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Say Nothing Gripping is the word best suited to describe this wonderful phsychological thriller from Brad Parks Alison thinks her husband Judge Scott Sampson has picked the kids up from school as he usually does on a Wednesday but Scott received a text from Alison saying that she'd pick them up the only problem being it wasn't Alison who sent the text When Alison arrives home without the kids Scott is about to ring the school when he receives a call saying the kids have been kidnapped and that he must do exactly as he's told in a drug case that he's about to rule on or the kids will be harmedThis call is only the beginning of the most unimaginable journey of terror that a parent could ever have to suffer The anguish turns Scott and Alison's lives upside down and cracks begin to appear in their once loving marriage with suspicion and jealousy rearing their ugly heads As if all this isn't enough for them to contend with fate has yet another cruel blow to deliverOh gosh This was a heartbreaking journey to follow and their were times when I thought for God's sake give these people a break It was a well thought out plot the characters were well developed and it was utterly compelling I haven't read Brad Parks before but I'll have to have a look at his earlier work now A great readThank you to Netgalley and Faber Faber for my ARC for which I have given an honest review 25 A well respected judge and his wife of many years Two abducted six year old twins A text that advises the judge to Say nothing if he ever wants to see his children againIntriguing premise so why did I utterly fail to connect with this story one that has garnered many high ratings and reviews? Well for one from the very beginning I found the tone irritating off putting I can't imagine anything worse then having your children abducted not knowing where they are would you ever see them again Yet the tone is unemotional throughout the book seldom varies for me a clear case of tell not show Second I didn't like any of these characters except for the children of course they just failed to engage me emotionally in any way Third I didn't really care about the legal case that would be at the heart of this novel and the legalese went on way too long and I skimmed through much Lastly I uestion whether a judge would get away nor even think he could get away with some of his rulings Would an intelligent person which as a judge I would presume he was really think he would be allowed not uestioned about these things Which eventually he was but for me I would have thought these things would have been apparent to him from the startThis is just my opinion though and as I mentioned many have found this to be a thrilling read maybe I just wasn't the right readerARC from Dutton A Traveling sister read with Norma Brenda and Holly45Scott and Allison are living the ideal life Both highly successful in their careers and blessed with adorable 6 year old twins named Sam and EmmaReceiving a text from Alison that she’ll be picking the twins up from school Scott doesn’t think twice about it That is until Alison arrives home without the children“What text?”When the phone suddenly rings the true nightmare begins“You will do nothing You will say nothing”This is a very fast intense read There were portions in the beginning I found long winded and had some difficulty keeping track of all the players But then the momentum really ramped up and became absolutely impossible to put down You feel personally involved in the desperate struggle to get the children back home alongside their loving parents The ending was fantastic Exciting action packed and wrapped up extremely well with no loose ends I was actually brought to tears at one point That never happens in a thriller I highly recommendFor our full traveling sister review please visit Norma and Brenda's fantastic book blog Traveling Sisters Group Read Review by Norma Brenda Kaceey and Holly45 stars SAY NOTHING by BRAD PARKS is a wonderfully blended tale with an extremely engaging storyline that includes child kidnapping a legal thriller and a psychological thriller that was tense thrilling and gripping that kept us guessing and wondering right to the very end  This book really grabbed our attention uite early on and the ending was so powerful that it had a few of us actually weepy and having to grab that box of Kleenex  I think this is the first time that Kaceey Norma have actually cried while reading a thriller which we think is actually a first and uite unheard of  BRAD PARKS delivers a fast paced and tension filled read here as we were feeling the desperation and overwhelming fear from the characters as they were helpless to do anything to save their children  Say nothing and do nothing we couldn’t even imagine the anguish that the parents would be going through as they were powerless to do anything  As we were reading this some of the parents reactions and actions had Holly looking for Lindsay our believability police but she wasn’t on the case with us for this read BRAD PARKS does a really good job at creating and placing some good red herrings here that had us asking each other a few uestions  How would we react and what would we do if we were told to Say Nothing?  