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A CRY IN THE WOODS
 
The scream Lena Riddle hears in the woods behind her house is enough to curdle her blood—she has no doubt that a woman is in real danger. Unfortunately, with no physical evidence, the local law officers in small-town Ash, Kentucky, dismiss her claim. But Lena knows what she heard—and it leaves her filled with fear and frustration.

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If You Hear Her: A Novel of Romantic Suspense

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Overview

A CRY IN THE WOODS
 
The scream Lena Riddle hears in the woods behind her house is enough to curdle her blood—she has no doubt that a woman is in real danger. Unfortunately, with no physical evidence, the local law officers in small-town Ash, Kentucky, dismiss her claim. But Lena knows what she heard—and it leaves her filled with fear and frustration.

Ezra King is on leave from the state police, but he can’t escape the guilty memories that haunt his dreams. When he sees Lena, he is immediately drawn to her. He aches to touch her—to be touched by her—but is he too burdened by his tragic past to get close? When Ezra hears her story of an unknown woman’s screams, his instincts tell him that Lena’s life is also at risk—and his desire to protect her is as fierce as his need to possess her.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345517579
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Series: Ash Trilogy
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 134,312
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Shiloh Walker is the bestselling author of Chains, Fragile, and The Missing. She loves reading and writing anything fantasy and nearly every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full-time and lives with her family in the Midwest.


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  • Posted April 14, 2012

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    If it was the authors intent to get you so invested in all the c

    If it was the authors intent to get you so invested in all the characters and then leave you hanging until January dying to know what happens next then she succeeded. The end of this book has so many cliffhangers.

    As this was the first book in the series its a little slow going at first as we get to meet the characters. Actually the first character we get to meet is the killer and his victim. We do not get to find out who the killer is in this book. I dont even have a guess yet as to who the killer is.

    Lena is the main heroine of this book. She is blind and a chef. She hears a woman screaming in the middle of the night but when she goes to the police they dont believe her.

    Ezra is our main hero and he is in Ash on leave from the police dept after being shot and finding out his female partner and lover was dirty. He is in the police station when Lena comes in and he decides he is going to help her.

    Their love story wasnt full of conflict or back on forth - its was a steady flow through out the book.

    We also meet and get POVs from Remy Jennings who is the DA in Ash (he is the hero in the second book). Then we have Hope (heroine of 2nd book) who comes to Ash at the request of her best friend Law Reilly (who is also Lena's best friend) who is a suspense author (and hero of the 3rd book). Hope was severely abused by her ex husband who is a cop and she is not the most mentally stable person due to this. We do briefly at the end of this book get to meet Nia (the heroine of the 3rd book)

    IMO - there really isnt a way to talk about this book without giving away the plot points of the book which I think the reader needs to experience for themselves.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

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    Gut Wrenching Journey

    My Thoughts:
    If You Hear Her takes you on a gut wrenching journey into the small town of Ash, Kentucky, where not everything is as it seems. Some time you have to listen to learn the truth.
    From the moment Ezra sees Lena he is smitten with her. Lena has always known that people stare at her, it is because she different. Lena is blind, but she likes it when Ezra stares at her. When Ezra asks her to dinner she can’t say No. After a wonderful dinner and a smoldering hot kiss, Ezra leaves her but never call as promised. After waiting and waiting Lena is determined to write him off, that is until she hears a scream for help in the middle of the night.
    With no evidence of someone in need of help in Lena’s woods, the police department is at a standstill, but Lena knows what she heard, and knows someone is in trouble. When strange things start happening around town everyone is on edge. Time is running out and if they don’t find who was in the woods……….
    I really enjoyed this first installment of the Ash Trilogy and can’t wait to see what happen next. I am hoping that the many questions I have will all be answered over the next two books. If you are looking for a romantic suspense that will leave you wanting more and worried for the residents of Ash, Kentucky. I would highly suggest checking out Shiloh’s new series.

