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Don't Scream

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,748 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
Don't Tell A Soul. . .

In a remote, heavily wooded area near the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Rachel Lorant died on her birthday. But she didn't die alone. That night, her four sorority sisters make a solemn, trembling pledge. They will never reveal what has just happened in those woods--ever. Instead, they will take their terrible secret to their graves. . .

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Paperback, 476 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mandy Crider
Apr 20, 2015 Mandy Crider rated it it was amazing
Wendy Corsi Staub is m FAVORITE author! This book makes it even more so! This book had twists and turns and I loved the way the murderer set up the victim's bodies and how it all coincided around birthdays. A great twist at the end! Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend.
Dec 20, 2015 Lesley rated it really liked it
good mystery to pass the time while on my nebulizer machine every few hrs. Will read more from this author as I downloaded some of her other books after this satisfying read!
Terri Lynn
This was thrilling. One night 10 years ago, 5 sorority sisters went into the woods behind their college to have a drink to celebrate the birthday of one of them- Rachel. Rachel had been markedly upset at the birthday party at her sorority house and they hoped to cheer her up by giving her a depressant drug in the form of alcohol? Yep, that's college girl logic for you.

An oddity about the college is that students were assigned to rooms in the sorority house based on birth month. Rachel's birthda
Jun 20, 2012 Julie rated it did not like it
Shelves: _myst-fic
Staub has great plotlines...but toooo many characters!! Why does she make most of the heroine's children bratty and spoiled? Brynn was irritating from the first page with no backbone. And what is with the pregnancy-hormone thing? "I must have imagined it because of the hormones..." or "I must be hearing things b/c of..." or "I ate a whole jar of nuts and don't remember. Must be the hormones!"

Like I said, great ideas with shocking twists and turns. Ending is too wham-bam, though. Do not consider
Georgiann Hennelly
Rachel Lorant died on her birthday. In a remote , heavily wooded area of Massachusetts. She didn,t die alone four if her sority sisters where there. They made a solemn pledge. They will never reveal what happened in those woods. They,ll take the secret to their graves. Now ten years later, their secret is coming back to haunt them each recieves a birthday card Happy Birthday xoxoR. It,s clear someone knows what happened that night. Someone is stalking them and sending , chilling mysterious gifts ...more
Mar 31, 2011 Katrina rated it it was amazing
I grew up with mystery novels like the suspenseful Agatha Christie and the suspenseful Mary Higgins Clark, so when my mom recommended "Don't Scream" but an author I had yet to hear of, I was skeptical. I was captivated by the very first chapter and literally couldn't put this book down. Staub has a true gift for storytelling, unique plot developments and cliffhanger chapters. Usually I know "whodunit" by the first chapter of most books...however, I literally was guessing until the climactic page ...more
Nicole Smith
Mar 05, 2014 Nicole Smith rated it liked it
This one kept me turning pages - and kept me thinking about it when I wasn't reading.

I appreciated the conversation about what really matters in life. It made me think about other conversations around setting priorities and building patterns now that will allow me to have balance in my life/ with my family.

May 30, 2013 Natasha rated it it was amazing
Omg!!!!! This book was AWESOME!!!! It had me on the edge of my seat wanting more! The ending was great, the storyline was beyond phenomenonal and the overall book was spectacular! I'm working on my book club listing which will feature more books by Wendi! Awesome book!
Oct 24, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!! Literally just finished the book. So did not see the ending happening the way it did. Found a new favorite author that is for sure. Love hen I am freaked out and can not guess the ending.

Thought for sure that Rachel was going to have survived, also was so creaped out by h step brother
Mar 18, 2014 Gothika rated it really liked it
Really good book, I liked how it was written, the twist and the ending, a lot.
It gave the right quantity of suspense I was expecting.
Oct 02, 2015 Emma added it
I didn't even get to the second chapter. This book was a snooze. Too many unnecessary details that not only make the chapters longer then they should be but the whole book as well
Joanne Drozdowski
A Real Page Turner

If you like murder mysteries, consider reading "Don't Scream". Each chapter brings a new surprise and I promise you won't even guess who the killer is.
Aug 24, 2014 Liz rated it liked it
It was a great plot, but just seemed to drag on a little at the end.
Lisa Dunckley
Jan 18, 2017 Lisa Dunckley rated it really liked it
Ten years ago, Rachel Lorant accidently fell to her death. Her four sorority sisters make a pact to keep silent about it for fear that they will be arrested because they were all drinking and they weren't able to stop Rachel from falling. They figure in the morning her body will be found and people will think she was drinking alone and just fell. Except that in the morning, her body was gone. Now in the present, the four women are getting letters that seem to be from Rachel. Someone is stalking ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Nov 18, 2011 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it really liked it

"Don't Tell A Soul. . . In a remote, heavily wooded area near the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Rachel Lorant died on her birthday. But she didn't die alone. That night, her four sorority sisters make a solemn, trembling pledge. They will never reveal what has just happened in those woods--ever. Instead, they will take their terrible secret to their graves. . .

Don't Think About The Past. . .

Now, ten years later, their secret is coming back to haunt them as each receives a card in the mai
Mar 20, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing
Staub gets better and better with each book. This one kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing right to the end. Wow! What a read.

