Don't Make a Sound (Sawyer Brooks #1)
Her own past could be a reporter’s biggest story in this twisting thriller about murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author T.R. Ragan.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
ISBN-139781542093873
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction

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 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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  • Robby Harrington
    January 1, 1970
    Dont Make a Sound is a gripping, suspenseful thriller following three sistersSawyer, Aria and Harperwho 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 Sawyera newly promoted crime investigative reporter in Sacramentotravels 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, 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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  • Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
    January 1, 1970
    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, werent. Glad I didnt pay for this one. 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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  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Very slow and boring
  • 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-
  • Mindo'ermatter
    January 1, 1970
    Another Strange but Suspenseful Thriller!Abuse affects lives, sometimes deeply. This book focuses on a strong-minded woman reporter, Sawyer, also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, now struggling to live normally, while dealing with daily reminders of her trauma. Ugh!Sawyer's job has become her life, as she avoids her family and her past, until she's forced to confront it headon amid extreme circumstances. The author tells a tough story of a strong woman, determined not to be a victim of her Another Strange but Suspenseful Thriller!Abuse affects lives, sometimes deeply. This book focuses on a strong-minded woman reporter, Sawyer, also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, now struggling to live normally, while dealing with daily reminders of her trauma. Ugh!Sawyer's job has become her life, as she avoids her family and her past, until she's forced to confront it headon amid extreme circumstances. The author tells a tough story of a strong woman, determined not to be a victim of her youthful betrayals. This is not a comfortable topic or story, but T.R. Reagan's plotline and many subplots will have you mixed up with Sawyer's attempts to get to the bottom of several murders---some old and others new---as a journalist who's always finding herself in the wrong place at the right time.I almost stopped reading the book after the first several chapters because it was hard to like the main character and even harder to deal with the difficult subject matter, but I soon realized the author's storytelling was bringing the reader into the uncomfortable life Sawyer had to live. Filled with anger and hatred to herself, her family, and others, Sawyer's digging into these unsolved murders often is more about her unresolved past than what's going on around her every day.So many things were happening all at once, I had to take notes to keep characters and details in their proper place. I was confused, just like Sawyer.In some small ways, I soon understood better howeven how even simple things can become so challenging for abuse victims, as flashbacks and uncomfortable situations create a neverending stream of traumatic of horrific and unspeakable experiences continuously being relived without ever understanding "why?"This book took me much longer to read and finish than I anticipated because of the time needed to process the storyline and its awful implications, while motivating me to get to the end, find some answers, and get some level of peace and understanding. Wow! What a ride!I feared this first installment might end as a cliffhanger for future series volumes, but I was delighted this novel had a complete and satisfying ending. The Audible narration was not available when I read the book, something I wished I'd had to help me along this difficult but suspenseful reading experience. Overall, I found the book to be a generally acceptable read, while also recognizing how some scenes and crude language might be offensive or traumatic to many readers. Difficult subjects are naturally challenging.Although I learned much from this novel, I remain undecided whether I will read the rest of the series. Perhaps, it was too well done in traumatizing me. With the exception of some obvious clues that dampened some of the potential suspense, there were many shocking and surprising revelations.You might like it or even love it, but 3 stars was all I could justify.
