Don't Make a Sound (Sawyer Brooks, #1)
Plagued by traumatic childhood memories, crime reporter Sawyer Brooks still struggles to gain control of her rage, her paranoia, and her life. Now, after finally getting promoted at work, she is forced to return home and face her past.River Rock is where she’d been abandoned by her two older sisters to suffer alone, and in silence, the unspeakable abuses of her family. It’s also where Sawyer’s best friend disappeared and two teenage girls were murdered. Three cold cases dead and buried with the rest of the town’s secrets.When another girl is slain in a familiar grisly fashion, Sawyer is determined to put an end to the crimes. Pulled back into the horrors of her family history, Sawyer must reconcile with her estranged sisters, who both have shattering memories of their own. As Sawyer’s investigation leads to River Rock’s darkest corners, what will prove more dangerous—what she knows of the past or what she has yet to discover?

Don't Make a Sound (Sawyer Brooks, #1) Details

TitleDon't Make a Sound (Sawyer Brooks, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 1st, 2020
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Suspense, Business, Amazon, Sociology, Abuse, Contemporary, Audiobook

Don't Make a Sound (Sawyer Brooks, #1) Review

  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsFirst of all, I think it is important to note this story involves sexual crimes. It's big element of the story so if that is a topic that you try to avoid reading about, I suggest you take a pass on this book. While I wouldn't say this goes into the most graphic detail I have ever read, it still was disturbing and a lot to mentally process. I read mysteries and thrillers all the time and I would put it in the compelling but tough read category.Crime reporter Sawyer Brooks has tried to l 3.5 starsFirst of all, I think it is important to note this story involves sexual crimes. It's big element of the story so if that is a topic that you try to avoid reading about, I suggest you take a pass on this book. While I wouldn't say this goes into the most graphic detail I have ever read, it still was disturbing and a lot to mentally process. I read mysteries and thrillers all the time and I would put it in the compelling but tough read category.Crime reporter Sawyer Brooks has tried to leave the past behind her but some things stay with you forever. She has never forgotten that her older sisters left her behind as they fled their hometown of River Rock, and she was left alone to endure horrific abuse. Two teenage girls were murdered in River Rock and their cases remain unsolved. Sawyer's childhood friend went missing and again, the case remains unsolved. While Sawyer has kept her distance from the town she grew up in, she is back hoping to find answers as to what happened to these girls. What will she discover?The story held my interest as there certainly was lot going on and Sawyer was a solid lead character. The story does bounce around occasionally to other characters and in some cases I thought it worked well having different perspectives but in others it didn't feel necessary in order to advance the plot. I feel the author might have been too ambitious in her storytelling as it becomes a bit much in terms of how much feels realistic when you add everything up together. I also thought the plot that kicks off the book started off promising but veered into bad Lifetime movie territory. In general, some elements of the story needed to be more fully fleshed out or abandoned completely. A few less characters might have also helped as it is never a good thing when you are near the end of a book and a character pops up and you struggle to remember who they are.With that being said, I did like this book even though it wasn't a perfect read. In terms of the mystery elements, there was nothing really here that I found surprising but I also read the genre often and it's difficult to catch me completely off guard. I'm curious to see what is in store for Sawyer as this appears to be the first book in a series. If you can handle tough subject material, this is a decent pick.
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  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    A solid story from victimization to female empowerment. 8 of 10 stars
  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    A dark and gritty start to a new series by T.R. Ragan. Sawyer Brooks, a crime reporter, returns home for her grandmother's funeral. Sawyer and her family have a sad and twisted past. This book combines Sawyer's personal story, the stories of her sisters, and a series of murders in her hometown. Fast-paced, exciting, and twisted. I look forward to reading more of this series.
