“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
“Terrific book. Truly terrific. Tension throughout and tears at the end.”—Sue Grafton
Judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: A prestigious job. A loving marriage. A pair of healthy children. Then a phone call begins every parent’s most chilling nightmare. Scott’s six-year-old twins, Sam and Emma, have been taken. The judge must rule exactly as instructed in a drug case he is about to hear. If he refuses, the consequences for the children will be dire.
For Scott and his wife, Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror. Through it all, they will stop at nothing to get their children back, no matter the cost to themselves...or to each other.
“Complications and twists build to an unexpected climax that is both perfect and gut-wrenching.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Grips the reader from the get-go and doesn’t let up until the final twist.”—Associated Press
Shamus Award winner Parks's excellent domestic thriller credibly portrays a family under severe stress. Federal judge Scott Sampson's tranquil and fulfilling personal life in rural tidewater Virginia with his wife, Alison, and twin six-year-olds, Sam and Emma, is shattered when someone impersonating Alison abducts Sam and Emma from their school. The kidnappers insist that Scott say nothing to anyone and that he await instructions about the impending sentencing of a minor drug dealer whose history merits severe punishment. The orders that Scott eventually receives threaten his professional position and prove to be but the prelude to extortion regarding another case with even greater consequences. The tension the catastrophe causes in Scott and Alison's marriage is palpable, and Parks (The Fraud and five other Carter Ross mysteries) makes even Scott's most paranoid suspicions reasonable in the circumstances. Veteran genre readers may anticipate some of the surprises, but they'll still find themselves on pins and needles awaiting the reveals. Five-city author tour.
Great story. Keeps you wondering what will happen next. Enjoyable reading.
Well written with an emotional ending!
I have been a fan of certain John Grisham novels but when I read this book I wondered why Parks is not given as much acclaim. I look for a story with a somewhat unique plot with interesting characters, that moves along fluidly and is filled with twists and turns and surprises. I appreciate the research that must have gone into the story, especially the judicial aspects. I would have given it 6 stars.