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Don't Say a Word

(Hometown Antihero #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Kylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent father is in prison for murder and she’s hell-bent on getting him out. But trying to investigate in the small town where a defensive lineman is a hero no matter who he tries to kill and the girl who gets him locked up is public enemy number one is dangerous. Dark secrets are everywhere in Jasperville—the kind Ky can’t walk away from.

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Tor Teen
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Carlene Inspired
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Veronica Mars, I mean Kylene Danners, is back! It took me a lot longer to get into Don't Say a Word than the previous novel, Dare You To Lie, but somewhere at 45% I was suddenly all in. Once the story started clicking in place for me, mixing the overarching story line, the previous novel's plot, and the present's together, I got where things were going. Kylene is no typical high school student and her high school is no typical high school. Sure, th
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“What we want to believe and what’s actually true are rarely if ever the same thing, Danners…”

Trigger Warning: Sexual assault (non-graphic), Underage Prostitution, Violence

Are you a fan of Veronica Mars or Law & Order: SVU? Then you need this book in your life! I was so excited to be back with Ky and the gang for the next book in the Hometown Antihero series, and I sure wasn't disappointed. 

I'm going to keep this review a little more vague, just in case you haven't had the pleasure yet of re
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Thank you to Amber for sending me an ARC in exchange for Coffee Crisps and an honest review

This book was actually quite different from Dare You To Lie. That follows quite closely with the Veronica Mars TV show plot line (obviously with some differences but a lot of parallels). But heza for this book not doing that after Rob Thomas destroyed the damn comeback with the last 10 minutes of the last episode of the reboot (fight me but he butchered everything).

I really liked that Ky is having a hard t
Paula  Phillips
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Kylene Danners is back, and this time, she is going full steam ahead as not only is her father still in prison for a murder he didn't commit and for being a dirty FBI agent, her best friend Garrett is recuperating in hospital after almost being killed. With so many of her friends being injured, she doesn't want to see anyone else hurt which means getting some help from an undercover FBI agent- Agent Dawson who is posing at her school as her boyfriend. Seems like the mysterious person now has a n ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DNF at 19%

This sounded like my sort of thing and I was really excited to read it.

When I started, I was immediately confused. I felt like I had been dropped into a story that was already started and there’s a reason: this is a sequel to Dare You to Lie.

I don’t know why they’re not labeled as a series, but since I didn’t read the previous book, I’m not going to struggle with this one.

No rating because I might have loved it and I wouldn’t have requested it if I knew it was a sequel.

**Huge thank
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Thank you to the author, Amber, for sending me a copy through Netgalley for review. She asked that I review on GR for now and my blog closer to release date. So look for my review there sometime in late August.

It's so hard to review a mystery book without giving away any clues. I will do my best to keep this spoiler free. However, there are spoilers for book one (Dare You To Lie). If you haven't read that, then don't read this review and just know I gave both books 5 stars.

Don't Say A Word star
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
ALN never ceases to amaze me with her ability to keep me stuck in the pages from start to finish.

This book MUST be read after Dare You to Lie as it starts off exactly where that book ended. Plus, there is an underlying plot that continues on through this series and while Natusch does a great job of rehashing that information quickly without too much backstory, it's still best read in order.

Kylene and Garrett are both recovering from their almost deadly demise as the hands of Donovan. Kylene can'
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Aug 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, ya-mystery
1.5 stars.


“Do what you think is best.”

Don’t Say a Word has a wonderful beginning, but things quickly go downhill as the story progresses. The novel has been (mistakenly?) marked as a possible standalone, yet there is some context missing if the reader jumps right into it without having read the previous installment—which happened to be my case. The fast pace and writing are pretty engaging, but the plot execution is a bit of a mess.

Amber Lynn Natusch creates an intricate mystery
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A small town full of dark secrets meets its match in Kylene Danners-if such a thing is possible. The daughter of an ex-FBI agent(now wrongly convicted murderer), Kylene has investigative prowess in her blood. It serves her well in this second book in this series when she gets involved with yet another mystery, the kind that could get her killed.

This book starts soon after the first book, Dare You to Lie, ends so we don’t miss much. Kylene, or Ky as she is called, is approached by Dawson, the you
Candyce Kirk
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I'm typing this, I've actually read Don't Say a Word twice. I was really lucky to get the ARC in March and read it right away. For this tour I needed to read it again, so I could grab some of my favorite quotes. I'm happy I decided to reread this story again, because it's so good! Don't Say a Word was just as good, if not better the second time around!

The sequel basically starts where the Dare You to Lie ends. We're in the middle of the aftermath of the events that took place during homecomin
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok so where is book 3?! Full review to come!
Felicia Mathews
OMG. OMG. OMG. What a ride that was! Full review to come closer to release date!
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
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Murder, Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Violence,
Underage Sex (implied), Adult Relations with a Minor,
Bullying, Retaliation, PTSD, Revenge Porn

None that I noticed. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, TBR and Beyond, and Tor Teen for this free copy.All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Co
Romance Schmomance (Malia)
** don't say a word is not a standalone, it's book 2 in the hometown antihero series.
dare you to lie is the first in the series**
And the Hometown Antihero series continues with  Don't Say a Word . I gotta say that it took a little bit of time for things to pick up, but there was a huge puzzle to solve around the prostitution ring. Dawson and Kylene make such a dynamic team and came to love their "partnership" instantly. Amber lovedddddd dangling these two in front of us, makes me curi
Debbie Smith
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya
As with most books in a series, I highly recommend you start with the first book: Dare You To Lie. Otherwise, like me, you may be a little lost at the beginning of this book.

