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Screaming in the Silence

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,762 ratings  ·  251 reviews
Running away from a complicated life, Raleigh finds herself plunged into a nightmare. While hitchhiking across the country, she and her companion are struck by a car. Her friend is killed but Raleigh survives and her life is thrown into the hands of the three men involved in the accident. Bruised and in shock, Raleigh is locked in the basement of their remote country house...more
Kindle Edition, 1, 320 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by WorldMaker Media (first published October 14th 2010)
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Note: The book blurb is horrible, misleading, and does more harm than good. The story is much more complex than it implies. I think the only reason that I was able to like this book is because the author does not let anyone off the hook, nor does she try to convince us to do so. The rape is rape; that is not forgotten at any point.

I feel very morally conflicted. Honestly, I'm not sure what to write. I stumbled across this book by accident—only one of my GR friends (currently) has this book on he...more

I didn't understand what had happened to me. Kaden had hurt me, upset me, driven me to my breaking point yet I still needed him. I needed him to help me work through my anger, needed him to hold me as I found the strength to forgive him, needed him to be by my side when I wanted to touch him again.

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When deaf Raleigh is kidnapped by three men, she finds solace with one of her captors. Kaden is her tormentor, her captor who becomes her protector, her friend, her lover. Being held cap...more
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★★★★! Screaming in the Silence (Stand-alone). The provoking story of Raleigh, who is deaf, on the run from family obligations when kidnapped by three men. Kaden intrigues & frightens her. But the odds are against them!

“But the second I saw you, I didn't see how scared you were, I didn't see how much pain you were in, I just saw something I needed.”

Screaming in the Silence opens up with Raleigh Winters, and recent PhD graduate waking up after been struck by a car. Three men debate her...more
Sep 21, 2011 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jill by: Juliana

The blurb pretty much put me off reading this book. From it I gathered that this was a story about a group of young men who kidnap and rape a woman. That she is abused and raped repeatedly and that she falls in love with one of her rapists. Either the blurb was unclear or I misinterpreted it. The book's summary could have been clearer though, written without ambiguity. To my mind it lost the book some credibility.

The story tackles a very disturbing conundrum. Can a woman ever come to love a man...more
Running away from a complicated life, Raleigh finds herself plunged into a nightmare
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Raleigh is kidnapped, and locked in the basement by her three captives in their remote country house, unsure of her fate. Kaden, one of her captors, hw is handsome and at times protective, and he convinces his friends to spare Raleigh’s life to ransom her.
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But the safety he provides is only from his friends, and Raleigh must face his sinister intentions. Agreeing to become his lo
Raleigh accepted Kaden way too fast for my taste. She was kidnapped, dammit, she wasn't supposed to fall into her abductor's bed so easily.

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Hate it! Could not bear to finish it.
Just...just wow...

I picked this book because I enjoyed [if that's even close to the correct word] The Dark Duet & Consequences series and Killing Sarai. Bad guy -- innocent gal -- wrongful abduction -- and all the stuff that gets crazy in the middle, before she turns the tables -- and HE becomes the vulnerable one.

Yeah, and THIS works too...

...with a HEA...☺


"Every touch should be gentle, Raliegh, every scream be one of pleasure, eve...more
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Caution – what follows might be a tad spoilery.

I think I didn’t move for the last third of this book. I was so engrossed and I was so desperate to know the final outcome that I curled up with the cat and just couldn’t put it down. When I finally finished it, I must have said something out loud sharply because the cat jumped up and looked at me in shock!!

Because, this is a little different from the captive/abduction stories I’ve read in the past. For a start, the abduction is opportunist – it’s n...more
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.5 Stars

I wasn’t thinking about what had just happened, how I had been taken without my consent, how the pleasure I experienced was more humiliating than the act itself. No. I was only feeling abandoned.

When I picked up this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Sure, I read the description and a few reviews, but I wanted to form my own conclusions. I’ve always found stories involving captor/captive relationships fascinating. How do you know if what you feel is truly love, or if it was just a su...more
( NOTE : The book blurb is horrible, misleading, and does more harm than good. The story is much more complex than it implies. )

What I wanted: - I would have preferred the story to focus mainly on her desperate need to survive and therefore doing anything and everything necessary to keep Kaden happy. Having her fall in love with him, and more to the point STAYING in love with him even after she knows the truth about everything, pushing the story into fairy tale land for me.

