Friday, February 3, 2017

Walk Into Silence by Susan McBride ~ My Thoughts

Walk Into Silence

Walk Into Silence

Walk Into Silence by Susan McBride
Series: Detective Jo Larsen #1
Print and e-book. 357 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Thomas & Mercer

A woman vanishes from a Texas town. Did she simply run off, or is something darker at play?

When Patrick Dielman shows up at Detective Jo Larsen’s desk insisting that his wife, Jenny, is missing, Jo wonders if it’s a case of a bored housewife running away.

But as she digs deeper into Jenny’s life, Jo learns that Dielman keeps a stranglehold on the family finances, down to the last nickel, and that Jenny’s first marriage dissolved following the death of her young son. By all accounts—including her doctor’s—she never recovered from the loss. Between a controlling husband, a tragic past, and a callous ex-husband, Jo can’t be sure if she should suspect foul play or accept that the woman may have wanted to disappear.

For Jo, whose own demons are shadowing her every step, finding Jenny becomes more than the typical protect-and-serve.

My thoughts about Walk Into Silence ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"The night boxed her in like a pitch-black room with no light underneath the door."

This book grabbed me from the very first chapter. That short, first chapter gives the reader a very brief glance into the lives of two very different women, both of them going through a whole lot. And you just know that somehow their lives are connected. I had to keep reading to learn more about both of them.

Jo is a very likable character and I immediately enjoyed being in her world. She's like a bulldog that won't give up the bone she's chewing on. She knows something is off in her investigation of the missing woman, Jenny and she is not going to stop until she figures it out. I kept thinking I had it figured out, but boy was I wrong. There were twists and turns I was not expecting. Whew!  

How have I not read a book by Susan McBride before now? I love mysteries with strong women characters and this series is off to a great start. I am excited to read more about Jo, her life, and the crimes she solves.  

I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.


About the author 

Susan McBride is the USA Today Bestselling author of Blue Blood and five more award-winning Debutante Dropout Mysteries from HarperCollins, including The Good Girl's Guide To Murder, The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club, Night Of The Living Deb, Too Pretty To Die, and Say Yes to the Death. Susan has a second bestselling series with HC/Avon, the River Road Mysteries, that include To Helen Back, Mad as Helen, and Not a Chance in Helen. A fourth installment, Come Helen High Water, will be released in 2017.

Walk Into Silence, a darker thriller featuring Texas police detective Jo Larsen, was named a Kindle First pick for November 2016 and was the #1 paid Kindle bestseller in the US and UK (and #3 in Australia!). The second Jo Larsen book will be out in 2018 from Thomas & Mercer.

Susan's first--and only!--young adult thriller, Very Bad Things, was released by Random House in October of 2014.

In addition to her mysteries, Susan has penned three well-received women's fiction titles from HarperCollins: The Truth About Love & Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club. Foreign editions of Susan's books have been published in France, Turkey, Croatia, Lithuania, and Bulgaria.

Susan has one nonfiction title: In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After 40, which tells her tale of becoming an "accidental Cougar" and marrying a younger man, her cancer diagnosis at age 42, and finding herself pregnant at 47.

She has authored several YA non-mystery novels for Delacorte about debutantes in Houston: The Debs (2008) and Love, Lies, And Texas Dips (2009). Gloves Off, the third book, will be out sometime in the future.

In January of 2012, Susan was named one of St. Louis's "Most Dynamic People of the Year" by the Ladue News. In April of 2012, she was given the "Survivor of the Year" Award by the St. Louis affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. As Susan likes to say, "Life is never boring." 

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