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  • Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
    January 1, 1970
    You can find my full review here: https://allthebookblognamesaretaken.b...++++++++++++++Oh my goodness. What a cluster fuck this was. It was going pretty decently until the main character went home. It was really obvious which sister was part of the revenge group, and common sense and the process of elimination made it obvious who had killed the girls and was obsessed with Sawyer. Way too many subplots. Things that were intended to be red herrings, weren’t. Glad I didn’t pay for this one. You can find my full review here: https://allthebookblognamesaretaken.b...++++++++++++++Oh my goodness. What a cluster fuck this was. It was going pretty decently until the main character went home. It was really obvious which sister was part of the revenge group, and common sense and the process of elimination made it obvious who had killed the girls and was obsessed with Sawyer. Way too many subplots. Things that were intended to be red herrings, weren’t. Glad I didn’t pay for this one.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    There was alot of emotion reading this book,firstly as loved reading all her other books this book just took along time to get into this book wasn't sure about the characters maybe as a new series plus the delicate storyline of child abuse even it didn't give you harrowing details it a subject I avoid reading.it ended up a good storyline it starts Sawyer who's a journalist becomes a crime reporter goes back to her childhood town as her grandma dies as goes to her funeral but theres unsolved murd There was alot of emotion reading this book,firstly as loved reading all her other books this book just took along time to get into this book wasn't sure about the characters maybe as a new series plus the delicate storyline of child abuse even it didn't give you harrowing details it a subject I avoid reading.it ended up a good storyline it starts Sawyer who's a journalist becomes a crime reporter goes back to her childhood town as her grandma dies as goes to her funeral but theres unsolved murders and family secrets that come to light.lookimg forward to book two.
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  • ABookwormWithWine
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't think it was possible to squeeze so much darkness into one book, but that's exactly what T.R. Ragan did with Don't Make a Sound. This book is gritty, disturbing, and chilling and I loved it so much. Don't Make a Sound is book one of the Sawyer Brooks series and it sure starts out with a bang. There are a few different mysteries and I was really intrigued by all of them. There are also other viewpoints that the synopsis doesn't mention, and I have to say they were a pleasant surprise. Th I didn't think it was possible to squeeze so much darkness into one book, but that's exactly what T.R. Ragan did with Don't Make a Sound. This book is gritty, disturbing, and chilling and I loved it so much. Don't Make a Sound is book one of the Sawyer Brooks series and it sure starts out with a bang. There are a few different mysteries and I was really intrigued by all of them. There are also other viewpoints that the synopsis doesn't mention, and I have to say they were a pleasant surprise. There is a vigilante feel to parts of the book that I adored, and the pace was steady because of the different viewpoints, although most of the beginning is just Sawyer. There are some badass women in this novel and that was one of my absolute favorite things about it. I really love Sawyer as a character, and I am so glad there is going to be more of her. I also liked that Don't Make a Sound didn't end on a cliffhanger. I honestly don't know what I would have done if it had, but it also left me wanting more which is great. I loved Ragan's writing style and I thought it was reminiscent of Karin Slaughter who is the queen of the gritty thriller in my eyes.Lastly, I feel the need to repeat the fact that Don't Make a Sound is gritty with a capital G. It won't be for the faint of heart and if you can't read about sex crimes you need to stay far, far away. But if you love dark and disturbing thrillers that are full of surprises then I'm just going to say you need to read this book NOW. I'm so excited that Ragan has a backlist that I can check out and you can guarantee I will be doing that ASAP!Thank you to McCartin/Daniels PR and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book! All opinions and thoughts are my own.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    They are a group of five; they call themselves The Crew. There's Malice and then there's Lily, Bug. Cleo and Psycho. Years of abuse, mental, physical, sexual brought them together. Their belief is that the only way to get justice is to see criminals punished. They have taken back control of their lives by teaching sexual predators a lesson or two.They have no intention of committing murder ... once the target is properly secured and "aware" of the harm they have done, they are released back into They are a group of five; they call themselves The Crew. There's Malice and then there's Lily, Bug. Cleo and Psycho. Years of abuse, mental, physical, sexual brought them together. Their belief is that the only way to get justice is to see criminals punished. They have taken back control of their lives by teaching sexual predators a lesson or two.They have no intention of committing murder ... once the target is properly secured and "aware" of the harm they have done, they are released back into society.But not all plans succeed.They are a true sisterhood, committed to their newfound cause ... and they are plotting their first target.Sawyer Brooks is a crime reporter, still trying to regain control of her life, her rage, her paranoia. As part of a work promotion, and to attend to her grandmother's funeral, she is returning to her hometown. Facing her past is no picnic. She'll have to see her cold, distant parents, and the sisters who abandoned her with her uncle when she was a child.There were two murders in her town years ago ... almost unheard of at the time. Two teenaged girls were murdered and Sawyer's best friend disappeared. Three cold cases dead and buried with the rest of the town's secrets.BOOK BLURB: When another girl is slain in a familiar grisly fashion, Sawyer is determined to put an end to the crimes. Pulled back into the horrors of her family history, Sawyer must reconcile with her estranged sisters, who both have shattering memories of their own. What will prove most dangerous .... what she knows of the past ... or what she has yet to discover?This author is in my top 10 favorite list ... and she never disappoints. Intricately woven plots... deftly drawn characters ... and she handles the hard issues with a delicate hand. This is a true page-turner and I am excited to read the next book featuring Sawyer Brooks.
