Don't Say a Word
Kylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent father is in prison for murder and she’s hell-bent on getting him out. But trying to investigate in the small town where a defensive lineman is a hero no matter who he tries to kill and the girl who gets him locked up is public enemy number one is dangerous. Dark secrets are everywhere in Jasperville—the kind Ky can’t walk away from.When rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson returns to town to finish an open investigation, he goes undercover at her high school—as her ex. Determined to keep her from interfering, Dawson’s plan backfires after Ky gets an anonymous call about missing girls officially labeled as runaways—runaways that didn’t really run away at all.Because dead girls can’t run.And they don’t say a word.

Don't Say a Word Details

TitleDon't Say a Word
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 17th, 2019
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN-139780765397713
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Suspense

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Don't Say a Word Review

  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    January 1, 1970
    “What we want to believe and what’s actually true are rarely if ever the same thing, Danners…”Trigger Warning: Sexual assault (non-graphic), Underage Prostitution, ViolenceAre you a fan of Veronica Mars or Law & Order: SVU? Then you need this book in your life! I was so excited to be back with Ky and the gang for the next book in the Hometown Antihero series, and I sure wasn't disappointed. I'm going to keep this review a little more vague, just in case you haven't had the pleasure yet of “What we want to believe and what’s actually true are rarely if ever the same thing, Danners…”Trigger Warning: Sexual assault (non-graphic), Underage Prostitution, ViolenceAre you a fan of Veronica Mars or Law & Order: SVU? Then you need this book in your life! I was so excited to be back with Ky and the gang for the next book in the Hometown Antihero series, and I sure wasn't disappointed. I'm going to keep this review a little more vague, just in case you haven't had the pleasure yet of reading the first book, Dare You to Lie (if you haven't, go get it!).  Don't Say a Word picks up directly after Dare you to Lie ended, so you completely need to read the first book to be able to go into this one and not be completely confused.  That being said, going right back into the story where it left off was perfect - I love when stories do that.  Especially with thriller/mystery type novels.  When a bunch of time has passed, I always feel a little cheated and like I missed something in the story.  There is a bit of a catch up here and there at the start, just in case you forgot something from the first book, so I didn't have to read the first book over again to refresh my memory.  In this story, Ky is back in the middle of just about everything she shouldn't be in - yet again and I lived for it.  This time, along with the mysteries from the first novel, Ky has a new case dropped in front of her.  A young girl calls Ky and tells her about girls going missing from from the area and how scared she is about what is happening to them and what might happen to her.  She doesn't reveal much information but says she will only work with Ky - which then leads to our favorite Deputy Dawson coming into the story again.  Oh yes, we get so much Dawson in this one! Dawson reluctantly agrees to let Ky help on the case and says he will be going undercover as a student at her highschool.  He also drops the bomb that they will be playing exes that are getting back together, while he is there.  Ummm anyone else love the fake dating trope? This leads to all sorts of fun banter and awkward moments between the two.  If you are looking for some great chemistry and sexual tension, this book has it in spades.  There is also another guy in Ky's life that isn't too happy with this and is doing all he can to also get back together with her.  Don't worry, this is a fun triangle - not a sloppy one! The main focus of this story though is the case and that is why I love this series.  Yes, there are great moments of romantic tension and friendship adventures but it always goes back to the case and solving it.  It never gets deterred or overtaken by a romantic storyline.  Dawson and Ky end up making a really solid team and I love watching their partnership really develop - way moreso then anything else.  I also loved that all the characters showed some development in this story, so it felt authentic to me.  I really enjoy reading about these characters and I have no clue what is going to happen overall.  I only know that I TRUST. NO. ONE.  I would recommend this to anyone who is tired of reading YA mysteries that don't really hold up in the end.  Don't Say a Word has great characters and intriguing cases.  I would give it a try if that sounds up your alley.  
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  • Paula Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    Kylene Danners is back, and this time, she is going full steam ahead as not only is her father still in prison for a murder he didn't commit and for being a dirty FBI agent, her best friend Garrett is recuperating in hospital after almost being killed. With so many of her friends being injured, she doesn't want to see anyone else hurt which means getting some help from an undercover FBI agent- Agent Dawson who is posing at her school as her boyfriend. Seems like the mysterious person now has a n Kylene Danners is back, and this time, she is going full steam ahead as not only is her father still in prison for a murder he didn't commit and for being a dirty FBI agent, her best friend Garrett is recuperating in hospital after almost being killed. With so many of her friends being injured, she doesn't want to see anyone else hurt which means getting some help from an undercover FBI agent- Agent Dawson who is posing at her school as her boyfriend. Seems like the mysterious person now has a name and has taken a leaf out of the Pretty Little Liars series by calling himself "AD"and nope, I'm not convinced that it stands for Agent Dawson as he does have this "nice guy" feel about him and it would totally suck if he were manipulating everyone. Don't Say a Word's plot focuses on taking down a prostitution ring that is hiring girls from Kylene's school and neighborhood and if the girls don't comply, they turn up dead and beyond recognizable. Can Kylene help save the girls and in doing so uncover and come one step further into saving her dad and finding out who is pulling the strings of the high and mighty and the dark and seedy in their small town of Jasperville. Find out in another excellent book by Amber Lynn Natusch. Fans of Veronica Mars and Nancy Drew will love the character of Kylene Danners.
