This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Montlake
Released on August 25, 2020
A gruesome murder, a mass-shooting, a vanished twin, and a wedding send Ava and Mason careening into action working together and apart from the pen of an author who writes some of the most riveting romantic suspense out there.
The Silence is the second of the Columbia River series and one could also say it is the fifth of the Callahan & McLane series which are connected to the earlier Bone Secrets and the later Mercy Kilpatrick. But, this one can do well enough standalone or out of order if the reader doesn’t mind the occasional mention of a previous case or character.
Oregon State Police detective, Mason Callahan, gets called out on a gruesome homicide that quickly morphs into more when he spots Ava’s name in the victims secret files and a bombing plan. Meanwhile, FBI agent, Ava McLane gets a visit from her wayward twin’s boyfriend who is looking for her and this leads to Ava splitting her attention between her sister’s antics and a mass shooting of police officers. Their cases really hit home for them and Mason and Ava turn to each other for support and understanding which bodes well for the wedding they are planning and hope they and all their guests will make it to alive.
I read the first of Ava and Mason’s stories, Vanished, earlier this year and enjoyed meeting this pair and their situations. This book comes after three more harrowing series of cases and also the first of the Columbia River stories in which they featured as strong side characters. I already love this authors books, but I was really anticipating the story knowing who were the leads.
Ava and Mason are both in branches of law enforcement and I love how they respect each other so much that they can cheer lead, support, but also worry a little without it getting in the way of their relationship. Mason is much older and already has a painful divorce under his belt and Ava comes with a problematic twin sister who can also intrude on their lives. But, they make it work through mature thinking and communication. Does it mean they can’t make mistakes? No, they do and they have vulnerabilities, but they learn and grow.
There were quite a few irons in the fire for this one and not all necessarily related to their cases. I caught on to several facts before the characters, but got a couple fun twists as well. And, yes, some of those unrelated story threads suddenly got together for a rather exciting finish. I might have done a little yip of delight when there was a crossover character and Mercy Kilpatrick made an appearance.
All in all, I thought The Silence was a real page turner and I didn’t want to put it down. There was always some important find or an intense situation that kept me at it. I can’t recommend this author or her books enough including this one.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.
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