Book Review

UNSPEAKABLE
by Sandra Brown

Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense

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Upon hearing that vicious killer Carl Herbold has escaped from prison, drifter Jack Sawyer returns to East Texas and the Corbett ranch. Everyone knows that Carl and Cecil Herbold hate their stepfather Delray Corbett intensely and have threatened to kill him, but law enforcement officials figure that Carl is too smart to return just for vengeance. Jack isnt so sure. Keeping a protective eye on Delray, his deaf daughter-in-law Anna and grandson David is the best Jack can do.

Since his sons untimely death, Delray has shut out most of the world. Annas feelings of isolation are compounded by her inability to hear. Six-year-old David has no fear about joining the world, and immediately forms a bond with Jack. Building a friendship with Jack awakens emotions Anna thought were long dead. But she also senses dark secrets hidden behind his compelling eyes.

Despite retirement, former sheriff Ezzy Hardge is obsessed with solving a 22-year-old murder case. Carl and Cecil were and still are the prime suspects. With both of them on the loose and on a killing spree, Ezzy has a terrible feeling that the past and present are about to collide.

Gritty, edgy and ripe with tension, UNSPEAKABLE continues Ms. Browns
evolution into an outstanding purveyor of nerve-shattering suspense. Chilling and thrilling! (Sep., 448 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Warner

Published: September 1999

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Unspeakable

Submitted by Robin in PA on November 3, 2012 - 2:57pm.

When Drifter Jack Sawyer shows up at a Texas ranch looking for work, Delray Corbett is a little wary of him. He doesn't know Jack, but Delray needs a hired hand to help out around the ranch. He would also like to have an extra person on board since hearing is step-son, Carl Herbold, has escaped a prison where he was serving a life sentence for murder. Delray doesn't want Carl hurting his daughter-in-law, Anna, or his Grandson, David. Anna is attracted to Jack as soon as she meets him. Being deaf since birth, Anna is used to being treated differently. But Jack treats her like a normal person, even trying to learn sign language to help communicate with her.

I found this book very interesting but it may not be for everyone. There are several very violent scenes involving Carl Herbold. I know some people were turned off by this, but it really just showed me this character had absolutely no redeeming qualities. There is a sub-plot involving retired Sheriff Ezzy Hardge who is investigating a 20-year-old unsolved murder that he can't forget. My favorite portions of the book were Anna and Jack's relationship, and also his relationship with her son, David. My rating: 4.5 Stars.