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What She Never Said (Santa Barbara Suspense #2)

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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  26 reviews
People are dying at a luxury retirement community . . . and not from natural causes.

Ruth Mosby is the VP of operations at Serenity Acres, where the privileged elite go to die. For a hefty fee, wealthy retirees can live the good life in this posh Santa Barbara community—even after they outlive their money. Ruth thinks this is a fine arrangement, but the savvy new boss has a
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Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Cynthia Hamilton
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read two books now by author Catharine Riggs, “What She Gave Away” and her latest, “What She Never Said.” In both novels, she exhibits a real talent for creating characters with deep-seated quirks and foibles, some with serious personality disorders. But it’s what she does with her characters after presenting their flaws that make both books so compelling. By degrees, she reveals events in their pasts that have shaped the way they barge or bumble through life, pasts that hold mistakes and p ...more
Ashley Dyer
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is the spike in deaths of destitute residents at the elite retirement complex of Serenity Acres a sad coincidence, or the work of an Angel of Death? This is just one of the many mysteries shrouding the lives—and deaths—of staff and residents at the facility.

Ruth Mosby is the VP of Operations at Serenity, and she draws her neighbour, Zach—an ex-cop, recovering alcoholic, and now security guard—into a risky investigation. Ruth’s defensive self-aggrandizement and self-justification set her up as an
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Debra
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5, rounded down to three. I have been to Santa Barbara once, but my husband was born there and has a special love in his heart for it. I think the tv show 'Psych' has shaped the way I think of Santa Barbara though, which might not be the best representation of it. ;) I don't know if I would want to return to this world of Santa Barbara, but it was fun how the author used the setting of the city as a large part of the story (I think my favorite part of the whole book was a short introduction to ...more
Naomi Lewis
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley an Catharine Riggs in exchange for an honest review.

"You see, we all have our regrets. Our wounds. What matter is how we live today".

This story is told from two perspectives, Ruth and Zach. Both have lost their way personally and professionally and share a dark secret. Around them, resident at the assisted living community where they work are dying. Are they being helped to make a choice to end their lives or is there something more sinister happen
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Louise Pledge
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Most of the story takes place at Serenity Acres, a retirement home for wealthy seniors. Ruth has been a vice president there for years (a rather, stiff, unpopular one). she gets her next-door neighbor a job there as a security guard and her son a job in the kitchen. When people start dying left and right, all three of them become involved (and not in a good way). If they don't find some answers on their own, they could all go to jail. I enjoyed it sufficiently enough to read in one sitting, but ...more
Erika Manset
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC. I loved C. Riggs' first book, "What She Gave Away" and I could not wait to read her second novel, "What She Never Said". I was not disappointed. The story drew me in from the first chapter and kept me captive throughout the book. The characters were well developed and the story line was fascinating and suspenseful. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading other stories from this author.
Laura Leighty
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great characters, twisted and suspenseful.....another winner for sure! OMG - the description of the places were wonderful and I felt like I was right there! Think I'll read it again in a few days just so I can enjoy and admire the details but it was a delightful read and very entertaining!
Jane G
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feeling very fortunate to have received an AC of the latest in Riggs’ Santa Barbara series.
Thoroughly enjoyed the complex characters as well as the twists and turns in the plot. Now looking forward to the next in the series!
Alejandra
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC for my honest review. I had struggle with this novel and to be honest I just thought it was too slow and just did not hold my attention well. I love mysteries and multiple POVs but this one just took too long to get into.
Darren
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got this as a arc e book from net galley for my i pad. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. It is my first book read by this author. I hope to read more books by this author.
Melissa
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
What She Never Said alternates between two narrators, Ruth and Zach, to tell the story of the murders
Ileana Mazzurco
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Full of twists and very entertaining. Highly recommend and looking forward to reading more from this author
Tracy Cavanah
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruth Mosby is the VP of operations at Serenity Acres, where the privileged elite go to die. For a hefty fee, wealthy retirees can live the good life in this posh Santa Barbara community—even after they outlive their money. Ruth thinks this is a fine arrangement, but the savvy new boss has a new rule: if you can’t pay, you can’t stay.

