10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
This book was just okay--by no means Great. There was no closure AT ALL. I kept flipping pages thinking I may have been missing some pages. Left too many things unfinished. Could have been so much better.
Save your money--if it's free....may be good to kill some absolutly boring time!!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2012
Yes, this book was suspenseful (enough so, that I finished it rather quickly)! However, I just didn't care that the Jameson family was being threatened by cold-blooded killer Rory Madden, because I couldn't stand anyone in the family! I did like the baby Abigail and Duke, the Chocolate Lab puppy, (probably because they couldn't talk), but the human/adult people in the family were awful! Brett Jameson, the father, was a spineless wimp; Pamela, the step-mom was a bitchy tramp and Justine, the teenage daughter, was a whiny, selfish, spoiled brat. She felt that her parents were "out to get" her and her baby (Abigail) even though they(the parents)were uncomplainingly supplying them with a roof over their heads and food to eat! I hated the way Brett called Justine "Sweets" after she had thrown one of her many tantrums! I was happy to get to the (unbelievable)ending so that I wouldn't have to read about these people and their terrible problems ever again!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2011
Justine Jameson has her share of problems. She's a teenage single mother of an infant baby, recently moved back in with her father and stepmother after the failure of her relationship with the baby's father. Her parents' relationship is hanging by a thread, as is her father's business.
And that's not the worst of it. Justine hears things; voices in her head warning her of a horrible fate awaiting her child, warning her she is incapable of caring for a baby, making her fear for her very sanity.
When the dysunctional family buys a recently foreclosed home in a tiny, isolated New York town, things go from bad to worse for Justine. Her father works long hours attempting to save his business, her self-involved stepmother disappears for long stretches at a time, and Justine feels isolated and alone until she meets Rory Madden, a bad-boy Irish expatriate who sweeps her off her feet.
But Rory Madden may not be exactly what - or who - he appears. His past is one of violence and deception, and his motives are unclear, at least to Justine. When she discovers a strange text message on her stepmother's cell phone, a deadly chain of events is set into motion that threatens everything Justine Jameson holds dear, and death and destruction lurks around every corner.
NO ONE TO HEAR YOU SCREAM is Julia Madeleine's second book, and it is written with an eye for detail that draws the reader into the plot. As the wheels of apparent coincidence and ill will begin to turn faster and faster, the suspense builds until the reader is left turning pages in a breathless attempt to discover who - if anyone - will survive a violent showdown.
The characters are layered, developed fully and richly, and every one of them has a secret which influences their actions. It is this fully developed characterization which, more than anything else, draws the reader in and makes him care about the outcome of the book, which remains in doubt right up until the very end.
Julia Madeleine is a name to watch, and NO ONE TO HEAR YOU SCREAM is a winner.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
Really enjoyed this book until the end. I was left wondering what happened to everyone? We know what happens to Rory although even that was weird. Had to give it only two stars because the ending was so horrible. It was as if the author thought..ok..done with that..tired of this book I will just end it. Not happy at all. I give credit where it is due but won't given credit to books that leave me hanging or confused.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing characterization, twisting plots and constant action will keep readers riveted to the pages of No One to Hear You Scream!
No One to Hear You Scream is a story of blackened innocent. Questions, doubts, revenge and lies. The "gray people" totally sent shivers down my spine as goose flesh prickled, the passion sent tingles and the murders ripped my heart into tatters. I have to honestly say that Julia Madeleine wove a perfect story to send my emotions on a roller coaster ride with no breaks.
I hate to admit this, but I felt such a controversial compassion for Rory, the "bad guy" of the book. I kept thinking to myself "This guy is bad. He kills people. Why do I feel for him?" Crazy as it sounds, there it is. Of course, I also felt a deep empathy for Justine, her life and her baby girl. With so many emotions packed within No One to Hear You Scream, there was never a dull moment.
In reality, the story, itself, is one that could easily happen anywhere, to anyone. It is real and deals with real people. The true possibility of the situations is one of horror, but not far fetched by any means. Perhaps this is one of the reasons it is such a captivating read. For lovers of suspense and thrillers, No One to Hear You Scream is a sure winner and a must read. This is Ms. Madeleine's second novel and I can't wait to read her first release, Scarlet Rose as well as her future releases.
