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Mute Witness

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  104 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Sean and Austin have the perfect life. Their new relationship is only made more joyous by weekend visits from Sean's eight-year-old son, Jason.

And then their perfect world shatters.

Jason is missing.

When the boy turns up days later, he has been horribly abused and has lost the power to speak. Small town minds turn to the boy's gay father and his lover as the likely culprit
ebook, 344 pages
Published October 2009 by MLR Press (first published 2009)
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Damn... I really am unsure how to review this book or what to say about it. Gut wrenching? Suspense to the max? Horrific? Appalling? Too many words and descripts come to mind at the moment. But all are said in good taste and respect for this book that Rick has produced. The story culminated a parents worst fears to the realities out there and the profound affect on all the surrounding parties involved.

The indepth points of views from the parents to the child to the police and the public involve
Jeff Erno
Being a big fan of horror author Rick Reed, I was a bit surprised when I read his book Mute Witness. It was quite different than anything I’d have expected. The story dealt with a topic which is most disturbing, and at times I found it difficult to even continue reading. Eight-year old Jason Dawes is the victim of child sexual abuse. He suddenly comes up missing and is later mysteriously dropped off at a hospital emergency room where it is discovered that he’s been raped. The boy is so traumatiz ...more
I was under the impression that this book was a romance, which it really isn't as the romantic elements take a back seat to a lot of other dramas and the traditional story of a romance (two people struggling to be together) is lacking, although there is discord among the couples. That aside, I think some people may be able to (and obviously have) enjoy this book more than me. While the writing was good and the story itself was rather interesting, I never became attached to most of the cha
Ruth Sims
I dislike the star system of rating because it's so limiting. This book is an example of its shortcomings. It's definitely more than a "4" but a tad less than a "5" and they don't have a "4 1/2"

Rick Reed has written so many books I haven’t even scratched the considerable surface of his output, but I do know that he is one of the best and most prolific of mystery/suspense/horror writers. Many of his titles deal with bloody death and are appropriately hair-raising. I think Mute Witness, because it
Mute Witness was an amazing book that I could not put down: intense is a very mild way to put it!
This is very much a character-driven story; in many ways I felt as though this is Sean's story. While Jason is very much a focus of the book, it's Sean whose life we get really tied up into. There were so many times that I was on the verge of tears, then full-out crying. The title, Mute Witness, has more than one meaning. There are definitely underlying currents, but mostly this is a story that will
Jen Pinto
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This is one of the most difficult books I've ever read. If you've read the blurb, you are aware of what the book is about. Rick R. Reed has never been one to shy away from real issues in his stories and Mute Witness is no exception. This is one of those books where you want to walk away because of fear of what will happen next but you know you can't. You have to keep reading to see how everything is resolved.

Another outstanding book by Rick R. Reed.

Full review can be found at On Top Down Under
Stacey Jo
This was a very powerful book that evoked a lot of emotion. It's worthy of way more than the 5 stars allowed and gets placed squarely on my favorites shelf. I found it hard to not pace while I was reading because so often I was so angry at the characters. But this is a good thing. There is nothing better than a book that gets you so engaged that you feel that you need to get up and move around.

Sean and Austin are in a fairly new relationship together. They are fixing up their home and enjoying
This book is a pretty intense and at times disturbing suspense story. I found it an enjoyable, but emotionally difficult read.

One major warning-there are some fairly graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse-the story goes out of its way to show just how devastating sexual abuse is, but the book does not shy away from the subject.

I think this book's focus if very much centered on how the parents react to their son's disappearance and rape. I think Reed really nails the parents reactions-especia
Damn. I really wanted this to be a solid, emotional, thought-provoking book... but it wasn't.

The story had a lot of important messages and several well-written scenes... But...

First, it was bogged down in too many POVs, losing my interest in all of them and making it impossible to be transported into the story's world. And second--oh my god--way too many annoyingly small-minded, hateful people. Homophobia? Check. Perpetuation of negative stereotypes? Check. Prejudice against mental disorders an
Well written, roller-coaster of a ride. Suspenseful (even though the reader knows who the villain is from very early on) and a bit draining. The characters are believably flawed.

