Crime, Dectective, Domestic Noir/Thriller, TBR Tuesdays

The Weight of Silence @Gregg_Olsen

Gregg Olsen has delivered once again – a taut, well-written police procedural that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

TBR Thursdays

Each Thursday I try like hell to cross another book off of my TBR list. I have no idea why I waited so long to read The Weight of Silence by Gregg_Olsen when I know that his books always are going to be amazing. Of course this one is no exception!

The Weight of Silence is the follow-up to Olsen’s bestseller, The Sound of Rain, where we first met Detective Nicole Foster. Foster is back after her catastrophic downward spiral in The Sound of Rain and ready for a second chance. She’s moved back to her childhood home on the Washington coast to care for her niece Emma and begin “fresh” in a new department. Of course, the past never really is buried and her sociopathic sister, Stacey, is not going to let Nicole’s past stay in the past for long.

The story is two-fold: the majority of the theme is an extremely well written police procedural where Nicole and her partner, Carter, are investigating the worst kind of case – the death of a child. The parents insist at every opportunity available that the child’s death was an accident. But was it really? Methodical policing may prove otherwise. As the case progresses, Olsen gives us an in-depth examination of Nicole’s current life – her intense love for her niece, her “family” which includes an aging pooch and her Alzheimer ridden father. We learn more about Nicole’s gambling addiction and the strength she uses to overcome it every single day. To say that Olsen is a master of character development is understatement. He is brilliant. Ultimately Nicole’s past and present converge at a climactic conclusion that is extremely satisfying on both fronts.

There are times when I think that suspense/mystery/thrillers all are blending together and merely re-telling the same plot over and over again. With The Weight of Silence I am reminded how wonderful it is when the genre is done right.

Five highly recommended Stars to The Weight of Silence!

Thanks to #Netgalley, #Thomas&Mercer and @Gregg_Olsen for this very enjoyable book.

 

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Legal Beagles, Thriller

An Engineered Injustice

This fast paced thriller moves quicker than a roaring locomotive to its breathtaking conclusion.

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It has been ages since I have read good legal thrillers but this one caught my attention for multiple reasons, not the least of which was the topic of a massive train crash. Anyone keeping up with the news in the US is aware that there has been a number of Amtrak wrecks in 2018, so this book is as timely as it is captivating.

In An Engineered Injustice, one of the largest and deadliest train wrecks has just occurred and as Vaughn Coburn is frantically searching for news on his co-worker, he receives a call from cousin’s wife: his cousin was the engineer on the train. While Vaughn’s loyalty is torn between sympathizing with his injured co-worker and his duty to his family, he owes a debt to his cousin that has to be repaid. Vaughn agrees to represent Eddy, his cousin, and begins searching for the answers that Eddy, due to amnesia, cannot remember – why did Eddy plow into an obstruction on the tracks without ever applying the brakes or slowing down. As tension mounts and evidence against Eddy grows, Vaughn slowly begins to realize that there is far more to this case than a train wreck and blame. The nefarious undertones and implications will have you, the reader, turning the pages so quickly you will not stop for a break until the very end. The story is compelling, unique and, sadly, extremely plausible.

I had no idea that this was a follow-up to William Myers, Jr.’s best seller, “A Criminal Defense.” Since I haven’t been reading legal thrillers, I had not read the first book but it didn’t in any way affect my enjoyment of this book. It works fine as a stand-alone. If you enjoy thrillers of any type or legal thrillers specifically, then this is definitely a “must read.” Myers is a very successful attorney and his writing reflects his skill and knowledge. 4 out of 5 stars.

I greatly appreciate #ThomasandMercer, #Netgalley and Mr. Myers for their generosity in providing my copy of this book for review.