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    After reading and enjoying other books by this author, I jumped at the chance to get it as an Amazon Prime Reads selection. Now I've finished it, and I have to say it just didn't push the right buttons for me. It's heavy-handed in the focus on sexual abuse (often graphically described), psychologically damaged victims and some of the sickest characters I've ever had the displeasure to meet. It's not that it isn't well-written, I hasten to add - it was for me just too much of a bad thing.There ar After reading and enjoying other books by this author, I jumped at the chance to get it as an Amazon Prime Reads selection. Now I've finished it, and I have to say it just didn't push the right buttons for me. It's heavy-handed in the focus on sexual abuse (often graphically described), psychologically damaged victims and some of the sickest characters I've ever had the displeasure to meet. It's not that it isn't well-written, I hasten to add - it was for me just too much of a bad thing.There are two plots going on here, both tinged (make that doused) with violence and revenge. A group calling themselves The Crew meet on the Dark Web, plotting to make sexual predators "pay" for what they've done. No killing or maiming allowed, they claim; they simply want to impress upon them that payback is a you-know-what. The other story focuses on Sawyer Brooks, a 29-year-old journalist who longs to be on the crime scene beat. She and her two sisters, Aria and Harper, are themselves victims of extensive and horrific sexual abuse - and dealing with it in very different ways (Harper is a neat freak, Sawyer avoids emotional or physical attachments and Aria simply refuses to go there). Not only are all three seriously psychologically damaged by abuse, but in large part because of those experiences, they have tended to not play well with each other.Things get heated when Sawyer gets her wish to partner up with the nationally recognized crime reporter at their Sacramento newspaper and her beloved grandmother dies. Since she's going home to nearby River Rock for the funeral, she convinces her new boss to let her report on the years-ago murders of two young girls and another - Sawyer's best friend - who went missing but was never found. Meanwhile, The Crew keep busy chasing down and showing the predators who abused them the error of their ways (oh golly, what could possibly go wrong with that scenario)?For Sawyer, going home puts her right back in the eye of her storm - visiting the parents who at best ignored their daughters and the prison release of one of their abusers. On top of that, no one - including the police - are happy that old rocks are being overturned for all the world to read about in Sawyer's story. There are a few twists here and there, although they're for the most part predictable. Still, it's an action-packed adventure, albeit not what I'd call a totally satisfying one.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsLots of triggers, so beware. I waffled between 3 - 4 stars because I couldn't put this one down. Lots of plot threads. Some were wrapped up but lots hanging. I will read the 2nd book. I hope Sawyer lets Derek in, eventually. I like the gradual building of their relationship.
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  • Laura Peden
    January 1, 1970
    A dark & twisted revenge thriller & Kindle Unlimited title. The writing & narration were mediocre but I still found myself thoroughly entertained. This is book one in a new series. If you’re concerned about triggers be aware that pretty much every possible one is in this book. A dark & twisted revenge thriller & Kindle Unlimited title. The writing & narration were mediocre but I still found myself thoroughly entertained. This is book one in a new series. If you’re concerned about triggers be aware that pretty much every possible one is in this book.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Surprisingly badI kept feeling like I was reading through someone's first draft of a book that would require numerous edits. Scattered, thin character development, and a lot of jumping to conclusions. I hadn't heard of this author before, so this almost assuredly "one and done" for me.
