It’s no secret I get a lot of ideas on what to read from what you read and review, especially Indies. One that really caught my attention was Denise Finn’s latest, A Voice in the Silence. I picked it up, couldn’t put it down, and can now verify that everyone was right. I’m late to Denise’s book launch, but wanted to share my review anyway!
Drea Burr has experienced more than her share of loss when a stray dog, cat, and rat enter her life. Although the animals start to mend her broken heart, there is something very unusual about them. During a snowstorm, Drea discovers a chilling set of footprints leading to her front window. Both the police and a ghostly messenger warn her about a killer stalking widows. Help comes from her late husband’s best friend, Adam Hale. As the two try to discover answers, more questions arise— about a killer, ghosts, and animals experimented on in a lab.
D.L. Finn’s latest book, A Voice in the Silence, starts with Drea sitting outside her house in a remote part of Oregon, gun in hand, wondering if her life is over. Her husband died of cancer, her beloved pets of old age, and all that remains in her life are memories. She is almost thankful for the hardships of living in an area where the electricity constantly blacks out, wood must be chopped for a fireplace, and the icy snowy weather is cold enough to take her mind off her misery. Almost. As she is pondering what life could possibly hold that she cared about, three animals appear on her property, a dog, a cat, and a rat. They seem tame and surprisingly, know each other. More importantly, they’re hungry and in need of care. Drea sets aside her remorse to feed them and get them out of the cold. When she can’t find their owners, she is thrilled to adopt them, but soon finds she got more than expected. For one, they can talk. Another, they communicate with her dead husband. Soon after, Drea finds out there is a serial killer preying on widowed females in the area. She calls the local police and gets her husband’s former partner who is on the team to track this killer down. With him, the sentient animals, and the spirit of her dead husband, Drea hopes to stop the killings and save her own life. What she didn’t dare hope for was a new start to her stalled life.
This is a book full of action, warm moments, and a satisfying ending. Highly recommended to anyone who thinks of pets as more than feel good items to be owned.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Summer 2022