Monday, May 05, 2008

No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane

First Sentence: Somewhere in her heart, Danielle Montgomery knew this was wrong, and her guilt had a face.

No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane
Avon, 2008 (ARE)
Crime Fiction (S/T); 354 pgs

Detective Rebecca Montgomery is hanging by a thread emotionally and career wise. Her sister’s disappearance and the lack of progress in the investigation have the grieving San Antonio detective on edge. Her coworkers are tired of her butting in and jeopardizing the investigation, one that involves more than just Becca’s sister. Other girls have gone missing across the country with possible ties to the San Antonio area.

In order to divert her attention and keep her busy, Becca’s superior assigns her to a case involving the discovery of skeletal remains in the old Imperial Theatre, which had just recently burned down in an arson fire. When Becca’s investigation takes her to the doorstep of a shady wealthy businessman, she is suddenly pulled off that case as well, and the FBI takes over. Not ready to give over the reins completely, Becca decides to continue with the investigation on her own. Becca must decide if she wants to try to enlist the help of an insider, Diego Galvan, whose own motives are questionable.

Billed as a romantic suspense, it is easy to see why. Sparks fly the moment Becca and Diego first lay eyes on each other. She is not sure which side he is on, but it’s clear he has a dangerous streak that she must not underestimate. While at first I questioned the believability of her falling so fast for Diego despite common sense and the walls she had built around her, I came to recognize that her toughness was only a faƧade. She wanted—needed—a connection with someone and her mysterious stranger was able to get under her defenses from the very first moment. In addition to the physical attraction, he showed an interest in her and listened to her, filling a void in her heart. She had been living a relatively lonely existence since her sister’s disappearance and apparent murder.

I tend to shy away from books with heavy romance overtones as a matter of preference, and I had been hearing here and there that this particular novel might be too much in that direction for my tastes. While the sex scenes were certainly sizzling in content, they did not overwhelm the overall story, one that exposes a very dark and ugly criminal underworld that unfortunately is very much a part of our world today.

The players in the novel become obvious fairly quickly as I am sure the author intended, but where all the pieces of the puzzle will fall remain unknown for most of the book. No One Heard Her Scream is predictable in some respects, but not in all. Jordan Dane is off to a great start with her first novel. It is suspenseful and fast paced, always a good combination for a book like this. Jordan Dane’s No One Heard Her Scream came to me through the Harper Collins First Look Program.

Rating: * (Good)


Be sure and stop by Jordan Dane's website website for more information about her recent books.

Read what Bookgal and April had to say about this book:

Books, Memes and Musings (Bookgal)
Cafe of Dreams (April)



13 comments:

  1. I loved your insightful review. Well done! As a new author, I appreciate you mentioning my work and taking the time to read my book. Thanks and have a great week.

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  2. Discovering new authors is such fun! Glad you enjoyed this.

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  3. Glad you liked it. I have this book on my TBR. I got a chance to interview Jordan Dane on my blog

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  4. The premise sounds good... and I don't mind a little romance in it as long as it doesn't keep the suspense away. I'll have to check out this book. Thanks for the great review, Wendy!

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  5. This sounds good. I'm adding it to my TBR list.

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  6. Like Cheryl, I have this one on my shelf and it's screaming "READ ME!!!"

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  7. Jordan - Thank you so much both for the compliment and stopping by my blog. I am looking forward to reading your next two books as well.

    Jen - It is fun discovering new authors, isn't it?

    Cheryl - I'm headed straight over to read the interview. Thank you for letting me know. :-)

    Melody - I didn't think the romance got in the way of the suspense in this book, although I think it does stand out.

    Samantha - I hope you will enjoy it. It's a fun book to read.

    J. Kaye - Books can be so impatient and loud sometimes, can't they? LOL

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  8. I knew I had read a review before--and thanks to your weekly geeks I realized that I had read Bookgal's review. ;) I also remember reading about the sexual content in the book, but maybe I'll have to rethink this one.

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  9. Trish - I know a couple of people who thought the sexual content was too high, so it depends on the reader ultimately and what your preference is. It wasn't mild, I'll say that! But I also didn't think it overshadowed the main crime plot thread either.

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  10. I signed up for this book but didn't get it. Bummer! It looks like a good read! Sexual content is not a big deal for me because I just skim it or skip to the end of the chapter.

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  11. Literary - Thanks for the link. I've linked your review on mine as well.

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