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The Silent Victim

(Jessie Tucker Mystery #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The woman’s golden hair is spread out beneath her on the bed of leaves where she’s fallen, her beautiful blue eyes open wide. The police are calling it a random attack, but Jessie Tucker isn’t so sure – she’s seen this crime scene before… she was the victim.

Twelve years ago, Jessie Tucker was attacked as she made her way home from an outdoor concert. She still walks with a
Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published November 20th 2019 by Bookouture
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DJ Sakata
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The coffee looked terrible and tasted even worse, but drinking coffee was part of the cop– reporter mating ritual. I had spent hours and hours drinking bad coffee in precinct houses all over the city.

I’m hopeless… This is more than just going through a dating dry spell. Men now actually run away to avoid any kind of physical contact with me.

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Written from the first-person POV of Jessie a female journalist and survivor of a heinous assault. I fell right into this
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read a number of good crime & suspense novels this year. Girl Walking Alone is another very good read. It has a good story which keeps up the pace, the central character has depth and the narration is very personal & makes an impact.

Jessie Tucker is a successful reporter. As she covers the story of Margaret Kincaid’s murder in Central Park, the memories of past horrors she has gone through come rushing back. Jessie was assaulted many years back at night and her recovery was
Louise Wilson
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jessie Tucker Mystery #1

Twelve years ago Jessie Tucker was brutally attacked and left for dead. Jessie is now a crime reporter who has been assigned the brutal murder of a young woman in Central Park, the very park that had been assaulted in. This case is eerily similar to what had happened to Jessie. But Jessie's perpetrator was caught and was sent to prison. Thinking the police aren't doing enough, Jessie decides to do her own investigation into the death of Margaret Kincaid.

This is a
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Silent Victim is the first instalment in the Jessie Tucker Mystery Series and I was pleased to have discovered a new series with a lot of promise and one that begins with a bang. Crime reporter Jessie Tucker puts her life on the line daily in order to bring the truth to those who seek it through her news articles. But it hasn't always been that way; 12 years ago she was heinously attacked and brutally left for dead with the apparent perpetrator collared, convicted and imprisoned by the local ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
"You never know what you're going to find when you start messing around with the past."

Jessie Tucker is a survivor. Twelve years ago, she was attacked and left for dead in Central Park. She eventually recovered from her horrific injuries and went on to become a crime reporter for the NEW YORK TRIBUNE. The perpetrator was caught, sentenced to prison and died in a knife attack there. She's learning to let go of the past when another woman is found in the park, this one murdered in a scarily
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Brilliant! Super freaking brilliant!!

Why do I have to say anything more?

Jessie was the journalist, investigating the murder of Charlotte Kinkaid in Central Park. The case was close to her heart as years ago, Jessie too was found badly beaten, half dead. She became the face of a survivor, a success story who now wrote about other victims from their POV. This murder pulled not only on her instincts but also on the past, to her ordeal.

My first book by author Dana Perry, I have to say it
Bespectacled Petal
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got a free advance readers’ copy in exchange for my honest review.

Imagine being brutally attacked and left for dead. That in itself is extremely traumatic. But then imagine choosing to become a crime reporter after that only to encounter a crime scene which eerily matches yours.

InGirl Walking Alone, Jessie Tucker has survived what many women dread. A random encounter with a monster. Twelve years later, she is mostly whole again with a slight limp being the only reminder of that night. The man
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Jessie was attacked in Central Park 12 years ago. After a long recovery, she switched careers and started covering crimes for the newspaper. When an aide for the US senator from New York is murdered in Central Park, the apparent murderer is quickly caught but Jessie doesn’t buy it and launches her own in investigation uncovering all kinds of deception.
I thought this book was excellent. I did not expect to
The Silent Victim is the first book in the Jessie Tucker Mystery series and I have to say I was completely and thoroughly hooked right from the start.