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the author, Amber, for sending me a copy through Netgalley for review. She asked that I review on GR for now and my blog closer to release date. So look for my review there sometime in late August.It's so hard to review a mystery book without giving away any clues. I will do my best to keep this spoiler free. However, there are spoilers for book one (Dare You To Lie). If you haven't read that, then don't read this review and just know I gave both books 5 stars.Don't Say A Word star Thank you to the author, Amber, for sending me a copy through Netgalley for review. She asked that I review on GR for now and my blog closer to release date. So look for my review there sometime in late August.It's so hard to review a mystery book without giving away any clues. I will do my best to keep this spoiler free. However, there are spoilers for book one (Dare You To Lie). If you haven't read that, then don't read this review and just know I gave both books 5 stars.Don't Say A Word starts off right where Dare You To Lie ends. Garrett is still in the hospital, but Kylene has to go back to school. Instead of being praised for taking down a drug scandal, she is attacked because now the football team won't make it to state. The students tend to ignore that Donovan tried to kill her and Garrett. The coach is one of the worst to her. Luckily Ky still has Tabby. Now that she knows AJ didn't take and release the photos, Kylene is attempting to be friends with him again. It's tough because she often times has feelings for him, just by remembering their past. But Agent Dawson is under cover in the school as Ky's ex that she might be getting back together with. The FBI wants to know who the AD is and how many people he has blackmailed to work for him/her. Right now, the focus is on uncovering who is running a prostitution ring with girls from the high school. One girl stuck in it, "Jane", contacts Kylene because she thinks she is the only one that can help. She tells her about how one girl was recently killed and that she might be next. Also, she tells Kylene to start looking into all the missing girls from the area. The "throwaways" that people either don't report missing or don't even notice them gone. Kylene and Agent Dawson starts working on this together. Dawson isn't thrilled, but Jane will only speak to Ky.Garret finally gets released and starts hanging out with Ky, Tabby, and AJ again. Things get complicated with Ky and AJ since he hasn't ever stopped loving her. AJ and Dawson have a lot of tension between them that doesn't help. Even though Kylene and Dawson argue all the time, she also starts feeling something more for him. This makes things even more tense and stressful for her.Dawson and Ky start trying to figure out who is linked to every missing girl that fits the profile. It becomes hard to eliminate too many of them until after they find a body that has DNA under her fingers. It's still hard for Ky to see adults she trusts on the list. Ky starts getting notes at school left on her car. It becomes clear that she is now a target and she will have to fight to stay alive (again).She is also still working on her dad's case. Gramps is still amazing, but not home very much. There is a lot of mystery in Don't Say A Word. I found it even harder to put down than Dare You To Lie. I loved the relationships with everyone, the banter with Ky and Dawson, Ky's sarcasm, the AJ, Ky, Dawson sort of triangle, Tabby's fun personality, and Garrett's sweetness. The mysteries weave together well and while I did have a feeling on one thing, there were other things that surprised me.I know I shouldn't hope for a relationship between Ky and Dawson because of the age difference. But I'm older and this was totally normal when I was in school. Plus, Ky turns 18 and there has been no sex. So I'm very much hoping to see them together. AJ is sweet, but it's almost too easy with him. He's comfortable for Ky. Dawson challenges her and they definitely have some tension and chemistry. I loved this book and already have it pre-ordered. Now I'm just sad (and a bit frustrated) that I have to wait so long for book three.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 19%This sounded like my sort of thing and I was really excited to read it. When I started, I was immediately confused. I felt like I had been dropped into a story that was already started and there’s a reason: this is a sequel to Dare You to Lie. I don’t know why they’re not labeled as a series, but since I didn’t read the previous book, I’m not going to struggle with this one. No rating because I might have loved it and I wouldn’t have requested it if I knew it was a sequel. **Huge thank DNF at 19%This sounded like my sort of thing and I was really excited to read it. When I started, I was immediately confused. I felt like I had been dropped into a story that was already started and there’s a reason: this is a sequel to Dare You to Lie. I don’t know why they’re not labeled as a series, but since I didn’t read the previous book, I’m not going to struggle with this one. No rating because I might have loved it and I wouldn’t have requested it if I knew it was a sequel. **Huge thanks to Tor Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Amber for sending me an ARC in exchange for Coffee Crisps and an honest reviewThis book was actually quite different from Dare You To Lie. That follows quite closely with the Veronica Mars TV show plot line (obviously with some differences but a lot of parallels). But heza for this book not doing that after Rob Thomas destroyed the damn comeback with the last 10 minutes of the last episode of the reboot (fight me but he butchered everything).I really liked that Ky is having a hard t Thank you to Amber for sending me an ARC in exchange for Coffee Crisps and an honest reviewThis book was actually quite different from Dare You To Lie. That follows quite closely with the Veronica Mars TV show plot line (obviously with some differences but a lot of parallels). But heza for this book not doing that after Rob Thomas destroyed the damn comeback with the last 10 minutes of the last episode of the reboot (fight me but he butchered everything).I really liked that Ky is having a hard time getting over all the the events that happened in Dare You To Lie and everything that happens in this. It's quite honest and realistic. she doesn't just brush off being almost murdered. Ky and Dawson also take a WAY bigger focus. Like main stage. Her friends are background characters in this instead of being her crime fighting sidekicks. I was guessing the whole time over the mystery and the villains. There were just A LOT of clear suspects. My guess wasn't even remotely close.I know Amber plans on continuing with at least one more book and I am HERE for it. I really want a romantic build up between Ky and Dawson. It sort of started in this book but I still don't think we're totally out of the enemy side of the "enemies to friends" trope. This felt a lot like Truly Devious to me: I entered with questions and exited with none of them answered.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    ALN never ceases to amaze me with her ability to keep me stuck in the pages from start to finish.This book MUST be read after Dare You to Lie as it starts off exactly where that book ended. Plus, there is an underlying plot that continues on through this series and while Natusch does a great job of rehashing that information quickly without too much backstory, it's still best read in order.Kylene and Garrett are both recovering from their almost deadly demise as the hands of Donovan. Kylene can' ALN never ceases to amaze me with her ability to keep me stuck in the pages from start to finish.This book MUST be read after Dare You to Lie as it starts off exactly where that book ended. Plus, there is an underlying plot that continues on through this series and while Natusch does a great job of rehashing that information quickly without too much backstory, it's still best read in order.Kylene and Garrett are both recovering from their almost deadly demise as the hands of Donovan. Kylene can't escape the hatred her fellow classmates have for her, even if she was almost killed. If anything, they hate her even more for hurting their football team.While Kylene is juggling the typical high school drama, she is trying to find who DA is and how he's behind all the secrets and coverups in her hometown. She's brought down the drug prescription ring but she's fallen upon a new problem - prostitution. With this new development, Agent Dawson isn't leaving town any time soon and now they really have to play the role of their lives to find any answers.There is a lot going on in this story but ALN does a great job of blending and moving each piece smoothly into the overall plot line. Ky is a high school student and ALN reminds her readers of that with the typical high school banter amongst her peers. But she doesn't get too cheesy with everything and interjects the perfect amount of humor and whit into the story line. Natusch truly knows how to provide the right amount of suspense, with a hint of romance and humor mixed in.ALN delivers the twists and turns into this story as the right moments and keeps readers on their toes. The list of culprits is pretty large and while I saw a few things happen before they did, I had not expected the big twists and turns in this story. I was excitedly surprised by certain scenes and loved how this story line panned out.I am anxious to know that there is possibly more to this series with that ending and cannot wait to see what ALN brings us next.
