BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Don’t Make a Sound by T.R. Ragan (Psychological Thriller)

A Sawyer Brooks Thriller #1
T.R. Ragan

Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer
Date of Publication: June 1, 2020
Number of Pages:  287


Her own past could be a reporter’s biggest story in this twisting thriller about murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author T.R. Ragan.

Plagued by traumatic childhood memories, crime reporter Sawyer Brooks still struggles to gain control of her rage, her paranoia, and her life. Now, after finally getting promoted at work, she is forced to return home and face her past.

River Rock is where she’d been abandoned by her two older sisters to suffer alone, and in silence, the unspeakable abuses of her family. It’s also where Sawyer’s best friend disappeared and two teenage girls were murdered. Three cold cases dead and buried with the rest of the town’s secrets.

When another girl is slain in a familiar grisly fashion, Sawyer is determined to put an end to the crimes. Pulled back into the horrors of her family history, Sawyer must reconcile with her estranged sisters, who both have shattering memories of their own. As Sawyer’s investigation leads to River Rock’s darkest corners, what will prove more dangerous—what she knows of the past or what she has yet to discover?
This book is not for the faint of heart. Tread lightly because this is deeply disturbing and made all the more chilling given how incredibly believable it all is. This violence happens every day, and though explicit, but never gratuitous, it is relevant. 

Junior reporter Sawyer begins looking into the deaths of two girls, now cold cases, from her home town that converge into shedding light on her own haunted past and abuse. Sawyer’s story, much like all the women in this book, is absolutely horrific and marked with a great deal of pain. Her coping mechanisms were completely understandable given her family dynamics and the level of trauma she experienced. Bringing in the subplot element of a vigilante revenge group was fascinating, and I couldn’t turn away once the story began moving between their actions and the murder mysteries Sawyer is attempting to solve. This was an intense thriller told from various points of view that added incredible layering to the growing suspense, while also building anticipation for the final showdown. The setting of River Rock is just as menacing and filled with it’s own secretive history that was interwoven into the narrative in such a gripping way that in a sense it became its own character as well. 

Thought the subject matter is awful, this well written plot was an amazing read for me and really set some high expectations for future installments of the series, which I am now highly anticipating! In the meantime, I’ll definitely be checking out the author’s previous books. So if you’re in the mood for dark, gritty, and dangerous, definitely give this book a read!

New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author T.R. Ragan has sold more than three million books since her debut novel appeared in 2011. She is the author of the Faith McMann trilogy (FuriousOutrage, and Wrath); the Lizzy Gardner series (AbductedDead WeightA Dark MindObsessedAlmost Dead, and Evil Never Dies) ; and the Jessie Cole novels (Her Last DayDeadly RecallDeranged, and Buried Deep). In addition to thrillers, she writes medieval time-travel tales, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense as Theresa Ragan. An avid traveler, her wanderings have led her to China, Thailand, and Nepal. Theresa and her husband, Joe, have four children and live in Sacramento, California.


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Many thanks to Great Escapes Book Blog Tours and the author for providing me with a copy of the book! It was a pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!
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May 31 – Gimme The Scoop Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 1 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
June 1 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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June 3 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT
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