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|Don’t Keep Silent, #3
By Elizabeth Goddard / Revell
I want to state this loud and clear: “Don’t Keep Silent” by Elizabeth Goddard is a fantastic novel. She builds a multi-layered mystery around the disappearance of Zoey, a young mother with a secret identity. Her sister in law Rae Burke, a veteran investigative reporter is called in to search for clues and find the missing person before the trail goes ice cold.
The entire novel spans one action packed week and two Rocky Mountain states. Rae and her brother Alan decide to start the search by interviewing Zoey’s estranged mom back in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Alan stays in Denver, Colorado to care for Callie, the daughter that is the center of Alan and Zoey’s home. Alan’s sister, Rae sets off for Wyoming with hopes that she and a hired P.I. can cover more ground faster than the law enforcement personnel assigned to the case. Rae trusts only Liam McKade to be her partner on the job. Their partnership ebbs and flows between harmony and division. Rae and Liam have a stormy history. They both crashed and burned from a previous incident and have spent recent months rebuilding from this epic fail. Liam was forced to walk away from his undercover assignment since his cover was blown while trying to rescue Rae from an armed assailant. At the start of this novel, Liam is living in Jackson Hole on the family ranch. He has multiple new job offers but is confused over which one to accept. Rae seeks him out and together they acquire the puzzle pieces required to solve the missing person mystery.
The setting based primarily at ski resorts in Wyoming is perfectly suited to the plot. Elizabeth Goddard builds her story around the grim activities connected to human trafficking. In addition to hiring Liam as a P.I, she brings in Reggie, a cyber-sleuth who works the deep web angles for leads.
The book is a page-turner with smart characters and plenty of action. The suspect list expands and contracts until a major breakthrough brings the plot to a dramatic end. It’s a great book to share with mystery fans. Don’t Keep Silent is Book 3 in the Uncommon Justice series. I had not read the previous two books, but I jumped right into book 3 and never missed a beat. The plot’s pace is fast, just like the run an expert skier would take on an black diamond trail with plenty of life threatening obstacles. I received an advanced reader’s copy from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.