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Speak No Evil

(No Evil Trilogy #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  6,706 ratings  ·  315 reviews
Silence is deadly.

The murder of eighteen-year-old Angie Vance was exceptionally vile–her mouth was sealed with glue, an obscenity scrawledwas across her skin, and she was suffocated in a garbage bag. The killing seems personal, so police detective Carina Kincaid focuses her efforts on the victim’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steve Thomas. But without physical evidence,
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Ballantine Books
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Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This one was good. Not a lot of my friends have read this one so I was going through some other Goodreads review.

One remarked ..."I am not giving this author 5 stars until she ditches her porn." Porn??? FFS, person, what fucking porn? There was one or two tasteful love scenes... Jaysus, she wouldn't want to be reading half the stuff I read if that offended her.

Maybe some folks just want a good old mystery/thriller but I do like a bit of romance in my books.

"You'll have to excuse her temper -
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it

I finished this book a few days back and have been lazy in getting back here to review it.

While I can't say I absolutely loved it, I will say I liked it enough that I will be getting back to this author to give another one of her books a go. In the end it gets thumbs up from me.

If you enjoy Romantic Suspense then I’d surely recommend this one to you. The plot drew me in right from the beginning and I found the hero and heroine very likable. Actually, Nick was lovable.

As Mo said in her review;
San Diego Homicide Detective Carina Kincaid is called to the scene of the gruesome murder of 18-year old college student Angie Vance. Her mouth was glued shut and she was wrapped in garbage bags with vile slurs covering her body. When her ex-boyfriend emerges as a prime suspect, his brother, Montana Sheriff Nick Thomas, comes to support him only to develop his own suspicions about Steven. But, that suspicion helps get Nick on Carina’s investigation team as they work to identify and stop what ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
4/4.5 Stars

Speak No Evil was like one of the gritty, disturbing mysteries you find on Criminal Minds the TV series with a sizzling romance thrown in. It was addictive and I couldn’t stop listening, so I blew through this in no time, not able to wait for my commute times to continue.

Carina Kincaid is a homicide detective and has just caught a violent, disturbing murder case: a girl was found gagged and suffocated, wrapped in garbage bags with the name SLUT written on her chest. This murder has
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A college girl's body is found on a San Diego beach wrapped in a garbage bag. Homicide Detective Carina Kincaid and her partner are investigating the murder, and their primary suspect is the victim's much older ex-boyfriend, Steve. Sheriff Nick Thomas from Montana comes to San Diego to offer his brother Steve help and support. The murder seems like the work of a serial killer. Nick has experience with this type of killer, since he himself was once held captive by a serial killer. He offers to ...more
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2018
Eighteen-year-old Angie Vance was found wrapped in a garbage bag after being raped and tortured. Her body was dumped on the beach. As police detective Carina Kincaid delves into Angie's life, she finds a girl who lived dangerously. Carina's prime suspect is Steve Thomas, Angie's much-older boyfriend. When Steve learns of Angie's death, he calls his brother to help him. Nick Thomas is a sheriff in Montana. He knows his brother would never rape and murder anyone, and is determined to clear him of ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
Less than enchanted with this one.

This is a book which tries to be both romance and thriller/mystery but doesn't do justice to either genre. I read it, the entire thing, but don't know why, because...

The story line was nothing original; the dialogue was often wooden and artificial; the characters had nothing going for them (I mean most were BORING), and there were sudden bursts of off-the-wall sex which had me going - WHAT am I READING here?

I don't mind off-the-wall sex, btw, but it seemed as
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
A great start to what promises to be a fantastic series! If you're a fan of romance + suspense, this is one you don't want to miss. A Must Read!
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
A really good and strong RS!

The craziness of the killer is rendered really well, even if through some very disturbing descriptions of the actual crimes... They're really not for the faint of heart! So be aware if you read this book!

I love it though! It's interesting, full of red herrings and alsmot until the very end you don't susspect who the culprit is! I appreciate this in my RS!

I also enjoyed the explosive hotness of Nick and Carina! Where Carina is very open about her desires, Nick is much
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Allison Brennan and it will not be my last. It had all the elements I love in a romantic suspense book - hot romance, great plot and a mystery that keeps you guessing to the end.

Angie, An 18 year old girl is found brutally murdered. She had an online erotic journal (aka facebook)and her killer could be one of many men she had sex with and wrote about. Detective Carina Kincaid focuses on Steve, the victim's much older ex-boyfriend, due to a restraining order she filed
You can find this review in English below.

Creo que me estoy haciendo vieja para esto…
Esta historia me ha superado. Me ha sido imposible terminarla. Decir que me ha revuelto el estómago es quedarse corta, en mi humilde opinión, creo que la autora ha ido demasiado lejos con las descripciones de las violaciones-asesinatos.
Además de tener que lidiar con el asesino (otro con problemas con su mami que se extrapolan en asesinatos y violaciones de dieciocho añeras) tenemos que sufrir como ve videos
3.25 stars.

