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Don't Say A Word [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Freethy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (943 customer reviews)

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Book Description

12 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List!

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy come an award winning tale of romance and suspense. Fans of Carla Neggars, Karen Robards, and Nora Roberts will enjoy this intricately suspenseful story that begins with the question -- what if you looked exactly like someone in a famous photograph?

Everything she's been told about her past is a lie ...

Julie De Marco is planning a perfect San Francisco wedding when she comes face-to-face with a famous photograph, the startling image of a little girl behind the iron gate of a foreign orphanage -- a girl who looks exactly like her. But Julia isn't an orphan. She isn't adopted. And she's never been out of the country. She knows who she is -- or does she?

Haunted by uncertainty, Julia sets off on a dangerous search for her true identity -- her only clues a swan necklace and an old Russian doll, her only ally daring, sexy photographer Alex Manning. Suddenly nothing is as it seems. The people Julia loved and trusted become suspicious strangers. The relationships she believed in -- with her mother, her sister, and her fiance -- are shaken by new revelations. The only person she can trust is Alex, but he has secrets of his own. Each step brings her closer to a mysterious past that began a world away -- a past that still has the power to threaten her life ... and change her future forever.


"Powerful and absorbing ... Sheer hold-your-breath suspense." -- Karen Robards

"An absorbing story of two people determined to unravel the secrets, betrayals, and questions about their past. The story builds to an explosive conclusion that will leave readers eagerly awaiting Barbara Freethy's next book." -- Carla Neggars

"A page-turner that engages your mind while it tugs at your heartstrings ... DON'T SAY A WORD had made me a Barbara Freethy fan for life!" --Diane Chamberlain

"Dark, hidden secrets and stunning betrayal boil together in a potent and moving suspense. Freethy's story-telling ability is top-notch." -- Romantic Times Magazine -- 4 1/2 Stars - Top Pick of the Month!

Don't miss these other bestselling romantic suspense titles by Barbara Freethy:

TAKEN & PLAYED (Deception Duo)
SILENT RUN & SILENT FALL (Sanders Brothers)

Editorial Reviews


Poignant, romantic, and suspenseful, it's the perfect read. (Susan Wiggs) Powerful and moving...Sheer hold-your-breath suspense. (Karen Robards)

About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, who has sold over 2.7 million ebooks since January 2011. Her 31 novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Twelve titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. Her books have won numerous awards. She is a five-time finalist for the RITA for best contemporary romance from Romance Writers of America. She has also received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, mystery and romance, Barbara enjoys writing about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary adventures. Barbara has lived all over the state of California and currently resides in Northern California where she draws much of her inspiration from the beautiful bay area. Barbara loves to hear from readers so please feel free to write her. For a complete listing of books, as well as excerpts and contests, and to connect with Barbara, visit her website at You can also visit Barbara on Facebook at and Twitter at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1412 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Barbara Freethy (December 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LB5BR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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155 of 160 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful romantic suspense April 22, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Radio disc jockey Julia DeMarco's fiance, Michael, is pressuring her to set a wedding date. Julia's mom died six months ago, her younger sister, Liz, moved in with her and her step-dad is drinking. None of them seem to be coping very well and Julia's reluctance to commit is understandable.

But when Julia sees a famous photo taken 25 years ago of a Soviet orphan girl, she thinks *she* might be that girl, which means her concept of who she is will be altered.

Julia begins investigating by finding Alex Manning, the son of the photographer. The photographer died 25 years ago. As a free lancer, Alex has followed in his father's footsteps. Julia and Alex work together to solve the mystery.

Interesting premise and good plot with some surprising twists. Julia and Alex are smart and mature. Liz was a spoiled brat and Michael was a pushy, controlling jerk - not likeable characters. If there's to be a sequel about them, I'm not interested. Ignore them and this story will hold your attention.
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106 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Story! October 9, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Don't Say A Word is one of the best books I've read all year. It had just the right amount of romance and suspense. Sometimes in romantic suspense, I feel like the mystery takes over, but there was a nice balance in this book. I loved Julia and Alex. They were a great couple with lots of chemistry. The mystery kept me guessing and kept me turning the pages. Once I got started reading I couldn't put the book down. I highly recommend it!
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101 of 108 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From Russia with Love... August 7, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Julia DeMarco takes a break from wedding plans to peruse a famous photo exhibit and hones in on a photo of a toddler in a Russian Orphanage who bears a striking resemblance to her. When she contacts photojournalist Alex Manning, the son of the attributed photographer, she is taken on an odyssey that will forever change her life. With no recollection of her life prior to her deceased mother marrying her stepfather Gino, Julia wants to resolve the 25 year old mystery before she and Michael can walk down the aisle. Michael wonders if this is not Julia's way of postponing their engagement.

