Thursday, May 9, 2013

Speak No Evil by Tanya Anne Crosby - Review tour and giveaway

(Full length, romantic suspense)

This review is done in conjunction with the author's virtual tour with Goddess Fish Promotions.

Tanya will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Nook gift card (winner's choice) to a randomly drawn commenter during both this and the Kissed Tour via the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

Lifting the veil of secrecy on a grand Southern family in decline, author Tanya Anne Crosby explores the lives of Caroline, Augusta, and Savannah Aldridge, three sisters who share a dark past and an uncertain future…

Caroline Aldridge was surprised by the number of mourners at her mother’s funeral. Evidently the newspaper heiress who had caused her children so much pain was well-loved by everyone else in Charleston. Now she was gone, leaving behind countless secrets—and a few demands: Caroline and her sisters must live together for one year or lose their inheritance. And Caroline must take over The Tribune. But a killer is making headlines, and Caroline may have unwittingly stepped into the crosshairs…

A series of kidnappings and murders resurrect the sisters’ memories of their brother’s disappearance as a child—and Caroline fears she may be next. Yet in the midst of her turmoil, she may be rekindling a romance she’d extinguished long ago. With Jack back in her life and the tattered bonds of sisterhood slowly mending, Caroline hopes the family can restore its position in Charleston society—unless a sinister force beyond their control tears them apart forever…

Complex and full of details, Speak No Evil is an engaging suspense.

The author covers incredible amounts of ground in this book, building backstory (the sisters' dysfunctional life with their mother who never stopped mourning the loss of her son) , the relationship between Jack and Caroline, the disappearance of a young girl, Caroline's being thrust into power at her mother's newspaper, and a possible serial killer.  There's an insane amount of stuff happening here, and amazingly, the author manages to make it all relate.

Some of the story is a bit gruesome -- to be expected when there's a killer on the loose, and there are some very sad things that happen as well.  Characterization is important, and there are piles of secondary characters, well drawn, three dimensional characters, who are integral to the story.

All in all, this is a really good read.  Perhaps not as "edge of your seat" as I'd expected, due in large part to all the different storylines, but still fascinating and intriguing.  I really enjoyed it.

Rated 4 Flowers - This was a very good book! I'd recommend it to my friends.

Now enjoy an excerpt:

“Jack!” she whispered frantically, “Come back—please come back!”

Jack’s heart tripped. Those were words he’d been waiting to hear for years, but something in her tone told him that it wasn’t for the reason he hoped. Thankfully, he hadn’t gone very far, and even as he asked, he turned the car around. “Is everything OK, Caroline?”

“No!” The single word was filled with panic, and the tightness in Jack’s chest intensified.

“Caroline, what’s wrong?”

“Someone’s here…”

Wedging the phone between his face and his shoulder, Jack turned on his siren lights. “Stay on the phone, Caroline!” he demanded and radioed for backup, stepping on the gas.

Caroline crouched by her mother’s desk with the phone clasped to her ear. She’d gone straight to the phone, intending to call the police and her fingers automatically dialed Jack’s old number. She hadn’t even realized she still remembered.

“Hurry, Jack!” she whispered.

Tanya Anne Crosby has written seventeen novels, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including the New York Times and USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and reviews and she’s a five-time nominee for a RT Career Achievement Award. She lives with her husband, two dogs and two cats in North Michigan and grew up in Charleston, SC.

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  1. Thank you for featuring Speak No Evil today! And thank you so much for the heartfelt review!

  2. Thanks for your review

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  3. Thanks for the honest review!


  4. Thank you for the review. Sounds like a good read.


  5. This really sounds like an exciting story. I loved the review and really loved the excerpt. It kept me wanting to know what happens next.

  6. I really like the choice of names for the sisters, so very Southern.

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  7. Congratulations on the publication of Speak No Evil! It sounds like an exciting book. Love the Charleston setting. Thanks for sharing the excerpt.

  8. What a nice review, MJ. I've read a few of your reviews and they always are honest and thorough.
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  9. I'm glad you enjoyed the novel-- it sounds like a good one!

  10. Thanks for the review and the chance to win!
    Speak No Evil sounds like a great read!!

  11. "An engaging suspense" sounds great to me. With a killer, gruesome can be expected.


  12. Thanks for sharing the blurb and excerpt!!!

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