The Slow Burn of Silence

The Slow Burn of Silence

by Loreth Anne White


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Winner of the National Readers' Choice Award for Romantic Suspense

Previously published as Pieces of You.

From award-winning romance author Loreth Anne White comes a story of justice, loyalty, and unbreakable bonds that is both a thrilling mystery and a moving love story. Newly exonerated ex-con Jeb Cullen is determined to prove his innocence to his former neighbors and win back the heart of Rachel Salonen, the only woman he’s ever loved.

Nine years after her testimony helped put Jeb behind bars, Rachel’s life is finally getting back to normal. But it’s turned upside down by the sudden death of her sister and her new responsibility for her sister’s adopted daughter, Quinn. Now Jeb is back in his hometown, and he’s willing to risk everything to discover who was really responsible for the crime he was accused of. But there are people in Snowy Creek who will do anything to keep the truth buried, a truth that could tear the sleepy town apart and cost Jeb everything he holds dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477824450
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: A Snowy Creek Novel
Pages: 422
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Loreth Anne White is the author of numerous award-winning romantic suspense, thriller, and mystery novels. Her work has earned her multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense. She has twice been a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Daphne du Maurier Award. Loreth hails originally from South Africa, where she worked as a journalist and newspaper editor for many years before escaping to the world of romantic fiction. She now lives with her family at a ski resort in the moody Coast Mountains of North America’s Pacific Northwest.

