Author: Amanda Kyle Williams
Synopsis: He likes them smart. In the woods of Whisper, Georgia, two bodies are found: one recently dead, the other decayed from a decade of exposure to the elements. The sheriff is going to need help to track down an experienced predator—one who abducts girls and holds them for months before ending their lives. Enter ex–FBI profiler and private investigator Keye Street. He lives for the struggle. After a few weeks, Keye is finally used to sharing her downtown Atlanta loft with her boyfriend, A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser. Along with their pets (his dog, her cat) they seem almost like a family. But when Rauser plunks a few ice cubes in a tumbler and pours a whiskey, Keye tenses. Her addiction recovery is tenuous at best. And loves the fear. Though reluctant to head out into the country, Keye agrees to assist Sheriff Ken Meltzer. Once in Whisper, where the locals have no love for outsiders, Keye starts to piece together a psychological profile: The killer is someone who stalks and plans and waits. But why does the sociopath hold the victims for so long, and what horrible things must they endure? When a third girl goes missing, Keye races against time to connect the scant bits of evidence. All the while, she cannot shake the chilling feeling: Something dark and disturbing lives in these woods—and it is watching her every move. [via Goodreads]
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. None of my review is a direct quote from the book per publisher’s request.)
Well I’ve found my newest series to read! Unfortunately, this was the third book in the series. I plan on going back and reading the first two and then reading this one again when it comes out. Since I haven’t read the first book in the series, I was not introduced to Keye as much as she showed up and started doing things. Within the first 20 pages, though, I found out more about her through conversations and off handed comments. Other than not getting a full description of her at first, the book had no flaws for me.
The writing made the book interesting. Even if nothing was really going on, I knew that something would be happening any minute which made it hard to stop reading. I found myself stuck on the story when I wasn’t reading and I will probably be stuck on it until I read the first book in the series. The writing felt like a tease. I felt like I knew who the killer was and then all of a sudden things would change and I would have to change everything that I thought I knew. That kept me reading. When I did find out who the killer was, I was shocked. I had my ideas of who it was but I was not expected who it was. My jaw literally dropped. I was so surprised. So yeah, the writing was A+ 10/10.
The characters were interesting. I love books that never use the adjective “perfect” for a character. I want characters to have something that I don’t like. I want characters to have flaws. I want characters to make me miserable. I want characters that make me happy. I want characters that make me feel. I had that in this book. Even characters that aren’t main characters but do show up once in a while. Characters that in a few months I will remember how they made me feel but I won’t remember their names. So many characters made me feel something, whether it be anger, happiness, sadness, nervousness. When the characters are written like they are people, I get a lot more out of this book. I got a lot out of this book. Keye is a great main character. A great person to see the book through. She has her faults, and we never forget about them, but she is still a likable character. I’m excited to read more books with Keye.
The plot was very promising from the start and didn’t break the promise. It’s a sad story and it was hard to read at times, but it was intense and had so many possibilities. Of course with a plot these this, there might be holes where nothing is happening and the book gets a tad bit boring, but Don’t Talk To Strangers never bored me. I was never skimming or wondering when a “good part” was coming because the whole book was a good part.
All the things that I look for in a book were here and exceeded what I expected of it. The writing was spectacular and gripping. The characters were real and relate able. The plot was exciting and executed well.
The only tip I would give someone wanting to read this book is to read the first two beforehand. As I mentioned, I did not and they do mention parts of the first two books. There were no spoilers, but it was a tad confusing at first. I do highly recommend this book. I’m very excited to read the first two and I hope there is a fourth.
(Again, this was giving to me through Netgalley by the publisher for an honest review. None of my review was a direct quote from the book.)