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  • julia ☆ [owls reads]
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 stars. * “Do what you think is best.” Don’t Say a Word has a wonderful beginning, but things quickly go downhill as the story progresses. The novel has been (mistakenly?) marked as a possible standalone, yet there is some context missing if the reader jumps right into it without having read the previous installment—which happened to be my case. The fast pace and writing are pretty engaging, but the plot execution is a bit of a mess.Amber Lynn Natusch creates an intricate mystery story h 1.5 stars. * “Do what you think is best.” Don’t Say a Word has a wonderful beginning, but things quickly go downhill as the story progresses. The novel has been (mistakenly?) marked as a possible standalone, yet there is some context missing if the reader jumps right into it without having read the previous installment—which happened to be my case. The fast pace and writing are pretty engaging, but the plot execution is a bit of a mess.Amber Lynn Natusch creates an intricate mystery story here. There are a lot of players involved, and the perspective of a teenager trying to solve a crime is as fun as it is really messy. Kylene’s arrogance often reaches the point of stupidity and the lack of development regarding the investigation on her father doesn’t help matters.I disliked this. The writing is pretty solid, but the plot development and execution is a mess. Disclaimer that when I requested this as an ARC, it was marked as a standalone. While you can follow along without having read the previous book, which is what I did, there are still pretty big chunks of story missing. Natusch does a good job at playing catch up, but quite a few significant plot points don’t translate from one book to another. And the main one regarding Kylene’s father, which seems to be brought over from the first book, gets almost no development throughout the entire novel.Kylene is… so arrogant. I’m sure this perfectly describes a lot of teenagers out there, but having her as the only POV character here made things difficult for me. She thinks she’s smarter than everyone else and, during several occasions, she says so to other more competent characters. The fact that she’s presented as the only person capable of solving crimes while the Sheriff and the FBI Agent in the story aren’t capable of investigating things by themselves is… odd, to say the least.And the love triangle! That involves said 23-year-old FBI Agent! And Kylene, the 17-year-old high school student, plus her also teenage ex-boyfriend. That is SUCH a weird choice to make ESPECIALLY when one of the plot points in the novel is about an adult committing statutory rape, and Kylene outright calls him a pedophile in her head—which also isn’t good as the girl who is raped is around 16-17 years old and this misrepresents the definition of pedophile and pedophilia and that can cause harm to real life victims of childhood sexual abuse. So, yeah, Don’t Say a Word is really not the book for me. I’m sure lots of readers will have fun with it, as there is a lot of tension of the danger and romance kind with the mystery and the love triangle. I just really couldn’t connect to Kylene and the direction the plot took didn’t work for me. * Series: #2 in the Hometown Antihero series.POV: Told from Kylene’s POV.Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[Statutory rape. Forced prostitution. (hide spoiler)]Instalove: (view spoiler)[Eh. (hide spoiler)]Love Triangle: (view spoiler)[Yup. (hide spoiler)]Cheating: (view spoiler)[Eh. (hide spoiler)]Cliffhanger: No.HEA: (view spoiler)[Not yet. (hide spoiler)]Up Next: TBA.*ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lorna
    January 1, 1970
    A small town full of dark secrets meets its match in Kylene Danners-if such a thing is possible. The daughter of an ex-FBI agent(now wrongly convicted murderer), Kylene has investigative prowess in her blood. It serves her well in this second book in this series when she gets involved with yet another mystery, the kind that could get her killed.This book starts soon after the first book, Dare You to Lie, ends so we don’t miss much. Kylene, or Ky as she is called, is approached by Dawson, the you A small town full of dark secrets meets its match in Kylene Danners-if such a thing is possible. The daughter of an ex-FBI agent(now wrongly convicted murderer), Kylene has investigative prowess in her blood. It serves her well in this second book in this series when she gets involved with yet another mystery, the kind that could get her killed.This book starts soon after the first book, Dare You to Lie, ends so we don’t miss much. Kylene, or Ky as she is called, is approached by Dawson, the youthful looking FBI agent that was featured in the first book. He needs to go undercover at her school to investigate missing teenage girls. So he poses as her ex, one who wants to get back with her. This causes all kinds of complications, the least of which is how it puts a damper on Ky getting back with her real ex-boyfriend, A.J. Miller. When she starts receiving anonymous phone calls from a girl who is informing her about what she knows about the missing girls, Ky is once again pulled into yet another huge mystery, one even darker than in the previous story. On top of that, Ky is still searching for clues concerning the murder that landed her innocent father in prison.The characters made this book for me. Ky is full of snark and is very outspoken. Nothing seems to rattle her-well not until it’s over that is. She has no problems with taking on a bully or a raging murderer for that matter. She’s going to do whatever is necessary to survive. She’s turning 18 in this story. Dawson was not very likable in the first book, for me anyway. He believes Ky’s father is guilty since it was his mentor who was killed. He’s only 25, which is extremely young to be accepted into the FBI, so he has a lot to prove. He’s very protective of Ky and she is very snarky towards him. Slowly, but surely, she gets won over by Dawson and vice versa. It’s not quite a romance due to the age differences, but it totally acts like one at times. I quite liked both of them. A.J. is a different story. I loved his character and was actually rooting for him and Ky to reconnect. He’s the quarterback of the football team and is extremely popular at school. When Ky moved away for two years and came back, he hopes to reconnect with her. He definitely is one of my favorite characters. Is it a love triangle? Not yet, but maybe? Her best friends are Garrett, son of the police chief and Tabby, newly moved to town from Canada. They were both well realized by the author and personally, I would take either one as a best friend! Red herring characters abound in this book and while the culprit was someone that had been on my radar, there were plenty of others to choose from as well.Like the first book, it’s left open for another one. I enjoyed this one immensely and hate having to wait as long for the next one. It’s young adult, but it’s written for older teens and up, mainly due to the darker subject matter. At least that’s my take on it. There’s a smidgen of teen drinking at a party, a bit of bad language at times and a few mentions of sexual situations, not all necessarily consensual, but part of the premise itself. Since this is YA, it should be noted that the main characters do not engage in actual sex, although more and more YA does include it.I thought the book was well written with a well thought out mystery plot, engaging characters and a horrible town that I only want to visit in a book, never in person. I highly recommend this to ages 15-16 plus depending on maturity level.(Delighted Reader)
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  • Candyce Kirk
    January 1, 1970
    As I'm typing this, I've actually read Don't Say a Word twice. I was really lucky to get the ARC in March and read it right away. For this tour I needed to read it again, so I could grab some of my favorite quotes. I'm happy I decided to reread this story again, because it's so good! Don't Say a Word was just as good, if not better the second time around!The sequel basically starts where the Dare You to Lie ends. We're in the middle of the aftermath of the events that took place during homecomin As I'm typing this, I've actually read Don't Say a Word twice. I was really lucky to get the ARC in March and read it right away. For this tour I needed to read it again, so I could grab some of my favorite quotes. I'm happy I decided to reread this story again, because it's so good! Don't Say a Word was just as good, if not better the second time around!The sequel basically starts where the Dare You to Lie ends. We're in the middle of the aftermath of the events that took place during homecoming night. I won't go into too much detail, because I will end up spoiling the first book. You really do need to read the first book before reading Don't Say a Word.Kylene is still trying to solve her father's case when something else lands right in her lap. There are girls disappearing and let's just say not in the greatest circumstances. Dawson is back in town to solve the case and will be going undercover at Kylene's school. To help solve the case, they even pretend to date.If you're looking for a book filled with sarcasm, suspense and a plot that leaves you on the edge of your seat, definitely pick up this series. Besides the cases the characters are working on, there are other things happening. It's clear that the town they're in is really messed up and we see day to day high school life. There is even an aspect of romance in this story, that leaves you wanting more. That being said, I love that the love story didn't take over the story. There is definitely some tension there, but the author never lost sight of what was really important.I've noticed that when I read thrillers I love trying to figure out who is behind all the crimes going on. In Don't Say a Word, I was not able to figure out who it was. There were plenty of suspects, but the author really knew how to make me doubt the suspects. I definitely see that as a talent, if you're able to leave a reader guessing until the end.Even though Don't Say a Word does have an ending, there are still plenty of loose ends that need to be addressed and I can't wait for the next book! If you love books with amazing characters, a mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, a town with a lot of issues and lots of sarcasm, definitely pick up this book!
