Relative Silence
A powerful family with lots of secrets. A forensic artist with his own tragedies. And a hurricane drawing bearing down on their private island.  Fifteen years ago Piper Boone’s only child died in a boating accident, and Piper’s almost perfect life came to an end too. After living through a divorce and losing her job, she retreats to Curlew Island and her childhood home—a secluded mansion for the politically powerful Boone family, who are practically American royalty.But Piper’s desire to become a recluse is shattered when a mass shooter opens fire and kills three women at a café where Piper is having lunch. The crisis puts her family in the spotlight by dredging up rumors of the so-called Curlew Island Curse, which whispers say has taken the lives of several members of the Boone family, including Piper’s father and sister.Forensic artist Tucker Landry also survives the shooting and is tasked with the job of sketching a portrait of the shooter with Piper. They forge a bond over their shared love of movies and tragic pasts. But when police discover a connection between the shooting and two more murders on Curlew Island, they face a more terrible lineup of suspects than they could have imagined: Piper’s family.Unraveling the family’s true history will be the key to Piper’s survival—or her certain death.

Relative Silence Details

TitleRelative Silence
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 14th, 2020
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780785226185
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Thriller

Relative Silence Review

  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Carrie Stuart Parks, and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.Always a fan of Carrie Stuart Parks, I was eager to get my hands on this novel. Drawing on some of her past life experiences (no pun intended), Parks brings the story to life in this mystery that evolves throughout the reading experience. Piper Boone has suffered a number of traumatising experiences in First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Carrie Stuart Parks, and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.Always a fan of Carrie Stuart Parks, I was eager to get my hands on this novel. Drawing on some of her past life experiences (no pun intended), Parks brings the story to life in this mystery that evolves throughout the reading experience. Piper Boone has suffered a number of traumatising experiences in her life, including the loss of her daughter fifteen years ago. However, on her more recent radar is being involved in a shooting rampage with the gunman seems to have been approaching her. It was only the quick actions of a mystery man—eventually identified as Tucker Landry—that saved Piper from likely death. While she works with the locals on Curlew Island in South Carolina, Piper tries to track her protector down and offer some thanks. She also finds herself wrapped up in a mystery when her island neighbour appears to have gone missing without a trace. The Boone family have all come to the island for the annual shareholders meeting, which brings up some old wounds or at least ones that Piper has not addressed for some time. After meeting and befriending Tucker, Piper works with him to create a composite sketch of the shooter, which helps the police hone in on the man responsible. With secrets coming to light, Piper and Tucker begin to wonder if the whispers of a family curse could be somewhat valid and work to discover if there is anything to substantiate. While she has been sitting on much for a while, Piper finds the courage to address the loss of her daughter and seeks answers that have, until now, been dismissed as part of a horrible afternoon fifteen years ago. Slowly, things come together and Piper realises that the Boone family has more in their closets than well-pressed clothes. Someone has been trying to divert attention away from the truth and it might be Tucker’s insistence to turn over every rock that finally brings some answers, as painful as they could be. A strong piece that reminds me of some earlier work of Parks’ I read, this is one that will have readers talking for a while. Recommended to those who love a good family mystery, as well as the reader who enjoys novels where secrets prove to reveal much about the foundation of truth.I remember stumbling upon the work of Carrie Stuart Parks because of her unique use of a forensic artist as protagonist, which opened things up and created a story I could not resist. While she has strayed from that—sometimes more effectively than others—this novel breathes new life into her work and left me quite pleased. Piper Boone may be meandering through life after the loss of her daughter, but she is by no means giving up. Her determination has left her eager to seek answers, even if it means stepping away from the protective canopy that her well-to-do Southern family has erected. She feels many emotions and puts herself out there, seeking basic answers and refuses to cower away as life passes her by. Parks uses her effectively to convey this and many other emotions throughout the piece. Resurrecting her forensic artist character in Tucker Landry, Parks brings back some new and exciting life to the story, as he, too, has a past that is not entirely filled with sunshine and lollipops. Tucker works through his own past and seeks to help others, including crack the mysteries surrounding the Boone family wide open, even when others would prefer they stay buried. The use of a handful of secondary characters permits Parks to develop a strong story with a few key plot lines that keep things exciting for the reader. The story flows well and keeps its momentum throughout, adding plot twists throughout to keep things from being too predictable. With a mix of chapter lengths, the reader finds themselves pulled into the middle of this South Carolina mystery and wanting more throughout. While this may be a standalone novel, I can see the potential for Tucker and Piper to return again, in some form or the other. Either way, this is one of the stronger novels that Parks has written and I hope others find things within that help them to see the same!Kudos, Madam Parks, for a great piece that kept me guessing throughout. Your fans will surely appreciate this piece, as we wait to see what else you have in store in the next year or two!Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    A richly twisted plot with layers of evil and family tension that will leave readers guessing. The book has a gothic feel and is filled with family pain, unresolved issues, and the need to stand for oneself. A really compelling read.