Kylene and FBI agent Cedric Dawson are working together to unearth some secrets. Dawson, the FBI agent, goes undercover as Ky’s old boyfriend. He is focusing on discovering why girls are ending up dead at the high school and he needs Ky’s help.

Kylene is obsessed with finding out who framed her dad, an ex-FBI agent. Even thou
Monique V
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this type of story. A good mystery that feels like a ticking time bomd. The heroine is so broken in this book. She is going through so much and just like most people cannot find a way to deal with what happened to her in the last book. I found her so relatable. I felt all her emotions and all the desperation she felt.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first one, but I still enjoyed it!
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

The sequel to Dare You to Lie delivers more of the same high-action tee investigator thrilling mysteries as its predecessor, with our resident badass Kylene Danners also embroiled in a fake dating trope while she works with rookie undercover FBI agent Dawson to bring down an underage sex ring involving students (and possibly teachers!) at her school, while still trying to prove her FBI dad was framed for the murder of a colleague. Whew! T
Johanna Montilla
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
I loved the first book. I think it was unique and interesting. This one however, didn’t work for me.
First let say what I like: Dawson’s character and his relationship with the protagonist Ky. Their partnership, their conversations, and the way their relationship grew up, accepting each other. The whole star is because of that.
Now, I have to say I promised to myself that this year I was just going to read books that keep me hook from the start, books with emotions, there are so great books out
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
If you look up badass in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of eighteen-year-old Kylene Danners. Fresh off almost dying after bringing down a steroid selling classmate, she’s once again trying to solve her father’s false murder conviction. FBI agent Dawkins is undercover as her ex boyfriend at her high on the base of a ring trafficking and killing vulnerable teens when one victim reaches out to her.

DON’T SAY A WORD is the second in Amber Lynn Natusch’s Hometown Antihero series and I’m already
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I decided these books are great if you go into them expecting Riverdale vibes in that not realistic and corny sort of way. This was a fun, small town, antihero turned detective story and a great in-between book when you just need something fun! That being said, book two didn’t tie up the loose ends I was hoping for and it seems like a third book is coming. A little drawn out for me, but interesting nonetheless. I do enjoy how dark these books get in a criminal minds sort of way. Kind wish there ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Not nearly as good as the first. It was still enjoyable but there were several times I had to put it down for sheer annoyance with the stupid decisions of the main character. I'm all for imperfection, but the mistakes she made regarding personal relationships were just really immature and kind of manipulative. I really am hoping for a third book despite all of that to wrap up the storyline with her father and because the writing style is witty and fun to read. ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
**Disclaimer: I received a free eARC of Don't Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch from Macmillan/Tor-Forge through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to them for this opportunity.

Don't Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch is a YA mystery thriller set in a small town in Ohio.  It is due to publish on September 17th of this year.  It is the second book in the Hometown Antihero series.  I gave it three stars on Goodreads.

Here's the summary from Goodreads:

Kylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent f
Kathy Martin
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

More Hometown Antihero adventures of the compelling teen girl sleuth/vigilante, Kylene Danners. Kylene is preternaturally tough and sophisticated in the ways of the world, but loves her grandfather and her father fiercely and is a sucker for the underdog. Kylene has solved the mystery of who put topless photos of her on the Internet, but is still determined to free her FBI agent father from jail and outwit the criminal orga
Chelsea Girard
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don’t say a word By Amber Lynn Natusch
Release Date September 17th 2019
Kylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent father is in prison for murder and she’s hell-bent on getting him out. But trying to investigate in the small town where a defensive lineman is a hero no matter who he tries to kill and the girl who gets him locked up is public enemy number one is dangerous. Dark secrets are everywhere in Jasperville—the kind Ky can’t walk away from.

When rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson returns to town to finish a
Katherine Paschal
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, teen, mystery
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Keep in mind this is the second book in a series and picks up where the last book left off, with basically no recap so make sure to read them in order.

I know everyone keeps comparing this series to Veronica Mars, but here I go, doing the same thing and comparing the series to one of my absolute favorite shows VM. And I mean that in a good way, in case you were worried. There was a hole in my life without the snoopy, crazy smart and bra
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't Say A Word picks up right after the outcome from the first one and was just as good!

Ky might have solved some things that are happening in her town but still hasn't figured out how to get her father out of prison for a crime he didn't commit. She is finding out that more people in her town are in on things than she realized and when she gets a call from a girl about a sex ring she can't help but get involved.

Agent Dawson has enrolled in the High School as Ky's ex-boyfriend and she is strug
Mandi Murphy
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc
I received this arc from netgalley and then realized that it was a sequel. So I read the first book before I read this one.
The story is gripping. It kept me reading until 2 am the first night. The author did a great job casting suspicion on the various suspects. I didn't trust anybody by the time the culprit of the particular crime they were trying to solve was revealed. I'll be honest. I still don't. Even the characters I really want to trust are seeming shady. I really enjoyed the story very m
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AMBER LYNN NATUSCH is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai―but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of p ...more

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