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  • Nancy McDonald
    January 1, 1970
    Truly TerribleI don't want to be mean but this is just about the worst book I've ever read. The mistakes are so numerous that I thought it must be a first book with no editor. I'd enumerate but I don't want to waste even one more minute on it .
  • Kerry Clair
    January 1, 1970
    Goodness gracious this was absolutely awful. Overly dramatic, completely unrealistic, amateurish and pretentious. Oh and dumb. It was just dumb. Oh and a main character that’s a better detective than every detective in the city and a smarter cop than any cop in the town and can fight men five times her size. Oh whatEVER. Ugh. Save yourself a few hours and skip this loser book. Next review I’ll tell you how I really feel, but this will have to do for now.
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  • Robby Harrington
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t Make a Sound is a gripping, suspenseful thriller following three sisters—Sawyer, Aria and Harper—who have disturbing and horrific pasts but are doing their best to cope with their trauma while attempting to live somewhat normal lives. That is until their grandmother passes away and Sawyer—a newly promoted crime investigative reporter in Sacramento—travels back home to their small town of River Rock which also has a dark, menacing history; two young girls were mysteriously murdered and one Don’t Make a Sound is a gripping, suspenseful thriller following three sisters—Sawyer, Aria and Harper—who have disturbing and horrific pasts but are doing their best to cope with their trauma while attempting to live somewhat normal lives. That is until their grandmother passes away and Sawyer—a newly promoted crime investigative reporter in Sacramento—travels back home to their small town of River Rock which also has a dark, menacing history; two young girls were mysteriously murdered and one girl, Sawyer’s childhood friend Rebecca, disappeared. While only planning on staying home for a few days to attend her grandmother’s funeral, Sawyer’s visit gets extended unexpectedly when there’s suddenly another murder of a 16 year old girl. Meanwhile, back in Sacramento, a secret, online group of vengeful, victimized women—who all have been tragically abused in various ways—team up to seek revenge on the men who have brutalized them. Don’t Make a Sound is a book about revenge and the horrific, disturbing ways that women are abused by men but how by working together, they can seek the justice that they deserve but also revealing the sobering truth that while revenge is cathartic, that in and of itself is not enough to heal old wounds.I could not put this book down! If it weren’t for other obligations, I could have easily finished Don’t Make a Sound in a day. I was completely consumed with both Sawyer’s story as she visits her old town of River Rock while also thrilled by the group of women seeking revenge on the men who had abused each of them. The author, T.R. Ragan, did an excellent job with both the character development and also the dialogue. I’ve read a lot of thrillers and I often find that I’m not hugely invested in the characters. That was not the case with this book. In many ways, this book was so cathartic. Guiltily, I loved reading how the women got revenge on the men who had harmed them but I must admit that this book also deeply disturbed me in ways that I won’t articulate to avoid spoilers.My only criticism of the book is that I think certain things could have been removed—there was just a lot going on. There’s the original murder case in Sacramento, there’s the two unsolved murder cases in River Rock, there’s the story of the three sisters’ dark past, there’s the new murder and there’s a love interest not to mention the revenge group. I’m still happy with my five-star rating but I think trimming a few of the details down a little bit wouldn’t have hurt the book in any way and I think could have made the ending more potent without trying to wrap up the various, non-essential story lines.All in all, I loved Don’t Make a Sound. It was extremely thrilling, dark and disturbing plus it had awesome character development and really made me care about what happened to the three sisters. I will say, admit this book might be difficult to read if you are triggered by violent or sexual and especially domestic abuse but if not—and if you really enjoy gritty thrillers—you’re sure to love this one as well!