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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 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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  • M
    January 1, 1970
    Solid crime fiction thats 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 victimssome 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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  • 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. 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
    January 1, 1970
    Compelling but disturbing readAfter having read a series of memoirs, I decided I was ready for a different genre. This thriller certainly filled the bill. For readers with a history of sexual abuse, be warned that the subject matter could trigger PTSD. While not unnecessarily graphic, the sheer volume of abuse and violence is disturbing. Sawyer Brooks is a young reporter working for a Sacramento newspaper. At the beginning of the book, she writes human interest stories but jumps on the Compelling but disturbing readAfter having read a series of memoirs, I decided I was ready for a different genre. This thriller certainly filled the bill. For readers with a history of sexual abuse, be warned that the subject matter could trigger PTSD. While not unnecessarily graphic, the sheer volume of abuse and violence is disturbing. Sawyer Brooks is a young reporter working for a Sacramento newspaper. At the beginning of the book, she writes human interest stories but jumps on the opportunity to work with Sean Palmer, the prominent crime reporter. He offers her a promotion to join his team on the day she caught her boyfriend in flagrante delito, and gets word that her beloved Grammy has died. And thus begins the roller coaster ride that follows her experiences when she goes back to her birthplace where she is forced to face her demons. River Rock is a small town with many secrets, among which are Sawyer’s abusive childhood, as well as several unsolved murders of teenage girls when Sawyer was in high school. She is outraged that the townspeople just went on with their lives and the girls are forgotten. Sawyer takes on the task of solving the mysterious deaths, when another girl is murdered, adding to her desire to learn the truth. This plot line is written with alternating chapters about the exploits of a vigilante group of abuse victims seeking revenge. They call themselves The Crew and use aliases and disguises to carry out their activities. The reader is in the dark as to the connection between the storylines until about three quarters into the book. After that point, all hell breaks loose and the pace is warp speed. This is where I deducted a star, as the events of three days rise to a level of chaos that leaves one exhausted. I recommend this book to readers looking for a change of pace as I was.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    TW: Rape, pedophilia So I was really into this book. We are being told from two perspectives, Malice from The Crew who is out for justice against those who committed sex crimes against them, and from Sawyer, who was raped by her Uncle for years. Then you get literally ONE SHORT CHAPTER from the killer's perspective in River Rock. Ok, why add his at all?You get an idea who Malice is before it's made super obvious. This book had several different story lines in such a short read. I don't think the TW: Rape, pedophilia So I was really into this book. We are being told from two perspectives, Malice from The Crew who is out for justice against those who committed sex crimes against them, and from Sawyer, who was raped by her Uncle for years. Then you get literally ONE SHORT CHAPTER from the killer's perspective in River Rock. Ok, why add his at all?You get an idea who Malice is before it's made super obvious. This book had several different story lines in such a short read. I don't think the author needed to mush them all together. Unless they're trying to create a series with Sawyer being this wanna be PI/cop who is a crime writer with the story running parallel to the sister in the crew? You have the Crews sex crime justice seeking. You have Sawyer's murder(ers) in River Rock and then you have the murder she is looking in on back in Sacramento. It's A LOT. Then her boss, well, exboss has the guts to try to date her as much to our surprise as hers. We didn't know much about him to begin with and then the author is introducing him as this potential love interest. It was a lot for a short book. I'll repeat that. The author could have expanded these stories into several books and really made a good series instead of a mash up less than 300 page book. Regardless, it was a good read even if some of the parts were written a bit too quickly leaving the anticipation to be desired.Edit: i guess this IS the start of a series but it doesn't change my overall opinion. I will have zero issue reading the next book in the series.
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  • Veronica Bellaorev Books
    January 1, 1970
    New book, new series and new set of crazy murders and killers on the loose. Dont Make a Sound is the first book in the Sawyer Brooks series. This book had me on edge all the way until the final chapter. It was a hell of a suspense and mystery. You started with 1 murder and everything exploded into more madness and chaos. I seriously love the parts when I was constantly guessing who could be the killer. You start doubting everyone around the main characters. Three sisters, the Brooks sisters, New book, new series and new set of crazy murders and killers on the loose. Don’t Make a Sound is the first book in the Sawyer Brooks series. This book had me on edge all the way until the final chapter. It was a hell of a suspense and mystery. You started with 1 murder and everything exploded into more madness and chaos. I seriously love the parts when I was constantly guessing who could be the killer. You start doubting everyone around the main characters. Three sisters, the Brooks sisters, with a very dysfunctional childhood. Now they are grownups and even though they seem ok, they still struggle a lot with trust and intimacy. Sawyer is the middle sister, an investigative reporter and the main character of the story. She trying to gather clues and information for a piece she is writing and all hell brake loose. It was like opening a can of worms. Her past will collide with her present. This book was the darkest one I have read from Ragan. It involves sexual assaults on minors. This might be a trigger for some readers. I’m really looking forward to see how everything else will develop for this 3 sister. *** Got an advance copy from First Reads from Amazon Prime membership.