It's good but I read better RS books around the same time with this one.
Also, I think I prefer to see what is in the villain sickening mind through the MC's cleverness than reading directly from his POV, it's disgusting and I can do without!
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
The story begins when an 18 year old, Angie Vance, is murdered, her mouth sealed with glue, an obscenity scrawled across her skin and to top it all off, she has been suffocated in a garbage bag. The killing seems personal, so Detective Carina Kincaid focuses her attention on the victim’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steve Thomas. Unfortunately, without any physical evidence, Carina is unable to make a collar or a case. Enter Nick Thomas, the prime suspect’s brother, whom Carina is unable to stop ...more
Terri Lynn
I really like this author. I know I am reading the books out of order but I began with a latter book and am trying to read them as I can get them now. In this book, I am meeting yet another of the huge Kincaid family, all involved in law enforcement somehow (their dad is retired military) as police detectives, cybercrimes experts, forensic psychiatrists, mercenary (against evil people), etc. Carina is a police detective in San Diego where most of her family live and she gets the case of a young ...more
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May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Detective Carina Kincaid has a case that is very disturbing. A young female college student found dead with her mouth glued shut and an insulting word carved into her chest. The prime suspect is the girls ex-boyfriend and when his brother, Sheriff Nick Thomas, shows up from Montana to help prove his brothers innocence, Carina finds herself admiring more than just his professional career and knowledge.

This story was very fast paced and intriguing. It held my attention and, at times, made me not

This book is extremely graphic in its descriptions and telling of rape and murder from the eyes & mind of a sociopath. Unfortunately the book reads like a slut shaming textbook and it juxtaposed this graphic brutality with a budding romance, which I found to be somewhat disturbing. It was certainly a quick read, and it was entertaining. I definitely wanted to know when & how this killer would be caught. Overall I gave it three stars because I didn't dislike it, it was just a little much
Speak No Evil
4 Stars

When a young college student is brutally killed, suspicion naturally falls on her older ex-boyfriend. With little evidence to go on, homicide detective Carina Kincaid is forced to accept the help of the suspect's brother, Sheriff Nick Thomas, who is determined to find out the truth even if that means accepting his sibling is a sadistic killer.

Series note: This is book #1 in the No Evil trilogy but the hero is a character in book #2 of the Predator trilogy and it is worth
This book had me creeped right out from page one, and I loved every moment, so much so that this book was on its way to a five star rating from me! The murders were gruesome and terrible, but I just had to keep turning the pages to find out who could do these awful things. Unfortunately, the ending left me with questions, and I really needed to know more, thus the four stars. Have you read this one yet? What did you think of the ending?
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thriller writers have always amazed me. How the heck can they write a villain so well? A serial killer. How do they come up with the ways their fictional victims will get killed? It always seemed so odd to me--how could a regular person get in the mindset of a killer without going crazy? But it's possible. And it's amazing. Allison Brennan is one of those authors who knows exactly how to write a villain. Her villains are brutal, grotesque in their methods, and yet they keep you wanting to read, ...more
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Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-sus
4.5 stars
Started this at the beach this afternoon and have only put it down a few times in between. Very creepy, but suspenseful.
I picked this one up because of a challenge prompting me to read a book written by an author from our hometown and Allison Brennan is as close as I got haha. This was also one of my first times reading a romantic suspense.

Unfortunately, I wasn't totally sold on this series. That being said I'm only writing this review a month after reading it and I can't remember much about the book. So, perhaps that is somewhat telling.

I remember liking the main character, the procedure, even the build up of
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-loved
So this was pretty twisted and screwed but well worth the read. Glad I finally took the time to read this. Look forward to the next one
The characters seem somewhat superficial. Detective Kincaid is portrayed as competent, of course, and marked by a family tragedy that later pulled her into police work. Brief references inform the reader about how the tragedy still influences Kincaid's interactions with both victims and perpetrators. That all seems to work with the story. But when Kincaid's inner thoughts begin to register how sexy and desirable Sheriff Thomas is, it feels contrived. Such thoughts jump out of the story, ...more
Angela Risner
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found Allison Brennan through a Kindle deal for one of her Lucy Kincaid books and was immediately hooked. I have basically bought each book twice, as I downloaded them for my Kindle and bought them in hard copy for my 80 year old mother.

Speak No Evil introduces us to the Kincaid family, who will figure in all three books of this particular trilogy as well as the five (and counting?) books of the Lucy Kincaid series. This book features Carina Kincaid, a police detective. Carina is
laura m
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: american crime fiction fans
I am not giving this author 5 stars until she ditches her porn.
apart from that, this is such an improvement from her first book, it was enjoyment to read. Ok, I wasn't so thrilled about the identity of the killer and some of his final remarks which were left totally unexplained but otherwise it was really rather fun.
the start was a bit more promising that further developments but oh well.
it was nice to see Sheriff Thomas back in action although I have two objections - he was sooo head over
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was part of a “book club” obtained from a co-worker (also included others from the series by this author which I never read before). Despite the gruesome topic of murdered girls in the San Diego area sought by an online predator, I really enjoyed the book; it kept my interest and I thought it would make a great movie – the kind that kept you on the edge of your seat! The victims varied in their purity and the killer enjoyed the thrill of hunting and hurting them with his signature gag ...more
Ruth Turner
I enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for well-written stories about serial killers.

I liked the characters, although I found Carina to be a bit painful during the love scenes. "Dream of me tonight"...."Did you dream of me last night?" *eyeroll* I ended up skipping through them.

The murder scenes didn't bother me as they did with some readers. I have a blood thirsty nature although not a romantic one apparently.

All in all it was a good read.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes that life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year.

Allison has penned more than three dozen thrillers and many short stories. RT Book Reviews calls Allison “a master of suspense” and her books “haunting,” “mesmerizing,” “pulse-pounding” and “emotionally complex.” RT also said that "The

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