Crime reporter Jessie Tucker was attacked twelve years ago as she made her way home from an outdoor concert. Having fought her way back to full recovery, a slight limp is the only reminder of the trauma of that night. The police told her she was unlucky and that she was safe after they charged a local man for the crime. But Jessie has never
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A jaw dropping finish with more twists then you can imagine.

"It's easy to read conspiracy into things that you have no answer for...."

Sometimes things just seem a little bit too easy...a little bit too convenient.
Jessie Tucker survived a brutal attack 12 years before in Central Park. This changed her life in so many ways. She is now a crime reporter for the Tribune concentration on the stories of the victims.

Margaret Kincaids body is found in Central Park. She was bludgeoned to death with a
Julie Lacey
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great start to a new series.
Jessie Tucker is a reporter and takes an interest in a murder in Central Park as she was attacked here twelve years ago.
Jessie barely survived but has built herself back up and gets the bit between her teeth trying to get to the bottom of the recent murder as it’s so similar to her attack.
I loved the way Jessie wouldn’t let anything stop her from getting to the truth and when more people start dying, it all becomes very real.
I hope there will be more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jessie Tucker was attacked in Central Park twelve years ago and left for dead. Now a crime reporter she is covering another attack in the same park. The victim is not who she says she is and the case has been closed why? A real pacy crime thriller which I read in one sitting. The ending was definitely not what I was expecting. A new series and look forward to reading more. Almost five stars and highly recommended.
I would like to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in return
Molly Connolly
4.5 Stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my Advanced Reader's Copy! Release Date: 11/20/19

Girl Walking Alone is Dana Perry's first novel, and it did not disappoint. Jessie Tucker, the main character, is a top crime journalist in NYC. She connects with the victims on a personal level and searches for justice because she was a victim herself 12 years ago. As a new story lands on her desk, she begins to find eerie similarities between her previous attack and her current case. But her
Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
WOW WOW WOW I absolutely loved this book. It completely blew my mind and I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I finished reading it! There are so many adjectives to describe this book but here are some that describe it best. It is action packed, addictive, brilliant, captivating, compelling, dangerous, dark, gripping, intense, riveting, spine tingling, terrifying and twisted! I could just keep going and going! I devoured this in one sitting as I could not tear myself away from ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If there's one thing that I like doing, it's discovering new authors. Dana Perry is definitely a new author for me but after having enjoyed reading 'The Silent Victim' as much as I did, I will most definitely be reading more of his work in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Silent Victim' but more about that in a bit.
I couldn't help but take to Jessie Tucker from the first time I met her. She now works as a crime reporter for a newspaper but she used to work for an advertising agency.
Kelsey Bollinger
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Jessie Tucker was brutally attacked 12 years ago and was left for dead in Central Park. In the present day, Jessie is now a crime reporter who gets assigned to a brutal murder of a young woman in Central Park that is eerily familiar. As Jessie dives into the case that the cops have deemed closed she learns things are not as they seem. Jessie quickly begins to see there may be a connection between her past and her present but what is she willing to risk to find out the truth.

For a debut novel,
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[Original title: GIRL WALKING ALONE]

THE SILENT VICTIM is an incredibly engrossing psychological/journalistic emotional thriller. Twelve years ago Jessie Tucker was accosted in Central Park, viciously beaten, left for dead. Eventually she achieved a miraculous recovery which she has never taken for granted. She left advertising to become a reporter, at which she is a bulldog and award winner. But this latest story proves to be so incredibly convoluted and quite possibly connected to her own
Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
A slightly edgy procedural with aspects of suspense woven in, far from the psychological thriller portrayed by the blurb. It hosts lack-luster characterization, familiar trope, and a superficial plot line that fails to keep pace in an overpopulated genre. Dana Perry’s writing feels as if it is being pulled from her rather than it flowing fluidly to the pages. The cover is beautiful and the premise is strong, unfortunately the delivery is weak. 2 stars.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Twelve years ago Jessie Tucker was attacked in Central Park and left for dead. She slowly battled her way back to health and saw her attacker put behind bars. In the present day, another woman is attacked in a strikingly similar incident but is not so lucky. A murder investigation is launched and quickly concluded with a shoot out with the suspect.
Jessie is now a journalist and the new crime makes her consider her own attack; she realises that there may be a connection and the conviction in her
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and the author for this ARC

