No One Can Hear You is like one of those five-hundred-piece landscape puzzles that’s all blue sky and bluer ocean with the sun hanging over the horizon.
Of course, the edges are the starting point and a frame appears. Now the only thing to do is continue to work inward, placing puzzle pieces until the last piece left is that corner of the sun that could not be placed until all the other pieces surrounding it were in position.
Such is the plot of this suspenseful read.
Zoe Hayward planned never to return to her hometown but when her estranged mother, Lillian, passes away… on the same day Zoe quits her job, she feels it’s her duty to return to Crawton and handle her mother’s final affairs and service.
Crawton. One of the many places young women disappear from and no one cares or makes much of an effort to find them. Their questionable character and tarnished pasts make them the type no one cares about.
But Zoe comes across notes and journals in her mother’s home about women in trouble and/or missing.
Is there anything to it or just the ramblings of a mind being overtaken by Alzheimer’s?
Zoe begins to ask questions of people who knew Lillian, and she doesn’t understand the questions are leading her down the same path as her mother… to the truth and danger.
Multiple POVs kept me moving forward, anxious to see how everything fit together. While I did figure out the identity of one of the guilty parties, I was yelling, “Are you kidding me?” at my Kindle as the net stretched wider and the plot twists kept knocking at the door.
Kudos to the author for an excellent, well-woven plot and strong, determined female characters who know sometimes the only hero you get is yourself.
Readers of mystery, suspense and thrillers will get a big kick out of No One Can Hear You.
He said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He said that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.
Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.
Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.
As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.
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