of cancer; he is wracked by grief and paralyzed by his loss. Only the murder of a beautiful young teenager pulls him back from the precipice. Claire Stiles, the North Carolina sheriff, is a single mother who has focused her life on her work and her daughter Sarah. She recognizes that she does not want to sacrifice her family for work, but is, nevertheless, driven to solve the kidnapping/murders that are taking place. She, like Reilly, has had her emotional soul wounded by the loss of love. However, in Claire's case the loss was caused by the shattering of an illusion she perceived as love.

The final 20% of "And Still, She Wept" grabbed my attention and demanded to be read. The suspense and intensity of the build-up were extraordinary. I found myself wanting to put the book down - sensing something horrible was going to happen. But like those onlookers who watch, riveted by an impending disaster, I was hooked and forged on through this novel's pages.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted author February 5, 2012
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This novel is beautifully written. From the beginning, it is apparent the author loves language and works to craft the most accurate description possible.

The reader comes to more than just care about the characters inhabiting this book. They become so incredibly real that after finishing it the characters stay with you.

It is obvious the author has done an incredible amount of research for this book. Her descriptions of forensic techniques and autopsies are impeccable.

This can be an intense book and sections may be rushed through for the squeamish. The majority of the book is to be savored for the author's rich use of language.

This book has undergone editing from the previous version And Still, She Wept one with 7 5 star reviews. I believe the author would have better served had she reissued the book using the same ASIN number. While a few of those reviews mentioned editing issues, no stars were deducted for it. The only misgivings I heard about the book was its cover; the other cover is much better looking and hints at the flavor of the book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but... March 30, 2013
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Way too much detail such as airport parking having to choose between long term/short term, short term which you pay by the hour, then you punch the big red button and a ticket comes out and a metal arm lifts up so you can drive through. This is an example of the unnecessary detail that makes this book very difficult to get through which is a shame for the core of it is good I'm glad this just cost me $0.99
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept Interest from Beginning to End January 9, 2013
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I have to agree with other reviewers that many of the details especially about the criminal justice/investigative process was too long at times. I did skip a few pages when the explanation got to be too long or detailed. However, the story was pretty intriguing and I would definitely read more books by the author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Groaannnnn October 20, 2013
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This book was a chore to read. The author writes every sentence with excruciating repetitive adjectives; reminded me of my college English 101 where you through in as many words a as possible to length :) English the paper. When it took 3-4 pages for the sheriff to walk up the driveway , I had to call it quits. I could be tortured no longer and conceded I had wasted my money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book July 22, 2013
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This book is like a very intense episode of criminal minds. I would have given it ten stars if it was possible. It was so well written. It definitely made my top ten list of books. Now I will be reading more books written by t.c. Barnes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Page-Turner! Hard to put down...
Scary and a real page-turner!!!! But I liked how she explained why the serial killer was driven to commit such heinous acts. The only downside is I'm offended when J.C. Read more
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Published 9 days ago by Marion Cranston
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
A long book, a lot of explanations of police procedures. But it kept my interest all the way through.
Published 13 days ago by Charlotte R
2.0 out of 5 stars And still...I read
Still working on it...
Let me start by saying I love the fact that Amazon is a great platform for very talented (albeit lesser known) authors. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Loves to Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspence Lover
I really enjoyed this book! It is a page turner. Stayed up way past my bed time reading it! I highly recommend!
Published 24 days ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Really enjoyed the story line! There were some parts that I just wanted to skip to move the book along but it was all needed to tell the whole story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christan Chandler
4.0 out of 5 stars And Still She Wept
For the most part, I was very pleased with the way the story was told. Somewhere in the middle I found myself speed reading through some chapters because there was too much detail... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Cammarato
5.0 out of 5 stars Read on Kindle - Excellent Book
It kept me on the edge often; well-written and when you think it's the end, there's more to the story!
Published 2 months ago by Barb
5.0 out of 5 stars Book to read
I love to read mysteries and this book kept my interest all the way through. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries.
Published 2 months ago by Dottie Benedetti
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Quite a READ. I would recommend this book because of the suspense it kept me in from beginning to end. Jackson was a monster. Read more
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A little about me...I have a BA in English with a Minor in Sociology, and have taken numerous Master's classes in Special Education (when I was working towards my graduate degree). I also studied Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, German, and Wildlife Biology in advanced classes. I spent 8 years licensed as an Educator, and 6 years licensed as an Infant/Toddler Developmental Specialist. Most of my time in the public school system involved working with children with Autism, and also working with kids with severe disabilities - probably the most rewarding job on the planet. Before that, I worked in a Maximum Security Male Prison for 2 years - "teaching" inmates that were rapists, gang-bangers, and murderers. It was one of the best-worst jobs I've ever had. It taught me that some people just aren't redeemable - but then again, some are.

I hope that you enjoy reading my books - I certainly enjoyed writing them. There is honestly no other job like being an author. I'm always available to my readers for any questions, or if you'd simply like to discuss my work. My author email is

Thank you so much for reading my work and for making my 'worlds', even temporarily, a small part of yours.

You can also reach me here on Amazon through Shelfari:, or on under " And Still, She Wept " or "The Job".
Thanks for reading!

T.C. Barnes

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