At first supportive of her search, Michael soon is jealous of Alex's presence in Julia's life and wants her to abandon the search - a search that might tear her family apart as she travels across the country to find answers to questions no one wants answered, and some have died to keep hidden. She and Alex get involved with some shady characters along the way and learn a lot more about both their tortured pasts than they could have imagined, as well as a growing desire for each other. But can a traveling man like Alex relinquish his heart and settle down?

Freethy has penned another interesting romantic suspense. Alex and Julia make an intriguing duo; other characters have such limited page time that they end up one pretty dimensional, particularly Michael and Gino. Her younger sister Liz is just annoying. These shortcomings detract from the story a little, but the intriguing plot still makes for a compelling story.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Read March 31, 2011
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One of the things I most enjoy about being a new Kindle owner/reader is the ability to instantly download a sample, and, in the process, often dicover an amazing "new" author. DON'T SAY A WORD was such an experience for me. This book was fast paced, fun, suspense-filled and provided surprising twists and turns. A capativating read; I could not put it down. It was such a delight to discover Barbara Freethy. I actually first read SUMMER SECRETS, and was drawn to it because of my love of sailing and the sea. I soon became enthralled with the story line and Barbara's writing style, which so warmly invites one into the story. When I finished it, I immediately searched for another Barbara Freethy novel, thinking that the next one I selected could not possibly be as good as SUMMER SECRETS. What a wonderful surprise to find another of her books that was equally satisfying. Can't wait to download more of Barbara's work. I am looking forward to many more hours of entertainment and reading pleasure! Don't Say A Word (Signet Novel)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning suspense with twists and turns October 13, 2008
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Julia DeMarco is grateful to Michael, her fiance, for remaining at her side during her mother's illness and, later, death. So, she finally decides to book a date for the wedding after a year long engagement. While in a museum (the tentative wedding location) waiting to speak with the coordinator, she sees a deceased photographer's display showing a photo of a Russian girl in front of an orphanage bearing a striking resemblance to herself. She can't help but wonder if that is her since she has no memories from her early childhood and the little girl is wearing the same necklace her mother gave her as a child.

Julia begins her search by locating the photographer's son, Alex Manning, to discuss the photograph. Alex too is shocked by the striking resemblance of Julia to the little girl. Alex recalls his father telling him never to speak of the photograph prior to his 'accidental' death twenty-five years earlier. After his father's death, Alex put his "heart on ice" and became a dedicated photographer whose sole mission is to get the shot no one else can. Julia and Alex unite in a fast paced quest to find the truth about the little girl and the mystery behind the circumstances surrounding the photograph.

Michael, jealous of her time with Alex, wants Julia to stop the search and commit to the wedding plans. Julia's sister, Liz, feels it is a betrayal to search for biological parents/family since she has received nothing but love and acceptance her entire life. Julia continues her search regardless and, together with Alex, they unravels a series of lies and half-truths that eventually lead them both to the truth neither of them expected.

With a series of twists and turns, DON'T SAY A WORD tells an excellent tale of suspense with a little romance along the way.
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More About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 40 novels. Traditionally published for many years, in 2011 Barbara began self publishing her backlist and has sold over 5 million ebooks and as of today she is the bestselling KDP Author of ALL TIME! Nineteen of her titles have appeared on the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her book SUMMER SECRETS hit #1 on the New York Times and remained on the list for seven weeks. Other bestselling titles include ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS (Callaways #1), DON'T SAY A WORD, GOLDEN LIES, ALL SHE EVER WANTED, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, RYAN'S RETURN, DANIEL'S GIFT, LOVE WILL FIND A WAY, SILENT RUN and TAKEN.

Barbara writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women's fiction. She is known for writing emotional and compelling stories about love and family, sometimes with a little suspense, sometimes with a little magic.

She is currently writing a new contemporary family series, THE CALLAWAYS about a family born to "serve and protect" several as San Francisco firefighters!

Books available include
NOBODY BUT YOU (A Callaway Wedding Novella)

Over 1.5 million readers are enjoying the Callaway Series - this is one you won't want to miss!

Barbara also recently put out three books in the WISH Series which include:
A SECRET WISH (Wish Series #1)
JUST A WISH AWAY (Wish Series #2)

The books are standalone, but are connected by the theme of wishes! They're romantic, emotional and fun.

Visit Barbara's website at
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Barbara lives in California with her husband and children. When she's not writing or reading, she's probably taking a long walk or playing tennis!

** Readers should know that the titles THE CUZZIAN HORSE and PATRICK MICHAEL O'REILLY'S 13TH SUMMER, which often appear mixed in with Barbara's titles, are written by a different author with the name of Barbara Freethy

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