Dead Silence

Stillwater Trilogy, Book 1

There’s a body buried behind a Mississippi farmhouse

Grace Montgomery knows who it is, and she knows why it happened. She was only thirteen the night it all went wrong. And now, like then, she has no choice but to keep her mouth shut.

Grace left the town of Stillwater thirteen years ago, trying to forget, trying to make good. As an assistant D.A. in Jackson, she’s finally achieved the success that was supposed to change her life. But it hasn’t—so she’s come back to confront her own history. Which means returning to the farmhouse now owned by her brother and facing the people of Stillwater, a number of whom suspect the truth.

Widower Kennedy Archer is one of those people. He’s running for mayor and needs to stay as far away from Grace as possible. And yet…she’s an enigma he can’t resist. Even though her enemies are close to finding out what really happened—and that could ruin them both.

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There’s a body buried behind a Mississippi farmhouse

Grace Montgomery knows who it is, and she knows why it happened. She was only thirteen the night it all went wrong. And now, like then, she has no choice but to keep her mouth shut.

Grace left the town of Stillwater thirteen years ago, trying to forget, trying to make good. As an assistant D.A. in Jackson, she’s finally achieved the success that was supposed to change her life. But it hasn’t—so she’s come back to confront her own history. Which means returning to the farmhouse now owned by her brother and facing the people of Stillwater, a number of whom suspect the truth.

Widower Kennedy Archer is one of those people. He’s running for mayor and needs to stay as far away from Grace as possible. And yet…she’s an enigma he can’t resist. Even though her enemies are close to finding out what really happened—and that could ruin them both.

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Also Available in Audio

Dead Silence Audio Cover Art

Harlequin Audio
January 1, 2006
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Apple Audiobooks

Praise

"In the first of a compelling new series set in the small town of Stillwater, Novak expertly mixes her usual superior characterization with a chilling sense of evil as she pairs up a complicated heroine with a dark past with a caring, honorable man who gives her hope for the future."

John Charles, Booklist

Dead Silence by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T18:00:03-07:00

John Charles, Booklist

"In the first of a compelling new series set in the small town of Stillwater, Novak expertly mixes her usual superior characterization with a chilling sense of evil as she pairs up a complicated heroine with a dark past with a caring, honorable man who gives her hope for the future."
"With Ms. Novak’s usual deep characterization, well-honed ability to set a scene, arouse empathy, and build suspense, your enjoyment is guaranteed."


Jane Bowers, RomRevToday.com

Dead Silence by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T18:11:31-07:00

Jane Bowers, RomRevToday.com

"With Ms. Novak’s usual deep characterization, well-honed ability to set a scene, arouse empathy, and build suspense, your enjoyment is guaranteed."
"Brenda Novak gives readers a solid, excellent read in her new romantic suspense Dead Silence. From beginning to end, readers are pulled into a story with a secret hidden that keeps them guessing... a great dose of suspense... a thrilling read."

Tracy Zappala, SuspenseRomanceWriters.com

Dead Silence by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T18:06:41-07:00

Tracy Zappala, SuspenseRomanceWriters.com

"Brenda Novak gives readers a solid, excellent read in her new romantic suspense Dead Silence. From beginning to end, readers are pulled into a story with a secret hidden that keeps them guessing... a great dose of suspense... a thrilling read."
"Ms. Novak has made this romantic suspense a page turner, leaving you feeling like you can’t sit still. Humor fills in the gaps of Grace’s strained family ties while the characters adapt to events that haunt them from a lifetime ago. It is very easy to get caught up with the emotion running through the story...Dead Silence is a wonderful start to the new series and will have you craving the release of the next novel."

Lysa Demorest, Writers Unlimited

Dead Silence by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T17:56:20-07:00

Lysa Demorest, Writers Unlimited

"Ms. Novak has made this romantic suspense a page turner, leaving you feeling like you can’t sit still. Humor fills in the gaps of Grace’s strained family ties while the characters adapt to events that haunt them from a lifetime ago. It is very easy to get caught up with the emotion running through the story...Dead Silence is a wonderful start to the new series and will have you craving the release of the next novel."
"An old murder, hidden perversions, and a town that won’t forget infuse this emotionally intense story that depicts both the vicious cruelty and the loving support that can coexist within the same town—or the same family. Passions of all kinds simmer just below the surface of this sensual, gripping story."