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    My goodness that was dark... and awesome! I have read previous series by this author and really enjoyed them and couldn’t wait to read this. I upgraded my kindle version to audio and listened to the whole thing today, I couldn’t turn it off. These new characters are so damaged in so many ways. The 2 storylines running at the same time was really good. I am sure that they will cross over many times to come.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARSMy luck choosing Amazon Prime First Reads free monthly book has been hit and miss, usually misses so I wasn’t overly optimistic about DON’T MAKE A SOUND by TR Ragan and was pleasantly surprised to be drawn into the story.DON’T MAKE A SOUND won’t be for everyone due to its dark, graphic writing, which didn’t bother me. As a sexual abuse survivor, I thought some aspects of Sawyer’s and her sisters’ sexual abuse felt realistic and authentic while others, like joining a vigilante group and 3.5 STARSMy luck choosing Amazon Prime First Reads free monthly book has been hit and miss, usually misses so I wasn’t overly optimistic about DON’T MAKE A SOUND by TR Ragan and was pleasantly surprised to be drawn into the story.DON’T MAKE A SOUND won’t be for everyone due to its dark, graphic writing, which didn’t bother me. As a sexual abuse survivor, I thought some aspects of Sawyer’s and her sisters’ sexual abuse felt realistic and authentic while others, like joining a vigilante group and physically avenging perps, far fetched. Though I understand desiring revenge, being the one with boots on the ground literally chasing suspects never entered my mind. The vigilantism was my least favorite aspect of the story.I enjoyed relationships between Sawyer, Aria and Harper and that Ragan showed how abuse can affect different siblings in various ways. Sawyer was easily relatable and sympathetic. I liked that she was a young journalist, imperfectly following her instinct and that she sought therapy to help her recover from PTSD.DON’T MAKE A SOUND is an above average read for those who aren’t bothered by graphic violence.
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  • Belinda
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this is a seriously good thriller that just keeps going and twisting and leaving you guessing to the end. Just when you think it’s all over, it kicks off again! I haven’t read any of T.R.’s books but I will be one of the first in line for the next instalment of the story of Sawyer!
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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! Didn't want to put it down. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Holy terribly-written-dialogue, Batman!Wow, this book was...just bad—like, straight-up bad. There are so many random things going on within the lives of these incredibly underdeveloped characters. I literally laughed out loud reading this gem of dialogue from the book at what is supposed to be the height of suspense: “I’m going to rip the cloud of secrecy off this town like a kid opening a f*cking Christmas present!” Like...what? I’m just honestly so confused about how this passed through an edi Holy terribly-written-dialogue, Batman!Wow, this book was...just bad—like, straight-up bad. There are so many random things going on within the lives of these incredibly underdeveloped characters. I literally laughed out loud reading this gem of dialogue from the book at what is supposed to be the height of suspense: “I’m going to rip the cloud of secrecy off this town like a kid opening a f*cking Christmas present!” Like...what? I’m just honestly so confused about how this passed through an editor, and maybe that person should no longer have his or her job. If anything, I guess this book made for some good laughs for my book club.
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  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    January 1, 1970
    The twist were obvious for me. The ultimate killer I knew the first time that person was introduced. As far as a mystery, it was pretty basic and elementary. I also felt like I read parts if the story before. The group of woman for revenge, that storyline is very familiar, Lisa Jackson or Lisa ???.The only reason I finished was to see if I was right. I was. Disappointing. Thank goodness I only paid a total of $1.99 for audio. The narrator was good.
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  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    January 1, 1970
    Sawyer goes back to her hometown to her grandmother's funeral, and back to her dark (disturbingly dark) past. Sawyer is a crime reporter, trying to tie the recent murder of a teenager to some unsolved murders years past. She has a complicated relationship with her two sisters, who both have equally dark pasts, and her parents, who seem at best neglectful and at worst psychotic. The more that's revealed about the town, the more disturbed it gets.There's also a subplot about a group of crime victi Sawyer goes back to her hometown to her grandmother's funeral, and back to her dark (disturbingly dark) past. Sawyer is a crime reporter, trying to tie the recent murder of a teenager to some unsolved murders years past. She has a complicated relationship with her two sisters, who both have equally dark pasts, and her parents, who seem at best neglectful and at worst psychotic. The more that's revealed about the town, the more disturbed it gets.There's also a subplot about a group of crime victims denied justice who decide to become vigilantes (seems to be a recurring theme in Ragan's books).Even with the awful subject matter I was invested in seeing what happens and I'll definitely read the next book. The only thing I wasn't sold on was the murder that happens to the television personality in the beginning of the book. It was quickly put on the back burner and then way too rushed at the end. It could have easily been left out altogether.