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsRelative Silence is the fourth book I've read by Parks and another fantastic mystery. I found myself completely captured by the story and trying to figure out what was really going on. I thought the characters were written well and the setting was great. The suspense kept building and, towards the end, I didn't want to stop reading because I HAD to know what was going to happen next. All in all, Relative Silence was worth the read and I loved it. I recommend this book if you enjoy this 4.5 starsRelative Silence is the fourth book I've read by Parks and another fantastic mystery. I found myself completely captured by the story and trying to figure out what was really going on. I thought the characters were written well and the setting was great. The suspense kept building and, towards the end, I didn't want to stop reading because I HAD to know what was going to happen next. All in all, Relative Silence was worth the read and I loved it. I recommend this book if you enjoy this genre. The ending was amazing and wrapped things up nicely.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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  • Vickie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a mesmerizing book that was filled with suspense and all of the twists and turns that I love in this genre. Carrie Stuart Parks includes her signature forensic artist in the book in the form of Tucker Landry. Tucker was enjoying lunch at a local cafe in SC when he notices a shooter aiming at the young women at the table next to him. Launching himself from his seat, he tackles Piper Boone and saves her life, taking the bullet for her. The mystery and suspense began with that event and co This was a mesmerizing book that was filled with suspense and all of the twists and turns that I love in this genre. Carrie Stuart Parks includes her signature forensic artist in the book in the form of Tucker Landry. Tucker was enjoying lunch at a local cafe in SC when he notices a shooter aiming at the young women at the table next to him. Launching himself from his seat, he tackles Piper Boone and saves her life, taking the bullet for her. The mystery and suspense began with that event and continues to build throughout the book. This is the story of Piper, her determination to survive after the death of her young daughter, and her quest to find out her family’s secrets so that she can be safe in her chosen home of Curlew Island. This family is complicated and all of them seem to have secrets that threaten the safety of the family on the island. There is a hurricane headed their way, also making the sense of urgency even more apparent. I loved the tense atmosphere of the book, along with the characters who were uppity (like the mother), kind and loving (like Mildred, the housekeeper and Piper’s substitute mother), and focused (like Tern, Piper’s brother who wants to rise in politics). Of course, my favorite character was Piper but I also liked seeing the development of Tucker as a hero who had his own secrets. The neighbor is missing. A body is found in the pool. So much happens so quickly in this novel that it didn’t just entertain; it totally captured me in the action. The author did a masterful job of revealing secrets slowly and building suspense all along, with each revelation. The ending was not predictable at all and it totally wrapped everything up. I loved this book and highly recommend it to those who enjoy suspense and mysteries that are completely clean reads!DisclaimerDisclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Publishers via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Shooting Rampage! Missing Daughter! Embroiled Family Secrets!This has it all and then some by Carrie Stuart Parks!What isn't so well known is that Relative Silence can be deadly...especially when a number of close family and friends go missing.Could there be connections?Tucker was Piper's savior that horrific day when she nearly got killed yet he may not be so innocent after all because it turns out he's working for Clan Firinn—Family of Truth, "a group that takes law enforcement professionals w Shooting Rampage! Missing Daughter! Embroiled Family Secrets!This has it all and then some by Carrie Stuart Parks!What isn't so well known is that Relative Silence can be deadly...especially when a number of close family and friends go missing.Could there be connections?Tucker was Piper's savior that horrific day when she nearly got killed yet he may not be so innocent after all because it turns out he's working for Clan Firinn—Family of Truth, "a group that takes law enforcement professionals who have destroyed their lives and careers and gives them a chance to succeed."So there's that but we also have another case of a missing grandmother, a daughter Dove, another young lady named Hannah whose in need, and so much more.The most damning situation may be the fact that the boat turned up after Piper's husband was attacked after being stolen but Dove was nowhere to be found.As it turns out there may be more to this story as it unfolds meticulously before our eyes so pay close attention to fine tooth details as this plot thickens.I can't give out too much other than to say the truth will set you freedom but it may cause some pain in its reveal.Carrie writes with such exquisite penmanship and it shows in every manner in this story.I'm grateful to have been given the chance to participate in this blog tour with Thomas NelsonI hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful in deciding to pick up this most sought after find.Thank you to Carrie, the pub, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    Relative Silence is an edge of your seat mystery with a lovely setting in the South Carolina low country near Charleston. Living a life of privilege doesn't mean a great life. In this story, Piper Boone is from a well to do family but tragedy has struck many times with the deaths of several family members, including her three year old daughter fifteen years ago. When she is almost shot at an outdoor restaurant, a man at a nearby table pushes her down and gets shot himself with a minor injury. Tu Relative Silence is an edge of your seat mystery with a lovely setting in the South Carolina low country near Charleston. Living a life of privilege doesn't mean a great life. In this story, Piper Boone is from a well to do family but tragedy has struck many times with the deaths of several family members, including her three year old daughter fifteen years ago. When she is almost shot at an outdoor restaurant, a man at a nearby table pushes her down and gets shot himself with a minor injury. Tucker Landry has had his own history of tragedy but his faith has helped him recover. Other incidents continue and the two work together along with the help of a marine patrol agent to find out who is trying to get rid of Piper. Could it be one of her self centered family members, her ex-husband who still works with the family business, a family employee, or someone else? When a hurricane hits, things get very scary between the weather and the killer. With lots of twists and turns, this complicated story kept me guessing and more than a little surprised at the villain. This is a great read to keep you turning the pages.I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson Publishing through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