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    If you look up badass in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of eighteen-year-old Kylene Danners. Fresh off almost dying after bringing down a steroid selling classmate, she’s once again trying to solve her father’s false murder conviction. FBI agent Dawkins is undercover as her ex boyfriend at her high on the base of a ring trafficking and killing vulnerable teens when one victim reaches out to her.DON’T SAY A WORD is the second in Amber Lynn Natusch’s Hometown Antihero series and I’m already If you look up badass in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of eighteen-year-old Kylene Danners. Fresh off almost dying after bringing down a steroid selling classmate, she’s once again trying to solve her father’s false murder conviction. FBI agent Dawkins is undercover as her ex boyfriend at her high on the base of a ring trafficking and killing vulnerable teens when one victim reaches out to her.DON’T SAY A WORD is the second in Amber Lynn Natusch’s Hometown Antihero series and I’m already itching for book three. Natusch once again gave Kylene a sharp-witted, sarcastic voice so strong I could practically hear the words as I read. Kylene is stubborn on steroids, living by the adages asking for forgiveness is easier than permission.Any number of plausible potential perps could have been the perp(s). I didn’t guess the culprit(s).I cannot wait for book 3.
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  • Felicia Mathews (Bookishly Slytherclaw)
    January 1, 1970
    OMG. OMG. OMG. What a ride that was! Full review to come closer to release date!
  • Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
    January 1, 1970
    Find this review and more on my blog Sometimes Leelynn ReadsMurder, Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Violence,Underage Sex (implied), Adult Relations with a Minor,Bullying, Retaliation, PTSD, Revenge PornNone that I noticed. Correct me if I'm wrong. Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, TBR and Beyond, and Tor Teen for this free copy.All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy Find this review and more on my blog Sometimes Leelynn ReadsMurder, Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Violence,Underage Sex (implied), Adult Relations with a Minor,Bullying, Retaliation, PTSD, Revenge PornNone that I noticed. Correct me if I'm wrong. Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, TBR and Beyond, and Tor Teen for this free copy.All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication. I know I’m totally late in posting this review, and I appreciate you all being patient with me! I will say that this is a sequel, so if you haven’t read the first one – like I didn’t – you may want to. A lot of what is being referenced in this one will make sense from the first one. But it was still easy enough to infer what happened. On to the review!Kylene Danners is still recovering from the events of what happened to her in the first book. Honestly, it was so much that I’m surprised that she’s even still remotely functioning properly. You can tell that she’s suffering from some PTSD, and rightly so if you know what happened to her. There seems to be more to this case than she thought – and while it’s not the main case of her father being wrongfully accused of murder – there are girls disappearing from the school and nobody is saying or doing anything about it. Except for her. The author mentioned that she was inspired by Veronica Mars for this book, and I think you can totally see that with Kylene’s character.Cedric Dawson is a rookie FBI agent that somehow knows Kylene (remember, I didn’t read the first one) and is undercover at her school as her ex-boyfriend. I do think there was something going on between them, although I don’t think that’s entirely appropriate? He’s an adult and she’s still in high school after all. He’s a sarcastic asshole, but that seems to work out with Kylene because she can be the same.Kylene is dealing with the fallout of the events of the first novel. You would think that her actually saving people from a drug dealer – even though he died in the process – would make people realize that she’s a good person but no. Because this same person was an all star football player for the school, they all hate her because they don’t see themselves winning the championships anymore.Priorities, right?So besides that, apparently there is a prostitution ring going on in the high school, and almost all of the girls that were involved in have mysteriously disappeared. Nobody is saying anything. Nobody is doing anything. It seems like nobody really cares. But Kylene does. And she’s going to figure out what’s going on. Who’s the person in charge and can she save any more girls from this cruel fate?The friendship between Kylene and Tabby is great. I love that they are there for one another. I love that there’s no competition for no reason between them. They just support one another. I mean, Tabby’s dad may not allow her to hang out with Kylene outside of school because of what happened, but Tabby knows that her dad is wrong.I also think that Kylene and Dawson actually work well together and I love their dynamic for the most part. I love working partnerships like this and they each play to their own strengths. Idk, I just really liked it.Literally how almost every single male treats Kylene in this novel is atrocious but believable. I hate it so much honestly. It kind of reminds me of that Buffy episode where she defended herself from being sexually assaulted and the coach said that it’s her fault because of what she wears. The swim coach. I freaking hated that mentality but it’s so prevalent that I wouldn’t have been believable if Amber didn’t include it in there. It just made me so ANGRY.OMG just thinking about that episode is making me angry.I personally haven’t watched Veronica Mars yet, but I totally can see how Veronica Mars fans would like this one. Kylene is an interesting character, and I do think that she is extremely smart. I’m curious to see if there are any other mysteries or cases that she will end up solving. I’m kind of surprised that she doesn’t want to be an attorney, but maybe that’s because she’d rather be a Special Agent. I think that would fit her better. Being out in the field rather than behind the desk doing research or in the courtroom.
