Title: Silent Voices
Author: Thom Collins
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 62 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Suspense/Thriller
At a Glance: Thom Collins never disappoints me with his suspense thrillers. For a novella, this is a page turner, somewhat dark, and will have you on edge.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: A desire for justice as strong as their passion for each other.
Concerned about the welfare of his young cousin, Josh Jackson, a restaurant owner, traces the boy to Winterstone Grange, a gated manor deep in the country. Miles from anywhere, the protected walls of this stately house conceal dark secrets. Josh’s search brings him into contact with Ed Brolin, a handsome journalist who has spent weeks investigating the secrets of the Grange and its owner. Ray Armstrong is a wealthy businessman with influential connections in parliament and the police. Ed knows exactly what goes on at the Grange but, without evidence, he hasn’t got a story.
Drawn together by instant attraction and a powerful hunger for justice, Josh and Ed are determined to expose the sordid secrets of the Grange despite the risks. Josh has never met a man like Ed before—so strong, determined and masculine. Falling in love is easy. But they’ll have to put their emotions aside if they’re going to give a voice to all the silent victims of Winterstone Grange.
Reader Advisory: This book includes references to rape and gang rape and a scene involving videotaped rape.
Review: Josh Jackson’s eighteen-year-old cousin Kevin is visiting. When Kevin doesn’t return home after a night out, Josh tries not to worry—after all, he remembers what it was like to be a teenager away from home and having some fun. Josh tries to call Kevin just to check in, only to get his voice mail. After being called into work, Josh checks in with his roommate Bobby to see if Kevin has touched base, but he still hasn’t shown up. When things turn desperate Josh locates Kevin’s phone with a tracking app, which leads him out of the city and to an ominous mansion called Winterstone Grange. He gets onto the estate grounds and discovers Kevin’s phone but no Kevin.
Ed Borlin is a journalist. He’s been running down leads on some disturbing events that lead him to Winterstone Grange. Borlin, wanting to put a stop to the awful things have been happening, has to be careful. There are powerful people involved. When the horror of what happened to Kevin is revealed, Josh has no other recourse but to join Ed in his investigation.
Thom Collins never disappoints me with his suspense thrillers. For a novella, this is a page turner, somewhat dark, and will have you on edge. The bond between Josh and Ed is filled with strength, compassion and understanding, and Kevin shows his bravery. Alongside political and law enforcement corruption, there is descriptive subject matter—sexual abuse, drugs, and exploitation—which may be triggering to some.
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