Kristen Ramsdell, Library Journal

Dead Silence by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T17:58:41-07:00

Kristen Ramsdell, Library Journal

"An old murder, hidden perversions, and a town that won’t forget infuse this emotionally intense story that depicts both the vicious cruelty and the loving support that can coexist within the same town—or the same family. Passions of all kinds simmer just below the surface of this sensual, gripping story."
"Edgy, eerie, and very complicated, the story of Grace and Kennedy unravels amongst a backdrop of evil, cruelty and surprisingly, hope. This is a mystery where the answers are laid out for the reader right away. What makes it so absorbing is the way these answers slowly coming to light, how they are still affecting the town of Stillwater and its residents to this da... Dead Silence is Brenda Novak at her most compelling in this hard-hitting and sensational thriller. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series plays out. With this powerful and evocative start, readers are definitely in for a dynamic treat."

Sarah W., Romance Junkies, 5 Stars

Dead Silence by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T18:03:35-07:00

Sarah W., Romance Junkies, 5 Stars

"Edgy, eerie, and very complicated, the story of Grace and Kennedy unravels amongst a backdrop of evil, cruelty and surprisingly, hope. This is a mystery where the answers are laid out for the reader right away. What makes it so absorbing is the way these answers slowly coming to light, how they are still affecting the town of Stillwater and its residents to this da... Dead Silence is Brenda Novak at her most compelling in this hard-hitting and sensational thriller. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series plays out. With this powerful and evocative start, readers are definitely in for a dynamic treat."
"Brenda Novak has a tendency to take the most unlikely protagonists, and turn them into a hero. In Dead Silence, instead of the typical "girl next door" story, she’s taken on the town tramp and turned her into a heroine you immediately care for. ...Never one to disappoint, Brenda Novak is a writer you need to add to your reading list. Dead Silence, is a book you don’t want to miss."

Lisa Ramaglia, Scribes World Reviews, 5 Stars

Dead Silence by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T18:13:33-07:00

Lisa Ramaglia, Scribes World Reviews, 5 Stars

"Brenda Novak has a tendency to take the most unlikely protagonists, and turn them into a hero. In Dead Silence, instead of the typical "girl next door" story, she’s taken on the town tramp and turned her into a heroine you immediately care for. ...Never one to disappoint, Brenda Novak is a writer you need to add to your reading list. Dead Silence, is a book you don’t want to miss."
"Dead Silence is a deeply emotional and touching ...and will have you holding your breath waiting to see what will happen next. Brenda Novak has outdone herself with this first exhilarating story in what is sure to be another hit series. I cannot wait to get started on the next book Dead Giveaway."

Tammy, Fallen Angel Reviews, 5 Angels

Dead Silence by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T18:15:01-07:00

Tammy, Fallen Angel Reviews, 5 Angels

"Dead Silence is a deeply emotional and touching ...and will have you holding your breath waiting to see what will happen next. Brenda Novak has outdone herself with this first exhilarating story in what is sure to be another hit series. I cannot wait to get started on the next book Dead Giveaway."
"I have to give Brenda Novak a lot of credit. She certainly knows how to create twists and turns along with ups and downs...very clever...very touching."

Lori Graham, Once Upon a Romance, 5 Stars

Dead Silence by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T18:08:35-07:00

Lori Graham, Once Upon a Romance, 5 Stars

"I have to give Brenda Novak a lot of credit. She certainly knows how to create twists and turns along with ups and downs...very clever...very touching."
"Dead Silence is a fascinating read... The character of Grace is beautiful throughout the book... Ms. Novak spins a captivating suspense that allows the reader to feel the emotions of Grace. She adds in-depth secondary characters with intense conversation that this reader could feel, along with a richness to the story that has all the makings of an excellent suspense. I could visualize even the surroundings. One extraordinary book that deserves a 5-cup rating is this engaging tale.... I am anxious for the next book!

Cherokee, Coffee Time Romance, 5 Cups

Dead Silence by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T17:54:54-07:00

Cherokee, Coffee Time Romance, 5 Cups

"Dead Silence is a fascinating read... The character of Grace is beautiful throughout the book... Ms. Novak spins a captivating suspense that allows the reader to feel the emotions of Grace. She adds in-depth secondary characters with intense conversation that this reader could feel, along with a richness to the story that has all the makings of an excellent suspense. I could visualize even the surroundings. One extraordinary book that deserves a 5-cup rating is this engaging tale.... I am anxious for the next book!
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