Brenda and Kaceey found some of the legal jargon a little long winded with a few too many political players to keep track of and some of it just went over their heads The ending is powerful and emotionally charged with no loose ends that left some of us feeling sad and heart broken but we thought the ending came together perfectly leaving us feeling completely satisfied  We couldn't read it fast enough  Highly recommend  The Traveling Sisters Group Read Review can be found on Brenda’s and my sister blog My reviews can also be seen at “A good routine is the bedrock of a happy family” Judge Scott Sampson seems to have it all an important job a wonderful marriage and two children six year old twins Sam and Emma who are the light of his lifeWednesdays are swimming with dad day Scott loves swimming with his children so he’s a little bit miffed when a text from his wife comes in saying that the children have a doctor’s appointment and can’t go swimming Scott heads home to relax He thinks about how good his life is going Then his wife Allison arrives homealone Scott asks where the kids are Allison seems confused and says that it is swimming with dad day He reminds her about the text she sent about the doctor’s appointments “What text?” Right then the phone rings It’s a phone call that changes everything “You’re probably wondering where Sam and Emma are” Scott is told he will receive instructions the next day If he wants to see his children again he will do exactly as he’s told He’s not to call the police He’s not to tell anyone If he wants his children to remain unharmed he is to follow their instructionsAnd at the end of the call they remind the judge again “Say nothing” Scott and his wife are stunnedand absolutely terrified Who would do this? Why? Should they call the police anyway?Every parent's worst nightmareThe beginning of this book was so intense However after a dramatic start I suddenly felt like I was uestioning everything I can’t even imagine how I would react in a situation like this It is a fictional book but I found that some of the main characters' reactions and actions were nowhere near what I was expectingThe description of the court cases felt long winded and my interest started to wane There was a lot of information about patent laws and politics I also found some of the violence excessive and uncomfortable to read However I don’t know how much I can complain about that since I went into this knowing what the subject matter was I just felt a few parts were unnecessary and needlessly drawn outRegardless of these things I’m glad I stuck with it as things did pick up for me again pulling me back into the story I really wanted to know how everything was going to play out It was intense; keeping my full attention right up until what I thought was a satisfying and powerful endingThis was my second novel by Brad Parks Although I enjoyed “Closer Than You Think” uite a bit I still thought this was a decent read I hope to read from this author in the future This was a great book to read along with the Traveling Sisters Group Including Norma Brenda Kaceey and myself We had so much fun pointing fingers at all the characters we suspected of the kidnapping I really needed Lindsay to help me out with a believability issue I was having but she was no where to be foundI was transfixed to this book after the first chapter There is no slow build up here we go straight into the horrifying conclusion that someone has kidnapped the children of Alison and her husband Judge Scott Sampson They had it all And now it is evaporating before their eyesThe Judge receives a phone call alerting him that the twins are in danger and this is just the beginning of the shattering of their picture perfect family and life He is a judge he does have influence but what do they want? Who are these kidnappers? What are his options and who is involved? Scott and Alison are experiencing the worst nightmare any parent could imagine His next move could alter their lives forever He can’t afford to make a mistakeThe ordeal that follows is a frantic twisted chain of events that will bring out lies and deceit and the uestion who to trust? Do you really know who your married to and what they might be capable of? So many uestions So little time A fast paced and energy filled story that kept me picking it up every chance I had I read it in a couple of days It was very emotional at times involving the two kids and very intense It is a combination of legal domestic and psychological thriller which I really enjoyed The Traveling Sisters full reviews can be read herehttpstwogirlslostinacouleereading Actual rating 45 stars This is a brilliant combination of child kidnapping a legal thriller and a psychological thrillerIt's blended wonderfully I was really into this book from very early pages and the ending just about ripped my heart outJudge Sampson his wife Alison and his two twins are a happy family The Judge is well respected and regarded for his decisions in the courtroom and life is fairly peachy Until one day when it all changes and darkness descends upon the