Child of Silence (Bo Bradley Mystery, #1)

Child of Silence (Bo Bradley Mystery, #1)

by Abigail Padgett

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In the first award-winning Bo Bradley Mystery, Child of Silence, an old Paiute woman finds a four-year-old boy tied to a mattress in an abandoned shack in the hills above San Diego, and child abuse investigator Bo Bradley gets the case. Staff at St. Mary's Hospital for Children assume the boy is mentally impaired because he cannot talk, but Bo remembers a little sister named Laurie. The boy, like Laurie, is deaf. 

Complicating things is Bo's manic depressive disorder, a troubling but occasionally valuable problem for which she almost always takes her meds. Bo tangles with the system, first in attempts to place her young client in a foster home where sign language is used, and later, after someone has tried to shoot the child, in a desperate, manicky, midnight flight into the desert to save his life.

"A sensationally fine first novel… breathtakingly well-told…"The Los Angeles Times

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151696784
Publisher: Abigail Padgett
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Series: Bo Bradley Mystery
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 20,944
File size: 415 KB

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Child of Silence 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is only 127 pages long. The main character, Bo, has bi polar disorder. She is social worker for children. Bo is also going through a manic episode. The book focuses more on her mental problems, than on the plot of the novel. A four year old, deaf has had a hitman put on his trail and they are just as determined to kill him, as Bo is to save him. The plot is unusual. The writting is very choppy and seems disjointed. At times it is hard to follow and Bo's thought processes are told from her manic point of view, which makes the story even harder to follow. There is no cursing, religion or sex. No romance. There is a dab of spanish, french and piyute langauges. There is quite a bit of violence and murder(s). Even though this is book one of a series, it seems as if there should be a preview or prequal book as some events simply do not make sense as they happened before this book was created, but are constantly refered too, as if the reader should already know what is going on. The next book costs $2.99. There is a sad conclusion, but at least there is one. No harm was done to animals in the making of this book. Men might enjoy this book as it is not chick lit, even though the main character is female. For ages 18 and up. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was different from books that I usually read and after the reviews I read, I thought I would end up deleting it but I liked it. I didn't think the magic states made the book hard to follow at all. It brought some insight into the character and some awareness of what someone with BPD lives with on a daily basis. I have a neighbor with BPD who gives off his meds occasionally and I thought the authors portrayal of the panic episodes were pretty accurate. There was murder in the book but it wasn't graphic or in poor taste like some books. There were some editing errors but the were minor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good although i thought it lingered too much on Bo's bi polar disorder.
krb45 More than 1 year ago
I deleted this after 30 pages. Strange storyline, lost interest quickly.
tishlg1 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book - I really enjoyed reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I don't think I would enjoy a series depicting children in peril and the people who try to save them.
streamsong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Child Protective Services worker, Bo Bradley has Bipolar Disorder (manic-depressive). She struggles to manage her mood while being on the edge of a manic episode. In the meantime she is assigned the case of a four year old non-talking boy found tied to a mattress and abandoned. It soon becomes obvious that someone is out to kill this child. This series was recommended by another LT'er. I was interested as I have a loved one who is bipolar. It's an interesting look at BP from the inside out as well as being a decent short quick mystery/thriller. I'll continue on with the series, although I find the Child Protective Services details a bit harrowing. The department is overworked, understaffed and kids die from workers' miscalls. 3.8 stars
justablondemoment on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very very short book but sometimes a really quick read is just what you need. Good book am looking for the next in the series. Hope the next one is just a bit longer though would improve my rating.
kat52sn More than 1 year ago
I generally don't expect much of free books. but this one surprised me. I was initially annoyed by the amount of description of the main character's mental issues, but then I realized how crucial it was to the atmosphere of the story. Just like if you're writing from the mind of an autistic child, you have to give the thought processes and emotions of an autistic child, so too, here, you need to give the whole mindset of a bipolar person in her manic phase. After awhile I got the feel of what she was going through. The book jumped around from place to place, but many books do that, and at least this one identified the person you were dealing with in each chapter right away so you could keep track....none of this mystery of "is this THIS person or THAT person?" The book built to well-written tension, and finished with a mercifully short followup at the end. A surprisingly good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a social worker for almost 20 years. This was a great story. I read it in one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was fast paced holding my interest and my breath
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the plot and the incite into manic depression
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving, interesting and insightful into and illness most of us have no true knowledge of. And not a cliff hanger nor is it filled with sex. Really, really want to read more by this author. Carol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Astounding book, very intense. Great insight into difficult subjects of manic-depression, child protctive services and native culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable book! I am bipolar so this struck a chord. Plus I have several friends in social work. A time or two the writing felt choppy but not something awful. I have one big complaint though-------- wanted it to be longer!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad to see this is the 1st of many, more I hope. Always interesting to read about things I don't know a lot about. Lots of research done here, thanks
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