My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it
Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.
Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?
What a suspenseful book! It starts out with an intense scene and doesn't slow down. I admired the tenacity and grit of Sophia, who does her best to help with the investigation even though she's suffering from her injuries and grief. Her inability to speak and use of a lip-reading interpreter was a unique and interesting angle. Julian is a fabulous hero, and I loved the scenes with him and Sophia together. The grandmother brought forward information Sophia never knew about her mother's past, and it was sad that the desire for success and prestige over love tore apart relationships. I was biting my nails as the tension stays taut while the detectives hurry to solve the case before the killer strikes again. Woven throughout is Sophia's personal spiritual journey as she turns to God to help her find new purpose in her life.
(Thank you to Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review )