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When a psychologist is found dead in his office, Detective Sergeant Donald Salington believes the gunshot wound to the head was self-inflicted. Darby Jacobs, a rookie patrol officer and former patient of the deceased, is not so sure. She investigates and uncovers evidence of murder. Although warned to stay away, Darby continues to search for answers, and the rapport she develops with witnesses earns her an anonymously delivered patient file and an invitation to the murderer's home. As Darby fights to stay alive, ...
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When a psychologist is found dead in his office, Detective Sergeant Donald Salington believes the gunshot wound to the head was self-inflicted. Darby Jacobs, a rookie patrol officer and former patient of the deceased, is not so sure. She investigates and uncovers evidence of murder. Although warned to stay away, Darby continues to search for answers, and the rapport she develops with witnesses earns her an anonymously delivered patient file and an invitation to the murderer's home. As Darby fights to stay alive, she confronts fond and bitter memories of the late doctor and finds herself understanding the killer's motive more than she ever thought possible.
Posted October 3, 2006
One would never guess that 'Hum of Hushed Voices' is Lisa Young's first novel. With professional attention to detail this cunning crime story will surely keep the most avid arm chair detective in suspense. The characters are well defined, creating an intrigueing mix of physcotic but believeable suspects. As the tale winds down, through many twists and turns, the ending is finally clear. Or is it? The conclusion left this reader feeling as though I had been bludgeoned but with a feather pillow! Altogether, a powerful, well done tale that any reader of crime fiction will enjoy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2004
I was persuaded to read this novel after talking to the author. I would like to state here that I benefited highly from that decision. Lisa Young has delivered a powerful novel that is fast pace and interesting. Her style of writing is a breath of fresh air and this novel demonstrates her capacity as a great author. The main character in this story is a young rookie patrol officer named Darby Jacobs. She is currently on leave when she hears about a suicide over her scanner in her house. The address brings back what will become a wave of memories as she attempts to discover who killed the person that treated her years ago so many year. His death had been made a charade of a suicide. However, Darby just knows from her own relationship with him, that he was never the type to have killed himself. Not willing to permit this injustice, she decides that it is on her shoulders to prove him a victim of murder instead of suicide. She is especially determined when the superior officer release the crime scene so shortly after without investigating all leads. Refusing the warning of superiors to stay away, she starts her own quest in search of the truth. The path she has to travel reveals more than she sometimes wishes to know in her hunt for the truth. Eventually, the truth comes, but not after many different possibilities are pursued and discarded. As this whodunit uncovers the life of the victim in search of the killer, there are surprises at every turn that leaves you begging for more when the guilty party is finally revealed. The story draws you end and you start feeling that you are right there with the characters as they reflect on their past while discovering who is the murder and the motives behind it. I hope that the story continues on as I came to want more out of Darby and Justin while watching Don tackle his own personal demons. Lisa, don¿t make us suffer and get a sequel out soon!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 6, 2004
When I finished reading Hum of Hushed Voices, I emailed Lisa Young and called her a dirty rat for introducing me to her characters, teasing me with so many juicy tidbits about the complexities of their pasts, and then ending the book without telling me everything that happens to all of them. Even the peripheral characters in this book are intriguing! I may have to go visit the author and clean house for her so she'll have more time to work on her sequels! Hum of Hushed Voices investigates the murder-made-to-look-like-suicide of a popular doctor at a mental health center. The three main characters are rookie officer Darby Jacobs, involved in the case only because--unknown to everyone--the dead doctor was her therapist years ago; Detective Justin Weissman, whose investigation is hampered by his attraction to Darby that's hampered by his annoying ethics; and Detective Sergeant Don Salington, their arrogant superior who taunts Darby with secrets of their shared past but can't get her memory out of his head no matter how many other women he's with. Amidst all these delicious undertones, they manage to gather evidence from the 'Peyton Place' of the victim's family and co-workers, and when they finally decide who the killer is, it puts all three of them in danger. Ms. Young's writing style and attention to detail grab you from the beginning and smack you down right in the middle of the characters' lives. Her ability to seamlessly insert descriptions of the characters and all their nuances into the action is done so flawlessly that I had vivid mental images of them instantly. You don't just read the story, you live it right along with the characters. The plot is wonderfully complex and keeps the old gray matter earning its pay as you try to figure out if you're on the right track to whodunit or if you've been expertly suckered by one of the author's innovative deceptions. This is a book that will trigger varied emotions and reactions--anger, sympathy, fondness, disgust, tears, and laughter--and don't forget outrage and impatience at Ms. Young's failure to have the sequel written yet. So tell everyone you know to buy and read this book so the author can quit her other job and write full time. You'll be doing the literary world a favor.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 10, 2003
I must say that I enjoyed Hum of Hushed Voices from start to finish. I was captivated by the title of the novel alone and my curiousity and intense enjoyment of this story didn't end throughout my read, or after the last page was read, I must add. Darby Jacobs is a rookie cop who is thrust into a 'mystery' when her former psychologist is found dead in his office. Some think it's suicide, but Darby thinks differently . . . she thinks it was murder. Her search for answers takes the reader on a journey of surprises, including the ending, so don't ruin it by reading ahead! Lisa Young has a true gift of placing you in the story. Several times during this novel I felt I was there. It is well-written and enjoyable. I highly recommend this book. Five stars all the way!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2002
This book was hard to put down. The mystery was intriguing. You will also find yourself wondering what is going on behind the scenes among the main characters - a mystery within a mystery. The book was very well written, with a few twists and turns. I recommend this book to all readers and am hoping to hear from this author again!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.