Monday, May 15, 2017

DEADLY SILENCE by Rebecca Zanetti

Publisher:    Forever
Published:   October 4, 2016 
ISBN:        B01CYU3LOU
Genre:       Romantic Suspense
Format:     Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher  

Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Ryker hasn’t had an easy life.  Not by any means.  There are parts of his life that he has no tangible grasp of. He has two brothers—not of his blood, but closer than if they were. They grew up, as it were, in an orphanage that was not very kind. Not only did the local sheriff take great pleasure in beating the boys every chance he got—there was a woman who came on a regular basis to test them, relentlessly. Now, as adults, they work together to find the lost who cannot be found. He is a man who will do anything for his family and those he cares might say love, but Ryker is not a man who feels can can love...or can he?
Zara Remington put herself through paralegal school and her career is moving along quite nicely. Well, kind of. As it turns out her best friend is in danger and because of her job, Zara’s hands are tied. And then there is the investigator her firm hired – a brooding, motorcycle riding bad boy who makes her heart beat a little faster but who refuses to open any part of himself to her while demanding she tell him her secrets. Try as she might, Zara cannot walk away from Ryker…there is something so attractive about his alpha male attitude.

Living essentially off the grid—or at least keeping their whereabouts quiet, Ryder and his brothers have set up shop in Cisco – trying to track down a serial killer with a penchant for killing red-headed family members of police officers. But the game changes when a boy shows up at their office asking them to locate a woman—the woman who tested Ryder and his brothers when they were young.
The blurb for Rebecca Zanetti’s DEADLY SILENCE sounded like it would be a compelling, fast paced, white knuckled thrill ride where I wouldn’t be able to put the book down until I’d read the last page.
My expectations were not realistic and I was disappointed. The beginning was pretty good—Ryder, Denver and Heath’s back story made me hurt for them and what they went through. From that poignant beginning the story seemed to spin out of control and I felt like I was dropped in the middle without knowing how I got there. The characters – all the characters – seem angry. There is just no let-up in their anger, none of the characters seemed to have any good or anything to make them smile in their lives. Even when Zara and Ryder are together their lovemaking seems to be more based in anger than attraction.  It shouldn’t take over 1/2 of a book to get to the meat of a story and make it so the reader is making some connections with the characters.  I just never got to caring about Zara and while initially I hurt for Ryder and his brothers they lost me after the first 50 pages or so. Had the book not been for review I would not have finished it. It is rare that I don’t find some enjoyment in a story—DEADLY SILENCE was one of those times.

I did pick up on a thread that reminded me of an old Dolf Lundgren / Jean Claude Van Dam movie, Universal Solider which I did like.  It will be interesting if the series moves along in a similar way as the movie. And after the first half the story did pick up and drew me in. But, as I said, had it not been for review I would not have pushed on to get to that point. Based on how the story did get better in the last half I will be reading on.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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