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  • Dawnny
    January 1, 1970
    A powerful southern family with secrets and maybe a curse. Piper Boone returns to Curlew Island South Carolina, and her family home after a divorce. She longs to be left alone. Piper has had her share of heartache, losing her daughter in an accident fifteen years ago. When a mass shooter opens fire in cafe Piper is almost killed. Almost, Tucker knocks her down on the ground saving her. There are whispers of her family and the Curlew Island curse. The Boone family has had many tragedies. Looking A powerful southern family with secrets and maybe a curse. Piper Boone returns to Curlew Island South Carolina, and her family home after a divorce. She longs to be left alone. Piper has had her share of heartache, losing her daughter in an accident fifteen years ago. When a mass shooter opens fire in cafe Piper is almost killed. Almost, Tucker knocks her down on the ground saving her. There are whispers of her family and the Curlew Island curse. The Boone family has had many tragedies. Looking to thank Tucker for saving her, she finds that Tucker is a Forensic Artist. Sketching a portrait of the shooter. Piper and Tucker connect over their love of movies and both are shadowed with a painful past. There is a connection between the shooter and two other murders that point to the powerful Boone Family. I loved the connection between Piper and Tucker. Two broken souls that share so much heartache. A suspenseful southern gothic tale. I loved it.Dawnny Ruby Novels N Latte Hudson Valley NY
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  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    Piper Boone is meeting with her friend for lunch who she hasn’t seen in a very long time when a shooter opens fire, and kills her friend Ami and injures Tucker Landry, a forensic artist. Piper is upset and rightly so, and she is insistent on meeting Tucker Landry, who has survived the shooting. She wants to thank him for what he did to keep her safe. Piper invites Tucker to continue his healing at her family’s home and finds out he’s got a past that isn’t too pretty. Though neither one can deny Piper Boone is meeting with her friend for lunch who she hasn’t seen in a very long time when a shooter opens fire, and kills her friend Ami and injures Tucker Landry, a forensic artist. Piper is upset and rightly so, and she is insistent on meeting Tucker Landry, who has survived the shooting. She wants to thank him for what he did to keep her safe. Piper invites Tucker to continue his healing at her family’s home and finds out he’s got a past that isn’t too pretty. Though neither one can deny the attraction between the two of them, and their mutual propensity for movies. Fifteen years earlier, Piper lost her daughter Dove in a boating accident, then goes through a divorce, and more she recently has lost her job as an editor. She’s become something of a recluse and I didn’t appreciate (or like) that her former husband is still around like he still considers himself a part of the Boone family.Joyce Mueller, a friend of her mothers is missing, and her (Joyce’s) granddaughter Hannah comes down from Wisconsin to help with search of her grandmother. Piper feels this connection to this girl that she seemly hasn’t ever met before. There is a lot going on in the Boone family that Piper realizes she doesn’t know the whole picture and would like to understand. How did her sister and father die, and are they apart this so-called Curlew Island curse? I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would’ve like to, but there were so many unanswered questions that there was no way that I wouldn’t finish. The mystery was compelling (and so was the writing) and well thought out in my opinion, and that alone kept me reading. 3.5 starsMy gratitude to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Nora St Laurent
    January 1, 1970
    I was engrossed in this story from the start and instantly cared for main character Piper in the prologue flash back, “The piercing scream ripped up my spine. I dropped the spatula and spun.”Readers are then brought to current time as Piper finds herself yet again in another life-threatening situation. In the first chapter - first line, “I couldn’t breathe. A man’s weight across my body crushed me to the sidewalk.” The first chapter begins with a bang (literally) and has you and main character P I was engrossed in this story from the start and instantly cared for main character Piper in the prologue flash back, “The piercing scream ripped up my spine. I dropped the spatula and spun.”Readers are then brought to current time as Piper finds herself yet again in another life-threatening situation. In the first chapter - first line, “I couldn’t breathe. A man’s weight across my body crushed me to the sidewalk.” The first chapter begins with a bang (literally) and has you and main character Piper ducking for cover. As she realizes an active shooter is on the loose, and the someone on top of her saved her life. Her savior/guy is whisked away in an ambulance before she has a chance to thank him. His name is Tucker Landry, who just so happens to be a sketch artist. The authorities ask him to work on a composite sketch for the active shooter he saw. I liked getting to know Tucker and Piper as they work together to chase down the shooter. This is a brilliantly written, fast-paced engaging story with likable and unlikable characters in the mix. I enjoyed how the author has events swiftly unfold, moving readers along, but not too fast. The novel gradually builds, along with a massive hurricane threatening to hit land at a fierce speed. Things become dangerous in the investigation as a hurricane gets close to the island (Piper and Tucker are on), having them hunker down as they wait out the threatening storm.I adored the authors use of enjoyable laughable moments between Tucker and Piper. As they test each other’s knowledge of movies and favorite lines from them. This light humor accentuates more serious themes and shows off witty dialogue that makes you smile. I loved that. Here’s an example: Tucker grinned. “What we have here,” he said in his best Southern drawl, “ is a failure to communicate.”