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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 wasnt overly optimistic about DONT MAKE A SOUND by TR Ragan and was pleasantly surprised to be drawn into the story.DONT MAKE A SOUND wont be for everyone due to its dark, graphic writing, which didnt bother me. As a sexual abuse survivor, I thought some aspects of Sawyers 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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  • Kasey
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this while in the very beginning stages of labor - what else can you do when the contractions won't let you sleep? First of all - trigger warning. I picked this up as my Kindle First Reads for the month of May. I wasn't 100% aware just how triggering this could be from the blurb. There are some scenes that are pretty descriptive. The premise and some of the family fucked-up-ness reminded me of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects. But. This is decidedly NOT that and the main 3 sisters are I finished this while in the very beginning stages of labor - what else can you do when the contractions won't let you sleep? First of all - trigger warning. I picked this up as my Kindle First Reads for the month of May. I wasn't 100% aware just how triggering this could be from the blurb. There are some scenes that are pretty descriptive. The premise and some of the family fucked-up-ness reminded me of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects. But. This is decidedly NOT that and the main 3 sisters are generally likable. In regards to mysteries and thrillers, this was decent. I had a couple parts figured out relatively early on, and the fast-paced thriller action didn't pick up until the last 20% of the book. But that is okay, it was very good. And if you like the theme of getting vengeance on perpetrators, you will probably like this book. One weird aspect is that the MC is extremely direct and wastes no time asking questions about the murders, and that felt awkward to me. I am eagerly anticipating the next book in the series, which will be released later this year! And I will definitely read other books by this author.
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  • Sue Vilic
    January 1, 1970
    Interest 2/5 just wanted to finish this thing! Writing 3/5 meh; cheap is what comes to mind; also, INCREDIBLY PREDICTABLE Morals 1/5 author sensationalized rape and stereotypes both abusers and survivors; one could not be a regular joe and be an abuser - in order to rape and/or kill, you has to be the creepy pedophile uncle or a famous rich unreachable fraternity football player jock; furthermore, in authors mind, survivors have to be badass, revenge seeking, outspoken women; finally, there is Interest 2/5 just wanted to finish this thing! Writing 3/5 meh; cheap is what comes to mind; also, INCREDIBLY PREDICTABLE Morals 1/5 author sensationalized rape and stereotypes both abusers and survivors; one could not be a regular joe and be an abuser - in order to rape and/or kill, you has to be the creepy pedophile uncle or a famous rich unreachable fraternity football player jock; furthermore, in author’s mind, survivors have to be badass, revenge seeking, outspoken women; finally, there is no gray area - every character in the book is either a hero who suffered such terrible abuse or the abuser; super annoying - world is full of rapists and serial killers apparently: look at a person to your left, then at a person to your right, and if you are not a rapist/killer, then you are surrounded by them. Emotion 1/5 it all sounded so fake; having worked closely with survivors of rape and childhood abuse, I can honestly say that the author has no idea what the hell she is talking about. Would I recommend 1/5 absolutely not; it would embarrass me to do so.
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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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  • Yolie McLaughlin McLaughlin
    January 1, 1970
    Finally! I've been waiting for more from T.R. Ragan. I've read every single book (with the exception of her romance novels) and have enjoyed them. I got hooked with the Faith McCann series and have continued right on reading her.I believe the Sawyer Brooks series will be excellent! Every character was well defined. Some had flaws, but redeemed themselves. It is quite graphic with situations that occurred, but let's be realistic. We need to be exposed to these situations so that we can understand Finally! I've been waiting for more from T.R. Ragan. I've read every single book (with the exception of her romance novels) and have enjoyed them. I got hooked with the Faith McCann series and have continued right on reading her.I believe the Sawyer Brooks series will be excellent! Every character was well defined. Some had flaws, but redeemed themselves. It is quite graphic with situations that occurred, but let's be realistic. We need to be exposed to these situations so that we can understand just how often they occur. You grit your teeth with frustration and anger at some of the situations! At times, you literally find yourself holding your breath. Sawyer Brooks is my new heroine!T.R. Ragan's continues using the Sacramento area as her setting in all her books. I guess that adds to my reading enjoyment because I know every place she mentions. I live about 20 minutes from Sacramento. I wish I could meet her. Thanks again, T.R. Ragan.
