Merida Falcon is a world-class beauty, a trophy wife who seems to have it all…except she has no voice.
For nine bitter years, Merida lived to serve her wealthy elderly husband, never leaving his side, always doing his bidding…
On his death, Merida vanishes…and reappears in Virtue Falls with a new name, a new look, and a plot to take revenge on the man who loved her, betrayed her and walked away, leaving her silent, abused and bound to an old man’s obsession.
But Merida faces challenges. Her school friend Kateri Kwinault is the newly elected sheriff of Virtue Falls. A chance meeting with her former lover intrigues him and brings him on the hunt for her, and meeting him face to face shakes her convictions. Will she have time to discover the truth about the events that occurred nine years ago? For someone in Virtue Falls is stalking women and slashing them…to death.
Danger closes in. Merida’s fears build. There’s no one to turn to…no one she dares to trust. And she has to wonder—who is the killer stalking? Is he trying to silence forever THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM?
Dodd reminds me a lot of Nora Roberts in that Roberts is very well known for her Romance genre but she also writes in the Mystery genre so when you’re looking up her books you have to check both areas because the mystery books often get labeled under Romance or vice versa. Dodd’s Virtue Falls series is a prime example of this dichotomy because there is no doubt where this falls. This is NOT a Romance series, it is firmly entrenched in the Mystery genre with a side storyline of Romance that is not the focus so beware of that if you are a hardcore romance fan.
This is the FOURTH book in the series and it is IMPERATIVE you read the first 3 or you will be lost, you won’t have that same sense of WOW when you discover certain plot points and if you ever go back to read the early ones after this some of the shock won’t be there because you’ll already know where things are headed.
This novel switches viewpoints between 2 characters so it can take a bit to adjust to but since that’s a common plot tactic in the mystery genre it didn’t bother me.
Dodd has created a great revenge story full of complex characters that does justice to this series. I loved the twists, the suspense and the mind games she played with her characters. It reminded me a bit of that show Revenge in that you have this character return to town while hiding her identity in order to play havoc on those who hurt her years prior.
My only complaint with the book was how Dodd handled the use of sign language in the book because it just seemed way too prevalent to be believable given the context of who the character was interacting with and within these settings.
Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com