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  • Megan (The Moody Mama Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on The Moody Mama ReadsI'm blown away!! What did I just read?! This book deserves all the stars!"They were merely five women who'd had the misfortune of being wronged."-ARC received in exchange for an honest review- Full review on The Moody Mama ReadsI'm blown away!! What did I just read?! This book deserves all the stars!"They were merely five women who'd had the misfortune of being wronged."-ARC received in exchange for an honest review-
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  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Don't Make a Sound is the start of the new Sawyer Brooks series. It focuses primarily on the youngest of three sisters, Sawyer.  I don't know what I expected, but I didn't expect her to be a crime reporter.  I guess that is in the blurb, but I expected more police involvement.  She has been trying to get onto a top in This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Don't Make a Sound is the start of the new Sawyer Brooks series. It focuses primarily on the youngest of three sisters, Sawyer.  I don't know what I expected, but I didn't expect her to be a crime reporter.  I guess that is in the blurb, but I expected more police involvement.  She has been trying to get onto a top investigative team at her paper and finally has a chance.The story is a roller-coaster from start to finish. There are some things which feel kind of disparate but it all eventually fits.  I appreciated the well-rounded view with her personal life, the boyfriend, her sisters and co-workers, and then her efforts in investigating.She does end up going back to her hometown and following up on some cold cases. Everything escalates there very quickly, at least it feels that way.  Is there anyone Sawyer can trust?  I wasn't sure about anyone and it kept me on edge.  There are some seriously bad happenings, both past and present.I did figure out almost everything at about 75% into my read, but not how it would be resolved. There were some crazy twists.  For being a bit naive and not taking very many precautions, somehow Sawyer solves a lot of crimes.  She is rather brazen about collecting information. I wouldn't be so confidant and would be worried about the criminals taking notice of my efforts.I enjoyed this quite a lot and recommend it if you aren't triggered easily by crime.  Some of it feels very unrealistic but it might be it is just really far out of my personal experience.  I look forward to more in this series. Narration: I enjoyed listening to Jennica Damon who was a new narrator to me. The voices felt slightly differentiated and appropriate for male and female voices.  There were definitely more female than male characters here. I did have to slow to 1.25x speed.Listen to a clip:  HERE 
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  • Petra
    January 1, 1970
    I loved all of the author's previous books. This one was fast-paced and dark, but still an easy read, but unfortunately not my favorite. There was so much going on, numerous plots to follow and a lot of characters, but as a result it lacked depth and characterization. As it's the start of a new series, I am hoping this will be different in the next book because all the introductions have now been made.
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    I love T. R. Ragan novels, but this one fell flat for me. I couldn't connect with the characters. They felt rushed and had limited growth and no dimension. The premise of the book drew me in, but the writing style felt jagged and awkward making made it hard to picture the essence of the characters. I couldn't get in tune with any of the characters. Which makes me want to skip the series altogether.