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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 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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  • Marissa
    January 1, 1970
    Got this for free from Amazon First Reads and didnt have high expectations after the last one I got was shit. This turned out REALLY good and just when you thought things were over, more crazy events keep happening! Be warned though, it will make you uncomfortable if youre not ok with the topic and related topics of sexual abuse. A few notes:- Unique character names- Graphic, borderline gorey scenes of sexual abuse- 2.5 stories going on (Sawyer & The Crew) + one chapter of the killer, but Got this for free from Amazon First Reads and didn’t have high expectations after the last one I got was shit. This turned out REALLY good and just when you thought things were over, more crazy events keep happening! Be warned though, it will make you uncomfortable if you’re not ok with the topic and related topics of sexual abuse. A few notes:- Unique character names- Graphic, borderline gorey scenes of sexual abuse- 2.5 stories going on (Sawyer & The Crew) + one chapter of the killer, but all makes sense in the end- Reminds me of Sharp Objects with how a reporter revisits her old home town she ran from. Revisiting bad memories and seeing familiar faces still trapped there. This was definitely more exciting and gruesome than Sharp Objects though. I had more fun reading this.- Even more fun when you were born and raised in California and familiar with the locations mentioned in this book (Sacramento & River Rock)
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    First, please know that there is a lot of rape and mentioning of rape with children involved so if thats a trigger warning for you, this might not be a good idea for you to read. That said, this was a fast paced book with a lot of things and characters going on. Sawyer and her sisters have extremely traumatic pasts which contribute greatly to their current personalities. I loved that Sawyer is trying to work the best as an investigative reporter. And while I did enjoy this book, there was a lot First, please know that there is a lot of rape and mentioning of rape with children involved so if that’s a trigger warning for you, this might not be a good idea for you to read. That said, this was a fast paced book with a lot of things and characters going on. Sawyer and her sisters have extremely traumatic pasts which contribute greatly to their current personalities. I loved that Sawyer is trying to work the best as an investigative reporter. And while I did enjoy this book, there was a lot of things thrown into this story. You had the current story that Sawyer was looking into, the cold case she decides to do while home for her grandma’s funeral, the women vigilante group doing their thing, and so on. It was a lot to keep track of.
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  • Deuce Mason
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book I couldn't put down. It was an exhilarating ride with so many twists and turns along the way. Sawyer Brooks is an incredible character and her journalistic instincts showed that she was much more than a rookie reporter. She believed in seeking the truth and reporting it, and it was a rough childhood that motivated her. "The Crew" came a cross like vigilante superheroines. They made some mistakes along the way but always found a way to come together to get the job done. I loved the This is a book I couldn't put down. It was an exhilarating ride with so many twists and turns along the way. Sawyer Brooks is an incredible character and her journalistic instincts showed that she was much more than a rookie reporter. She believed in seeking the truth and reporting it, and it was a rough childhood that motivated her. "The Crew" came a cross like vigilante superheroines. They made some mistakes along the way but always found a way to come together to get the job done. I loved the fact that these strong women were willing to risk it all to seek revenge and expose the truth. There were dark moments along the way but my heart felt joy seeing this women not give up.I can't wait for the second book to come out in November. T.R. Ragan hits a home run, again!
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  • Chloe Cuthbert
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent new series TR Regan is a master of thrillers and this new series is no sloucher. Sawyer Brooks has a traumatic past, which has left her unable to bear being touched and causes difficultly with interpersonal relationships. When she walks in on her live in boyfriend with another woman in bed, shes more relived than bothered That says something. As a reporter for the local paper, moving up to the crime beat is her only goal. The sudden death of her grandmother gives her an excuse to Excellent new series TR Regan is a master of thrillers and this new series is no sloucher. Sawyer Brooks has a traumatic past, which has left her unable to bear being touched and causes difficultly with interpersonal relationships. When she walks in on her live in boyfriend with another woman in bed, she’s more relived than bothered That says something. As a reporter for the local paper, moving up to the crime beat is her only goal. The sudden death of her grandmother gives her an excuse to return home, where all her secrets are buried, and a horrific past can be brought to light. It’s a story she wants to tell, but will the town allow it?
