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    Carrie Stuart Parks
    Thomas Nelson / 2020 / ePub
    Our Price$9.99
    4.5 out of 5 stars for Relative Silence - eBook. View reviews of this product. 3 Reviews
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  1. arkmom
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Suspensful
    August 5, 2020
    arkmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Piper Boone comes from a very wealthy family. She, tragically, lost her young daughter years earlier and has never gotten over it. Her marriage fell apart afterwards, and she has no desire to love another man. She is very dependent on her family for finances, for most everything.

    There's strange dynamics in her family. There are things that aren't talked about. Obvious secrets being kept from Piper. Maybe even secrets surrounding her daughter.

    With a hurricane and a man (single, of course) added to the mix, how can it not be a great read?

    I was given a free ecopy by the publisher, Thomas Nelson and Netgalley. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Complex plot and frequent POV changes
    July 13, 2020
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I enjoyed much of this suspenseful novel even though I felt it had some structural issues. I liked the setting. I liked the small bit there was about age progression artistic work. There was lots of intense suspense near the end although a looming storm is an all too common way to create that suspense. I appreciated the characters involved but I did have trouble finding them engaging. The frequent movie quotes were interesting.

    One of the aspects of the novel I did not like was the change in point of view. Much of the novel is from Piper's viewpoint while other sections were from the universal viewpoint, generally when Tucker was involved. It was disconcerting when the point of view would change within a chapter and sometimes from paragraph to paragraph. (An example is at Loc 1046/3180) And then there were the odd scenes from the universal point of view with Piper acting in the scene, referring to her as "she." Going from Piper as "she" in one paragraph and "I" in the next was disconcerting.

    I thought the plot was way too complex. A sure sign of an overly complex plot is a denouement that is long. Here we have a long passage near the end where Piper reveals all the complex aspects of what has happened. She reveals relationships in the family, some we could have figured out, but many out of the blue. People are not who they seem and family secrets have been hidden for decades. I am just not sure the plot was plausible.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed Parks' Gwen Marcey series but was a bit disappointed in this novel. I will be looking for the next novel from Parks as I trust it will be up to her usual high standards.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  3. cookies1
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wow!
    June 17, 2020
    cookies1
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A fantastic story. The Boone family has lots of money and plenty of skeletons inthe closet. Piper Boone lost her daughter 15 years ago and has never gotten over it. As Piper is eating lunch with a friend, someone starts shooting at them. This event leads Piper on a search for what is going on. I did not want to put this book down and will definitely be looking for more by this author!
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