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  • Romance Schmomance (Malia)
    January 1, 1970
    ** don't say a word is not a standalone, it's book 2 in the hometown antihero series. dare you to lie is the first in the series** And the Hometown Antihero series continues with  Don't Say a Word . I gotta say that it took a little bit of time for things to pick up, but there was a huge puzzle to solve around the prostitution ring. Dawson and Kylene make such a dynamic team and came to love their "partnership" instantly. Amber lovedddddd dangling these two in front of us, makes me curious to s ** don't say a word is not a standalone, it's book 2 in the hometown antihero series. dare you to lie is the first in the series** And the Hometown Antihero series continues with  Don't Say a Word . I gotta say that it took a little bit of time for things to pick up, but there was a huge puzzle to solve around the prostitution ring. Dawson and Kylene make such a dynamic team and came to love their "partnership" instantly. Amber lovedddddd dangling these two in front of us, makes me curious to see what will come of these two. I'm an unapologetic romance reader, of course I'm going to want to more ;-)With everything that she endured in  Dare You to Lie , she's still dealing with the aftermath and it's definitely taking a toll on her. And now that she's pulled into getting to the bottom of something else, there wasn't really a chance for her to really sit and just digress.CHECK OUT THE REST OF MY REVIEW | HERE BLOG | INSTAGRAM | AMAZON | BOOKBUB | TWITTER
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  • Debbie Smith
    January 1, 1970
    As with most books in a series, I highly recommend you start with the first book: Dare You To Lie. Otherwise, like me, you may be a little lost at the beginning of this book.Kylene and FBI agent Cedric Dawson are working together to unearth some secrets. Dawson, the FBI agent, goes undercover as Ky’s old boyfriend. He is focusing on discovering why girls are ending up dead at the high school and he needs Ky’s help.Kylene is obsessed with finding out who framed her dad, an ex-FBI agent. Even thou As with most books in a series, I highly recommend you start with the first book: Dare You To Lie. Otherwise, like me, you may be a little lost at the beginning of this book.Kylene and FBI agent Cedric Dawson are working together to unearth some secrets. Dawson, the FBI agent, goes undercover as Ky’s old boyfriend. He is focusing on discovering why girls are ending up dead at the high school and he needs Ky’s help.Kylene is obsessed with finding out who framed her dad, an ex-FBI agent. Even though he warns her from prison to leave everything alone, she is in need of Dawson’s help.The story moves at a good pace, but again, I highly recommend reading the first book in this series in order to get the most out of this book.What Concerned Me:News Flash: :-) Read the first book in this series – Dare You to Lie -(Hometown Antihero, Book 1)What I Liked Best:The characters were interesting and the pace was consistent. Plus the various subplots helped to keep this story moving.And for those who like a bit of romance, look for that too in this book that’s sure to capture teen readers.https://pickagoodbook.com
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  • Monique V
    January 1, 1970
    I love this type of story. A good mystery that feels like a ticking time bomd. The heroine is so broken in this book. She is going through so much and just like most people cannot find a way to deal with what happened to her in the last book. I found her so relatable. I felt all her emotions and all the desperation she felt.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    **Disclaimer: I received a free eARC of Don't Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch from Macmillan/Tor-Forge through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to them for this opportunity.Don't Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch is a YA mystery thriller set in a small town in Ohio.  It is due to publish on September 17th of this year.  It is the second book in the Hometown Antihero series.  I gave it three stars on Goodreads.Here's the summary from Goodreads:Kylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent f **Disclaimer: I received a free eARC of Don't Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch from Macmillan/Tor-Forge through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to them for this opportunity.Don't Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch is a YA mystery thriller set in a small town in Ohio.  It is due to publish on September 17th of this year.  It is the second book in the Hometown Antihero series.  I gave it three stars on Goodreads.Here's the summary from Goodreads:Kylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent father is in prison for murder and she’s hell-bent on getting him out. But trying to investigate in the small town where a defensive lineman is a hero no matter who he tries to kill and the girl who gets him locked up is public enemy number one is dangerous. Dark secrets are everywhere in Jasperville—the kind Ky can’t walk away from.When rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson returns to town to finish an open investigation, he goes undercover at her high school—as her ex. Determined to keep her from interfering, Dawson’s plan backfires after Ky gets an anonymous call about missing girls officially labeled as runaways—runaways that didn’t really run away at all.Because dead girls can’t run.And they don’t say a word.The summary of this book as it was presented on NetGalley, sounded really interesting and that was why I requested it.  Unfortunately, it in no way indicated that it was a sequel to a book that already existed.  If it had, I probably wouldn't have requested it, but I didn't know that so I did.  Then I was granted permission to read it, and I realized, rather quickly, that this was a sequel.  Normally, if I accidentally picked up a sequel, I would set it aside and not read it.  However, because this was a NetGalley book, I felt obligated to read it.  So I have to acknowledge that part of my low rating was because it was a sequel and then even then it's probably higher than I would have given it because I didn't want to be too harsh simply because I hadn't read the first book.  And the author does try to give enough information about the first book without completely rehashing the story, so I was able to piece together some stuff about the previous story because of that.So, aside from the fact that I hadn't read the first book, this was definitely interesting.  The protagonist wasn't my favourite but she was definitely an interesting character.  Her thoughts and struggles felt realistic for someone in her position, and watching her deal with the aftermath of the trauma was definitely a fascinating part of this book.  Her interactions with her friends felt realistic and I felt for her in the dynamics of the town where most people seemed to hate her for what she had done.The mystery was interesting.  It was like a smaller mystery that fit into a greater one that also connects to what happened to her father.  This particular mystery dealt with an under-aged prostitution ring featuring lower class, desperate girls from the town, but overarching it related to a big bad.  I felt that the story wrapped up the smaller mystery well but was disappointed it didn't come to a conclusion with the bigger mystery.  Additionally, I was sold on the father in jail aspect and how Kylene wanted to free him.  However, this book didn't really deal with that all that much.  It was mentioned and some progress was made, but I felt like it was supposed to have a bigger focus in the story and it didn't really.The romance in this story was interesting, but ultimately I could have done without it.  It felt like padding or fluff that wasn't really necessary.  However, I can see some readers being way more invested in it, probably those who had read the first book.  Personally, I was team AJ, but I really could have skipped over it and the book probably would have been the same.I think that's all I really want to say about this book.  I don't want to say don't read it, but I want to clarify that if you're interested you should really read the first book before this one.  That being said, if you're interested in the story (and you've read the first book) make sure to check it out when it comes out on September 17th.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    The second Hometown Antihero books begins a couple of days after the first ends. Kylene is visiting her friend Garrett in the hospital where he landed after being beaten nearly to death. Ky had lesser wounds since she was saved in the nick of time by a rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson.One part of Ky's mystery is solved. She now knows who took and posted nude photos of her on the internet. Unfortunately that doesn't clear her name in town because the villain was a star on the football team that has The second Hometown Antihero books begins a couple of days after the first ends. Kylene is visiting her friend Garrett in the hospital where he landed after being beaten nearly to death. Ky had lesser wounds since she was saved in the nick of time by a rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson.One part of Ky's mystery is solved. She now knows who took and posted nude photos of her on the internet. Unfortunately that doesn't clear her name in town because the villain was a star on the football team that has a chance to go to State. Somehow that he attempted to murder her and Garrett is more forgivable than her ruining the teams chances. So Ky is back in high school with hostile teachers and students and without her best friend. Now that his name has been cleared, her former boyfriend AJ who is the football team's quarterback is hoping to rebuild his relationship with Ky. That causes a number of problems because, while Ky is willing to forgive, she isn't ready to forget the years that of suspicion. And she is also has a new, pretend boyfriend in the rookie FBI agent who is looking into a teen prostitution ring run out of Ky's school and also the disappearance of a number of marginalized teen girls. Ky gets involved in these cases when one of the girls calls her for help and won't talk to anyone else. Dawson, under cover as Alex, doesn't want her to be involved in his new investigation. They are at odds already since he is convinced that her father murdered his mentor and Ky is certain he did not and willing to do anything to prove it. Her investigation of her father's murder conviction slides a little to the back burner as she focuses on the prostitution ring and the missing girls. Almost anyone in the town could be running it including her own mentor in Muay Thai, the owner of the pizza joint, the owner of the ice cream parlor who served in Vietnam with her grandfather, or any of the teachers at her school. Meanwhile, Ky is dealing with the trauma of almost being murdered twice in one evening which is showing up as night terrors and insomnia which just adds to her stress. Ky is very bright and resilient but the strains and stresses are starting to show in her behavior as her already quick temper gets even shorter.This was an excellent, fast-paced thriller with well-developed characters. It is not the end of the series though. The mysterious and evil AD is still behind the scenes and pulling the strings that run the crime in her small town and who pulled the strings leading to her father's conviction for murder. Hopefully a third book will finally allow our heroes to find him and free Ky's father.