    Kelly
    Books-n-Kisses

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    an exciting over the top of the Black Mountain romantic suspense thriller

    in Ash, Kentucky, Lena Riddle while walking her dog Puck hears a frightening scream of "help me" from the woods just beyond her house. She calls the cops, but they find nothing in the woods to confirm her assertion that a woman is in trouble. Still she knows how her acute hearing compensates for her being blind and how stoic Puck normally is but he reacted too.

    Six months ago Kentucky State Police officer Ezra King took a bullet in his leg; he walked away limping from law enforcement as more than just his leg was injured. In Ash, he is attracted to Lena so he decides to insure she is safe by investigating the screams she has reported she has heard in the nearby woods.

    If You Hear Her is an exciting over the top of the Black Mountain romantic suspense thriller that rotates perspective between a gleeful serial killer and the lead couple. With a cliffhanger ending, the story line contains several subplots that add action, but detract from the prime theme of a heated romance between the cop and the chef while a psychopath continues a nearby killing spree.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

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    If You Hear Her by Shiloh Walker is an exhilarating start to a

    If You Hear Her by Shiloh Walker is an exhilarating start to a pulse pounding series.

    Lena Riddle is woken up during the night by a faint cry for help in the dark. Lena’s home is surrounded by woods and she can sense an evil that chills her to her bones. When no proof is found by the police Lena’s claims are dismissed. But Lena knows what she heard and is terrified.

    Ezra King has come to Ash, Kentucky to recoup and reevaluate his life’s work. He is haunted by the death of his partner on the job with the state police. Ezra certainly wasn’t prepared for his reaction to Lena. His first meeting he is drawn to her but is afraid to get close to anyone anymore.

    Ezra believes Lena’s story and is determined to protect her. Seems there is someone lurking in the woods near Lena and they are getting bolder by the minute.

    Lena and Ezra slowly begin to fall in love but will the menace in the woods cut that love short?

    If You Hear Her is a pulse pounding tale of the danger you can only feel but can’t see. You will be drawn into the story and it will keep you in its grip till the end. The story continues in If You See Her, looking forward to watching the mystery unfold.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

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    Holy goodness. First, I would not advise starting RIGHT before b

    Holy goodness. First, I would not advise starting RIGHT before bedtime, because there is some scary dark sh*t here. Had horrible, horrible book-related nightmares that night/morning.

    Second, if you hate cliffhangers, make sure you have the other two books in hand (library, whatever) before starting this one. While it DOES end in a HFN (happily For Now), there are many loose end to tie up in future books, including some scary perv kidnapping and torturing women.

    What I loved: Lena, the heroine is blind, and yes, it affects her life, but she is not "disabled," there are simply issues she has to work around. In fact, it wasn't until several chapters in I realized she WAS blind. (That said, there was a reference to her lights being on, that we needed a reason for that - solar lights in case of guests, timers, etc., because obviously a blind woman ain't running around turning on lights when it's dark.)

    Besides the raping, torturing perv, there is also a theme of domestic violence/gaslighting. If any of these things are triggering for you, you probably won't like this series.

    This is/was not my usual genre, but had me riveted to the page. Ezra (first time I've ever found a male named Ezra sexy) is semi-disabled physically, due to being shot in the leg during his time as a cop, and now, emotionally. He tries to stay away from Lena, but the attraction is too strong.

    Condom use/discussion - five stars on this!!

    The sex is INCREDIBLY hot, and believable in development. The friendships/relationships and development of the B story is wonderful. Also, though it is set in a rural Kentucky town, there isn't catering to stereotypes of small town Southern yokels (though the town doesn't seem to be real integrated, either); some people are dumb, most people are fairly intelligent and empathetic.

    Will definitely be reading the rest of this trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    did not like nook sample

    did not like nook sample

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    I thought it was boring, the sex sucked, and the characters were

    I thought it was boring, the sex sucked, and the characters weren't developed.

