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TRUTH IS THE HARBINGER OF HELL

What if every time you told the truth, evil followed?

My name is Melody Fisher. My daddy was a snake handler in Appalachia until Mama died. Though years have passed, I can still hear the rattle before the strike that took her from me.

And it's all my fault.

Since then, I've been passed around from foster home to foster home. I didn't think/>And/>
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Hardcover, 314 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Vesuvian Books
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The Nerd Daily
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Seven Jane

Dark, delicate, and masterfully written, Speak No Evil will make you cringe and cry in equal measure as it pulls your heart through the muck of humanity’s worst evils in every page before depositing you at the end feeling uplifted, empowered, and—most of all—grateful.

Raised in a snake-handling church where indigenous belief systems mix with modern Christianity, Melody Fisher is a half Native American, quarter Scottis
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Cheryl
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did like this book. Melody's story was both a sad and intriguing one. However, I personally found myself struggling to connection on an emotional level with Melody and the rest of the characters.

I was reading the about Melody's story and feeling for her but at the same time I felt like there was a physical barrier that kept me from fully embracing all of the characters in this book. Melody for her part did have a story to tell. She needed someone to listen and she did find that in Miss Precot
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Anna Tan
Wow. Liana Gardner sure pulls at your heartstrings with Speak No Evil.

Melody Fisher has been shunted from foster home to foster home ever since the death of her mother and the disappearance of her father. Every time she has spoken up to defend herself, something even worse happens, so she gradually falls into silence. But now, she needs to speak again, to tell her side of why she stabbed Troy.

Gardner brings you on a journey of recovery through song and memory as Dr Kane, Melody's therapist, uses th
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Alexandrea Weis
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An emotional tale of evil and redemption told by a skillful writer with a talent for dark tales. You will not be disappointed by this eerie story and a cast of characters that will haunt you long after you close the cover.
Seven Jane
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark, delicate, and masterfully written, Speak No Evil will make you cringe and cry in equal measure as it pulls your heart through the muck of humanity’s worst evils in every page before depositing you at the end feeling uplifted, empowered, and—most of all—grateful.

Raised in a snake-handling church where indigenous belief systems mix with modern Christianity, Melody Fisher is a half Native American, quarter Scottish, and quarter black orphan. Before her parents’ deaths—one by accident and the
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Melody Fisher is just sixteen years old, but she’s already experienced enough heartbreak to last a lifetime. From the time of her mother’s death and her father’s disappearance when she was only nine years old, Melody has bounced between various foster placements and new schools, often finding each one worse than the last. As a result of the trauma she has faced, she shuts down all spoken communication. She wants to protect herself and those around her, but when she has to testify on her own beha ...more
BookGypsy
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a haunting story of sixteen- year-old Melody Fisher in the Appalachian mountains. Her father was a snake handler and when Melody sings the snakes listen. When she was nine her mother died from a snake bite and her father suddenly disappeared. Shuffled through various homes, each worse than the last. Abused and traumatized, Melody shuts down and stops speaking. She does have two people in her corner, her caseworker and a new psychologist. I loved the poems through out the book. A story yo ...more
Jane Pettitt
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book but don’t like snakes. A story of a young girl who loses her parents at a young age. She stops speaking, in and out of foster homes, she shows her strengths. Through her singing. Trials and tribulations of
Pure courage. A must read
Heather Hansard
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God Lord, this book had me an emotional wreck! Just when I thought Melody couldn't possibly have more tragedy in her young life, I was proved wrong. The things she endured,the strength and resilience she showed, her antagonists and her support system....everything so beautifully woven together was an experience I won't soon forget. Definitely one of my top reads this year!
Bookworm LLC
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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WOW! Just WOW!

Liana Gardner is a great author telling a story of death, sorrow, and so much more.

You will fall in love with Melody......You will feel her sorrow......You will feel her shame...........................
you will feel everything with this character.

A MUST read that will make you sit and think well after you turned the last page.
Lelia Taylor
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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There’s a certain vibe that comes with the mere idea of snake handling, a vibe that is a mix of religious fundamentalism, backwoods living and a touch of macho man. Most of us can’t begin to really understand why people engage in the practice but there’s no doubt we’re fascinated by it.

The young Melody is a tragic figure whose life has been in a downward spiral ever since her mother was killed by one of her father’s snakes and, through backflashes, we see what has happened to this ch
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Teresa Kander
This is an unusual YA story, and I loved it. Melody Fisher has led a difficult and complicated life which we learn about in flashbacks. Now, at 16, she has stopped talking entirely and communicates through the music she plays. Unfortunately, she's been charged with stabbing a classmate, and her words may be the only thing that can save her from prison. Will her therapist and her caseworker be able to break down her walls and save her in time?
The author draws us into not only Melody's stor
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Nancy
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I understand why Melody didn’t want to speak, but I think I would feel more like screaming. No child should have to go through all she did.

It seems as though every time she found a friend or a happy place everything all started to fall apart.

This book takes one through her years, and with back flashes, shows why she became mute. Will she be able to break out of her prison?

Thank you, Ms Gardner, for giving us such a thought provoking book. It’s one that will st
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Ann O'Nymos
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It says a lot about a book if you can guess from the start what might happen and if the plot is carried by only (mainly) two characters of which one doesn't even speak but you're unable to put this story down. How well written!
In my opinion, there isn't a teenager in the world who hadn't had at least one song changing his life or expressing exactly your feelings. For Melody this is more true than ever. How much can a young girl go through before she snaps?
I cried unusual amounts read
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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Partners In Crime Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner left me feeling very broken because of everything that happened to Melody throughout the book. I read through this book really quickly because I had to know how it all worked out or if it even did work out at the end. If abuse and th
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Liana Gardner is the multi-award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution , The Journal of Angela Ashby , and the Misfit McCabe series. The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface. Engaged in a battle against leukemia and lymphoma, Liana spends much of her time at home, but allo ...more
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