From back cover:

"Don't tell a soul...In a remote, heavily wooded area near the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Rachel Lorant died on her birthday. But she didn't die alone. That night, her four sorority sisters make a solemn, trembling pledge. They will never reveal what has just happened in those woods - ever. Instead, they will take their terrible secret to their gr
Aug 15, 2014 Tonya rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
The quote on the cover says, "If you like Mary Higgins Clark, you'll love Wendy Corsi Staub."
-Lisa Jackson

Well, I do love Mary Higgins Clark, especially her earlier novels! I "cut my 'reading' teeth" on her, so to speak. Through the years, I continued to read MHC's books, but my reading taste evolved a bit, partly because after years of MHC, she seemed to become more and more predictable. So, after seeing that quote, I was a little skeptical of this book... I am so glad I continued on anyway!!

Mar 08, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was ok
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Aug 19, 2016 Stan rated it did not like it
This book has an interesting plot, bu there are a lot of problems. There are too many relationship issues that have nothing to do with the basic plot. New settings with new characters start with a new paragraph. There is not even a space between paragraphs relating to different scenes. I don't know if this is deliberate by the author, or an editing problem with the kindle edition. Either way, extremely annoying. Every time I started to read a paragraph I had to think if this was a change in scen ...more
Nov 12, 2008 Alyson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gretchen
Recommended to Alyson by: Brett
this is a book about four sorority sisters who all shared a secret about another sister's death ten years earlier. one-by-one the women are killed on their thirtieth birthdays. which means someone knows their secret from the past and is out for revenge.
during my reading i kept coming up with suspects who all turned out to be innocent. (some detective i would be!) it had a twist ending, as murder mysteries usually do, and i was shocked at who dunnit!!
i was given this book a while back a
Nov 22, 2009 Suzanne rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ones who enjoy mystery/thrillers
I was gonna give this book 4 stars until I remembered that it was VERY SLOW in the beginning.

5 sorority sisters go to to celebrate one of their birthdays. Rachel gets very drunk and falls down a mountain to her death. The rest of the sisters leave her there and don't report it to the police. A few days later, Rachel is considered missing. Where did her body go????????

Fast forward 10 years. It's her thirtieth birthday and the rest of the sisters as well. Someone is killing them all on their birt
Dec 26, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, 3-09, 2010
It's been two years, since I last read a WCS novel. And they keep getting better. This one is set in Massachusetts, when four sorority sisters, ten years ago, watched their friend die and didn't do anything to save her. Ten years later, a targeted killer is after them to kill them on their birthday, one week at a time. Brynn, a stay at home mom who's wary of her husband who has a secret, Matilda, a famous socialite having an affair, Fiona, a single working mom and a crazed ex-husband, and Cassie ...more
Jul 08, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it
This was a good book. It seemed a little long at times, not because of any defect in the author's writing, but I hesitated picking it back up, knowing that it would feel rather dark and depressing until everything resolved itself in the end. Typical for a novel about a serial killer. But I always got sucked right back in. The writing was solid, and the characters were fleshed out. You not only got into the head of the main character Brynn, but other characters (including the killer) as well.
Kate Larkin
Aug 22, 2014 Kate Larkin rated it really liked it
Another masterpiece from Staub; me being a sorority girl myself, I completely relate to solemn paths (none of mine have to do with homicide of course) but I understood the aspects she discussed. My only criticism (and it may have been my Nook's fault) was the separation of points-of-view. It was a little sloppy; one minute it was Cassie and literally the very next sentence was Fee. Like I said, it might be technology's fault, I'm just putting it out there. Her descriptive characters are one of t ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
The book is a little long winded at times (particularly before the first kill), but I enjoyed it.
Before the first kill, the writing seemed very immature. It reminded me of how I wrote in middle school. After the kill, things seemed to get better, but maybe that was just because the stakes were raised.
The ending wasn't everything I hoped for. It was a bit strange and was rushed compared to how the rest of the book played out. It felt like her publishing company limited her pages and she ran out
Jun 12, 2015 Rhea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
One thing about Wendy Corsi Staub books is that they keep you guessing and "Don't Scream" was no exception! This book is filled with lots of characters, each well-developed and full of personality, whether you like them or not. Suspenseful and scary, this book takes you on an emotional ride of revenge. Having read over a dozen of this author's books, I may be familiar with her style, but I still end up wrong about who I think "did it" until close to the end. Wendy Corsi Staub is a master at tell ...more
Jenn Swanson
Nov 06, 2016 Jenn Swanson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ebook
This book took me quite awhile to read. While the story was good with lots of twists and turns it was still hard for me to follow. I read the e-book version and there was no breaking points to show that it was moving to another person or another's point of view. I found myself rereading certain paragraphs trying to comprehend what was going on. If I read the printed edition maybe I would have had a better experience reading this or maybe if the e-book was formatted better I could have enjoyed it ...more
Nov 04, 2016 Deedee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book.

I'm usually good at guessing "who done it", but this book had me fooled. Not guessing the killer was the best part of the book. Otherwise, it was slow in the beginning, but a decent read. I wish the main characters weren't so one dimensional. None of them had any redeeming qualities so I wasn't upset with their outcomes. Also, I would have liked a little more information about the killer (I can't say more without spoiling). I don't know....a little more character development would have
Stacey Goans
Mar 05, 2016 Stacey Goans rated it liked it
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Barbara McGrath
Jun 19, 2015 Barbara McGrath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't Scream

What can I say.
This was one of Wendy's great mystery suspense stories.
I can't think of any thing she has written that haven't just love.
There's just enough romance that doesn't make the story all sappy.
The mystery and suspense plots are written as though these things could and did happen.
Her conclusions are great cliff_hangers.
Read just one of her novels and you will be hooked.
You will be anxious to start another.
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New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five published novels and has sold more than four million books worldwide. Under her own name, Wendy achieved New York Times bestselling status with her single title psychological sus
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