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

    This would be a good book if not for the filthy language. Trying

    This would be a good book if not for the filthy language. Trying to skim over all the f words gets tiresome. I would like to read the rest of the series to find out who the killer us, but don't think I could take two more books of sush language.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Shiloh Walker's If you hear her

    Great book! When I finished it at first I was disappointed because I didn't think it tied up all the loose ends...instead I was delighted to find there was a sequel, if you see her, that finished what I wanted to know. I read both of these books in one weekend, page turners!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Wow

    Not much of romantic suspense reader... but if Shiloh Walker puts more out after this series .... I will DEFINITELY be picking it up :)

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    Good story great characters BUT part 1 of 3!!

    If You Hear Her is a good story, intriguing plot, and great characters (main and auxilliary). If you like romantic suspense this is a good book.

    BUT - it is part 1 of 3 -- the romance for the main characters (Ezra and Lena) is resolved but the mystery/bad guy is not. I'd highly suggest already having books 2 (If You See Her) and 3 (If You Know Her) on hand to finish out the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Really enjoyed reading this first book. (2nd book not so much)

    I really enjoyed this book 'If You Hear Her'. The main female character Lena Riddle's is blind and yet very strong and self-sufficient. She's amazingly loyal to her friends in hard times and her relationship with the Ezra King (State police on leave) is hot, hot, hot!

    Shiloh Walker created a great storyline with a creepy serial killer, an injured 'sexy' hero and a strong loving female heroine.

    I finished reading this book in one setting, staying up late one night, I have since finished the 2nd book (not as good) and I'm just trying to finish the 3rd as quickly as possible to wrap this 'trilogy' up. Overall, this book rocked! Loved it! The 2nd book, not so much. The 3rd? eh.. still working on it. BUT READ THIS ONE and decide on the others.

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    You won't be able to put this book down!

    Shiloh Walker is an absolute favorite of mine. I have a feeling with this new trilogy, a lot more fans are going to be coming out of the woodwork to follow this very talented author.

    Ezra King has come to Ash, Kentucky to recuperate in both body and spirit. His grandmother left her home to him, so he’s healing amid a bit of grief and nostalgia. He’s been content to piddle around the place – until he meets Lena Riddle. The woman not only shoots lust through his system, but she demands respect and admiration for her determination and love of life.

    Finally living on her own with no one to tell her how to do it, Lena is happy in every aspect of her life – she’s a chef for the local B&B and she’s surrounded by loving friends. When a man with a sexy voice shows interest in her lasagna, his interest in her piques even further after they share a meal or two together. But then Ezra puts on the brakes, and for a little while is one of those men who says he’ll call but doesn’t. He has his reasons, and once you learn of them you can understand why he’s so hesitant to start up a relationship with this fascinating and beautiful woman. Lena tries to forget the man, even when they run into each other in town, but after so many meetings and too much temptation, Ezra gives in and pursues Lena into a wonderful blossoming relationship.

    What brings them together finally is the scream Lena hears one night outside her home at the edge of the forest. The only people who believe her are Ezra and Law, one of Lena’s best friends, and the local sheriff. But on investigation, no evidence is found of anything untoward. Lena can’t let it rest, however, and makes a trip to the sheriff’s office, where Ezra is making his own unrelated complaint. While the deputy helping Lena doesn’t believe a word she says, it’s Ezra who gets things moving to further investigate the matter, but everyone is baffled at the lack of evidence.

    The reader knows exactly what’s happening, though, and sees what an evil villain lives and breathes in these pages. What he does to the women he kidnaps slowly weakens and breaks them until they’re praying to die. It’s his latest victim who Lena hears from her bedroom this fateful night that changes life for all concerned – including our villain. And from this point on, you are immersed so deeply in both the romance between Ezra and Lena and the deceptive and evil mind of a madman whose identity is kept from you the entire book. And the second book. You won’t know who it turns out to be until the last book. Talk about tension!

    I love Ezra and Lena. Their romance is swift and sure. Ezra turns into the typical alpha cop he is when danger is unveiled around them and their friends. Lena is a sassy, smart, and independent woman, but she knows when to let go and do as she’s asked so everyone survives whatever situation is going on at the moment. Their lovemaking is vintage Shiloh Walker – steamy, intense, and loving. We also meet Remy and Hope, who are featured in the next book, and you love them on sight just as much as you do Ezra and Lena.