“Cool Hand Luke, 1967,” Piper smiled slightly. Tucker lowered his voice. “Of all the ginjoints in all the towns in all the world “She walks into mine.” ..”Piper replies, “That was easy. Casablanca, 1942.” I found this line of dialogue well timed and fun as the author sprinkled it throughout the story.I enjoyed this captivating, fun filled, nail-biting adventure; with lots of twists and turns I didn’t see coming (neither did the characters). There is a splash of wholesome romance, a mix of danger, and mystery to solve. I liked the natural, non-preachy thread of faith woven in, and the unforeseen quest that changes everything for Tucker and Piper. This is a novel I couldn’t put down, with a satisfying ending. So, be prepared to burn the midnight oil while reading this page turner. If you haven’t read a book by this author, I highly recommend this one. This would work well for you next book club pick. There is so much to talk about.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    Parks is a master of suspense and has a signature style that I enjoy. She reminds you that people are not always what they seem and that the danger is often closer than you think. The secluded nature of the island added to the eery feel of this story. Piper is just trying to get through life after multiple tragedies when she is thrown to the ground by a man who saves her from being shot at a cafe. She later wants to thank him for saving her life and finds out that he's a forensic artist. She ask Parks is a master of suspense and has a signature style that I enjoy. She reminds you that people are not always what they seem and that the danger is often closer than you think. The secluded nature of the island added to the eery feel of this story. Piper is just trying to get through life after multiple tragedies when she is thrown to the ground by a man who saves her from being shot at a cafe. She later wants to thank him for saving her life and finds out that he's a forensic artist. She asks him to help her do an age progression of her daughter who died 15 years ago. They soon find themselves embroiled in a mystery as family secrets are revealed. The danger increases and there's a terrific sense of urgency as they figure things out right as a hurricane threatens the island. There are a few twists along the way and it's a hard book to put down. I'd highly recommend it. Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jite
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars! Admittedly, thriller is not my number 1 genre because I’m a bit of a scaredy cat and granted, I actually expected this to be more romantic suspense than actual thriller which it wasn’t really, but I’m pretty excited by this Christian thriller by a new to me author... so much so that I’ve gone back to get her backlist because this was such an exciting read.The premise of this book is that Piper, who comes from a wealthy family, and is rebuilding her life after a devastating tragedy 15 4.5 Stars! Admittedly, thriller is not my number 1 genre because I’m a bit of a scaredy cat and granted, I actually expected this to be more romantic suspense than actual thriller which it wasn’t really, but I’m pretty excited by this Christian thriller by a new to me author... so much so that I’ve gone back to get her backlist because this was such an exciting read.The premise of this book is that Piper, who comes from a wealthy family, and is rebuilding her life after a devastating tragedy 15 years prior, realizes that all is not as it seems with her family when there is an attempt on her life. What follows is an exciting whodunnit where Piper has to decide if she really wants to discover the dangerous secrets of the past and moreover, who she can trust to help her do so.I thought this was an incredibly well-written story, not so many twists and turns that it is in any way a demanding le creepy psychological thriller, but enough mystery and suspense to keep you guessing and engaged. I feel like the religious messages in this are pretty light but the themes of forgiveness and faith are dealt with well enough to satisfy a person of (Christian) faith, but not so much so that a non-Christian person wouldn’t feel the messages were accessible. I think the message was balanced really well with the plot and you could tell the author made a mostly successful attempt to make it a seamless blend between message and plot. I feel like the secondary characters like Mandy could have been developed a little farther but it wasn’t irksome and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. This book as I expected does have romantic overtones even though this is by no means a romance as that is not the central element of the plot. My romance-loving heart would have loved to see a little more relationship development between Piper and Tucker but that would have changed the genre of this and I think for this genre of thriller, the romantic aspect was fine and I was willing to suspend disbelief and go with it. It felt quite well-done and was enjoyable to read. This book is violent although not gratuitously so but it doesn’t have adult language in it or sexual situations if that’s something you’re avoiding as a reader. No one has ever accused me of being a Nancy Drew but I didn’t really expect the ending and I was at the edge of my seat right until the epilogue. I really liked everything about this one and I’m totally sold on checking out the author’s other work. I recommend this if you like thrillers and/or are Christian or if you just want to check out the diversity of great Christian fiction out there.I enjoyed this perfectly-balanced Christian thriller and found the blend of family betrayal, loss, internal strength, faith and overcoming in this whodunnit, very much to my taste.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    Relative Silence is another really enjoyable mystery that has come across my TBR recently. The main story starts with Piper being thrown to the ground by a man who shields her from flying bullets. Locals think the attempt on her life is the latest in the curse of her family's island. As I said, I really enjoyed this one. There were so many twists that I devoured the book in order to find out what was really going on. This is the kind of mystery that I like the most, one that keeps me guessing un Relative Silence is another really enjoyable mystery that has come across my TBR recently. The main story starts with Piper being thrown to the ground by a man who shields her from flying bullets. Locals think the attempt on her life is the latest in the curse of her family's island. As I said, I really enjoyed this one. There were so many twists that I devoured the book in order to find out what was really going on. This is the kind of mystery that I like the most, one that keeps me guessing until the big reveal. I really liked Piper and Tucker. Both of them are putting their lives back together after experiencing tragedy. One thing I loved about Piper was the way she quoted movie scenes to help her get through situations that made her anxious. That was really unique. It is a stand alone and in a way I am disappointed. I would love to read more about them in another story. They were great at solving this mystery. There was a hint at romance and I would have loved to have that explored a bit further as well. I highly recommend this one!