familyThis book really kept me guessing I had no idea of the reveals and twists that it through up at me and for that reason I was hooked Wanting and Judge Sampson has to make life and death choices that nobody should have to make Will he do the right thing?It's got got loads of surprises full of suspects and suspicion who the hell can you trust?Judge Scott Sampson can't let his kids down He's a daddy after all This is an intricate web of lies blackmail and power play that will thrill readers I really enjoyed this book hugely and it's very well writtenSome scenes are very powerful especially at the end I was choked up with tearsPut this one on your to read list whether you like crime child abduction cases legal thrillers or family psychological dramas It's all here Awesome 45 stars from me I received an ARC of this book thanks to the publisher via NetGalkey All views are entirely my own and totally unbiased Numa uarta feira como outra ualuer o juiz Scott Sampson está a preparar se para ir buscar os filhos gémeos de seis anos para os levar à aula de natação A sua mulher Alison envia lhe uma mensagem mudança de planos ela tem de os levar ao médico Assim sendo Scott regressa para casa mais cedo Mas uando mais tarde Alison chega está sozinha sem Sam sem Emma e nega ter conhecimento da mensagemO telefone toca uma voz anónima diz lhes ue o juiz deve fazer exactamente o ue lhe é dito num caso de tráfico de droga ue está prestes a ser julgado Se recusar as conseuências para as crianças serão terríveis Para Scott e Alison a chamada do seuestrador é apenas o começo de uma tentativa tortuosa de chantagem engano e terror Não haverá nada ue os detenha para recuperarem os seus filhos não importa o custoUm romance intenso ue explora o lado mais obscuro do Mal pondo a nu as fragilidades da natureza humana perante a ameaça da perda mais dolorosa I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you to the author Brad Parks and the publisher Faber Faber for this opportunityThe terrifying subject of abduction is explored here in a twisted and yet sensitive light When Judge Scott Sampson receives a text from his wife stating that his weekly swim with his six year old twins has to be postponed due to a doctor's appointment he feels nothing but slight disappointment When he arrived home however to find his wife has no knowledge of the text sent from her own phone and their twins nowhere in sight disappointment morphs into agitation This heightens into terror and grief when an anonymous phone caller reveals that his precious children are now being used as collateral A preferred case outcome will see twins Sam and Emma released back to their parents The caller has only one rule for them say nothingThe fast pace of this novel had me tearing through the pages in my eagerness to know The multiple twists and red herrings made the outcome an unguessable one and the impact of it that much greaterI found the initial fast pace distanced me from the characters however I felt I wasn't given sufficient time to acclimatise to the plot or get to empathise with the characters before the abduction occurred and the terrain was altered This initially distanced me from any emotion towards the events depicted but my reservations didn't last long before I was once again swept away by the terror and angst exuded from this novelThe reader is given a simultaneous insight into the grief of parents without their children the children themselves as they live their terrifying situation the abductors perspectives and the legal aspects of this thriller due to the nature of Scott's line of work These multiple viewpoints really fleshed out the story and made for a uniue reading experience The reader is invited into the mindset of all the characters which really drove the subject matter home and gave the narrative added tensionParks has done a brilliant job of capturing the gravity of the situation discoursed and has created an unputdownable thriller in the process I can't wait to read from this skilled author 35 starsThe book begins with every parent’s worst nightmare Judge Scott Sampson wife Alison get a phone call one afternoon just like that life as they know it is over Someone has snatched their 6 year old twins The instructions are simple say nothingThe next call concerns a drug case Scott is due to pass sentence on It’s pretty open shut but if he wants to see the twins again he has no choice but to follow the kidnappers’ directions He doesn’t know it yet but it’s just the first step in his dealings with a very organized resourceful enemyThis is a stand alone novel by the author of the popular Carter Ross series Chapters alternate between the bad guys the 2 MC’s so we get both sides of the story Scott Alison are in full on fight or flight mode as the book progresses cracks begin to appear as they struggle to make the right decisions There’s emphasis on action than character development but that’s a minor complaint for a book in this genreIt’s a fast paced emotionally charged read that should appeal to fans of straight up suspensethrillers And it might make wonder what you’re capable of if pushed too far

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