Reality/The Book: -...more
Spoiler Whore but you can call me Amanda
4.5 stars

Some may hate, some may love the story. I was the one who loved.

A story about a girl who runs away from her life to be kidnapped and other things(read to find out for yourself) and to finally forgive for the things she endured with her kidnappers.

Raleigh is a rich girl whose Daddy is a Senator and wants to escape from that life. While hitchiking with a friend she made along the way, she is struck by a car. Her friend instantly dies and she is taken by three men. One of the men(Ray) wan...more
Aure   `Reading With The Dark`

4 strong Stars!

Ok, so I've just finished reading this .. and first thing I did was to take a deep breath.
My anxiety was through the roof nearing the end of this book, so I peeked to see how will it end, not much, just took a glanced at few words.. And what I saw disappointed me. I was expecting the ending would be totally different. Cause at one point, reading this book I thought, shit.. another fairytale with the happy ending. Where no matter what goes down, in the end everyone will be happy. B...more
Wow- what a book. Were it not for readers' clarification, I would not have read it, and would have missed out on a great book. The story is suspense-filled and compelling. GREAT PLOT!

It is intense and far more of a drama/crime/suspense than a romance. That being said, it is a complex, compelling story which kept my attention.

Some parts of this book step away from my usual favorite genres, but it's good to mix it up every now and again. There is violence and rape, but they are not gratuitous and...more
Dear God, this is one f**ked up book! Too bad that I'm sucker for all kinds of kinkyness... ;) First, I thought I'd be disgusted - well, I still think it's wierd and twisted, but I kinda like it.
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars

Is it crazy and twisted that I rooted for an HEA to this story? I know there is a number of you out there that did as well - a tell that Lydia Kelly hit on something with Screaming in the Silence. Kelly delivers a study in captivity, Stockholm Syndrome, moral ambiguity and atonement in this - not quite a romance, kidnapping tale.

Weary of a dark story of a captive, I was relieved to find that Kelly added interest to this unsavory theme with a couple of unexpected device...more
Zemira Warner
Nov 06, 2011 Zemira Warner rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of more intense contemporary romance
Screaming in the Silence is a tricky book. It does have some awful things like kidnapping,murder and rape but at the same time Lydia Kelly makes us like the 'bad guy' Kaden,who falls in love with 'deaf girl' Raleigh,his victim.

This book is not erotica,more like contemporary romance. So please if you are looking for some kinky stuff move on to Selena Kitt. She is the author for you.

Now is the part where you get this stunned expression on your face-I like it. Very much. Not the rape,just the sto...more
I have to be honest when I stumbled upon this book in Goodreads I was more than a little put off by its synopsis. It's tagline is "Could you fall in love with the man who kidnapped and raped you?" My automatic first reaction was heck no! And my second was to question how a reader could be left understanding how this happens at the end of the book. My curiosity won and i had to buy it. From page one I was hooked and didnt put this book down until I finished it. Kelly is a gifted writer and she wo...more
3.5 to 4 stars...(but mostly 4 stars)

This is one of those books that leave me confused and with conflicting emotions. In a good way? Yes and no.
The topics are very difficult to diggest. Murder, kidnapping and rape are difficult things to write about and the book is not sugar coating them.The boo is very upfront and easy to read. The thing is, I've read a couple "non-consentual" books and this one felt a little different, why? Because the other books where "non-con" and this one was NON-CON. Rale...more
This book is
Not about erotic romance
Not about true love
Not really about Stockholm Syndrome

It is about
Making decision and taking responsibility
Making the wrong choices and having courage to live with the consequences of deadly actions.