To give readers a glimpse into No One to Hear You Scream, I wanted to provide a short excerpt from Chapter One:
He spied movement from beneath her skull as a pool of dark red crept steadily across the hardwood. Could it stain? Too late, he realized. He should have planned this better, put down some plastic.
Rory Madden cocked his head to one side and leaned over her body lying on the living room floor, her milk-white limbs splayed out awkwardly. He waited for the woman to inhale and release another agonizing scream, as he searched for the flutter of an eyelid, a twitch of her lips, anything. She didn't budge.
"You left me no bloody choice now, did you?" Rory sucked his teeth.
He inspected the wrench in his hand, knowing he should wash the end of it with bleach, though he didn't see any blood or hair. But forensics had a way of finding the most infinitesimal amount of DNA. One negligent moment could cost a lifetime of freedom - it was best not to be sloppy.
And this, my friends, is just the tip of the murderous and suspense-filled story! Do be warned that there are scenes of violence, sexual situations and language. I would rate this close to an "R". Mild on all counts, but not for the easily offended.
Now, what are you waiting for?! Get yourself out there and grab a copy of this excellent book!! You may not get much sleep, but it will be well worth it, I promise you!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
The term "novel" means exactly that; something original, something new. And, each novel should be exactly that.
Precisely what Julia Madeleine's novel, NO ONE TO HEAR YOU SCREAM is. An original work.
For starters, it takes us inside the mind of a brutal criminal. Madeleine isn't the first novelist to do so, but unlike many who attempt to convey criminals to their readers, hers rings true. As a former criminal myself, I'm perhaps more sensitive to how writers portray outlaws, and to be honest, most get it wrong. Trust me--Julia doesn't.
This is a brilliant character study on several levels. Involved is a teenager with mental issues, a father and stepmother with mental and emotional issues, a criminal with mental issues--in short, a typical dysfunctional family. Seriously, the insights delivered into these characters are brilliant and come on nearly every page.
NO ONE TO HEAR YOU SCREAM reminded me in a way of Charles Bukowski's best story (imo), "The Fiend" in that it delivers a man who is presumably totally evil to most who might know him, but shows the spark of humanity that resides in all of us, even the worst among us.
If you like your fiction dark and original and to keep you up late at night turning the pages, this is the novel for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2011
In every dream home a heartache.
Seventeen year old Justine is a single parent who is going through major post-natal depression and is, it seems, as batty as a cave full of Guano. She lives with her father, whose business is going down the Swanee, and his wife, who has a dark secret and whose daughter only recently died.
So, the dysfunctional family move out into the countryside, for a fresh start in an idyllic country house, which they happen to get remarkably cheap.
And, of course, if something seems too good to be true then it usually is.
The previous owner of this perfect home is Rory. Rory is a former Irish terrorist turned drug dealer, who we first meet burying the body of as dead stripper in the grounds of the aforementioned dream home. Rory is stitched up by one of his mates and is sent to prison, which is why he loses his house. But, then he gets out of the slammer bent on revenge and getting his house back.
Julia Madeleine has described NO ONE TO HEAR YOU SCREAM as a hybrid of Cape Fear and The Ghosts Of Belfast which should give you a flavor of this scorching hot, gritty and remarkably tense thriller.
