The Woman Who Couldn't Scream

The Woman Who Couldn't Scream

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Merida Falcon is a world-class beauty, a trophy wife who seems to have it all, except she has no voice. For nine bitter years, Merida lived to serve her wealthy elderly husband, never leaving his side, always doing his bidding. On his death, Merida vanishes and reappears in Virtue Falls with a new name, a new look, and a plot to take revenge on the man who loved her, betrayed her and walked away, leaving her silent, abused, and bound to an old man's obsession. But Merida faces challenges. Her school friend Kateri Kwinault is the newly elected sheriff of Virtue Falls. A chance meeting with her former lover intrigues him and brings him on the hunt for her, and meeting him face to face shakes her convictions. Will she have time to discover the truth about the events that occurred nine years ago? For someone in Virtue Falls is stalking women and slashing them, to death.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781250028488
Characteristics: viii, 342 p. ; 25 cm


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Feb 13, 2018

Although this is a stand alone book I highly recommend reading the earlier books in the series first. Excellent story. I couldn't put it down! Read it in one day!
Keeps you guessing throughout. Although there is more than one murder , there is much more to the story line. Relationships, romance, a mute heroine using sign language.....and a satisfying ending.

Jul 14, 2017

"Noooo!" I screamed. "I finished it, I finished it!" In one day. I couldn't put down"The Woman Who Couldn't Scream(Virtue Falls #4)." Now it starts over again. The LONG WAIT until the next Virtue Falls book is written. I discovered Virtue Falls quite by accident. I had never read Christina Dodd before, but the third book “Because I am Watching” was sitting pretty as you please in the mystery section of the library. I devoured it. Went back and found the other two. Holy schmoles what a terrific series! Wonderful plots, fabulous characters, hot sex-wait did I really say that -and a setting I want to move to. I think after I move to Louise Penny's Three Pines I will purchase a vacation home in Virtue Falls, WA.
"The Woman Who Couldn't Scream" does not lose steam, not in the slightest. We have two major story lines, the mute, most beautiful woman in the world (MBWiW) moving to Virtue Falls to start a long anticipated plan to punish the man who caused her painful journey into being the MBWiW. We also have the continuing story of Sheriff Kateri Kwinault. Who doesn’t love Kateri? Who doesn’t want Stag?
Poor Kateri, she seems to have a serial killer and maybe a contract killer or two wandering around the town. Evidently the MBWiW late husband believes in suttee. There is also an escaped meth dealer who is out for some serious payback.
Kateri must make a choice about saving a dear comatose friend’s life by giving more of herself to the frog god, or to reject the powers offered by the frog god.
The MBWiW has moved into a B&B having disguised herself as best she can-going for a punk street look. Unfortunately the disguise doesn’t work well and she is surrounded by people who think they know her and in some cases, want her. This is really conveniently bad luck for her.
I wanted more; I wanted more of both Kateri and the MBWiW. Their stories intertwined, they were childhood best friends for awhile.
Of course I always have a quibble section; in this book it’s hard to find many. I missed Rainbow up and at ‘em, I want more Margaret. I hate the term “bang’. Go ahead, use the big kahuna F word, it can be very sexy in the right place. It would have worked fine here; after all, the book is explicit in other scenes, maybe not enough of those scenes? Hey-I’m new to this mystery, romance and hot sex genre.
I mentioned finding “Because I'm Watching” in the mystery section as a happy fluke, because it seems as if the Virtue Falls series is being marketed as romance. I rarely read books from romance writers (Dodd has helped change this) because evidently I have a dark soul. I think "The Woman Who couldn't Scream" is a terrific mystery with some great romance. Not a romance with some mystery served on the side.
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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