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"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!

About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 41 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened her own publishing company in 2011 and has since sold over 4.8 million copies of her books. Nineteen of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. In July of 2014, Barbara was named the Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Bestselling Author of ALL TIME! She was also the first Indie Author to sell over 1 million copies at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon. An author known for writing emotional stories about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations, Barbara has received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and has also received six nominations for the RITA for Best Single Title Contemporary Romance from Romance Writers of America. She has won the honor twice for her novels Daniel's Gift and The Way Back Home. Barbara recently launched a new contemporary series, The Callaways, featuring a family born to "serve and protect". For more information, visit Barbara's website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1764 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fog City Publishing, LLC (December 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LB5BR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 45 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! Twenty 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. DON'T SAY A WORD spent 12 weeks on the NYT!

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 three series: A contemporary family series The Callaways, a romantic suspense trilogy Lightning Strikes and a series of short sweet romances Bachelors & Bridesmaids.

Books available in the contemporary family series, THE CALLAWAYS, which is about a family born to "serve and protect", several as San Francisco firefighters!

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!

LIGHTNING STRIKES TRILOGY - (New trilogy of romantic suspense novels that unravel an overarching mystery through all three books.)

LIGHTNING LINGERS (Coming February 2016)
SUMMER RAIN (Coming July 2016)

The Bachelors & Bridesmaids series includes:

FALLING FOR YOU (#5) Coming November 2015

Visit Barbara's website at
Follow her on Twitter at!/BarbaraFreethy
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** 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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173 of 178 people found the following review helpful By bbvector, LORE Reading Group on 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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121 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Luvs Books on October 9, 2005
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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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113 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on August 7, 2006
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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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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By chrisbel on 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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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