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What She Never Said

(Santa Barbara Suspense #2)

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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  78 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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Paperback, 362 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Liz
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve got two elderly parents in a retirement community, so I spend a lot of time there. Thus, I was interested in a murder mystery dealing with a retirement community. The book starts with the concept of an “angel of death”, someone helping the elderly on their way in exchange for telling a secret. But the real story seems to be about Ruth, the VP of Operations at Serenity Acres. She’s an odd one, a real stickler for rules. She’s not an easy character to like, even though she’s very sympathetic ...more
Louise Wilson
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cynthia Hamilton
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
Shalini
The story had a deadly premise, an Angel who helped the elderly at the nursing home to hasten their deaths. Ruth, the VP of Operations at Silent Acres soon realized that the deaths were not normal. She called in Zach, her abrasive neighbor and retired detective. Together they investigated.

My first book by Catharine Riggs, I was quite enthralled by the story, having read such medical thrillers before. Where this book varied was in characters. I liked that the author took an out of the normal way
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BookGypsy
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first read from this author. I enjoyed the book and the writing keep me glued to find out what happens. Serenity Acres is a retirement home for the wealthy in Santa Barbara. Ruth Mosby is the VP of Operations. When a new company buys Serenity things change. If you can't pay, you can't stay. When the residents start dying one after another it alarms Ruth. Along with all the talk from other residents about an angel. An Angel of Death or is mercy. Ruth asks her neighbor Zach, an ex detec ...more
Lori Enterline
I just finished this latest thriller by Catharine Riggs, and I really enjoyed it! The first part of the book, and the characterization of Ruth, was four to five stars in my opinion. The second part of the book, and especially the end, wasn’t quite as strong, so I landed on three stars.

Ruth Mosby is the VP of operations at a retirement home for the wealthy in Santa Barbara. After working there for there for decades, she finds herself struggling to keep her job and her calm as new corporate manag
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amanda
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book.
The premise is that there is an angel of death roaming around a retirement home killing off residents who are close to death. It’s straight forward and fascinating but unfortunately this book just isn’t that good.
It’s a shame because the characters are some of the most I’ve ever read and I loved to hate them.
The reveal of the killer and the climax are lackluster and the end is laughable and not in a good way.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy of th
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Ashley Dyer
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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Cheryl
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read the first book by this author but I do want to check it out. Having said that, this book can be read as a stand alone novel.

When it came to characters, I really like the voice of "the Angel". I got the Angel's reason for playing "God". In fact, I did not blame the Angel for what he did. I just wished that the Angel's voice was more prominent in the book. It was meant to not be this way as a way to keep mystery surrounding who the Angel is.

When it came to Ruth; I was not such a
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Cristine (cristinethebookqueen) Paquette
3.5 stars!

When people start dying at a suddenly alarming rate at the retirement community where Ruth works, she convinces her long time friend/neighbor/ex-cop to help her investigate if the deaths are actually from old age.

Thankfully for me, I didn't have to read the first book in this series since I accidentally picked up the second one before the first. The real story doesn't start to get juicy until about half way through the book but once it does, its fast paced and has all the elements of
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Brooklynne
Please read my full review of this book on my blog Lost In Literature

Never have I read a book so much where I spent the first third of the book wishing the murderer would kill the main character. Ruth is the single most unlikeable rule stickler annoying bitchy tattle tale I have ever read. Within the first chapter, she has called the council about someone’s fence being too tall by 3 inches, a dog being off the lead, and gotten a security guard fired because his tattoo pokes out briefly.

I get tha
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Carlos
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

What She Never Said is the second book in the Santa Barbara Suspense series but it can be read as a standalone with only minor spoilers for book one.

Going by the synopsis I thought I would love this book but sadly I didn't. Though part of a series called Santa Barbara Suspense it couldn't be less suspenseful. The plot is boring and super predictable (you can guess the villain and the secret they ke
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Joan
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a captivating novel. The combination of solving a mystery and the revelation of secrets is interwoven well. The character development is great. Within the first few pages I knew Ruth was a cold, driven person lacking compassion. All of the major characters have flaws and I am impressed with how Riggs uses those flaws to propel the plot. Many of them are plagued with guilt driving them to actions they had not anticipated. And the suspense at the end is good too.

I like the secondary plot,
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Debbie
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Don’t sleep on the retirement community! Looks can be very deceiving. This book was crazy but I had to keep reading. It’s a sequel and at times it proved to be a bit challenging to me. I will say that this Author gave just enough to keep me still guessing as I continued to read on. Reading the first book would’ve given me more understanding in my opinion but at the same time it didn’t count this book out for me. It was very intriguing and interesting as well as lots of twists and turns. I give t ...more
Kristen
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this day and age of people living longer than ever before but also they are getting diseases that can ravage their body but leave their minds intact, who really wants to live like that? This story explores the idea of assisted suicide and the possible "slippery slope" it could lead to. The characters were well written and most of them were endearing and had me rooting for them while I was hoping other characters got what was coming to them. There was plenty of action, suspense, and twists to ...more
Agustina
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Thanks NetGalley and the author for this advance copy in exchange of an honest opinion.