Ruth is deeply disturbed when destitute residents start dying at an alarming rate, as if on cue. Even more troubling, a macabre note accompanies each departed guest.
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Rhonda Hendrick
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruth Mosby is the VP of Operations at a luxury retirement community. Ruth is very strict and doesn’t like it when rules aren’t followed. So when the retirement home is sold to a new company, things don’t sit well with Ruth. The new company wants destitute residents out. There have been residents dying under unusual conditions and someone called the “Angel” is responsible. Some of these deaths seem to be assisted suicide when there is evidence of a “club” of elderly residents who want to decide w ...more
Shkolnikjx
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent thriller! Kudos to the writer for bringing the characters to life, and for making the plot so fascinating. I enjoyed the book very much and woul love to read more by this talented author.
Lilly
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book deals with a serious issue that is ripped from current head lines.
It deals with a nurse in an elderly home who helps the residents cross over.
This is a thought provoking read about assisting suicide and its implications morally, legally and psychologically.

This isn't an easy read but it held my attention through out and I think it will stay with me for sometime.
Thanks Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an ARC in exchange for a honest opinion.
Jill Burgin
More of a mystery then thriller. Not an author I’m familiar with but would certainly read another of her novels. Fast read,, easy read.
Nina Harrington
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The basic storyline for this thriller has been used many times before, If you love character driven suspense, then this is the crime novel for you.
Ruth and Zachary have real heart in a world where power and authority are taken away from those who are at their most vulnerable.
This is a page tuning read which builds to a thrilling finale.
Recommended.,
Morgan Schulman
I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review

This book was good enough for what it was, but it didn’t really suck me in. I found the characters fairly flat with the exception of the angel – he could’ve had the whole book. The story itself was unusual and well-crafted. 3.5 rounded down
Melissa
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What She Never Said alternates between two narrators, Ruth and Zach, to tell the story of the murders (assisted suicides) of residents in an assisted care facility. In the beginning, it was very difficult to appreciate Ruth. She is rigid, judgmental, and holier-than-thou. It is difficult to adjust to. Zach is far more accepting than others, but he hears the voice of his dead wife, so he is obviously not emotionally stable. As the novel progresses, though, the story moves beyond what is happening ...more
Karin Carlson
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this book and I almost did. It's very well written and the mystery at the core of this book (seniors being murdered at a retirement home) is tightly crafted but the two main characters, Ruth and Zach, just didn't quite ring true for me and I had a hard time getting to like them or to believe their narrative. Aside from that though this book held my interest until the end. If you can get to appreciate the pair I think you will enjoy this story. Thank you NetGalley for the advance ...more
Janice Lombardo
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruth works as a director at Serenity Acres - a "life care community" in Santa Barbara, California. Ruth is cold and can be uncaring to her employees...and they know it.

A patient with terminal bone cancer is assisted in dying by an "Angel" who keeps a Crossing Journal of all those (7 so far) who have passed on with his/her help. A common thread seems to be a pink post-it with the patient's name and a date & time. And what is the Goodnight Club?

Sarah and her children, Adam & Alice have str
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P.J. Vernon
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Jun 02, 2019
Marsha Lambert
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well developed characters with the story being told from the point of view of the two main characters, Ruth and Zach.. A retirement home has a string of unexplained deaths and it seems as if there is more to this than meets the eye.. Its all about secrets and the biggest one of all may be the one that Ruth and Zach share.. The decriptiveness in this story is great. It felt so real.
Rachelle
Apr 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC for my honest review.

I had a really hard time with this one. It was very slow and just did not hold my attention. I do not like to DNF a book but I was not able to finish it.
Laurie Tell
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm conflicted about this book.

The good. It was a well written, engrossing read. It was also thought provoking, and made me stop and reflect. I really got involved in the lives of The characters and wanted to know what was going on.

The bad. I just didn't like Ruth, the main character. And I need to like the protagonist to truly enjoy a book. (I'm kind of superficial like that).

Overall, a very enjoyable read. Thank you to net galley for the advance read.
Natalya Spraggon
Ruth and Zach are such relatable loveable characters. An easy story to follow and a nice light read. However, for me this book was predictable, with all the best bits happening in the last 10%. Because of this i have rated it down, as i was starting to become disinterested. However, I did enjoy the relationship between the two main characters and the way the book was written and set out.
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