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  • M
    January 1, 1970
    Solid crime fiction that’s dark, moody and grim. Possible PTSD triggers 3.5 stars This crime fiction thriller has two parallel storylines, both involving brutal sexual crimes against women, children, and mid-teens. For approximately two-thirds of the book, the bifurcated storylines run without intersecting. Of course, there is some overlap, later in the book. Many female characters are rape victims—some were kidnapped, held captive, suffered torture, and raped by multiple violators. Several male Solid crime fiction that’s dark, moody and grim. Possible PTSD triggers 3.5 stars This crime fiction thriller has two parallel storylines, both involving brutal sexual crimes against women, children, and mid-teens. For approximately two-thirds of the book, the bifurcated storylines run without intersecting. Of course, there is some overlap, later in the book. Many female characters are rape victims—some were kidnapped, held captive, suffered torture, and raped by multiple violators. Several male characters are pedophiles and Ephebophiles (prefer mid to late teens 15-19 years old), and a few have no redeeming characteristics. I like Sawyer Brooks, a spunky journalist, who is overly busy in this storyline. 1) She investigates a murder in Sacramento with another crime reporter. 2) Goes to her grandma’s funeral in her small hometown and must face people there. 3) Looks into cold cases of two murdered teens, plus there’s a friend who vanished back in 2005. 3) Whilst she’s in town, another teen is murdered—same method as cold case teens. 4) Sawyer and her two sisters suffered horrible childhoods, and her investigation dredges up all their pasts. 5) She visits her cold-hearted parents, and she gets reacquainted with old friends. Yes, that’s a lot for almost 300 pages, and that’s not all the subplots to be had. Add to that 45-50 characters, not all essential to the storylines. The second storyline features “The Crew,” a group of five women who suffered horrific rapes and torture. Now they’ve united and are out to avenge themselves—punishing the men who victimized them. This storyline is partially resolved, thus becoming a continuing thread leading to book #2. I don’t like loose threads in crime fiction, so that’s one star gone. I read a lot of crime fiction, and on a reading discomfort/difficulty scale from 1 to 10, I rate this as 8—mostly because of the sheer numbers of sexual crimes against children and teens. (A 10 rating might include NSFW combinations of depraved sexual acts, grisly torture, gross bloodiness, cannibalism, necrophilia, dismemberment, disembowlment, OTT BDSM, etc.) If you have any doubts, I suggest you pass on this book, even if it’s free.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    You never know what your going to get in a T.R. Ragan series and this first book in the Sawyer Brooks series is no exception. Three sisters who experienced the unimaginable in their childhood from those they should have been able to trust most. Sawyer is the middle sister and the one her oldest and youngest left behind when they fled the abuse. Today Sawyer is a investigative reporter who has trust and intimacy issues. After a murder she get a big break and gets assigned to a new team run by an You never know what your going to get in a T.R. Ragan series and this first book in the Sawyer Brooks series is no exception. Three sisters who experienced the unimaginable in their childhood from those they should have been able to trust most. Sawyer is the middle sister and the one her oldest and youngest left behind when they fled the abuse. Today Sawyer is a investigative reporter who has trust and intimacy issues. After a murder she get a big break and gets assigned to a new team run by an idol of her's from her college days. At the sametime she gets a call that her grandmother has died back in the one town she swore she'd never step foot in again. There are many different threads through out the book – what happened to Sawyer and her sisters, the murder of two teenage girls and another missing from their childhood, a current murder of a teenage girl along with a group a female vigilantes who are exacting revenge on the men who raped them along with the current murder in Sacramento. If you like dark and disturbing reads I recommend.
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  • Alex Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Picked this one for my May Amazon First Read & really enjoyed it! A story about sisters who were all sexually abused by their family and their attempts to put it behind them. One of the sisters goes back to their hometown to report on some murders and finds out there is way more to their story. Another sister is apart of a women vigilante group comprised of women who have all been sexually abused and they want to take out the monsters themselves.Very heavy material - but if you like a thriller - Picked this one for my May Amazon First Read & really enjoyed it! A story about sisters who were all sexually abused by their family and their attempts to put it behind them. One of the sisters goes back to their hometown to report on some murders and finds out there is way more to their story. Another sister is apart of a women vigilante group comprised of women who have all been sexually abused and they want to take out the monsters themselves.Very heavy material - but if you like a thriller - this one is for you.
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  • Sara Estrada
    January 1, 1970
    Crazy good and can’t wait for the next book to come out.
  • Alexandria
    January 1, 1970
    While some plot points were not as believable, I really appreciated that the book kept the pace the entire time. Some of the ending scenes were thrilling. Trigger warnings throughout much of the book. 3.5
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