Merida Falcon is a world-class beauty, a trophy wife who seems to have it all…except she has no voice.
For nine bitter years, Merida lived to serve her wealthy elderly husband, never leaving his side, always doing his bidding…
On his death, Merida vanishes…and reappears in Virtue Falls with a new name, a new look, and a plot to take revenge on the man who loved her, betrayed her and walked away, leaving her silent, abused and bound to an old man's obsession.
But Merida faces challenges. Her school friend Kateri Kwinault is the newly elected sheriff of Virtue Falls. A chance meeting with her former lover intrigues him and brings him on the hunt for her, and meeting him face to face shakes her convictions. Will she have time to discover the truth about the events that occurred nine years ago? For someone in Virtue Falls is stalking women and slashing them…to death.
Danger closes in. Merida's fears build. There’s no one to turn to…no one she dares to trust. And she has to wonder—who is the killer stalking? Is he trying to silence forever THE WOMAN WHO COULDN'T SCREAM?
Mute-but-not-deaf Merida Falcon takes center stage in bestseller Dodd's lively fourth novel set in Virtue Falls, Wash. (after 2016's Because I'm Watching). At the beginning of tourist season in Virtue Falls, the newly opened Good Knight Manor Bed and Breakfast thrums with a diverse and curious guest list, including, besides Merida (who communicates via computer tablet), billionaire Benedict Howard; Dawkins Cipre, an Oxford and WSU literature professor, and his wife, Elsa; and Lilith Palmer, the stepsister of Sheriff Kateri Kwinault. None of whom has descended upon the tiny town (pop. 2,487) for its bucolic serenity or its picturesque canyon views. They all bring weighty personal baggage, ranging from the mildly malicious to pure evil. Merida, who has her own agenda, soon learns that her life is in danger but why and from whom remains unknown. Meanwhile, tension builds and suspicion shifts with breakneck speed, as it's anybody's guess who's behind a sudden rash of grisly murders. Suspense fans will find a lot to like.
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This continued suspense in Virtue Falls, Washington held my attention throughout the pages. I kept wondering about the background stories of Merida and Benedict and what secrets they held about themselves. And since I didn’t know the answers until near the end of the book, it kept me going at warp speed whenever I was able to read more. It was truly hard to put it down. Besides John Terrance, a truly bad dude from the other books in this series, finding out who the serial murderer is in this book was an even bigger challenge. And I was wrong on who was guilty! I love the sassy humor. The relationship between Sheriff Kateri and Stag is magical. When I finished, I wondered what will happen next in the characters’ lives. Whether there will be more Virtue Falls or not, I am satisfied with how this one ended, but I will still wish for more, as I will always have questions on what may happen next and whose lives will be at stake. There will always be crime in Virtue Falls, and the challenges Kateri has faced in the other books in this series and will face in this one, while having sustained more injuries than you can ever imagine, are admirable. The constant presence of Kateri portrays what a real force is like - I honor, respect, and love her. I highly recommend this book.
Great New Addition to the Virtual Falls world
This might be my favorite in the series to date. It was as much about Kateri as it was Merida. I was so happy to get more of Kateri's story and see how and where she and Merida knew each other previously. Stag and Benedict are really strong men, supporting their equally strong women. There was a really interesting cast of supporting characters too, some familiar faces from earlier books. This can definitely be read as a stand alone, but the series is great and I would encourage you to read them all.
And, I want to admit, I could not figure out the mystery, but once it all came together, I could look back and see how it all came together cohesively. This series just keeps getting better and better, which is saying a lot as they've all been good so far.
A great suspense story
I enjoyed this book very much. I will admit I was unable to finish the previous book, Because I'm Watching, (not because it wasn't good but because I personally couldn't get into it) but I didn't let that stop me from reading this book. The Woman Who Couldn't Scream has a great suspense storyline plus more about Kateri's past. I can't wait to read more stories from Virtue Falls.