Pretty Little Liars meets Riverdale in Don't Say a Word, a standout YA mystery from indie-pub favorite Amber Lynn Natusch.
Kylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent father is in prison for murder and she’s hell-bent on getting him out. But trying to investigate in the small town where a defensive lineman is a hero no matter who he tries to kill and the girl who gets him locked up is public enemy number one is dangerous. Dark secrets are everywhere in Jaspervillethe kind Ky can’t walk away from.
When rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson returns to town to finish an open investigation, he goes undercover at her high schoolas her ex. Determined to keep her from interfering, Dawson’s plan backfires after Ky gets an anonymous call about missing girls officially labeled as runawaysrunaways that didn’t really run away at all.
Because dead girls can’t run.
And they don’t say a word.
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And the Hometown Antihero series continues with Don’t Say a Word. I gotta say that it took a little bit of time for things to pick up, but there was a huge puzzle to solve around the prostitution ring. Dawson and Kylene make such a dynamic team and came to love their “partnership” instantly. Amber lovedddddd dangling these two in front of us, makes me curious to see what will come of these two. I’m an unapologetic romance reader, of course I’m going to want to more With everything that she endured in Dare You to Lie, she’s still dealing with the aftermath and it’s definitely taking a toll on her. And now that she’s pulled into getting to the bottom of something else, there wasn’t really a chance for her to really sit and just digress. As I did in the previous book, I was still constantly frustrated with the people of Jasperville that talked her down. But Ky is such a strong-headed heroine that she’d never back down. As she would normally fly off the handle, she kind of held off sometimes especially when Dawson was around. He was such a great buffer to her tendencies and I just loved the constant support he gave her. By the end, Dawson and Ky’s partnership is really solidified and you can start to see Dawson’s harsh exterior crumble a bit when it comes to Ky. These two are seriously so close to losing it and exposing that they do actually care for one another. As to what capacity it is, we won’t know yet for sure. I stayed up late in the night finishing this book in one-sitting. I had some moments where I felt like I needed to look over my shoulder and double-check to see if my front door was locked. Probably wasn’t the best idea to be reading this in the middle of the night, but I couldn’t stop. Amber took us on yet, another wild ride with some major mystery and suspense of who was behind all of this. And bringing us one step close to freeing her dad from prison. I NEED that day to come, soon. It’s killing me because I want nothing more to have her dad out of there. A great edition to this series and I’m definitely looking forward to what Amber has in store for us! I hope Tor Teen keeps this series on because it's unbelievably epic and will different bring a different set of readers to this genre. **I RECEIVED A COMPLIMENTARY READER'S COPY FROM THE AUTHOR THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR CONTENT OF MY REVIEW**
Wow, I am happily blown away by Don't Say a Word. What a fast-paced whirlwind of a thriller. Admittedly, I did not realize at first that this was the second book in the Hometown Antihero series. However, this book was done in such a way that you can read it without reading the first book. Which is a huge plus for me. That being said, I will definitely be picking up the first book... and the next book in the series when it releases. As a main character, Kylene was well written and I loved her sarcasm and wittiness. I genuinely looked forward to her role in this book. The supporting characters were great too! Each character was done well and easy to tell apart from each other. There were so many believable traits and quirks and a general sense of ease between them. Nothing felt forced or awkward. Which is surprising with the bit of love triangle that was hinted at. Not to mention the facade that Kylene had to keep throughout a majority of the story. Now, the story line was killer. (Hah, that was a good unintentional pun!) It was fast-paced and easily kept the reader engaged. I felt like there were multiple story lines at play that intertwined beautifully. Needless to say, it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. There was just enough detail that the reader could easily paint a picture of what was going on. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I really enjoyed this page turner. What drew me the most is the mystery at the heart of the novel. The second in a series, it follows a snarky girl set on proving her father didn't commit the crime he was sent to prison for. I didn't expect for the story to go in the direction it did, momentarily postponing her thirst for justice, but that's not a bad thing. There was a different mystery at the heart of this one, following missing girls. I'm looking forward to her jumping back into her father's case in the next installment. Let's not forget that there's a touch of romance--an intriguing rookie FBI agent. Definitely will be picking up the third book when it releases.