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  • Kate Letterman Conway
    January 1, 1970
    Holy terribly-written-dialogue, Batman!Wow, this book was...just badlike, 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: Im going to rip the cloud of secrecy off this town like a kid opening a f*cking Christmas present! Like...what? Im just honestly so confused about how this passed through an editor, 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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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    Don't Make a SoundSawyer Brooks has a troubled past. Her family has secrets and Sawyer is still haunted by the abuse she suffered. Now a journalist Sawyer returns to River Rock not just for her grandmother's funeral, but to look again at some unsolved murders. Little does she know what awaits her.I have never read anything written by T R Ragan before this and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well paced and full of twists and turns with brilliant characters I found Don't Make a Sound impossible to Don't Make a SoundSawyer Brooks has a troubled past. Her family has secrets and Sawyer is still haunted by the abuse she suffered. Now a journalist Sawyer returns to River Rock not just for her grandmother's funeral, but to look again at some unsolved murders. Little does she know what awaits her.I have never read anything written by T R Ragan before this and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well paced and full of twists and turns with brilliant characters I found Don't Make a Sound impossible to put down.If you have never read anything by the author before start here. You won't regret it.
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  • Valerie Downs
    January 1, 1970
    New author for meThis book is all about a gritty subject that is at best often ignored and for many uncomfortable but don't let that keep you from reading the book. It is a thriller from start to finish, and the subject is handled well as well as in many places realistically. If you are not into vigilante justice this book is not for you. There are no rationalizations for choices made but there are long term affects to the victims who handle their circumstances all differently and for some it is New author for meThis book is all about a gritty subject that is at best often ignored and for many uncomfortable but don't let that keep you from reading the book. It is a thriller from start to finish, and the subject is handled well as well as in many places realistically. If you are not into vigilante justice this book is not for you. There are no rationalizations for choices made but there are long term affects to the victims who handle their circumstances all differently and for some it is life altering and others it is empowering. I am going to read this author again and soon.
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    Don't Make a Sound by T.R. RaganThis book has everything. Lots of plots, lots of fascinating characters, and a very surprising ending all wrapped up in this one-sitting read. The main plot line is about Sawyer, and investigative reporter, returning to her hometown for her Gramma's funeral. Things get ugly with her boyfriend the day she leaves, but they get even uglier when she gets home. The tale is brilliantly told through many mysterious POVs and I could not put it down. A terrific way to Don't Make a Sound by T.R. RaganThis book has everything. Lots of plots, lots of fascinating characters, and a very surprising ending all wrapped up in this one-sitting read. The main plot line is about Sawyer, and investigative reporter, returning to her hometown for her Gramma's funeral. Things get ugly with her boyfriend the day she leaves, but they get even uglier when she gets home. The tale is brilliantly told through many mysterious POVs and I could not put it down. A terrific way to start a series, I can see lots of spin-offs in the future.*This was my Amazon Prime First Read for May, 2020.
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  • Don Gorman
    January 1, 1970
    (2). This is a Chick lit mystery, and it only half way works. Sawyer Brooks is a very complex and damaged protagonist. She is also mostly smart and driven, so I was very conflicted in trying to identify with her. Unfortunately, this story is immensely over the top. A weird group of vigilante women, evil relatives and (for all you Gene Pitney fans) a "town without pity." How an investigative reporter like Sawyer Brooks fits in is interesting, and not done with that much success. Medium stuff.
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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 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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  • 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 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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  • Michelle Hofmann
    January 1, 1970
    Didnt put it downI read a few reviews saying this book was far too graphic and one review that asked who had edited it, because it was written terribly. First, its a gripping thriller, I read it straight through. I would not say its too graphic. It held my interest for sure though it got a little crazy with all the people involved in mayhem. Second, the book is well written. Didn’t put it downI read a few reviews saying this book was far too graphic and one review that asked who had edited it, because it was written terribly. First, it’s a gripping thriller, I read it straight through. I would not say it’s too graphic. It held my interest for sure though it got a little crazy with all the people involved in mayhem. Second, the book is well written.
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