Raleigh was deaf. She was strong-willed. She was kidnapped and
(view spoiler) Kaden was not a career criminal and he didn't have dark past. The well-cr...more
This book was recommended to me by a friend, so I went into it with an open mind. Had I read the blurb and believed that this was simply a story of a girl falling in love with one of her rapists, I don't think I would have chosen to read it. Unfortunately, the plot did not speak to me at all. I could not understand how the heroine Raleigh could fall for someone who fluctuated between sadistic abuser/gentle lover. Kaden's character stretched the limits of plausibility for me. Frankly, he seemed j...more
Aanya {where is my alpha}
4.5 stars!!

wow i really do not for the life of me understand how to explain exactly how i feel right now...

i've read books like this before, dark, intense , angsty, stokholm syndrome.. and every one of them left me in the exact same state as i am now. but this one has left more so confused and undecided..but i still loved the book.

can you seriously control who you fall for?
can you forgive a person who hurt you so bad (physically and emotionally) and still love them with all your heart?
can you mo...more
I am not sure how I came across this book but I am glad that I did. This is not a heartwarming romance novel by any means and it advocates concepts of murder, kidnapping, and rape that are abhorrent. Despite all of that, Kaden, one of Raleigh's captors ends up falling in love with her and wanting her for himself. Raleigh sees Kaden as protection, support, and eventually someone who comforts her more than anyone else even in her life before being kidnapped. She does eventually fall in love with h...more
I will start by saying I was extremely nervous to read this book. From the synopsis, I figured it was going to be a very dark read like the Dark Duet. I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong. Don't get me wrong this is a dark read on a disturbing subject and there are some scenes that are difficult to read about, but I have to say I handled this book much better then I did the Dark Duet. I think the synopsis really doesn't do this book justice and might scare people out of reading it. I will...more
Rebecca ♥ Kishan & Warner ♥
Nov 05, 2013 Rebecca ♥ Kishan & Warner ♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in stories with Stockholm and abuse but not erotica or BDSM.
A video version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven

"All you care about is the control and power..."

At the very beginning of this story, Raleigh wakes up in the trunk of a car next to her friend's body. They were hit by a drunk driver who, along with two others, put them in the trunk of their car to dispose of the bodies, not realizing she was still alive. Once they realize she is still alive they lock her in their basement while they try to figure out what to do with her. Kad...more
It’s been some hours, and yet I still feel like I need more time to digest what I just read. I’m gobsmacked…that’s the only word I could think to use to even come close to the real emotion. Overall, the book was well written and kept my attention. But settle down folks, this rant is going to be a long one.

I had an extremely hard time feeling any sympathy for Raleigh in the beginning, and though I eventually softened towards her, I was back to being barely able to tolerate her by the end of it. T...more
Jan 10, 2013 D rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
this is one of Those Books -- the ones you read but are sheepish to acknowledge, outside of your e-reader library, certainly on a forum as public as Goodreads. as is always the case, Those Books take on seriously controversial subjects (maybe domestic violence or rape or REALLY hardcore BDSM), but the reviews are good, some maybe even REALLY good, and trusted sources urge you to not let the premise scare you away.

soooo, you buy it. maybe, you tell yourself, it'll be akin to a Lolita experience...more
Elizabeth (Perusing Princesses)
ok... i let this story settle in my head for a few days... i needed some time to digest it...

NOT because it isn't a really good story... but because i couldn't wrap my head around all the negative reviews...

i am the first to respect everyones opinions... what everyone feels is valid...

for me... this story was about some very dark disturbing subject matter... hit and run... disposing of a body... kidnapping... and yes... abuse and rape... but for me it was not presented in such a horribly dark ma...more
Tracey Garvis-Graves
Very thought provoking, fast-paced book that was hard to put down.
Maybe I didn't see what everyone else saw in the book. I wasn't quite as drawn into the characters as everyone else seemed to be. I thought it was odd that a 27 year old felt such a need to escape from her dad. I guess I think that by that point you should be living your own life. Maybe it would have worked better for me if she'd been 23 or something.

He just seemed weak or maybe poorly drawn. What the devil could have convinced a man who had had the upbringing he did, who seemed to have always l...more
I want to give this book 4.5 stars because I really do like this book, but there were things that kept me from giving it the full 5, like the end (see last paragraph).

I actually finished this book a few hours ago and wasn't exactly sure what I thought about it, so I decided to step away from it and let it sink in before I decided to review it. Overall, I really liked the book, but I guess because of the nature it was written, I kind of feel guilty for liking it. Strangely, I would almost classif...more
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“If a tree falls in the forest when no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?
If I scream in the silence, will anyone be around to hear it?”
“All you care about is the control and power you have over me and I hate myself for giving that to you!” 6 likes
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