I have never read a book by Catharine Riggs before. I really enjoyed it. The structure of the chapters was easy to follow, the characters were well developed without overly detailed. The idea of 'the angel' is very understandable to me, I believe in euthanasia so this book was very interesting. Of course, it all went in a different direction later on but it's to be expected in a thriller. I would definitely r
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Donna Hines
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
You must pay to play the game and for Ruth the VP of Operations it may just cost others their lives!
This place is for the ritzy elite not the poor house folks.
Assisted suicides is all the rage for these retirees but a person named Angel may be all you need to know.
The last words spoken before death was 'Angel' but who the heck is this person and why are residents turning up murdered at Serenity Acres?
Perhaps ex detective and neighbor Zach can put us all back on the right track to catching a kil
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Vivian
2.5-star read

Ruth Mosby and Zach Richards have been friends and neighbors for more than 30 years. Zach bore witness to Ruth's divorce, her son's gradual decline into depression and drugs, and the tenuous relationship Ruth has had with her adult children. Ruth witnessed the tragic loss of Zach's only child, the death of his wife by suicide, his battle with alcoholism, and the eventual loss of his job with the local police department. The years have impacted them both in very different ways. Zach
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Teresa
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stories about assisted dying always intrigue me. Do the people who help others to die do it out of compassion or out of a need to control others and feel powerful?

The angel of death in this story extracts a price for their help. A secret, no matter how mundane, must be given up in exchange for death.

Everybody in this story has a secret but Ruth, the main character, has perhaps the biggest secret of all.

Ruth, who is the VP of a retirement community, is a stickler for rules. She appears to have no
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Lisa Ahlstedt
Shenanigans at the nursing home! Ruth Mosby is a little too uptight to engender feelings of loyalty among her staff at the upscale Serenity Acres retirement community. She wants things done a certain way and doesn't let facts or emotions cloud her judgment. At the same time, she is fiercely loyal to the company and the "guests" who live there. So she is certain that when her boss retires, she's next in line for the top job. Much to her dismay, her slacker co-worker Kai is given the job, and thin ...more
Debra
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Lou
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
What She Never Said is the second book in the Santa Barbara Suspense series but it certainly isn't necessary to have read the first instalment beforehand. I mean who can resist such a sinister plot based at a care home for the elderly where patients are been hastily bumped off by a shadowy "angel of death". It has a cosy mystery type of atmosphere to it, which I enjoyed, and the fact that there are many threads to the plot makes the story fully-rounded. Where I felt a little let down was with th ...more
Karen Seibert-Combs
An enjoyable, entertaining book. I loved the characters, the setting, the suspense and the complicated relationships that the characters had. It was a quick read that smoothly moved through the three narrators point of views. Ruth is a VP of operations at a California retirement home. She's somewhat quirky but that adds more enjoyment to the story. She's the type that knows the rule book by memory and rather than confront an employee about bending the rules, she sends an anonymous note to their ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What She Never Said by Catharine Riggs is a story of Ruth Mosby is the VP of operations at Serenity Acres, a retirement home for the elderly. This is mainly a home for the affluent but they are told that if they run out of money that they can stay until the end. A new company takes over and does not want to carry out that promise.

When the book starts out, to me, Ruth is an unlikable character, kind of snarky but funny at the same time. Not to say that this is a funny story, but there is a bit o
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Rebecca Rowlands
Assisted dying fascinates me anyway so when I saw this book available for reviews on Netgalley I jumped at the opportunity.

The story itself is exciting and there is such an interesting dynamic between the main characters. Its fast paced without feeling rushed or too dramatic for the sake of drama which is brilliant. I love a chatacter that toes the line between is this good or is this evil and I think our angel character manages that perfectly.

The way this book is written is incredible!! I LOV
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M.M. Hudson
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I began this novel, I thought it might be boring. Nursing home director does investigation of people dying. Well, I was not completely wrong but I was not completely right either. The novel did tell of an investigation of deaths but it was from an unlikely source known as the "Angel" throughout the book. An angel that collects secrets as she puts people out of their misery. But then, someone gets too close.

This novel told from the perspective of three distinct characters: Zach Richards, a som
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Lindsey Eom
**WARNING - SPOILERS AT END**
What She Never Said is a gripping tale about a mother, a son, a serial killer, and many secrets. While I enjoyed this book for the themeatics and plot, I think it fell short on some aspects. Specifically, the timing for things was off (a son beginning college in mid September, days being listed for chapters, but not adding up to the time frames in previous chapters). I also felt like with the multiple POVs, I had no idea what was going on. Sometimes it was first pers
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Marion Jones
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am always looking for different settings for a murder mystery so the idea of this one taking place in a retirement community intrigued me. However, this book is more than just a murder mystery. Catharine Riggs has a real talent for creating characters with depth and flaws and allowing these characteristics to assist in driving the story line. The story is told from varying points of view with those of Ruth, the VP of Operations of Serenity Acres and Zach, a former detective, taking precedence. ...more
Marion Jones
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always looking for different settings for a murder mystery so the idea of this one taking place in a retirement community intrigued me. However, this book is more than just a murder mystery. Catharine Riggs has a real talent for creating characters with depth and flaws and allowing these characteristics to assist in driving the story line. The story is told from varying points of view with those of Ruth, the VP of Operations of Serenity Acres and Zach, a former detective, taking precedence. ...more
Brigit Fancy Pants
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
1.5 Stars

The Angel of Death leaves a trail of death after every visit to guests in a retirement home,
It's up to Ruth Mosby, VP of operations at Serenity Acres, and her recently recruited neighbour Zach, to figure out the culprit behind the crimes.

This book didn't do it for me. The first half was engaging enough, but beyond that there was just too much going on, too much talking. Maybe it was the extent of the family drama which was off-setting the actual intended purpose, seeking the mystery. Fo
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