on February 8, 2015
The main characters in this book are two dysfunctional parents who have drifted apart, a daughter who was in a bad relationship when she was 16 & now has a child she is raising without her ex-boyfriend in the picture. They want a house in the country & find one owned by the bank because the original owner & builder is in jail & didn't make payments. He is a violent Irishman who will do anything to get his house back. If it wasn't revealed at the very beginning that this man was totally evil, I might have felt sorry for him because of the unlucky breaks he got over his property but he was effectively portrayed as having little redeeming characteristics. The girl, who turns 18, doesn't seem to have much experience in relationships due to lack of experience & a mental illness normally controlled by medication. Of course, she doesn't like how the drugs make her feel & stops taking them. Her mental illness is back, the con is back, the parents are existing in the same house but don't care much about each other. No Brady Bunch moments here! The parents & teen aren't necessarily good guys. All of them have cracks in their facades. Even the evil one, Rory, had parts in his personality that reflected deep pain & I was sympathetic. Because of something that hurt him deeply, he has developed feelings for the daughter. I thought the characters were well written & I liked the premise of the story. What I mainly didn't like was that while there was an ending, there were several things that were implausible. Spoiler alert: Rory is going to blow up the car that had the parents in it so he could get his house back by living there with the daughter & her baby. That part, because of what was written about his personality & how he acts when angry, was ok. But, when he rescues the daughter, her baby & dog & she stabs him, that didn't make sense. He's this vicious killer & she could pull something off like that up close? And she misses being shot by this master assassin? The parents escape so everything was wrapped up in a tight little bundle. But I had questions that weren't answered. Mainly, what happened in the relationship amongst the 3 family members after this near-death event? It was pretty easy to assume that they picked up with their lives & continued working on caring for each other since everyone's dirty laundry was out in the open. I guess an assumption the reader was supposed to make was that the young woman was back on her meds, the parents were working through their difficulties & they all learned to live in some sort of functional harmony. Kinda like how the rest of the world functions.
on August 31, 2011
No One To Hear You SCREAM is a thriller that will leave you breathless, yet longing for another chapter. The story does not take long to unravel, from the start you can feel Rory Madden, a hot kick ass British, and one of the main characters, has deep dark secrets and will let no one stand in his way of what he wants. What it turns out he does want is a mix of revenge and satisfaction for losing his picturesque lakefront home, one he designed and helped build with his sweat and blood. It was his pride and joy. Rory's tainted background which includes, hatred, killings and terrorism felt a world away know that he is living in this serene and scenic area of upstate New York. However, his past still continues to haunt him. A past he thought he left behind in Northern Ireland. Hanging out with some of his former mates he soon finds out those he thought he could trust have turned against him. He soon finds himself in jail losing everything he has worked for and even his lawyer does not help his current situation. This story has many twists and at times you feel like Rory has a good heart and he just might lay low after he gets out of jail. But his feelings of betrayal and revenge continue to stew and seep through his blood and it does not take him long to decide he wants everyone out of his way, and most of all those that have deceived him. He also wants his property back and he will do anything he can to get it. I loved the character of Justine, the daughter of Brett and Pamela, who purchased Rory's home on foreclosure. Justine seems like the typical teen who just seems to have made some mistakes in life and wants to make it all right. But Justine has dark secrets that consume her daily life and after moving to upstate New York her feelings of loneliness make her feel more withdrawn and disconnected from her parents. When sweet talking Rory shows up at his former home with a postal justification. Justine innocently falls for Rory's good looks and charm. Just when you think Justine might turn Rory around from his life of crime, all hell breaks loose. Madeleine has created a thriller that is hard to put down and while keeping every page you turn fresh and intriguing, I found myself wondering what would happen next. There are so many surprises throughout every chapter that I did not see coming, and never would have guessed might happen. Maybe Madeleine will add a sequel to this novel as she has the potential to go far with these thrilling and sensational characters, I know if and when she does, I will be anxiously waiting.
Brett thinks he has landed his dream home when he buys a foreclosed house. He moves his wife, daughter Justine, and new grandchild into the home, hoping for a better life for them all. Each of them is damaged in some ways, and the house comes with its own set of baggage in the form of its homicidal past owner. When the owner strikes up a relationship with Justine, her fragility makes for the perfect way for him to manipulate Brett into giving the house back.
Edge of my seat. That is where this book had me. There is a lot going on in this book. You have the relationships between Brett, his wife Pamela, and Justine; Pamela dealing with the loss of her daughter as well as a huge secret; Brett dealing with a failing business; Justine having mental health issues; and Rory, the original homeowner, and his plethora of issues. It is a lot to take in, but that is also what makes the story so captivating.
I thought both plot and characters were developed well, with nice even pacing. My favorite character, the one I love to hate, is actually Rory. He has a lot of depth and dimension, but you stop just short of empathy when you read about him. He helps the story maintain its high level of reader engagement.
Have you ever had a moment where a loud noise sounds, and then, for a split second, the silence that follows is deafening, leaving your ears ringing? That is what the end of this book was like for me. I loved the themes at work here, the flawed nature of the characters, the emphasis on keeping secrets. This one is well worth the read.