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  • Kidlitter
    January 1, 1970
    A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.More Hometown Antihero adventures of the compelling teen girl sleuth/vigilante, Kylene Danners. Kylene is preternaturally tough and sophisticated in the ways of the world, but loves her grandfather and her father fiercely and is a sucker for the underdog. Kylene has solved the mystery of who put topless photos of her on the Internet, but is still determined to free her FBI agent father from jail and outwit the criminal orga A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.More Hometown Antihero adventures of the compelling teen girl sleuth/vigilante, Kylene Danners. Kylene is preternaturally tough and sophisticated in the ways of the world, but loves her grandfather and her father fiercely and is a sucker for the underdog. Kylene has solved the mystery of who put topless photos of her on the Internet, but is still determined to free her FBI agent father from jail and outwit the criminal organization Advocatus Diaboli that seems determined to bring the Danners down. But Kylene again has another distracting mystery to solve, this time the ongoing disappearances of fellow small town girls without futures who have been lured into prostitution and then disposed of. Kylene has the help of her small band of Scooby pals (shout out to Tabitha, genius Canadian geek who reflects the differences between the US and Canada nicely, thanks to author Natusch's inside knowledge.) Together they fight misogyny and corruption in their town of Jasperville, and are opposed by the usual suspects of high school football players, their teachers and townie fans that Kylene can't help infuriating. Most of all she has her own smarts and determination and deep knowledge of the defense art Muy Thai to get her through sticky situations. Jasperville seems like a terrible place to live, frankly, and a little layering of societal strata would elevate the plot above the basic gritty thriller. There are several too many wizened male characters obsessed with Kylene, a real dearth of good female ones, and the obvious bad guys are easy to spot - cue unremitting violence against women of all ages, which seems depressingly true to life. No wonder Kylene is the most compelling person around, even if she does like put herself into peril on a regular basis. She's still as cranky and rebellious as ever, and apparently as charismatic too, as her ongoing love triangle with ex-boyfriend AJ and potential flame Agent Dawson is heating up. Good thing she turns eighteen in this one as Kylene's adventures are definitely headed to the next level.
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  • Chelsea Girard
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t say a word By Amber Lynn NatuschRelease Date September 17th 2019xxKylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent father is in prison for murder and she’s hell-bent on getting him out. But trying to investigate in the small town where a defensive lineman is a hero no matter who he tries to kill and the girl who gets him locked up is public enemy number one is dangerous. Dark secrets are everywhere in Jasperville—the kind Ky can’t walk away from.When rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson returns to town to finish a Don’t say a word By Amber Lynn NatuschRelease Date September 17th 2019xxKylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent father is in prison for murder and she’s hell-bent on getting him out. But trying to investigate in the small town where a defensive lineman is a hero no matter who he tries to kill and the girl who gets him locked up is public enemy number one is dangerous. Dark secrets are everywhere in Jasperville—the kind Ky can’t walk away from.When rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson returns to town to finish an open investigation, he goes undercover at her high school—as her ex. Determined to keep her from interfering, Dawson’s plan backfires after Ky gets an anonymous call about missing girls officially labeled as runaways—runaways that didn’t really run away at all.Because dead girls can’t run.And they don’t say a word. xxI started off reading Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch and Don’t Say A Word picks up where the last book left off, which was just the cherry on the cake for me because I LOVED her last book. With that being said, you don’t need to read the first book to enjoy this one. Nonetheless, I would recommend reading the first because this will be a series you won’t want to miss.xxThe second book in the series is refreshing and brings back all the love and raw emotions of the first book and really makes us fall in love with Garrett and Kylene. This book is fast-paced but keeps you in with all the details and makes you want to continue reading without stopping. With that being said, Natusch writes such strong characters who not only make an impression but who are also people who you can relate too as well. This book will give you goosebumps and send your heart spiraling in and out of control.xxI would definitely recommend this book to those who love thrilling reads and a creepy adventure that will give you the chills you crave from any thriller novel!