This is the author’s first book and my first impressions are she has set the bar high here. The book way exceeded my expectations and I felt this was a very good and thrilling read. The main character is a reporter who was attacked and left for dead some years before, and is a likeable, feisty, strong lady. She reports on a murder that is eerily similar to her own attack, and with more murders following she begins to doubt the police
Tracy Wood
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Jessie Tucker is a journalist in New York City; she is also the recovering survivor of a random attack in Central Park twelve years earlier. When the body of a young woman is found with injuries similar to her own the memories begin to return for Jessie who starts to question her past recollections of the event which changed her life forever.

After the brother of the victim arrives from California a simple case suddenly becomes complex encompassing local politics, law enforcement and media as
This was a decent story but the writing felt a bit stiff/forced at times. An example: the narrator, Jessie, realizes her attacker had on a New York Yankee baseball cap when she was attacked. After saying the full item one time a switch to Yankees cap would have sounded much more natural but never happened.

The New York Yankee baseball cap ironically is the item that makes Jessie revisit her attack and determine that something isn’t right because it must be the same killer if he’s also wearing a
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Jessie Tucker is a 36 year old crime reporter in New York.
Twelve years ago she was savagely attacked in Central Park. Left for dead, she is lucky to be alive. After intensive therapy, she is back on her feet. But she is left with physical and emotional scarring that haunts her to this day.
Her attacker was captured and put in prison, where he later died.
She is assigned to the murder of Margaret Kincaid, a campaign aid to senator Frank Landsdale.
Margaret was killed in Central Park and the crime
Sharon Grow
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very complicated and fascinating mystery by Ms. Perry. Jessie Tucker, a reporter for the New York Tribune, was assaulted and left for dead twelve years ago in Central Park. Her strength and determination led to the amazing recovery from her many injuries. When she covers the story of a woman found dead in Central Park, similar to her case, she opens an investigation that continues to expand with each new piece of evidence. Jessie is extremely good at her job and soon she is covering multiple ...more
Diane Saul
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jessie Tucker is a reporter working on a story that has one too many loose ends for her. She isn’t convinced the police have the right guy. The more she digs into the story the more questions she has. Years ago Jessie was attacked and barely survived. She now has questions about her own case too. She is up against some very powerful people.

This book grabbed me from the first. It’s a great story with all sorts of twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out the author veered off in
J_Mc 251
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, having a reporter as the protagonist makes this crime thriller different from most others (at least those that have detectives or law enforcement as the investigators). Those are great, too, but it was as refreshing to have a different perspective on the investigation. Jessie’s personal history also provided fodder for her research. There were a few red herrings and dropped clues (I don’t like loose ends) but all in all, it was a good story and an excellent first entry in a new ...more
Jill Burgin
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ooh, a great start to a brilliant new series! Jessie Tucker, a crime reporter is stunned when a violent murder victim has the same injuries as a crime years ago -when Jessie was the victim. Can you imagine the chills and thrills in this story- you feel them all as the police had convicted someone for Jessie’s attack - who was dead as nails. . Off we go, in a really fast paced thriller with red herrings, ups and downs and above all, a gripping story you can’t wait to finish - in a good way. ...more
Teri Griffis
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is exceptional! To be able to write a story in a story and make it believable is a feat into itself! I highly recommend this book and I expect to see many more great books come about by this author in the future. Enjoy! ...more
Marilyn Lakin
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Silent Victim

There were so many twists and turns I lost count,the ending was a shocker with so many suspects and so many murders and the reasons behind them.I love everything about Jessie Tucker and look cowArd to about her from the author,Dana Perry
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