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Unspoken: A Heartbreaking Novel of Suspense

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  3,636 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Don't miss Lisa Jackson's New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling novel of romantic suspense!

From the NYT bestselling author and queen of suspense, Lisa Jackson will have you at the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Lived and Then She Was Gone.

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The envelope delivered to Shelby Cole's Seattle home contains no return
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Zebra (first published November 1st 1999)
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Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I'm still reading this book but there are a few things that are really annoying me:
1: for a book written/published in 2012, I can't figure out why the kids are in the front of the pick up truck with no car seats....
2: apparently condoms don't exist or weren't invented yet?
3: why a sheriff would leave his six and four-year-old kids by themselves in a truck while he went into a store to shop...not to mention it was 100+ degrees outside and no A/C
4: chewing tobacco-YUCK! And again, the sheri
Janie Johnson
I generally love Lisa Jackson books. I think she is a great writer and one of my faves. She writes great romantic suspense thriller. But this one was just ok for me. The plot was great, but it felt like so much more romance played into this one. And I am not big on romance. It seemed like the book revolved more around a love hate triangle that it did the mystery.

I did not really connect to any of the characters. I thought Shelby, the lead character was ridiculously weak in many areas and I did n
Agnes (BookBubbe)
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The town of Bad Luck, Texas, is home to all kinds of secrets. Shelby Cole had her share, before she left to start a new life. After almost ten years away, a mysterious package arrives at her Seattle home. There’s no return address, just a photograph of a little girl. Shelby knows immediately that this is the daughter she was told died at birth—and that going back is the only way to discover what really happened.

This story centers on Shelby finding her daughter but also at the same time uncoverin
Feb 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sample prose: Why was it that she always noticed how all-male he was, how raw and rugged and untamed? Like these dry, wind-blown hills, he was earthy and wild and Texan.

Did you roll your eyes just reading that short paragraph? Imagine how sore mine were after 400+ pages if that drivel. I would have stopped reading...I WANTED to stop reading...but I was trapped in bed with the flu.

When I picked it up at the drugstore along with my prescription, the premise sounded ok: Mysterious envelope arrives
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelby gets a picture of a little girl in the mail and knows it is the daughter she was told died at birth. She knows she has to go home to Texas and try to find her daughter and why her father has lied to her. A man who raped her years ago has been let out of prison for a killing that someone recanted their testimony. She is met with lies and her father refuses to tell her anything about her daughter.
May 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have some good things to say about this book. The premise of the story was a great hook for me - a secret from the past suddenly popping up and growing legs. The plot is twisty and unpredictable. There were several "outcomes" that I thought I had guessed, but was wrong. I always enjoy that sort of surprise in a story.

There are some strong supporting characters who are well-drawn and whose motivation seems spot-on to me. The author is really good at creating suspense. These parts of the books w
Elizabeth Quam
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Lisa Jackson writes. Although I consider this one of my lazy books, where I don't have to think about what's going on, she still finds a way to keep me interested and wanting to find out how the story ends. Some things were predictable, but I would read this again.
Laura Erickson
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'd give it just over 3.5 for entertainment value. It kept me reading. Some scenes were intense. There was a lot going on in this book, almost too much to really get in depth anywhere. I found I wanted more.
I loved the chemistry between Shelby and Nevada.
I didn't understand the need for Katrina's back story. I didn't like how Ross's story ended. And I didn't see a point to knowing a lot of what was going on in the supporting characters lives. I would have trimmed down the content of this book an
Jun 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
I gave it one-star because I finished it, but it was just too "cheesy" for me. Yes, we figured out you were "horny" the first fifty times you appeared in the book for no particular reason. Except that you were the detective investigating the murder ... yet all you thought about was what color bra she was wearing (?) Or if she was wearing panties. Really? And yes, we also figured out that you two were "hot" for each other considering it was mentioned every three or four pages. Strangely I was act ...more
Angel Natasha Lynn
Awesome Read! At least in my opinion 😉
Conni Harness
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent thriller! I'm usually not a fan of free standing stories, but this was a good one with some indirect ties to other story lines. Love this author and continue to be amazed at the depth & variations of imgination as well as the story telling ability. More please! I'm always sorry to get to the end!!! ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Dragged and repetitive, first time I ever skimmed through sections of a book. Glad it was a library loan.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. For some reason, I kept picturing the show Dallas. Lots of twists and turns that you don't see coming.
Melissa Loucks
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Jackson books were suggested to me because I like murder mysteries. This is the first one I read. I really enjoyed it.
I am a Lisa Jackson fan, and I enjoyed this small-town mystery though it’s not as good as her To Die series.

In the book’s Prologue, Ross McCallum is on trial for killing Ramón Estevan. With only circumstantial evidence and one witness testimony, he was found guilty. Ross vows to take revenge on everyone who was involved in setting him up.

The story then moves ahead ten years, and the witness who was responsible for putting Ross behind bars is dying of cancer and does not want to die with a guilty
Daisy White
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
To tell you the truth, I love this author and her style of writing. She does a fantastic job of producing a novel that fits into the reader's hands. It is well written and easy to get into the following of the characters. But with this novel, it just fell flat.

I want to say I started to get into the novel about halfway, and I was enjoying the characters, the plots, and the way it was progressing.