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  • Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
    January 1, 1970
    Don't Say A Word picks up right after the outcome from the first one and was just as good!Ky might have solved some things that are happening in her town but still hasn't figured out how to get her father out of prison for a crime he didn't commit. She is finding out that more people in her town are in on things than she realized and when she gets a call from a girl about a sex ring she can't help but get involved.Agent Dawson has enrolled in the High School as Ky's ex-boyfriend and she is strug Don't Say A Word picks up right after the outcome from the first one and was just as good!Ky might have solved some things that are happening in her town but still hasn't figured out how to get her father out of prison for a crime he didn't commit. She is finding out that more people in her town are in on things than she realized and when she gets a call from a girl about a sex ring she can't help but get involved.Agent Dawson has enrolled in the High School as Ky's ex-boyfriend and she is struggling with the fact he is not really her boyfriend and her feelings that could still be there for her real ex-boyfriend. Dawson does his best to keep her out of harm's way and just wants her to be his cover but Ky doesn't seem to know the words STAY when things start happening.She ends up into the thick of things and in a lot of trouble and I enjoyed every minute. They figured out who was behind the sex ring but still don't know who the AD is and Dawson and Ky want to find who it is for their own reason and will work together to try and figure who is behind everything. I really like Ky because she is so sassy and full of snark though sometimes she needs to think before she acts! I am not a fan of the love triangle the author is trying to create because I am #teamdawson all the way. I think because I feel like I know more about him than I do AJ. To me AJ is just the ex though don't get me wrong he seems like a nice guy. I love her friend Tabby she is so bubbly and the total opposite of Ky and cracks me up sometimes.I really enjoyed this one and I can't wait to find out who what is going to happen next and who the AD is!!! I would highly recommend this one and the first book
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  • Mandi Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    I received this arc from netgalley and then realized that it was a sequel. So I read the first book before I read this one.The story is gripping. It kept me reading until 2 am the first night. The author did a great job casting suspicion on the various suspects. I didn't trust anybody by the time the culprit of the particular crime they were trying to solve was revealed. I'll be honest. I still don't. Even the characters I really want to trust are seeming shady. I really enjoyed the story very m I received this arc from netgalley and then realized that it was a sequel. So I read the first book before I read this one.The story is gripping. It kept me reading until 2 am the first night. The author did a great job casting suspicion on the various suspects. I didn't trust anybody by the time the culprit of the particular crime they were trying to solve was revealed. I'll be honest. I still don't. Even the characters I really want to trust are seeming shady. I really enjoyed the story very much. And I wouldn't mind having a walk around Natusch's brain. I'd sure like to see what it looks like in there. Now...the problems.I have a love/hate relationship with Kylene. She's strong and determined and sassy and I admire that to a degree. But. And I'm sure this is not going to be popular, but here goes. Kylene is the kind of feminist that has destroyed and disgraced feminism. Her "boyfriend" attempts small, affectionate gestures and she threatens to kick him in the groin. He's trying to hold her hand, or nuzzle her cheek, and she goes nuts. And somehow it seems rational to not only touch his most personal body parts, but to inflict as much damage on them as possible? I dare anyone to explain how that makes sense to me. Strong women can be strong while maintaining their femininity, and without belittling anyone who happens to be male. It's disgusting.Something else that I noticed about this author in both this book and it's prequel is that she has a tendency to use the same phrases a little too often. Across characters. Case in point..."sooner than later." Which sounds wrong to my central states ears in and of itself, but it definitely gets over used.Lastly..the romance is pretty good. With one little problem. Yep. The dreaded love triangle. (Seriously, though. A hormonal teenager or a put together, bright, fierce, and intelligent man? Duh.)All in all, I'd say this is a pretty good choice if you're looking for a mystery novel to keep you on your toes and get you deeply embroiled in small town drama and beyond.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This one starts off shortly after Dare You to Lie.  Kylene is recovering from the ending and has started back up at school.  She ends up pairing up with Agent Cedric Dawson despite their "complicated relationship" - in other words, they really don't like each other.  Again, I get a Veronica Mars vibe that I absolutely love about Amber's writing, without it feeling like a direct copy.  I loved the flow of the storytelling - at no point did I feel like it was stalling or too slow.  We slowly learn This one starts off shortly after Dare You to Lie.  Kylene is recovering from the ending and has started back up at school.  She ends up pairing up with Agent Cedric Dawson despite their "complicated relationship" - in other words, they really don't like each other.  Again, I get a Veronica Mars vibe that I absolutely love about Amber's writing, without it feeling like a direct copy.  I loved the flow of the storytelling - at no point did I feel like it was stalling or too slow.  We slowly learned different things about the prostitution ring or we had a complication in one of the relationships.  The story didn't feel predictable, and really there were a lot of suspects - some of them almost too easy.  At no point did I suspect who the leader of the prostitution ring was.  In fact, it was almost sad who the villain was in this one - or at least he wasn't the one I was rooting for (or even suspected).As for relationships, Kylene is stuck between wanting to get back with her ex, AJ, and pretending to be interested in Cedric (who goes undercover and pretends to be her ex from).  I have to say, I'm not big on AJ - I definitely wasn't shipping that relationship.  There was nothing wrong with AJ as a character, but I'm hardcore on team Cedric!  Although I have to admit, I really don't like the name Cedric - makes me think of an 80-year-old white man lol.  Anywho... the tension between Cedric and Kylene is to die for!  I love their hate relationship and I'm rooting for the long-game where they get together in book 3 (for real!).Overall, I enjoyed Don't Say a Word and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next in Hometown Antihero.  Thank you again TBR and Beyond, Amber, and Tor Teen for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    *Received an ARC through NetGalley for a honest review*Holy cow!!! What a great sequel!!! It was worth the wait!!! First of all, I loved the first book so much and I’ve been DYING to get my hands on this... so it was built up in my mind and it was perfect!!! I just love these characters and their stories. Right away, in chapter one I am reminded why I LOVE Garrett and Ky’s friendship! It’s soooo refreshing and realistic and it’s one of my favorite parts of this book. Amber does such an AMAZING j *Received an ARC through NetGalley for a honest review*Holy cow!!! What a great sequel!!! It was worth the wait!!! First of all, I loved the first book so much and I’ve been DYING to get my hands on this... so it was built up in my mind and it was perfect!!! I just love these characters and their stories. Right away, in chapter one I am reminded why I LOVE Garrett and Ky’s friendship! It’s soooo refreshing and realistic and it’s one of my favorite parts of this book. Amber does such an AMAZING job at writing these emotional moments but slipping in sarcasm or humor and it works sooooo well. I wasn’t quite sure where the story was going to go because the previous book started a few storylines and I really loved the flow and pacing of this book. We get to see hottie mc hotshot Dawson a lot and I absolutely love him! I’m gonna put this out there... AJ is great and all but I’m totally a Dawson girl. ☺️ I love the strength and confidence he supplies for Ky and I just love getting to know more about him. Tabby is as always THE BEST. I love our Canadian 😀! Such a good friend and a perfect part of “the gang.” I don’t want to say too much about the story itself as to not spoil anything but every chapter is packed and full of humor, action and emotions. There was never a dull moment in the book and I just kept wanting to read it all. It was an PERFECT sequel and now I’m dying for the next book 😭🤣
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  • McKenzie Allyshia
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I am happily blown away by Don't Say a Word. What a fast-paced whirlwind of a thriller. Admittedly, I did not realize at first that this was the second book in the Hometown Antihero series. However, this book was done in such a way that you can read it without reading the first book. That being said, I will definitely be picking up the first book... and the next book in the series. As a main character, Kylene was well written and I loved her sarcasm and wittiness. I genuinely looked forward Wow, I am happily blown away by Don't Say a Word. What a fast-paced whirlwind of a thriller. Admittedly, I did not realize at first that this was the second book in the Hometown Antihero series. However, this book was done in such a way that you can read it without reading the first book. That being said, I will definitely be picking up the first book... and the next book in the series. As a main character, Kylene was well written and I loved her sarcasm and wittiness. I genuinely looked forward to her role in this book. The supporting characters were great too! Each character was done well and easy to tell apart from each other. There were so many believable traits and quirks and a general sense of ease between them. Nothing felt forced or awkward. Which is surprising with the bit of love triangle that was hinted at. Not to mention the facade that Kylene had to keep throughout a majority of the story. Now, the story line was killer. (Hah, that was a good unintentional pun!) It was fast-paced and easily kept the reader engaged. I felt like there were multiple story lines at play that intertwined beautifully. Needless to say, it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. There was just enough detail that the reader could easily paint a picture of what was going on. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. *I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    If you haven't read the 1st book in the Hometown Antihero series, you really DO need to read it. Or re read it, because it came out in 2017 and I think it would've been helpful to have a brush up on what happened in book 1. That said, this book wastes no time getting to the new mystery of the prostitution ring in Jasperville, Ohio. If Kylene seems to think she is better than everyone there, besides her friends Garrett and Tabby, it's because the people- fellow students and adults- failed her so If you haven't read the 1st book in the Hometown Antihero series, you really DO need to read it. Or re read it, because it came out in 2017 and I think it would've been helpful to have a brush up on what happened in book 1. That said, this book wastes no time getting to the new mystery of the prostitution ring in Jasperville, Ohio. If Kylene seems to think she is better than everyone there, besides her friends Garrett and Tabby, it's because the people- fellow students and adults- failed her so many times. Her former FBI agent dad in prison for a crime Ky believes her dad was framed for, her mom ditched her for CA and her only family her aging grandfather who has to work to keep the bills paid, Kylene doesn't have a constant in her life, besides her sullied reputation and close friends. She gets embroiled in this investigation with undercover Agent Dawson. There is chemistry there, but she's nearly 18 and he's 23. Then there is her ex AJ. There are many suspects in this book, but of course who you might think is totally innocent is evil and who seems evil (tbf physics is awful) may not be. I legit see comparisons to Veronica Mars. I just need the next & hopefully final book to come out ASAP. Like if not next week, next year?