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The Slow Burn of Silence 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Amelia_Autin_Lam More than 1 year ago
I've always thought one of the saddest things in the world is to be believed guilty of a crime, knowing you're innocent, but unable to prove it. (Think Jaycee Dugard's stepfather--that sad yet true tale just about broke my heart.) THE SLOW BURN OF SILENCE is just as heartbreaking. Jeb Cullen spent nine years in prison, convicted of a horrific sex crime, and believed by everyone to be responsible for the death of another woman (her body had never been found, so he was never charged with her murder). Even Rachel Salonen, the woman who loved him back then, believed him guilty and testified against him. Loreth Ann White has crafted an incredibly emotional and moving story of second chances. Bit by bit, she reveals the truth to the reader (as she reveals it to the heroine), and oh what a tangled web it is. We see ourselves as Rachel, yes, but we also see ourselves as other women in the story. Like Rachel, they were all quick to judge Jeb years ago, but unlike Rachel they can't believe they might have been wrong back then. Even the women who should have known deny it to themselves with every breath they draw. That, I think, is the saddest truth of all. And yet...because this is a romantic thriller, there is an ending that leaves us with hope for the future. Not merely for the hero and heroine and the hero's young daughter, but for the other characters in the story. My heart was in my throat throughout the book, and I could barely put it down until I reached the end. Kudos to Ms. White. THE SLOW BURN OF SILENCE is a book that goes on my keeper shelf.
Liela More than 1 year ago
Jeb and Rachel young love, what was friendship turned into something more. A gathering happened at a place called the pit, drinking and partying. Jeb and Rachel fought which left Jeb to make a choice and that choice cost him dearly. Lies filter in and Jeb stand accused, people turn on him. Jeb served some time in prison released on a technicality. He returns to Snowy Creek the place where he needs to right a wrong, the wrong the town accused him of doing. He had other intentions, to find Rachel his love of his life and a child that was conceived that awful night with Amy. The story dug deeper and deeper into the abyss so much so that I could not put the book down. What captured my attention right away the writer's descriptive expertise showing me the beautiful landscape of Snowy Creek, you could imagine the vividness of the place. Now are you wondering did Jeb find solace? Does he get Rahel Back? Did Jeb clear his name? What about the child he had fathered? Why was he accused in the first place? So much lies so much deceit. Don't get me wrong Rachel's life is detailed throughout the story too. She has decisions to make, life altering decisions. Her sister and brother in law dies now she becomes an instant mother of a nine year old niece. This piece of the puzzle will come full circle. So good, so not predictable. I enjoyed every moment reading the book. You can feel it, hear the sound of it, accompanied by rich bold imaginary colors. This is the author's doing, her talented writing. Wonderfully read indeed! I won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
On the surface this is Rachel and Jeb’s story.  Underneath it is really about the town and what the town leaders will do to protect the chosen ones.  It is also Rachel’s story.  For an almost ten-year stint in prison, Jeb is surprisingly well-adjusted.  It is Rachel’s world, and that of the town, that is thrown on its ear by Jeb’s reappearance.  Rachel and Jeb do not have an easy road to travel.  They have come no-where near addressing the issues of the past.  Even before Rachel’s damming testimony there were issues between the two.  In fact, it is those issues that lead to the ultimate accusations against Jeb.  Rachel also has to adjust to the loss of her sister and suddenly becoming a mother to her nine-year old niece.  These major changes in Rachel’s life and the compressed timeline, the entire novel takes place over little over a week, make this a fast paced, almost frenetic read; in a good way.  You are part of Rachel’s journey as she adjusts to her new reality. This reality is enhanced by White’s writing style that is characterized by lush descriptions.  Her vivid imagery brings to life the events in Rachel’s life, Snowy Creek, the surrounding forest, and mountains.  Having lived through recent western forest fires, I could easily envision her tinder dry landscape and smell smoke in the air.  This level of detail provides a richness to the story as the reader becomes one with the descriptive setting.  The descriptions never tumble into too much or tediousness.  The landscape becomes an integral part of the story.  Every image has a defined place in the story and is used to move the narrative forward.   Not to be outdone, the characters are more than able to hold their own.  There is more to each and every one of them than the typical small town stereotype.  While the story builds on that idea, the characters and story take a fresh approach.  There are several scenes that the antagonists could have devolved into caricatures of Mean Girls.  However, White’s deft writing style gives each character life and depth, even if there are those you don’t like very much.   White has created a multi-layered setting, with a variety of well-developed characters that will resonate with readers.  The descriptive imagery and desire to know more about how the town recovers from the events in this novel will keep readers interested in the planned installments of the series.  The ripples of the events in The Slow Burn of Silence will linger long into the future in word and mind.  
Bailey_Stewart More than 1 year ago
An artist fills the viewers mind with broad brushstrokes and tiny smidges, colors vividly springing to life on the canvas in front of them.   Loreth Anne White fills the viewers mind with images painted through the written word, each phrase dripping on the pages, oils and charcoal the tools of her craft.  It’s not often that I refer to a mystery as poetical in its prose, each word not to tell the story, but rather to put the reader into the scene, walking along with each character.   Thomas H. Cook is the only other that comes to mind, a painter of pictures of the mind. "An Indian summer. He’d forgotten the taste of it. The feel of it. The sound of it. The way the breeze whispered in his ears with the voices of dead leaves, brittle grasses, crackling twigs, the soft swishing of drought-browned conifer tips. It was a dialogue that could only come after a killing frost. This valley was tinderbox dry, ripe for fire, whispering for it. Or for rain." Jeb Cullen returns to Snowy Creek after serving almost 10 years in prison for a crime he never committed … or did he?  With flashbacks indicating something violent in his past, can he really be trusted? A review of the case gets him released by the courts, but not technically “not guilty”. He comes home, his guilt still evident in the eyes of the townspeople, in the doubting eyes of the woman he once loved.  The woman whose testimony helped put him away. Jeb wants to reclaim, needs to reclaim, the life that was taken from him … and the woman who has never left his heart.  But could he face down a town full of hatred and suspicion.   "But it was what he wanted, a stark spotlight which under everyone would be exposed and held accountable, under which he could stand up and show he had nothing to hide. Where he could look into the faces of the men who’d lied, into the eyes of those who believed in his guilt, and let people know he would not back down. It was the only tool he had. Darkness bred shadows, secrets, easy violence without consequence." Rachel Salonen lost her innocence and her soul mate on one fateful night almost 10 years before, a night that she pushed back into the recesses of her mind as she went on with her life; a life that included a fiancé, a life that was happy.  But then her sister and brother – in-law die in a house fire and she becomes the guardian of their little girl.  A child she barely knows, a child that ends up tying her to the one man she never dared see again "I try to swallow against the tightness closing my throat. My skin is hot. Dark memories thread into my mind like ink tendrils into water, swirling, curling, clouding the present, blurring plans for the future with Trey. We’ve all worked so hard to bury the past, the whole town has. But sometimes all one can do is plaster over the cracks with the concrete of industry; because underneath the fissures remain, waiting for some little tremor to open them up into black maws hungry to swallow you up again. Like now." The Slow Burn of Silence is a book full of suspense, tension, danger and romance.  From a writer with an exceptional grasp of the English language, this book can finally move Loreth Anne White in with the best romantic suspense writers today.  Go buy the book, you won’t regret it.