It's a little bit too crammed full of trauma, though, and that made it feel a little like bashing my head against the wall (it felt so good when I stopped). I couldn't put it down because the writing was fantastic and I really needed to know how it ended, but, even as a parent who has nightmares about some of these very
Marsha Spence
For me, I couldn't finish it. I read the first 7 chapters and then had to stop. Went on to something else. Then decided I need to find out at least how it ended so I read the last 5 chapters backwards. I'm glad I did so I know how it ended. What I did read (Ch 1-7) was heart wrenching, appalling, terrifying.
I just finished this book. It was incredible; love, suspense, drama, and family. What more could you want. It has the ultimate parents nightmare- Their child is missing. What do you do? Where d you look? Even after you find them, it is not over yet! This is one thriller you don't want to miss.

Sep 07, 2011 jagr9563 rated it 1 of 5 stars
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I would not reccomend this book. First there are no trigger warnings even though this is a book of severe child sexual abuse. On top of that, in my opinion - if you can get through the many many insignificant pov's this book has - (I did not make it past page 110)- you will notice that it's the attacker's POV that you see more often than anyone elses up to this point. And through the attacker's POV the book seems to justify why he did what he did and make it out ot not be his fault. Maybe if I c ...more
This novel probably deserves a higher rating as it is well written, with good pacing and taut tension throughout. The major problem I personally have with it is that it is almost overwhelmingly bleak and depressing. It cannot be considered a romance novel but instead it is a good suspense novel - if you don't mind a story that moves from one bad case scenario to another bad case scenario, until finally at the end, a bit of hope for the future shines through. As I said, it probably is a good nove ...more
A horrifyingly good book that was utterly disturbing and yet I couldn't put it down. This book deals with such a hot-button theme - child sexual abuse - which was extremely difficult to read. The perpetrator is identified to the reader early on and, IMHO, that just makes what happens even more horrible...because WE know things the characters don't.

The saving grace, and what made this book readable for me, was the all-consuming and deep love that Sean and Shelley have for their child.
I really don't know where to start. This book was riveting. I couldn't stop reading. I couldn't categorized this one as a romance, more like a suspense/thriller. I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. The author takes you on a emotional roller coaster ride. I've read a few of Rick Reeds books, and this one is one that will be going on my favorites shelf.
What a whirlwind, thrilling, gripping, sad and frustrating. A real page turner focusing on the rape of a young boy who becomes mute following his ordeal. His father, an openly gay man in a relationship, becomes a suspect in the minds of some whilst the real predator is lurking ready to pounce again. The trauma not only affects the child but the relationships and lives of all those around him.
I'm unsure what to think of this. Beyond the numerous cliches of small town life (depicted as if everyone in a small town is an ignoramus--stereotypes of any kind are inappropriate), but the depictions of child abuse seem distant, from someone who has no idea what it's truly like. I enjoy Reed's novels from what I've read, but this one fell in the cliche pile.
Randy Wiggins
This was a great book with an easy to follow plot. I liked the charachters and will be reading it again soon. I only gave it 4 stars because most of the details left my head so quickly after I finished reading. A book that gets 5 stars is one I retain more of for a longer period of time. To me anyway.
Craig Allen
I loved it....4.5 stars. Some of it was very graphic and disturbing, but, for me, that just added to the story and made the villain that much more devilish. There's a scene in the book I loved that I can't talk about without spoiling it, but it involved bugs is all I'll say :)
Great book!
Becky Condit
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Favorite quote: “Do you know how many people out there have the impression that gays like little boys?” “That’s ridiculous.” “Yeah, right, you know that. I know that.”
Read this one when you're in a good mood because it isn't an easy read. Heartbreaking but it's a wonderfully written story with a lot of realism.
Damian Serbu
One of Reed's most heart-felt novels. Yes, it's a horror/mystery. But he weaves in raw emotion and love. A great read.
Wow! I really enjoyed this one. The characters were very three dimensional and realistic. A total page-turner. NOT a romance!
This was definitely hard to read at times but I liked it. The ending was a bit strange but overall a well-written story.
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