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    The pages flew as I devoured this read, what an amazing job this author did with this book.We are given a woman who has suffered the loss of her precious child, and although fifteen years has past, her grief has never gone away. She comes from an affluent family and uses most of her money to help helpless animals.So now why did someone try to kill her? Well the event at the beginning of the book ends up with her friend dead and a man wounded. Random? Keep reading!My mind was trying to figure out The pages flew as I devoured this read, what an amazing job this author did with this book.We are given a woman who has suffered the loss of her precious child, and although fifteen years has past, her grief has never gone away. She comes from an affluent family and uses most of her money to help helpless animals.So now why did someone try to kill her? Well the event at the beginning of the book ends up with her friend dead and a man wounded. Random? Keep reading!My mind was trying to figure out what was going on here, but I never got it right. You think you know what is going to happen and whom is involved, maybe you will be right, but I doubt it.I loved the epilogue, maybe not what your expecting, but surprises abound!I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks will have your mind racing. Early in the book you realize that something is definitely wrong with this family. The family reminds you of something from the Stepford Wives where they have no emotions as they are more worried about how they look to the outside world. Piper’s daughter is killed when she’s three years old and Piper has lived in a fog ever since. When she’s almost killed at a restaurant it seems to wake her up. Tucker was at the restaurant and Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks will have your mind racing. Early in the book you realize that something is definitely wrong with this family. The family reminds you of something from the Stepford Wives where they have no emotions as they are more worried about how they look to the outside world. Piper’s daughter is killed when she’s three years old and Piper has lived in a fog ever since. When she’s almost killed at a restaurant it seems to wake her up. Tucker was at the restaurant and tried to protect Piper. They develop a friendship and he helps her try to figure out what is going on when strange things start happening. Tucker had his own issues that I didn’t see coming. Even though Piper was a hot mess I liked her character. At first I was a little put off by all the movie references. But you realize it becomes part of her personality and her coping mechanism.As Piper was trying to figure out what happened to her daughter and what was going on in her family you’re right there with her trying to put the pieces together. I would recommend the book. It truly has you trying to figure out what’s going on, who’s involved in what, and how it’s all related. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It’s one of those books you also keep thinking about after it’s over.Violence – shootings, deaths, and the memories of her daughter’s deathI received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review.You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'No one had an alibi and everyone had a motive.'There's an old saying that every family has skeletons in the closet. Well, welcome to the closet. Piper Boone suffered a great loss fifteen years ago when her only child, two year old Dove, was killed in a boating accident. She returns to her childhood home on Curlew Island, South Carolina, after a divorce and determines to live as secluded life as the home is secluded. Her family is practically American royalty but she wants no part of all that. H 'No one had an alibi and everyone had a motive.'There's an old saying that every family has skeletons in the closet. Well, welcome to the closet. Piper Boone suffered a great loss fifteen years ago when her only child, two year old Dove, was killed in a boating accident. She returns to her childhood home on Curlew Island, South Carolina, after a divorce and determines to live as secluded life as the home is secluded. Her family is practically American royalty but she wants no part of all that. Her longing for a quiet life is suddenly destroyed when a mass shooter opens fire and kills three women at a café where she is having lunch, one woman at her table. It's not long before the press is bringing up the old Curlew Island Curse that hovers over the Boone family. Tucker Landry, forensic artist is also a survivor of the shooting and also saves Piper's life. He is given the job of sketching the shooter because Piper remembers how he looked. They have a bit of a bond between them but soon the police make new discoveries and Piper's own family is suspect.Carrie Stuart Parks, an internationally known forensic artist herself, is in fine form here. Her skills as a forensic artist absolutely make her books come alive. She deftly crafts a puzzle which is gripping and she has a great eye for detail. This is a compelling read, and as the action draws to a conclusion, with a hurricane bearing down on the island, no one seems to be safe and everyone looks like a suspect. A riveting conclusion that I absolutely did not expect! Bravo! Highly recommended.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    What a hurricane of emotions this book draws up! I could not stop thinking about this book when I wasn’t reading it. I was very drawn to the characters and the story and without spoiling the book… I had so many feelings. You can’t go wrong with any of Carrie Stuart Parks books. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the Publisher and was under no obligation to post a favorable review.