    Pins and needles having nothing on this storyline. Tenterhooks is more apropos for all the goings-on, especially the suspenseful aspects of the story. If you’re ready for an edge-of-your-seat read that you can’t put down until it’s read, this is it. And do be sure to read this trilogy in order. They’re tied too closely together and left open ended to start in the middle or, heaven forbid, with the

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

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    Love the Suspense!

    The romance is sweet and hot! The suspense had me on the edge of my seat thru the whole book, I couldn't put it down because I needed to figure out who the bad guy was. The hero is hot and his lady is not a simpering miss which I love to see.
    Definitely a must read!

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  • Posted December 25, 2011

    Decent Story, Definite Drawbacks

    The summary provided pretty much sets up the storyline - but there are some pretty specific drawbacks.

    First, it is clearly the first book in a trilogy. It spends a gret deal of time setting up all the nuances that I'm sure will be dealt with in later books. But, because of this, the story itself suffers. Overall, I felt like I read more of a 'frame' than a complete story.

    Secondly, the end really is 'to be continued...' - which I personally Hate! There is absolutely no way for this book to be stand-alone, which makes me feel like I was duped. "Hey, you've got to buy the next one to find out what happens!"

    Decent read and interesting characters (hence the three stars), but don't know that I'm overly impressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    This is a good mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the the entire book. Just when you think you have it figured out the story changes and so does your perception. I don't know how I feel about the ending, it was not neat and tidy. I assume the second book in the series is going to literally pick up pretty much where this book left off. There were many unanswered questions that left me guessing, but at the same time wanting to read the next book right away. In other trilogies you can get away with reading the books out of order, not so in this series. Definitely start with Book one.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

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    rate this one x

    language is rough. sometimes it feels like a slap in the face. not my ktnd of reading.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

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    Fast, action, romantic thriller

    The latest romantic thriller from author Shiloh Walker begins with a scream, literally and doesn't let up until the end. Set in small town Kentucky, where everyone thinks they know everyone else, Lena Riddle hears a scream echo through the night. Calls to police are worthless as law enforcement can't find any evidence of a crime. But Lena knows what she heard. Her only saving grace is Ezra King, a cop on leave after dealing with his own demons. His cop instinct knows Lena is in danger, his heart's instinct says she is the woman his soul seeks. There is mystery surrounding both characters as they deal with their own issues and pasts that come colliding together in this fast paced page turner. The sleepy town seems too "Mayberry" to ever have anything bad happen, but very bad things do and Ezra must unravel the puzzle. Their hearts fight the attraction they feel for each other and just as they finally start to heal, start to relent to their feelings the killer..well, I won't spoil for readers. If you are looking for a fast-paced thriller, laced with romance and tension - this book was written for you!

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    Electrifying

    CAN YOU HEAR HER was an electrifying tale, keeping me on the edge of my seat as I followed all the twists and turns this story took. There was never a mundane moment in the entire tale, as I tried to piece together the great mystery of who the killer was.

    The chemistry between Lena and Ezra positively sizzled from the moment they first met. They both had their vulnerabilities that made me root all the more for their HEA (happily ever after). I loved how Lena strove to keep her independence and admired Ezra for not taking anything away from her, sure there were a few times he was tempted to, but he was smart enough to know when and where the line was drawn.

    The only problem I had with this book was the TO BE CONTINUED aspect of the end of the story. I hate hate hate having to wait to find the answers to all the questions that are fresh in my mind. I'm going to have to do a reread when the next book comes out, but that will be no hardship, because I absolutely loved Lena and Ezra's story. There are certain clues throughout the book that I will have to refresh in my mind when the next two books come out to see if I can correctly guess the identity of the killer. Right now I have NO clue if it's someone we've already been introduced to, someone who was discussed or if the killers name wasn't mentioned at all.

    I can't wait to read the next books in the series, and am especially eager to see what other complications shall arise for our couples as they seek a killer.

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    Posted December 18, 2012

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