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Speak No Evil (Evil #1)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,978 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
Silence is deadly.

The murder of eighteen-year-old Angie Vance was exceptionally vile–her mouth was sealed with glue, an obscenity scrawledwas across her skin, and she was suffocated in a garbage bag. The killing seems personal, so police detective Carina Kincaid focuses her efforts on the victim’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steve Thomas. But without physical evidence, Carin
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Published January 30th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jun 18, 2015 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was good. Not a lot of my friends have read this one so I was going through some other Goodreads review.

One remarked ..."I am not giving this author 5 stars until she ditches her porn." Porn??? FFS, person, what fucking porn? There was one or two tasteful love scenes... Jaysus, she wouldn't want to be reading half the stuff I read if that offended her.

Maybe some folks just want a good old mystery/thriller but I do like a bit of romance in my books.

"You'll have to excuse her temper - sh
Apr 30, 2014 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
4/4.5 Stars

Speak No Evil was like one of the gritty, disturbing mysteries you find on Criminal Minds the TV series with a sizzling romance thrown in. It was addictive and I couldn’t stop listening, so I blew through this in no time, not able to wait for my commute times to continue.

Carina Kincaid is a homicide detective and has just caught a violent, disturbing murder case: a girl was found gagged and suffocated, wrapped in garbage bags with the name SLUT written on her chest. This murder has a
Jun 17, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it
A college girl's body is found on a San Diego beach wrapped in a garbage bag. Homicide Detective Carina Kincaid and her partner are investigating the murder, and their primary suspect is the victim's much older ex-boyfriend, Steve. Sheriff Nick Thomas from Montana comes to San Diego to offer his brother Steve help and support. The murder seems like the work of a serial killer. Nick has experience with this type of killer, since he himself was once held captive by a serial killer. He offers to he ...more
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
The story begins when an 18 year old, Angie Vance, is murdered, her mouth sealed with glue, an obscenity scrawled across her skin and to top it all off, she has been suffocated in a garbage bag. The killing seems personal, so Detective Carina Kincaid focuses her attention on the victim’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steve Thomas. Unfortunately, without any physical evidence, Carina is unable to make a collar or a case. Enter Nick Thomas, the prime suspect’s brother, whom Carina is unable to stop fro ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Nath rated it it was ok
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Jan 07, 2009 Parisa rated it it was amazing
Thriller writers have always amazed me. How the heck can they write a villain so well? A serial killer. How do they come up with the ways their fictional victims will get killed? It always seemed so odd to me--how could a regular person get in the mindset of a killer without going crazy? But it's possible. And it's amazing. Allison Brennan is one of those authors who knows exactly how to write a villain. Her villains are brutal, grotesque in their methods, and yet they keep you wanting to read, ...more
Terri Lynn
I really like this author. I know I am reading the books out of order but I began with a latter book and am trying to read them as I can get them now. In this book, I am meeting yet another of the huge Kincaid family, all involved in law enforcement somehow (their dad is retired military) as police detectives, cybercrimes experts, forensic psychiatrists, mercenary (against evil people), etc. Carina is a police detective in San Diego where most of her family live and she gets the case of a young ...more
laura m
Jun 03, 2013 laura m rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: american crime fiction fans
I am not giving this author 5 stars until she ditches her porn.
apart from that, this is such an improvement from her first book, it was enjoyment to read. Ok, I wasn't so thrilled about the identity of the killer and some of his final remarks which were left totally unexplained but otherwise it was really rather fun.
the start was a bit more promising that further developments but oh well.
it was nice to see Sheriff Thomas back in action although I have two objections - he was sooo head over heel
Apr 20, 2010 Joanne rated it really liked it
This book was part of a “book club” obtained from a co-worker (also included others from the series by this author which I never read before). Despite the gruesome topic of murdered girls in the San Diego area sought by an online predator, I really enjoyed the book; it kept my interest and I thought it would make a great movie – the kind that kept you on the edge of your seat! The victims varied in their purity and the killer enjoyed the thrill of hunting and hurting them with his signature gag ...more
Ruth Turner
I enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for well-written stories about serial killers.

I liked the characters, although I found Carina to be a bit painful during the love scenes. "Dream of me tonight"...."Did you dream of me last night?" *eyeroll* I ended up skipping through them.

