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Pretty Little Liars meets Riverdale in Don’t Say a Word, a standout YA mystery from indie-pub favorite Amber Lynn Natusch.
Kylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent father is in prison for murder and she’s hell-bent on getting him out. But trying to investigate in the small town where a defensive lineman is a hero no matter who he tries to kill and the girl who gets him locked up is public enemy number one is dangerous. Dark secrets are everywhere in Jasperville―the kind Ky can’t walk away from.
When rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson returns to town to finish an open investigation, he goes undercover at her high school―as her ex. Determined to keep her from interfering, Dawson’s plan backfires after Ky gets an anonymous call about missing girls officially labeled as runaways―runaways that didn’t really run away at all.
Because dead girls can’t run.
And they don’t say a word.
“You’re angry at the injustice of it all, and you should be. Be mad, but channel that anger. Make it work for you. Keep fighting for those that can’t fight for themselves.”
** don’t say a word is not a standalone, it’s book 2 in the hometown antihero series.
dare you to lie is the first in the series**
And the Hometown Antihero series continues with Don’t Say a Word. I gotta say that it took a little bit of time for things to pick up, but there was a huge puzzle to solve around the prostitution ring. Dawson and Kylene make such a dynamic team and came to love their “partnership” instantly. Amber lovedddddd dangling these two in front of us, makes me curious to see what will come of these two. I’m an unapologetic romance reader, of course I’m going to want to more 😉
With everything that she endured in Dare You to Lie, she’s still dealing with the aftermath and it’s definitely taking a toll on her. And now that she’s pulled into getting to the bottom of something else, there wasn’t really a chance for her to really sit and just digress.
As I did in the previous book, I was still constantly frustrated with the people of Jasperville that talked her down. But Ky is such a strong-headed heroine that she’d never back down. As she would normally fly off the handle, she kind of held off sometimes especially when Dawson was around. He was such a great buffer to her tendencies and I just loved the constant support he gave her.
By the end, Dawson and Ky’s partnership is really solidified and you can start to see Dawson’s harsh exterior crumble a bit when it comes to Ky. These two are seriously so close to losing it and exposing that they do actually care for one another. As to what capacity it is, we won’t know yet for sure.
I stayed up late in the night finishing this book in one-sitting. I had some moments where I felt like I needed to look over my shoulder and double-check to see if my front door was locked. Probably wasn’t the best idea to be reading this in the middle of the night, but I couldn’t stop.
Amber took us on yet, another wild ride with some major mystery and suspense of who was behind all of this. And bringing us one step close to freeing her dad from prison. I NEED that day to come, soon. It’s killing me because I want nothing more to have her dad out of there.
A great edition to this series and I’m definitely looking forward to what Amber has in store for us!