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Never Speak

(Ray of Darkness #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Years ago, Ray was sworn to silence. Now he’s going to speak. Even if it kills him.

Ray Watts is in a deep funk. His girlfriend Liz has abandoned him. So has the muse that inspired the art that supported him. If he doesn’t come up with the next mortgage payment he’s going to be out on the street. In a moment of desperation, he googles his ex-wife Susan. They haven’t spoken
Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by TCK Publishing
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Syeda Sumayya Tariq
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
“He did the same thing to me. It’s a classic torture technique. Pull someone’s fingernails out and they’re wanting Mommy so badly that they fall into the arms of the very monster who did it to them.”

This story about the horrors of a cult life had me creeped out. Just how much low people can fall to get in a position of power at the expense of others, all the playing around with the minds and insecurities of others had me cringing. But I enjoyed reading it, it was gripping from the get go. I foun
Nov 04, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Anna Bendewald
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gave me chills!

Totally surprising and I'm not easily surprised. I fell into this story after it grabbed me by the shirt and and yanked me!
An Introvert Reads
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read_2019
This was a very original and creative story! I thoroughly enjoyed this story, particularly how the story was told. The story about the Cult and the Cult Leader, Karl, is told through Ray’s novel. It was interesting to read Ray’s point of view about the events that happened in the cult. Especially,  why he originally joined the cult, why he stayed and how he got out. During the story, you could definitely tell that Ray struggled between the love of his former cult-leader but also the hate he had ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Watts has just hit rock bottom. His girlfriend broke up with him, he owes a ton of money on a mortgage, and his artistic creative juices are no longer flowing. When Ray’s ex-wife, Susan, suddenly dies in a car crash, he remembers when the last time he hit rock bottom: when he and his wife were members of a cult. Ray managed to escape the cult’s wrath, but Susan never did. He decides that he will publish a book about this cult, only someone finds out and is after him to stop Ray’s new project ...more
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May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I was sent Never Speak by the author to read and review on my blog and while stories about cults aren't usually my prefered go-to types of stories, I really enjoyed this one. The plot was suspenseful and action packed. It grabbed my interest and I kept wanting to know what would happen next.

Through this story, the reader can learn about the psychological damages a cult can have on someone, whether it be the members of the cult or the leader himself. The story is told between the present and Ray'
Antigone Walsh
His ex-wife's death and his sudden need for money propel a man to revisit his experiences in a cult run by a reclusive and charismatic former rock star. Ray is a musician turned artist turned writer. It is a tale of innocence turned by manipulation and evil. Ray finally recognizes the nightmare that it was and the human cost. He embarks on a journey to find the leader.

This is an engrossing book. Ray and his pal Bodine are likeable. It is told in flashbacks and the depictions of the cult are real
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to be contacted by author John Manchester who provided a free copy of his debut novel "Never Speak" to review on my blog. I am so thankful he did because I LOVED this book.

Ray is a starving artist living in his ex-girlfriend's home that doubles as a gallery to sell his art pieces. After hearing news about his ex-wife, he turns to google for more information. One search turned into many and soon, Ray was revisiting his past that he wished he could tuck away.

One search turns
Ted Tayler
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Original story from a masterful writer"

When you are starting out in this uncertain world of a writer, experts often suggest you write about something you know. 'Never Speak' is unlike any book you're likely to have come across before. That's because it's writer has a history that enables him to write with authority on the three crucial elements to this tale - music, art and the damage that can be inflicted by cults. Ray's story and that of ex-wife Susan, cult leader Karl and several other fasci
Happy Booker
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Never speak is a psychological fiction thriller. This is book one of the Murderous arts series. It is about Ray watts, a New York artist who is struggling with keeping his head above the waters. Things aren’t going very well for him, but when he decides to change things around by writing about a cult he used to be part of with his ex-wife, things change for the worse. The book he wants to write is to save him from the situation he is in. However, it comes with consequences.

What I liked about the
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
John Manchester’s ”Never Speak” is a dark thriller about an aging artist reflecting on his life, specifically his time in a cult. After main character Ray makes the decision to document his experience, a brick with the cult’s ”Never Speak” mantra crashes through his window-literally. Despite continuing to receive ominous threats, Ray presses on and continues to write his story and better understand the lasting effects of that time period in his life. The race to find who is threatening him as he ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Joanna Schoen
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never Speak takes us on a suspenseful journey through time and reveals the long-lasting, damaging psychological effects of cult membership. Through Ray, the author exposes how the charismatic, messianic, spiritual pretentions of a personality disordered leader intercepts and interacts with the drive for belonging, purpose, protection, validation, answers and most importantly, the hunger for spiritual communion and growth. And how, even when the veil of illusion is lifted, poison remains in the f ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It was very well written, with very detailed writings that allow for you to actually picture the scene as if you are standing there with the character, feeling the wind on your face - without being too overly descriptive & long winded, taking you too far away from the actual point of the story itself. I love that it was written so well that at points I wondered if I was even reading fiction! This is not usually the genre I get into, but as an eclectic reader- I will g ...more
Sienna S'Zell
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. 40 years ago I was involved with EST and Synanon, and irrevocably changed by the emotional trauma: fear/worry worship/love -- feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, you name it, they are all in this story. Thank heaven Ray had Bodine to balance his emotions and thoughts. Terrifying story, but well-written and a good slow unfolding. Lots of surprises. Very surprising ending. Just wow.
Kathy Parker
Jan 06, 2022 rated it liked it
It took me some time to get into this book. I have never read a book about someone being in a cult. It’s mind blowing what people would do for the cult leader ! I did skim over some details that I didn’t feel I needed. I did start really liking it and wanting to see what would happen next. Very talented author.
Sandra Burns
The aftermath of being in a cult.

Ray, his ex wife and some friends were in a cult. The leader was crazy, and a junkie. Up to present day. Ray decided to write a book about the cult. All kinds of harassment followed. Leading to the ending.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Never Speak is unlike any other book I have ever read. For that I give it tremendous credit. Unlike most "suspense" novels I have read it is a bit more of a "slow burn."

Oh and Karl Maxwell is a bit of a tosser or wanker... that's not really a spoiler as its revealed pretty early in the novel.
Mary Smith
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book,characters were interesting and you can visualize them and there looks
Kind of eiry reading about a cult but you can imagine how young people would be drawn to them
Looking forward to reading Bodine story
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and unique storyline

I loved this book! It was packed with twists, interesting characters, and a unique story. It left me wanting more.
Dawn Gehler
Sep 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I was really confused reading this wasn't sure what it was really about his ex died in a crash but he thought suspicious he was an artist turned into a writer sorry I didn't like it
Kindle Reader
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty thrilling

I like the way this man writes, I can see it in my head. He is very descriptive. Ray is quite the guy, Ray of Darkness.
Sabina Carrara
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original and well will keep you awake.great read.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, thrillers
This is definitely a page turner of a thriller. It’s also a really creative and original plot story. I’ve never read anything like it. It’s a psychological thriller, but it wasn’t too freaky for me (thankfully!). Some parts of the plot lingered with me a bit and left me thinking, even after I had put the book down for the night.

The pace of the story flowed very well and wasn’t too fast or too slow. Totally kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. It also made me want to keep watch
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