Say Nothing

Say Nothing

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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"Terrific book. Truly terrific. Tension throughout and tears at the end. What could be better than that'"-Sue Grafton "Outstanding-starts with a bang and gets tenser and tenser. Say Nothing shows Parks is a quality writer at the top of his form."-Lee Child Judge Scott Sampson doesn't brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: A prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she'll get the kids from school instead. It's not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn't have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent's most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. A man who warns the judge to do exactly as he is told in a drug case he is about to rule on. If the judge fails to follow his instructions, the consequences for the children will be dire. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper's call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. Through it all, Scott and Alison will stop at nothing to get their children back, no matter the cost to themselves...'r to each other. "A twisting, suspenseful ride that adds a new and original twist to the legal thriller: a judge, cornered. If you haven't discovered Brad Parks yet, Say Nothing is your chance. Smart, propulsive storytelling. "-William Landay.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2017]
ISBN: 1101985615 (electronic bk.)
9781101985618 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC PARKS
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Feb 22, 2018

Not up to par with the best Grisham, but not bad.

Jun 02, 2017

This was a fast paced thriller that you could not put down. Parents facing the kidnapping of their children and told not to tell anyone about this. Would a federal judge handle this as he did - not getting anyone else involved? I don't know - but most stories have these kinds of questions. But it moved on with the premise that the would follow the directions completely as directed. Surprise ending when the source of their troubles is finally revealed. Enjoyed this book.

May 05, 2017

This was a fine read until the middle when credibility was lost. The author tried too hard to shock and it did not come off as real.

Mar 25, 2017

.·:*¨¨*:·..The Puppet Judge..·:*¨¨*:·.
I started to get impatient with Judge Sampson as he danced at the end of kidnappers' strings. There were too many implausibilities to enable my suspension of disbelief. So I tried an experiment of sorts, jumping ahead more than 200 pages to see how the story played out. First thing I discovered was that I had missed no critical plot elements. Second, I found the conclusion very unrealistic and unsatisfying. More head scratching than heart pounding.

Mar 11, 2017

The premise of this book immediately had it on my to-read list. Once I started reading it, the first third of the book had me disappointed. It seemed hard to fathom that these parents, one being a federal judge, were doing nothing to get their child back. I also wanted the chapters from the kidnap brothers perspective to be from the child's perspective instead. But by the halfway point I was fully invested in the family's plight and couldn't put it down until I finished it.

Mar 08, 2017

What. A. Book.

Say Nothing by Brad Parks was unputdownable. Parks was able to create a rare balance that is uncommon in thrillers; a fast paced plot, gut-wrenching scenarios and likeable characters. I was literally on the edge of my seat. I read this one easily in the course of a couple sittings; once I started, I simply could not stop. I was completely sucked into this plot.

The story follows Judge Scott Sampson, doting husband and father to twins Sam and Emma. After receiving a life changing text that ends in the kidnapping of his children, Scott is forced to become a legal pawn in a sick game of cat and mouse. There is one rule. Say nothing.

This book read like a domestic thriller, a legal thriller and a conspiracy thriller all rolled into one. I believe this novel would appeal to all different types of readers.

5/5 stars. Read this book.

Feb 22, 2017

The book begins with every parent’s worst nightmare. Judge Scott Sampson & wife Alison get a phone call one afternoon & just like that, life as they know it is over. Someone has snatched their 6 year old twins. The instructions are simple: say nothing.

The next call concerns a drug case Scott is due to pass sentence on. It’s pretty open & shut but if he wants to see the twins again, he has no choice but to follow the kidnappers’ directions. He doesn’t know it yet but it’s just the first step in his dealings with a very organized & resourceful enemy.

This is a stand alone novel by the author of the popular Carter Ross series. Chapters alternate between the bad guys & the 2 MC’s so we get both sides of the story. Scott & Alison are in full on fight or flight mode & as the book progresses, cracks begin to appear as they struggle to make the right decisions. There’s more emphasis on action than character development but that’s a minor complaint for a book in this genre.

It’s a fast paced, action packed read that should appeal to fans of straight up suspense/thrillers. And it might make wonder what you’re capable of if pushed too far.


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