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  • Simone Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Where do I even start with this epic novel. Amber excels at writing strong female characters, clever witty dialogue, and highly driven plot stories with crazy twists, turns and things you never see coming. From the first page you’re sucked in, completely gripped and desperate to find out all the things. I thought book one was great! Well paced, highly entertaining dialogue and hidden little plot points waiting to be worked out. Book two was a million times better! Every single aspect of this sto Where do I even start with this epic novel. Amber excels at writing strong female characters, clever witty dialogue, and highly driven plot stories with crazy twists, turns and things you never see coming. From the first page you’re sucked in, completely gripped and desperate to find out all the things. I thought book one was great! Well paced, highly entertaining dialogue and hidden little plot points waiting to be worked out. Book two was a million times better! Every single aspect of this story was on point, beyond on point. I pride myself on working things out before others, but DSAW had me so confused, so riveted and turned about I had no idea who to trust. I was literally on my toes the whole time reading this. There were moments when I thought I worked it out, but then Amber would drop another bomb and I’d be questioning everything, questioning everyone. I’m so in love with this series and desperate for the third book! I need all the answers damn it! Amber is incredible, one of the best authors I’ve ever read. This is a must read!
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    I'd like to thank Netgalley and Tor Teen for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.So I kind of stepped into this book not knowing it was a sequel. I wish I would have read book one first just so I could keep up with the back story. The author did a pretty good of explaining but just for myself I would have liked it.This book had a lot to it. It kept you on your toes guessing who the killer was throughout the whole book and did a great job of casting suspicion on pretty much everyo I'd like to thank Netgalley and Tor Teen for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.So I kind of stepped into this book not knowing it was a sequel. I wish I would have read book one first just so I could keep up with the back story. The author did a pretty good of explaining but just for myself I would have liked it.This book had a lot to it. It kept you on your toes guessing who the killer was throughout the whole book and did a great job of casting suspicion on pretty much everyone you meet. It was pretty suspenseful which kept you reading for the who done it ending. Ughhh... there is a love triangle. Normally, I may not mind it but I just don't think this book needed one. Especially, when there is kind of an age difference between her and one of the other characters. Kylene could be bothersome at times. She's a 17 year old teen girl who you forget is just a teen. This book would be perfect for those who like mysteries and suspense.
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  • Rebecca Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much for sending me an arc of this book!I'll have to admit, I had never read the first book, so when I got an arc I went out and bought it and finished this one and the first one in 2 days it was that good. There were so many twists and turns in this book that left me guessing till the end. The people looking the most guilty were innocent (except for that skeevy coach) and the people you least expected were guilty (no one would ever think that it was the ice cream man). I cannot wai Thank you so much for sending me an arc of this book!I'll have to admit, I had never read the first book, so when I got an arc I went out and bought it and finished this one and the first one in 2 days it was that good. There were so many twists and turns in this book that left me guessing till the end. The people looking the most guilty were innocent (except for that skeevy coach) and the people you least expected were guilty (no one would ever think that it was the ice cream man). I cannot wait for the next installment because I want to find out more about the AD and I want Ky's dad out of prision like yesterday. A big issue I have with thrillers is that I tend to guess the endings, but that was not the case here. My favorite aspect with this whole book is the relationship between Ky and Dawson. Their banter and love (I say hopefully) for each other makes me smile and I enjoy it immensely. My only problem with this book is now I have to wait for the next one!
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  • John Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Dang! I thought this book was going to wrap everything up nicely, but it leaves readers drooling for book three. That said, this was a great followup to the first one. I really like it when I can open a sequel and be up to speed almost immediately. This one does that and then grabs you, dragging you through emotional entanglements, scary moments, and revelations to some of the unanswered questions, as well as creating a few new conundrums. The chemistry between Kylene and both male protagonists Dang! I thought this book was going to wrap everything up nicely, but it leaves readers drooling for book three. That said, this was a great followup to the first one. I really like it when I can open a sequel and be up to speed almost immediately. This one does that and then grabs you, dragging you through emotional entanglements, scary moments, and revelations to some of the unanswered questions, as well as creating a few new conundrums. The chemistry between Kylene and both male protagonists is different, but the author blurs exactly who's her real emotional choice right up until the end. Readers, at least this one, are going to spend the interval until the next book, wondering whether the sinister mastermind behind the scenes has been introduced, or will be a complete wild card. All in all, a very satisfying read.
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  • Courtney Lavallee
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.This book had a ton of tropes I HATE! I honestly thought I would end up DNFing this novel, I will say though Amber Lynn Natusch has a way with her stories. Pretty much as soon as I decided to DNF the book o0o0o0o0o it got so good.I couldn't put it down for the last 1/2 to 1/4 of the book. It was just so enthralling. Most of the twists and turns I could kind of predict a bit, not to the fullest potential but at le Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.This book had a ton of tropes I HATE! I honestly thought I would end up DNFing this novel, I will say though Amber Lynn Natusch has a way with her stories. Pretty much as soon as I decided to DNF the book o0o0o0o0o it got so good.I couldn't put it down for the last 1/2 to 1/4 of the book. It was just so enthralling. Most of the twists and turns I could kind of predict a bit, not to the fullest potential but at least a bit. The main plot twist in this novel I did not see coming, not even the slightest. My brain went the complete opposite direction.The ending of this book leads me to believe it could end up being a series and with that said I would read the hell out of a sequel! This book sure surprised me!
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