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Walk Into Silence (Jo Larsen, 1) Paperback – December 1, 2016
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“McBride's intense, heartbreaking thriller grabs from the start and stays long after the end...Pulse-pounding twists and turns make this one memorable story.” ―RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of the Debutante Dropout Mysteries and the River Road Mysteries. She has won a Lefty Award, been twice nominated for the Anthony Award, and received the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and daughter.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (December 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503937623
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503937628
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #274,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Susan McBride is a well-spoken and highly regarded author who has published a significant number of works. She has at least two series either completed or well-started and various other successful books, some of which have spent time on best-seller lists. So if success is a harbinger of things to come, this book should be well-received. After a few pages I knew I was going to enjoy this book and found myself wondering why I had never read any of McBrides other works. I still don't know why, but the issue has been resolved. McBride is now on my list of authors to watch and read.
NO SPOILERS HERE:
I am almost always fully invested in a book by the second chapter, or I have elected to put it down. There are some exceptions of course, but there is no need for that here. This book starts as it should and maintains a good pace. I found the characters to be fairly well developed and well rounded. Initially the premise of the story sounded a little mundane. Another "mirror" story of two characters who echo each other and are inexorably tied together. This time however, one of them is initially present only by reference (we learn about her through the eyes of others..). Our female lead is drawn into a missing person case and the story develops from there.
One of my pet peeves with a lot of books published by new authors is the decided lack of competent proofing and editing. I am happy to report that this book does not suffer those indignities. This book appears to be well edited with no major errors of fact or repetition and spelling and grammer is better than most. I am certain that the prior experience of the author has a lot to do with the readability of this text. The language in the book is pretty much "PG" rated (there are a few places where some inuendo appears and a few suggestive remarks, but...). Overall, I found the language easy to read and appropriate to the assumed adult audience. I found little swearing (none rememberable..??), and very little coarseness that would make anyone blush.
The plot and storyline are a bit shopworn, but the way the details are developed and the development of the characters make up for it. The parallels drawn between the female characters add interest and keep you wondering what is coming. The supporting characters seem to be nicely described (if not fully developed..) and seem to support the story in a manner that is convincing. As a detective, Jo seems a little sedate (at least initially..) but I would guess that most detectives are that way until forced into action. As the story develops, we see a competent detective battling her own demons and emotions while dealing with the vagaries of every day police work and a case that is quickly building into far more than expected.
Overall, I liked the book. It is not one of my very favorite police procedural or suspense novels, but it is pretty good. I found the "action" part of the book to be a little tame in most cases, but the storyline held up pretty well. I think it could have been plotted a little better which might have added more realistic good guy-bad guy action to be resolved. If I seem conflicted about the book, it is because I am. I REALLY liked parts of it, and parts of it left me sort of hmmm..???
If you like your suspense novels hard-hitting , graphic, and full of action, this one probably will not be your cup of tea. On the other hand, if you are more sedate and like suspense mixed with a little romance and a spirited female lead character with a softer side showing.... you will probably REALLY like this one. It's not gutsy and gritty like Kay Scarpetta, but not everything has to be....
Other objectionable points are the author's complete lack of knowledge regarding guns and hunting and her objections to both. At one point someone asks whether a handgun is a "pistol or semi-automatic," conclusively proving she knows nothing about the topic. She is also apoplectic when a husband gives a handgun to his wife who feels threatened. No doubt a puppy would have been preferable. Then she describes a character who is a hunter as "slaughtering Bambi," as apparently the meat the author buys for her own consumption grows on trees. This stuff isn't everywhere in the book but there's enough of it to be bothersome if you do not share the author's beliefs.
Since I paid nothing for it I got my money's worth but never again for Ms. McBride.
I enjoy a murder/crime story from Agatha Christie to a true crime story. Walk Into Silence was definitely intense at times, but would still be enjoyable vacation reading. I think Jo Larsen will appeal to women and men looking for more murder mysteries/crime stories with a woman lead.
The reason I didn't give it 5 stars was simple. When writing about Jo Larsen's backstory, Ms. McBride tended to slip into a somewhat different voice. It just didn't segue easily and wasn't clean throughout the book.
Overall I enjoyed the book. The plot flowed well with the exception of Jo Larsen's backstory being a bit rough. I looked forward to reading the next book to see if Ms. McBride can continue to write about and strengthen the character of Jo Larsen.
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Between Jenny's "the surgeon" ex husband, his wealthy trophy wife, her dead son Finn and the unecessary neighbour who is just too close.
Jo and her partner Hank follow the leads, miss things but get back on track just in time.
An enjoyable book but the audio is highly confusing as there is not enough difference between the characters voices!