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Great Characters! Great Action!Set on the family island in South Carolina this was an excellent story! The story opens with Piper Boone have a nice lunch with an old friend. Then shots happen, her friend is dead and she's saved by a handsome stranger who took a bullet for her. Tucker Landry is an unlikely hero, but his instincts kick in to protect the beautiful woman who only moments earlier caught his attention.And the story gets better from there. I like the realness of Piper. She had lost a c Great Characters! Great Action!Set on the family island in South Carolina this was an excellent story! The story opens with Piper Boone have a nice lunch with an old friend. Then shots happen, her friend is dead and she's saved by a handsome stranger who took a bullet for her. Tucker Landry is an unlikely hero, but his instincts kick in to protect the beautiful woman who only moments earlier caught his attention.And the story gets better from there. I like the realness of Piper. She had lost a child saw her marriage implode and she tried to continue on by helping others. But her struggle was always there. The author did a great job of showing the turmoil that haunted Piper for many years. Tucker had his own baggage and it was great to watch the interaction and the development of the relationship between Piper and Tucker. Not to give away too much, but we all know that's where the book will end up from the beginning. The HOW they get to the end is an extremely well writing engaging story.The author did a great job of "hiding" the villain. I didn't see it coming, which doesn't happen often. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Carrie Stuart Parks and to those who like action packed suspense with some romance.Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher through Netgalley
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  • Rosalyn
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my! What a story! Carrie Stuart Parks does it again!This is the story of Piper. She loses her daughter in a tragic happening. Fifteen years later, she’s almost a victim of a sniper. People keep dying. Finally she catches on that she might be the target.I enjoyed getting to know Piper. Her story is revealed oh so slowly. Lots of suspense. Inner turmoil. Family difficulties. And more.I had no idea how or which way this story would turn. Lots of suspense. Incredible adventures, set on a beautifu Oh my! What a story! Carrie Stuart Parks does it again!This is the story of Piper. She loses her daughter in a tragic happening. Fifteen years later, she’s almost a victim of a sniper. People keep dying. Finally she catches on that she might be the target.I enjoyed getting to know Piper. Her story is revealed oh so slowly. Lots of suspense. Inner turmoil. Family difficulties. And more.I had no idea how or which way this story would turn. Lots of suspense. Incredible adventures, set on a beautiful island. I highly recommend this book to lovers of Christian suspense. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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  • Rachel DeVaughn
    January 1, 1970
    Emotional and riveting from beginning to end! This story kept me glued and engaged chapter after chapter as I got to know Piper and her family. Throughout the story we read about all the Boone family tragedies as Tucker and Piper try to piece clues together about the recent shooting and who was targeted.Lots of suspense, complicated characters and surprise ending that I didn’t expect. I enjoyed reading this fast paced, clean suspense story that spanned over a period of 15 years.I received a copy Emotional and riveting from beginning to end! This story kept me glued and engaged chapter after chapter as I got to know Piper and her family. Throughout the story we read about all the Boone family tragedies as Tucker and Piper try to piece clues together about the recent shooting and who was targeted.Lots of suspense, complicated characters and surprise ending that I didn’t expect. I enjoyed reading this fast paced, clean suspense story that spanned over a period of 15 years.I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks kept my interest all the way through the book! The prologue of the book is a very emotional opener. Years later Piper Boone is having lunch outdoors at a cafe when a shooter opens fire! A stranger pushes Piper to the ground as her friend Ami is killed along with two others. Piper's family just wants to keep their names out of the news as a journalist writes about the Boone family curse. It would seem there is a curse over this family or island because Pipe Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks kept my interest all the way through the book! The prologue of the book is a very emotional opener. Years later Piper Boone is having lunch outdoors at a cafe when a shooter opens fire! A stranger pushes Piper to the ground as her friend Ami is killed along with two others. Piper's family just wants to keep their names out of the news as a journalist writes about the Boone family curse. It would seem there is a curse over this family or island because Piper's father, her sister, and her daughter all met violent deaths on the island. Now the neighbor and family friend Joyce Mueller is missing from her home on the island.As Piper is questioned about the shooting, she decides she wants to meet the man who saved her life. Tucker Landry is still in the hospital healing from the wounds he suffered while saving Piper. When he is released from the hospital Piper offers to let him stay at the family mansion on Curlew Island. He accepts and soon discovers this family has problems and secrets which he soon becomes involved in solving. What about the secrets in his past, how much should he tell Piper? The levels of secrecy among the family members are worrying piper as she begins to think her precious Dove may not be dead. Is this a delusion because of the age progression drawing Tucker made for Piper? During all the confusion Piper is experiencing, there is also a hurricane bearing down on the Island. Time is running out to uncover long-buried secrets! Publication Date: July 14, 2020Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Kristin Gore
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, does Carrie Stuart Parks know how to build suspense?! This was my first of her books & before I was even done reading I ordered 2 more. She’s that good! Relative Silence will keep you guessing who in this rich, powerful family is not who they seem. This book was one I didn’t want to put down! Wow, does Carrie Stuart Parks know how to build suspense?! This was my first of her books & before I was even done reading I ordered 2 more. She’s that good! Relative Silence will keep you guessing who in this rich, powerful family is not who they seem. This book was one I didn’t want to put down!