The murder scenes didn't bother me as they did with some readers. I have a blood thirsty nature although not a romantic one apparently.

All in all it was a good read.

Angela Risner
Sep 26, 2012 Angela Risner rated it really liked it
I found Allison Brennan through a Kindle deal for one of her Lucy Kincaid books and was immediately hooked. I have basically bought each book twice, as I downloaded them for my Kindle and bought them in hard copy for my 80 year old mother.

Speak No Evil introduces us to the Kincaid family, who will figure in all three books of this particular trilogy as well as the five (and counting?) books of the Lucy Kincaid series. This book features Carina Kincaid, a police detective. Carina is investigatin
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
**Synopsis** Silence is deadly.

The murder of eighteen-year-old Angie Vance was exceptionally vile - her mouth was sealed with glue, an obscenity scrawled was across her skin, and she was suffocated in a garbage bag. The killing seems personal, so police detective Carina Kincaid focuses her efforts on the victim's much older ex-boyfriend, Steve Thomas. But without physical evidence, Carina can't make a collar or a case. She also can't stop Sheriff Nick Thomas, the prime suspect's brother, from co
Sep 16, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Allison Brennan and it will not be my last. It had all the elements I love in a romantic suspense book - hot romance, great plot and a mystery that keeps you guessing to the end.

Angie, An 18 year old girl is found brutally murdered. She had an online erotic journal (aka facebook)and her killer could be one of many men she had sex with and wrote about. Detective Carina Kincaid focuses on Steve, the victim's much older ex-boyfriend, due to a restraining order she filed aga
Dec 19, 2007 Samantha rated it really liked it
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed it. I loved all the characters and got involved with them. One of the main characters is from Ms. Brennen's last trilogy, The Kill. You don't have to read that book in order to understand this book but it will help you understand some of the back story. I know some of the other reviewers found that Ms. Brennen's descriptions were gory but I felt that it was tastefully done and that it added to the story. I enjoyed the insight of Dillion ...more
Silver James
Jun 19, 2013 Silver James rated it it was amazing
Speak No Evil is the first book in Allison Brennan's No Evil trilogy. She pulls characters from previous books and gives them their own stories in what is essentially a stand-along entry into a long running "series of series." Brennan is a master at ramping up the tension and the action. With a multitude of suspects, horrific crimes, and the growing attraction between the lead detective and the Montana sheriff in town to prove his brother's innocence, this is a book for suspense and romantic sus ...more
Feb 01, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Alison Brennan and I really enjoyed it. Another great female protagonist, Carina Kincaid is a detective in San Diego investigating the murder of a young girl - found in garbage bags on the beach, naked with her mouth glued shut. The book goes back and forth between Carina's point-of-view, Nick's (a sheriff from Montana whose brother is the prime suspect), and the murderer's, so the reader gets some different perspectives.

I love a good mystery / thriller, and t
T.M. Carper
Aug 05, 2011 T.M. Carper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Another awesome thriller by Brennan. It's the first book in her "Evil" trilogy and it brings back Nick Thomas from her previous trilogy (he appeared in "The Hunt"). I think Carina Kincaid's partner appears again in her next trilogy in "Killing Fear".

The murders are gruesome, the suspense keeps you flipping pages, and the characters have you rooting for them. It also keeps you guessing the killer's identity until the end.

It has a bit of romance, but it's a thriller at heart, not a bodice ripper.
Dec 08, 2007 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing
This is book #1 of a trilogy. I do not believe this series needs to be read in order. The characters may be mentioned or have minor roles in later books, but the stories in each are totally unrelated and all good suspense reads.

I'm just starting this author's newest book, "Killing Fear" and see that Carina Kincaid is the main character's partner in it and, so far, she kissed Nick Thomas, but that's been the extent of the overlapping.

This book is graphic and may not be for all. I found it to be r
Jul 21, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
Swift-moving San Diego cop/Montana sheriff story. I enjoyed the Carina-Nick dynamics, and look forward to the second in the series.
Mar 31, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wom-2015
San Diego Detective Carina Kincaid works to solve a serial rapist/murderer case and falls in love with the brother of a suspect.
Jun 23, 2014 Bigd_041555 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read - what a twisted, serial killer lurks in these pages. We meet a few of the Kincaid family in this book and hear about Lucy, but haven't met her yet.

