SPEAK NO EVIL
by Allison Brennan

February 2007
ISBN: 978-0-345-49502-0
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Speak No Evil kicks off the latest trilogy by super talented Allison Brennan. After a young womanís body is found dumped on the beach, detective Carina Kincaid and her partner are given the case. The most promising suspect is Steve Thomas, although he declares his innocence.


Steve contacts his brother Nick, whom we met in The Hunt, and asks for help. Though the brothers were close as children, they have grown apart, and Nick isnít sure what to believe. He knows Steve is lying to him, but can he truly be a killer? Nick asks Carina if he can help with the case, and swears his feelings for his brother wonít stop him from searching for the truth.


The story is nicely fleshed out with glimpses of both Carina and Nickís pasts. Both are dealing with tragedy and guilt, while Nick is also dealing with medical issues after his close encounter with a killer. Carina may have reservations about becoming involved with another cop, especially one who wonít be around for long, but she canít deny a strong attraction to Nick.


Much of the story is told from the killerís point of view so while we understand why heís targeting certain women, the cops are at a complete lost. But, despite this insight, the author does not give away the killerís identity, keeping us guessing right up until the very end.


Readers certainly donít have to read Brennanís earlier books to follow this one, but Iíd highly recommend they do so. Once again this author has penned a suspenseful tale with a killer evil enough to give you chills.


Reviewed in January 2007 by Jackie.

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