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  • Evelyn Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    EXCELLENT READ! Won this book via Goodreads Giveaway! It catches you from the very first words and just holds on! Just full of curves and surprises! No, Piper is not nuts! Love her! I can see me reading more Carrie STuart Parks books!
  • Concetta Kellough
    January 1, 1970
    Carrie Stuart Parks' characters in Relative Silence are believable. Piper, as a reclusive mother whose only child died after being kidnapped, is nearly killed by a gunman. It appears her brother's life also had an attempt made on it. The family owns a company that has had ups and downs in prosperity. There is a long list of possible suspects. The setting is an island and seaside town. There are many clues and loose ends that come together nicely at the end. I enjoyed the story. There were severa Carrie Stuart Parks' characters in Relative Silence are believable. Piper, as a reclusive mother whose only child died after being kidnapped, is nearly killed by a gunman. It appears her brother's life also had an attempt made on it. The family owns a company that has had ups and downs in prosperity. There is a long list of possible suspects. The setting is an island and seaside town. There are many clues and loose ends that come together nicely at the end. I enjoyed the story. There were several possible culprits, and I didn't narrow down who it was by the time I found out. I like not being able to completely tell "who done it" at the end of a mystery. The story kept my interest throughout, and I looked forward to getting back to reading when I had to put it down.
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    Carrie Steuart Parks has definitely earned a spot as one of the top Christian fiction writers today. Her books are difficult to put down, and keep me reading past the time at night when it should be lights out for me.I loved the characters she put together for this book. First off is the main character, Piper, whose daughter died 15 years before; she has withdrawn from life —and yet, I would think the tragic circumstances would be enough to stall anyone’s life, especially with some guilt that ad Carrie Steuart Parks has definitely earned a spot as one of the top Christian fiction writers today. Her books are difficult to put down, and keep me reading past the time at night when it should be lights out for me.I loved the characters she put together for this book. First off is the main character, Piper, whose daughter died 15 years before; she has withdrawn from life —and yet, I would think the tragic circumstances would be enough to stall anyone’s life, especially with some guilt that added to the mix. Along the same line, in a sense, is the male lead, who is a recovering alcoholic because of the accident that took the lives of his wife and unborn child and was largely his own fault. These are two different people with two different ways of coping. The story is an intriguing, well-written mystery that is neatly wrapped up by the end. There were several suspects, and even after trying to follow the clues, the guilty party was in my opinion only a possibility, but I never definitely settled on the right one I liked how the author kept my interest throughout the book, and as always, I appreciate a good, clean story.
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  • Barbara Tobey
    January 1, 1970
    Terrific mystery. It kept me guessing and intrigued. Some things seemed obvious while others did not. Several surprises. Exciting experiencing a hurricane from the safety of my chair. Enjoyed all the movie references. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
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  • Deirdre
    January 1, 1970
    This was a thriller! Every single page had me on edge waiting for the next clue or piece to the puzzle. If you like mysteries, this book will satisfy your need. I never expected the actual killer and the climax was filled with surprises. This book will have you reading until the very last page. It is suitable for all ages and I did receive a copy of this book for free in exchange for this review.