I will post a bit of a spoiler here - the serial killer is quite intent on not letting any sound come from his prey - he glues their mouths shut amongst other things!

And yes, Kjen there is some romance in this book - a nice build up to it actually - none of that angst-like thing that sometimes (or should I say most times) happens, and
May 21, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it
While there are some things to like about this novel, my overall impression is that it is formulaic, unoriginal, and not as well-written as I would like. The author is, according to her book-cover bio, a member of the Romance Writers of America, and her experience in this genre shows in her work. The romance between the protagonist and the rugged sheriff from out of town is fine as it goes, but this purports to be a crime novel and I find it somewhat unlikely and entirely repulsive that Brennan ...more
Aug 06, 2015 SandraM rated it it was amazing
Shelves: allison-brennan
I am not very good at doing reviews but this is the first book I have read by this author and I think it was awesome. Great story and details to the crimes. Tons of suspense that kept you hanging on and a little romance worked in. I will be looking forward to reading many more of her books. I've finally found an author not afraid to give details to crimes without it being overly gruesome. I have read a lot of books and so many don't match up to this one!
Sep 04, 2010 Keri rated it really liked it
We met Nick in The Hunt and since I couldn't wait, I went ahead and read his book. The suspense really takes up most of this book, with Nick and Carina's romance taking a backseat. There were some sweet moments between the two, but they weren't drawn out or particularly descriptive. I would compare this book to Tami Hoag's work. Because the suspense was well done I thought I will give it the 4 stars, but it gets two stars for the romance.
Jay Jessmer
May 27, 2014 Jay Jessmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hell yeah!! If the next 2 books in this trilogy are as good as this one was, this will go down as one of my favorites. Murder/mystery/thriller the way it should be. Fast-paced, keep you guessing, excellent characters that are easy to relate to and snappy dialogue kept this one rolling right along for me.
A twisting ride that will satisfy fans of Sandford, Stewart and well as anyone who just likes a good old-fashioned action packed page turner. All of the elements were here with
Sandra Garza
Jan 28, 2014 Sandra Garza rated it really liked it
when a 18 year old girl named jane is murdered carina is given the case to investigate, but little did she know getting involved would result in new and shocking discoveries. With the victims ex-boyfriend being the main suspect Carina might be looking in the wrong direction.The ones that seem innocent and least likely to murder someone are the ones Carina should keep a close eye on. With many confusing clues and such little time Caring must hurry and find the killer before he strikes again. Not ...more
Sep 30, 2015 Rhea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This was my first Allison Brennan book which I bought because it was on sale. I loved it!! The writing is smart, suspenseful and realistic. The characters are well-developed and easy to relate to. The plot was well-written, complex and never felt forced. There is graphic violence and sexual violence but it does fit in with the story and does not feel gratuitous. I really loved the characters of Nick and Carina. It's also great that even though the book had an inevitable romance, it didn't lessen ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Rylie rated it liked it
This was an awesome book and I read a review by a precious reader who thought that there was no romance leading up to when Nice and Carina spent the night together but I thought that they were attracted for the start! They were thinking about each other all the time and they actually talked to each other. I hate it when in a book the two main characters look at each other and fall in lust and before they even connect on a talking level they are in bed together. I like it when characters spend ti ...more
Merrilyn McGloin
Evil Book 1

Super suspense, characters and plot! Allison Brennan knows how to write a tight, well crafted mystery with just the right amount of romance added to make it delicious!
San Diego Detective Carina and Montana Sheriff Nick are in a race against time to stop a bizarre serial killer before he sticks again. In the beginning Nicks brother Steve is a prime suspect which is what brought Nick to California. As things rapidly escalate and the body count rises Nick works along side the SDPD to fi
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Allison Brennan is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than two dozen thrillers and romantic suspense and many short stories. RT Book Reviews calls Allison “a master of suspense” and her books “haunting,” “mesmerizing,” “pulse-pounding” and “emotionally complex.” RT also said that "The Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan books are getting better and better!" and they gave BEST LAID ...more
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