Say Nothing

Say Nothing

A Novel

Book - 2017
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When their children are abducted by a man who blackmails them to follow instructions at the risk of the children's lives, a judge and his wife endure a terrorizing ordeal of no-holds-barred deceit and bond-breaking suspicions
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
ISBN: 9781101985595
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 13, 2019

A great combination of mystery, intrigue, political corruption, and kidnapping. The reader joins an intense, at times, journey from vigorous threats and deceit to tender empathy for the parents of kidnapped children. I admit to skimming a bit, but otherwise I was immersed to the impassioned end.

Aug 30, 2018

Wow that was an intense read. Especially the climax and end when everything came together.

When Scott and Alison's twin children are kidnapped and held random in exchange for a certain court verdict, there is a lot of tension and secrets being kept between the two of them and ones close to them. They thought their nightmare would soon be over once they complied with the kidnapper's wishes (ruling in the verdict they want the first time and keeping law enforcement out of the picture), however it was just the beginning....

As the days crawl by, and they are no closer to recovering their missing child, there is more doubt and secrets kept from each other. For Scott, he kept certain information about their missing child from Alison (which honestly was for the best as she was barely keeping it together) and had secretly hired a PI. For Alison, she was keeping a huge secret from Scott, whereas her family knows and tries to cover for her

So who are the kidnappers? Well one of the mastermind behind this scheme isn't all that surprising, but the other parties involved certainly were!

And that ending. Wow. What a show down.

This was a fast pace thriller, with twists and turns, it was definitely a good read. But beware, there are some unpleasant scenes involving child cruelty.

Jun 17, 2018

Good book liked the story line and characters. The book moves fast and plot has twist and turns.

Feb 22, 2018

Not up to par with the best Grisham, but not bad.

Jun 02, 2017

This was a fast paced thriller that you could not put down. Parents facing the kidnapping of their children and told not to tell anyone about this. Would a federal judge handle this as he did - not getting anyone else involved? I don't know - but most stories have these kinds of questions. But it moved on with the premise that the would follow the directions completely as directed. Surprise ending when the source of their troubles is finally revealed. Enjoyed this book.

May 05, 2017

This was a fine read until the middle when credibility was lost. The author tried too hard to shock and it did not come off as real.

Mar 25, 2017

.·:*¨¨*:·..The Puppet Judge..·:*¨¨*:·.
I started to get impatient with Judge Sampson as he danced at the end of kidnappers' strings. There were too many implausibilities to enable my suspension of disbelief. So I tried an experiment of sorts, jumping ahead more than 200 pages to see how the story played out. First thing I discovered was that I had missed no critical plot elements. Second, I found the conclusion very unrealistic and unsatisfying. More head scratching than heart pounding.

Mar 11, 2017

The premise of this book immediately had it on my to-read list. Once I started reading it, the first third of the book had me disappointed. It seemed hard to fathom that these parents, one being a federal judge, were doing nothing to get their child back. I also wanted the chapters from the kidnap brothers perspective to be from the child's perspective instead. But by the halfway point I was fully invested in the family's plight and couldn't put it down until I finished it.

Mar 08, 2017

What. A. Book.

Say Nothing by Brad Parks was unputdownable. Parks was able to create a rare balance that is uncommon in thrillers; a fast paced plot, gut-wrenching scenarios and likeable characters. I was literally on the edge of my seat. I read this one easily in the course of a couple sittings; once I started, I simply could not stop. I was completely sucked into this plot.

The story follows Judge Scott Sampson, doting husband and father to twins Sam and Emma. After receiving a life changing text that ends in the kidnapping of his children, Scott is forced to become a legal pawn in a sick game of cat and mouse. There is one rule. Say nothing.

This book read like a domestic thriller, a legal thriller and a conspiracy thriller all rolled into one. I believe this novel would appeal to all different types of readers.

5/5 stars. Read this book.

Feb 22, 2017

The book begins with every parent’s worst nightmare. Judge Scott Sampson & wife Alison get a phone call one afternoon & just like that, life as they know it is over. Someone has snatched their 6 year old twins. The instructions are simple: say nothing.

The next call concerns a drug case Scott is due to pass sentence on. It’s pretty open & shut but if he wants to see the twins again, he has no choice but to follow the kidnappers’ directions. He doesn’t know it yet but it’s just the first step in his dealings with a very organized & resourceful enemy.

This is a stand alone novel by the author of the popular Carter Ross series. Chapters alternate between the bad guys & the 2 MC’s so we get both sides of the story. Scott & Alison are in full on fight or flight mode & as the book progresses, cracks begin to appear as they struggle to make the right decisions. There’s more emphasis on action than character development but that’s a minor complaint for a book in this genre.

It’s a fast paced, action packed read that should appeal to fans of straight up suspense/thrillers. And it might make wonder what you’re capable of if pushed too far.


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