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Speak No Evil (No Evil Trilogy #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  5,685 Ratings  ·  249 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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Feb 05, 2014 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
Jun 18, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I finished this book a few days back and have been lazy in getting back here to review it.

While I can't say I absolutely loved it, I will say I liked it enough that I will be getting back to this author to give another one of her books a go. In the end it gets thumbs up from me.

If you enjoy Romantic Suspense then I’d surely recommend this one to you. The plot drew me in right from the beginning and I found the hero and heroine very likable. Actually, Nick was lovable.

As Mo said in her review;
Apr 24, 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 07, 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
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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
Sep 26, 2016 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
A really good and strong RS!

The craziness of the killer is rendered really well, even if through some very disturbing descriptions of the actual crimes... They're really not for the faint of heart! So be aware if you read this book!

I love it though! It's interesting, full of red herrings and alsmot until the very end you don't susspect who the culprit is! I appreciate this in my RS!

I also enjoyed the explosive hotness of Nick and Carina! Where Carina is very open about her desires, Nick is much
Apr 01, 2012 Nath rated it it was ok
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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
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
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
laura m
May 16, 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.

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.
Feb 28, 2011 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-romance
**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
The characters seem somewhat superficial. Detective Kincaid is portrayed as competent, of course, and marked by a family tragedy that later pulled her into police work. Brief references inform the reader about how the tragedy still influences Kincaid's interactions with both victims and perpetrators. That all seems to work with the story. But when Kincaid's inner thoughts begin to register how sexy and desirable Sheriff Thomas is, it feels contrived. Such thoughts jump out of the story, effectiv ...more
Dec 31, 2016 TeriC rated it really liked it
I am really liking this author. Onto book 3!
3.5 Sterne
Aug 06, 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 18, 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
Apr 18, 2013 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
Jan 31, 2013 Diane 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
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
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 25, 2014 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!
emilee ashline
Aug 20, 2016 emilee ashline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

I really enjoyed this book. It makes you think twice about who you talk to on the internet. This book deserved give stars in my opinion because it was well written and the characters were incredible. I highly suggest this book to anyone who loves the murder mystery genre
This didn't work very well as a romance for me. Carina was a bit too cold and I never really felt like I connected with her at all. Nick's character was great. The story was good. The author did an excellent job of getting into the head of the killer and keeping us guessing at who dunnit.
Jun 10, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it
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...
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes that life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year.

Allison has penned more than two dozen thrillers 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 Lu
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