The novel fell flat about 3/4 through the novel, my interest just stopped. I think it had to do with
Daniel Stern
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelby Cole has returned to Bad Luck, Texas after being gone nearly ten years. When she was told by her father that her daughter died, she left with no intention of ever returning. Then she received an anonymous package with pictures of the daughter that she thought died. Knowing that she'd do anything to get her daughter back, Shelby returns to Bad Luck. Once there, she asks Nevada Smith for help, her one time love and the father of her baby. Although she swore that she would never fall in love ...more
Darla Boyle
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Eva Hoffman
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Sue Gosland
When secrets begin to come out, they tend to all come out. Such is the case for Shelby Cole, who gets an envelope with a photo of a little girl, who looks too much like her not to be the child she thought she lost. Coming back to Bad Luck, Texas, she finds herself embroiled with Nevada Smith, the father of that child she thought had died. Throw in the release of Ross McCallum, who had been in prison for the last 10 years and had raped Shelby the same night she had lost her virginity to Nevada. s ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There a lot of interesting possibilities in the story but they were rather over written by the love story between Shelby and Nevada. A murder committed 10 years prior comes into the fore when the man convicted of it is released from prison. He vows to get back on everyone that testified against him. But he also is obsessed with Shelby and means to attacked her again. But she is looking for her daughter that she had been told died right after her birth. She gets no help from her father, Judge Red ...more
Emilie Davis
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of stuff going on in Bad Luck, Texas. Good Reading!!

This was a heartbreaker. After 9 years Shelby finds out that her stillborn baby was alive via a snapshot sent anonymously. She returns to Bad Luck, Texas to find out who sent the photo. A lot has happened since she was last there and mostly none of it was good. From here the story gains momentum and races to the end. Among the people you will meet in Bad Luck includes a freed prisoner who had been convicted of murder that was later rescind
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book. Was so lame. I kept waiting for it to get good. And it was just a ton of random drama. And very little resolution. There’s probably a second book to go with this. Because so many things were left out.
I hate this guy BAM they’re having sex again. Nope still hate him. BAM. They’re doing it again. Oh. Now they’re in love. I hate my dad he’s conniving. Jk he disappears on a cruise conveniently. No resolution. No real confession just a quick “oh and they solved the murder. The end”. Oh an
Taylor Calvillo
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This was my first book by Lisa Jackson. It kept me entertained but I wouldn’t classify it as a “page turner.” I think initially it started out suspenseful, but the story kept repeating itself and it got boring. The moment of truth is when Shelby finds her daughter and it’s not that great of an ending. Kinda disappointing actually. The only part I did enjoy was the flashback 10years ago when Nevada & Shelby were together. Overall, I say it’s something to read when you want something simple to fol ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story that had plenty of twists and turns. Shelby Cole returns to her home town Bad Luck, Texas which she left at 18 with no intention of returning to because she received an anonymous letter containing a picture and documents of her daughter that she believed died at birth. Who sent the letter; who really killed Ramon Estavan; is Nevada Smith the father of her daughter; what part did her father play in all of this?
Melissa Brossart
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Lisa Jackson books, but this is the first one I actually hated reading. I trudged through it, but the characters were horrible and undeveloped, the plot was confusing and boring. The multitude of characters just made quick appearances here and there, making it hard to keep track of who they were, just overall a cluster. The ending was so anti-climactic that I was surprised to see the epilogue was on the next page. This is one of her books I definitely wouldn't recommend.
Connie Donnelly
This is listed as a suspenceful romance but I found it a little heavier on the romance. Not complaining, a perfect beach read since I am on the beach. Shelby leaves her job in Seatle to return to Bad Luck Texas to find the daughter she was told died at birth.
Ross McCallum has just gotten out of prison after serving 10 years for a murder he didn't commit. Now everyone in Bad Luck feels that is where he belonged, but he is out for revenge and no one feels safe.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
If I could give less than a star, I would. Disgusting book about an adult cop (who she may be related to!) seducing a 17 year old girl, who also gets assaulted by a different man the same night she loses her virginity to the cop. Of course, she becomes pregnant, now who's the father? Stomach-churning, to say the least. Another creepy thing is that the author dedicated the book to her sons! W. T. F.?! Avoid this mess of a book!
This was a fairly decent novel until the very end. Boy hoydee, The Epilogue was just pure exposition through and through. Tsk, tsk Lisa Jackson! You broke the cardinal rule of writing: show, don't tell. It seemed as though the author got tired of writing this book, and just wrapped it all up in the Epilogue. Thus, a readable novel came to a sputtering end.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall it was an excellent book, But I can't help feeling it was about 20% longer than it needed to be. I understand why so many subplots were necessary to the story but I found myself skipping many pages over and over again waiting to get back to the real action.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes small town secrets, intricate storylines that all come together and happy endings.
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Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver.  She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages. 

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“Shep started through the intersection when he noticed Nevada Smith’s rig driving past the bank, heading toward the center of town. Nevada was at the wheel, his dog on the” 1 likes
“deathly quiet. Every muscle in McCallum’s body tensed, but he forced his face to remain calm, emotionless. The jurors wouldn’t look his direction, not even the little granny with the kinky white hair and the weathered face. He’d counted on her, but she avoided eye contact with him, as did all the others. Not a good sign. Was it possible? Had they really decided to convict him on the flimsy, circumstantial evidence that the prosecution had thrown at them? No murder weapon had been found and nothing linked Ross McCallum to the crime except the flimsy testimony of an old geezer known for his love of whiskey. And yet, he felt his guts clench with a new desperation. “Has the jury reached a verdict?” 1 likes
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