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The Woman Who Couldn't Scream: A Novel (The Virtue Falls Series) Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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Praise for The Woman Who Couldn't Scream:
"Dodd's new title delivers complex storytelling, a rollicking pace, and surprising twists and turns, plus sly humor, a touch of the supernatural, and a full cast of interesting and diverse characters. Readers will be thrilled to get back to Virtue Falls." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Tense, taut, and beautifully paced, this latest addition to Dodd's series is another stunner; it will appeal to romance and suspense fans alike." ―Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for Because I’m Watching:
“Two emotionally damaged characters find hope, self-forgiveness, and love in this exquisitely crafted, modern version of Gaslight that hooks readers and keeps them mesmerized until the end. A chilling and gripping tale, beautifully done.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
"Romantic suspense favorite Dodd heads back to Virtue Falls for another smart, dramatic mystery that will keep readers flipping pages until the very end, with unexpected twists, psychological tension, and emotional depth...Another Virtue Falls winner." ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for Obsession Falls:
“Dodd delivers another white-knuckle tale of romantic suspense...The plot’s twists and turns are handled with a positively Hitchcockian touch, while the brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor are pure Dodd.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“This one is impossible to put down. A remarkable, mesmerizing series.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for Virtue Falls:
"A winning read. Intense and suspenseful, with touches of romance, humor and mysticism." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Mega talent Dodd returns with a truly stunning work of mystery, danger and romance." ―Romantic Times (Top Pick)
“Dodd slowly ratchets up the suspense level to the breaking point, while introducing readers to the diverse and quirky characters…a nail-biting book.” ―Booklist
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In my review of “Because I’m Watching” (Virtue Falls #3) I shared “I couldn’t imagine how Christina Dodd could possibly make any subsequent novel go beyond “more” of any adjective the reader would like to substitute in their descriptive review. But, the author could virtually be whispering in the reader’s ear: “Read on! Just keep reading my next novel in the Virtue Falls Series!!” WoW!”
And now in my review of “The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream” (Virtue Falls #4), this reader would advise that Christina Dodd has once again delivered and further intensified that “edge-of-your-seat” reading experience with this riveting suspense novel. Initial appearance of the storylines in the Virtue Falls series may seem to present the ordinary “damsel in distress” but there is nothing ordinary about the women portrayed in Christina Dodd’s novels. “The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream” is no exception and even heightens the trepidation and alarm for the welfare of women in Virtue Falls and particularly for Kateri Kwinault (newly elected, first female Sheriff), Rainbow (Waitress at the Oceanview Café), and new arrival Merida Falcon (a woman some know as Helen Brassard and still others remember her as Merry Byrd).
Portrayal of Merida provides a rare window into the world of individuals who are mute and communicate with American Sign Language (ASL). As Merida introduces herself via sign language or use of a computer tablet, she signs or types “I am mute, unable to speak. I am not deaf. Please do not shout!” This unique addition to the storyline never interrupts the flow nor detracts from the plot but adds a layer of complexity to the storyline particularly as Merida is a leading character. This character portrayal may also inspire readers to learn ASL to widen opportunities of communication.
I love the diversity of the supporting characters as through the various character descriptions and portrayal of their personalities each one brings a unique quality to the story whether it’s Phoebe Glass (Proprietor of the Good Knight Manor Bed and Breakfast), Mr. Caldwell, Mr. Harcourt, Mr. Setzer and Mr. Edkvist (who hold court at the old geezer table of the Oceanview Café); Bertha Waldschmidt (original and current bar owner of The Gem Lounge), Virtue Falls Deputy Sheriff Gunder Bergen and Officer Rupert Moen, or Garik Jacobsen (former sheriff and now with the FBI), and not to be forgotten Lacey (Kateri’s Cocker Spaniel), and Mrs. Golobovitch (best-known as Lacey’s dog-sitter).
Christina Dodd blends themes of murder, spousal abuse, and relationships (husband/wife, mother/son, sisters, friends, coworkers) incorporating a Native American legend of the frog god into one thrilling, page-turning, intriguing and suspenseful read all with a romantic twist. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next and I wanted to hurry along but at the same time I didn’t want to miss any of the intrigue and details of each chapter that were building to the culmination of the truth and the reveal of how Merida would move beyond the locked haven she created at the Good Knight Manor Bed and Breakfast, how Kateri would fare professionally as sheriff and in her personal relationships and if Rainbow would survive. It is difficult to find the perfect words to share how deeply ensconced the reader becomes in this story, how gripping the characters, how perfectly the setting of Virtue Falls provides intrigue and suspense. I was totally captivated from cover-to-cover!
I was lucky to be invited to read and review this novel and received an autographed, hardcover edition of "The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream" and the enclosure of a sachet stuffed with lavender grown on the author's property.
Sheriff Kateri Kwinault has no idea what is on it's way to Virtue Falls. She's trying to track down a father son duo that have been in a crime spree. The Terrances are drug dealers, prison escapees, & are armed & extremely dangerous. They'd already attempted to kill her in a drive by shooting. Instead the waitress was in the hospital in a coma. While she is hunting these two, they start to find bodies with their hands, face &/or necks cut up. Is there a serial killer around? Is it the work of the Terrances or someone else? During all of this drama, two visitors surprise her - her step sister & her childhood friend. What do they want? Are they involved in everything going on?
Merida Falcon has come to Virtue Falls to exact revenge on the man that she thinks stole her life away. She wanted to reconnect with her childhood friend Kateri too. Merida was known as Merry Byrd when Kateri knew her. However, she was involved in a plane explosion & had to get massive plastic surgery. She had to make an unholy alliance in order to afford it & married a man years older who had to control her. She's changed her appearance dramatically from what she looked like when she was married. How are so many people in Virtue Falls that knew her from her former life? And how are they all recognizing her? Why does she feel like someone is stalking her?
This book has a fast paced high intensity plot with a variety of twists & turns. There is a lot going on but it isn't disjointed at all. Everything happens in its time & for a reason. As a reader, every time I felt something had reached its climax, something else happened & you were off & running again. The relationship between Kateri & Stag is going strong & is emotionally intense. This book has everything needed to grip the reader's attention & not let it go until the book is finished.
Last night I finished her latest book, "The Woman Who Couldn't Scream. Like all of her books, you don't want to put it down until the last page and you end up wishing it wasn't finished. It is fast paced with a super plot and many background plots all woven into one great big read.
The continuous main character in this book, which is the fourth in her Virtual Falls series, is native American and town Sheriff Kateri Kwinault. In an earlier book Kateri was head of the Coast Guard and during an earthquake and tsunami she died by drowning, fought the great Frog King in the ocean who spit her back out alive and when she returned she had "powers" she is always reluctant to use. She can now make the earth vibrate and shake, among other things.
While there are many super characters, this story wraps around Merida Falcon, a childhood friend of Kateri's. Merida is the widow of a wealthy man and assassins are coming out of the woodwork trying to kill her, or somebody around her. In addition there is a serial killer in town and a local bad guy who cooks drugs and sells them. The drug dealer is particularly mean and wily and he is a slippery character who wants to kill town residents he has grudges against.