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  • Sarita
    January 1, 1970
    A few years ago I read the first book in the Gwen Marcey series. I liked that but for some reason not that much and this is only my second book by this author. But I’m glad I picked up this book and will go back and finish that series as well as read other books by this author.This was a fast paced murder mystery. From the first line in the prologue, to the first line in the first chapter to the last page there was so much going on with attempted murders, missing people and secretive family memb A few years ago I read the first book in the Gwen Marcey series. I liked that but for some reason not that much and this is only my second book by this author. But I’m glad I picked up this book and will go back and finish that series as well as read other books by this author.This was a fast paced murder mystery. From the first line in the prologue, to the first line in the first chapter to the last page there was so much going on with attempted murders, missing people and secretive family members. I had a few suspects but was definitely kept in the dark till the end. All I can say is one twisted baddie.There were a few things I would have liked more detail on especially wrt Tucker. Even though he was the ‘hero’, he felt a bit side lined after 50% and is backstory felt a bit rushed. The ending to the epilogue was also a bit rushed, I would have liked more detail about a few things.I received a review copy so not sure if the following has changed but the following could have been a bit better when jumping from Piper’s POV (first person) to Tucker’s (third person) - the POV’s jumped from one paragraph to another, I would have appreciated some sort of indicators, even if it was just a symbol between the two paragraphs. Also, Piper and Tucker would randomly start quoting moving lines - if these lines were in a different font, it might have helped me follow easier (I had to reread section a few times to make sense of going on).But apart from that, this was a great fast paced suspense which kept me turning the pages and holding my breath to see how things will turn out. I also liked how Tucked and Mandy easily spoke about God with Piper. Recommended to fans of suspense.*I received a complimentary copy from the published through Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.*
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    A very moving book that is heartbreaking from the beginning and follows Piper's story that is full of action and will keep you guessing until the end.I had my suspicions ( and no I didn't cheat this time)! lol I found a few humorous lines in the book that made me snicker but mostly my heart went out to Piper and the friends that she had made along the way.I think what I liked best about Piper is her courage and strength to do what she needed to do in order to survive. Tucker is a sweetheart who A very moving book that is heartbreaking from the beginning and follows Piper's story that is full of action and will keep you guessing until the end.I had my suspicions ( and no I didn't cheat this time)! lol I found a few humorous lines in the book that made me snicker but mostly my heart went out to Piper and the friends that she had made along the way.I think what I liked best about Piper is her courage and strength to do what she needed to do in order to survive. Tucker is a sweetheart who has deamons of his own to deal with. I wanted to encourage him along the the way that he could do this and I wasn't disappointed! He ended up surprising me. I wanted to give him a big fat hug at the end.It's really amazing what we as humans can do when faced with certain situations are thrown at us.To me, it's what makes life interesting. God is good all the time! He may answer prayers but in His own time. Not when we want Him tooMandy is the one who I enjoyed the most. I liked the she way handled things by not being overbearing, but pushing with patience and making her subjects feel comfortable with her so that they'll talk with her. This book was so very good! I think that Christian Suspense fans will love Ms. Parks as much as I do.I love how she throws in wonderful surprises in her stories. Her style of writing and knowledge about forensics definitely shows throughout this book. The name Nana kind of threw me off a bit for the dog but it suits him just fine. He's the true hero with a big heart of gold!I am glad I picked this book to read! I highly recommend this story. If you're anything like me you'll not want to put this book down until you find out who dun it.Soooo good!My thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for a wonderful story!No compensations were received.I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    Carrie Stuart Parks has a knack for grabbing hold of you from the very beginning of a book and not letting go until the very end. This one was no different. I had a very hard time putting this one down! Piper Boone is part of the rich and famous Boone family - the perfect family who lives in the perfect house on the perfect island..... and also the family that is seemingly under a curse. When she survives a random shooting at a local cafe, she begins to take a look at the elements of the family' Carrie Stuart Parks has a knack for grabbing hold of you from the very beginning of a book and not letting go until the very end. This one was no different. I had a very hard time putting this one down! Piper Boone is part of the rich and famous Boone family - the perfect family who lives in the perfect house on the perfect island..... and also the family that is seemingly under a curse. When she survives a random shooting at a local cafe, she begins to take a look at the elements of the family's "curse" to see it for what it really is. And there's an ages-old mystery tied up in it all.This book has plenty of intensity, gripping emotions, lots of action and suspense. I didn't know "whodunnit" until it was actually revealed. Tlhere was a minor romance as part of the story, but it was not pertinent enought that I would even classify it as a romantic suspense. But it is there. The faith thread is a bit subtle as well, but it's also definitely present. Piper seems to find herself surrounded by "religious" people, which frustrates her at first, but she seems to "get it" more as the book progresses. There's a great cast of characters - some that you love and some that you hate, but they're all well fleshed-out and relatable. This book was a wild ride and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would strongly recommend to fans of suspense novels. Special thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for an advanced E-copy of this book. I was not obligated to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Piper is still hurting from the loss of her daughter 15 years ago. A member of a powerful family, she and her family have suffered several losses through the years. As the book opens, Piper is involved in a shooting. Piper is confused about her growing feelings for Tucker who protected her during the gunfire. She is also confused about all the strange happeni I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Piper is still hurting from the loss of her daughter 15 years ago. A member of a powerful family, she and her family have suffered several losses through the years. As the book opens, Piper is involved in a shooting. Piper is confused about her growing feelings for Tucker who protected her during the gunfire. She is also confused about all the strange happenings on the family’s island. Tucker also has secrets he is afraid to share. Through every twist and turn of the plot, I was left guessing “whodunnit”. I enjoyed meeting Officer Mandy Chou and hope Ms. Parks might feature her in an upcoming story. Suspenseful and entertaining!
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