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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...more
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Published January 30th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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♥Rachel♥
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...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
Parisa
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
Maerhys
I still new to review The Hunt but until then I am happy to say that I finally read Nick/Carina's book and I liked it quite a bit! It's nothing spectacular and there were a few moments of me face-palming, either at Brennan's morality statements or that no one said jack that letting Nick work on the investigation would give anyone indicted for the crimes an ace in the hole, but overall a good story. I didn't guess the killer, but since he wasn't actually intro'd until later, I feel more than okay...more
Joanne
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
Nath
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Angela Risner
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...more
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...more
laura m
Jun 03, 2013 laura m rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Samantha
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
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
Jennifer
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...more
T.M. Carper
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....more
Kathrynn
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...more
Bigd_041555
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...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.

Jay Jessmer
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 Patterson...as well as anyone who just likes a good old-fashioned action packed page turner. All of the elements were here with...more
Sandra Garza
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
Michelle
It was like the author realized two thirds of the way into the story that it was supposed to be ROMANTIC Suspense so threw in a sex scene or two and called it a day. Not a good suspense story, a horrible romance story... confused why this book is labeled as either or both...
Lizz
I love Allison Brennan's books and I'm working my way thru her entire catalog. Nothing like a good gory murder mystery with a dash of hot romance tossed into the mix. Good times!
Tara Kable
Another great read by Allison Brennan! I just love how she takes you in the killers head...and there was a cute little love story to boot! Be warned...this one is really graphic!
Dara
Suspense/Mystery with some romance. Good to the very end. I went to the library when I had about 40 pages left to read to get the next book in the series!
Ingo
Started April 13th, 2014.
Ending was like some of her other books, which should have warranted 1 star less, rather predictable and while I did not guess for sure who the killer would be, there where not enough twists for me.
But given the Serial Killer-Theme and some rather explicit and sadistic murder scenes including a look inside the mind of a serial killer (which would be a great idea for a book title, ups, but it is already taken...) I give 5 stars. Romance was ok, and not too long or too swe...more
Brenda
Never read a book by Brennan before, but this book got my eye sort of speak and I am always looking for a new author/series to get into. The content of this book was good, writing was top notch, details were explicit, got to see everything from the lead detective's POV, the sheriff and brother of the suspect's POV and lastly, but not least, the killer's POV. Unlike other books like it, this one almost made you feel sorry for the killer, notice I said almost. I don't care what happened to you as...more
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 4.75 // Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 3.0 / Romance: 3.5 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 5.0 // Laughter: 2 / Tears: 0

Allison Brennan: 5.0:
Allison Brennan's books are my cup of tea. I love her voice, the way she writes, the way she seamlessly weaves romance and suspense together in her books.

Speak No Evil: 4.75:
This book is not for the weak at heart, but for those who like their suspense to be on the lurid side with chilling descriptions of evil incarnate. The book started out a bit slow b...more
Pamela
This is the first Allison Brennan book I've read and it'll be my last.

Carina Kincaid is a detective who is investigating a string of murders. With the help of her partner, her prime suspect's brother, Nick, her two brothers who also happen to work for the SDPD, she links the murders to an on-line journal. Some readers might find the mystery/suspense portion unsettling due to the violent and graphic details. I wasn't bothered by it but what did bother me was that the details, while grisly, were c...more
Gina
As part of a trilogy, it was a great first book. The sense of evil, in the killer's mind and action, was enough to send chills down my spine. The things that he does ... 'unspeakable' is almost not good enough of a word to use to describe it. And in that he appears absolutely normal is even more disturbing.

I thought the sparks between Carina and Nick were almost perfect. You get the sense of their feelings and thoughts towards each other and understand them as well. Working together on the case...more
Roxann
From the cover: 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, Carina can’t make a collar or a case. She also can’t stop Sheriff Nick Thomas, the prime suspect’s brother, from conducting his own u...more
Francesco
Vote: 2,75
Class: L-C1 (FP)

I almost liked it: the plot is good, the characters are quite good too (Carina and all her family, Nick, the serial killer, ecc.); the writing is also good but...
BUT it was too crude, sometimes disgusting. Brennan gives too many detalis about the victims, describing the murders from the murderer point of view. It was disturbing and it wasn't really necessary and so I gave the book only two stars.
I don't think I'll read the sequel anytime soon.

La storia (3,00) è ben pe...more
Kaori
May 03, 2011 Kaori rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery, Suspense fans
If you're a fan of crime shows, this book is a must read. The whole story is fast paced, the characters solid, and a story that will make you want to read it in a night.

The sense of evil, and inside look of the killers mind, his actions, how he interacts with the other characters was enough for me to re-check my door locks and alarm system (LOL! I know right?). The killer was described and portrayed so evilly, that the phrase "unspeakable actions" takes a new meaning. What I found disturbing and...more
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