Sunday, December 6, 2015


Marji Laine reviews.
I was so delighted to get a free copy of this new release, Fear is Louder than Words, by Linda Glaz in exchange for an honest review! The intensity of this plot had me picking the book up at every opportunity.

The Short Version:
Rochelle Cassidy has the perfect life as a radio talk show host in the Detroit market, but her celebrity status doesn't stop an angry listener from wanting her ... dead. Ed McGrath's ideal life as a pro-hockey player doesn't include a damsel in distress until the night he discovers Rochelle being attacked in a deserted parking structure.

Circumstances throw them together in more ways than one when Rochelle's producer plays matchmaker. A sick boy, a corrupt politician, and questionable medical practices put more than merely Rochelle in danger, and still, her attacker shadows her every step.

Will Ed be able to break through her trust issues in order to protect her, or will she continue to see him as Detroit's bad boy athlete? Her life AND his depend on it.

My Take:
From the first sentences, in the form of a Christmas poem, my blood pressure went up and it stayed there through the rest of the story. Linda Glaz wove a masterful plot of intricacies, red herrings, and unexpected detours. Her characters have strong personalities and realistic dialogue unique to each of them.

Fear is Louder than Words utilizes two unique literary devices. The first I'd never seen before in a suspense. Usually this type of intensity has a plot spanning a week or two. This story progressed through several months, but the suspense remained in high gear. The length of time was perfect, drawing out the details and personality of possible antagonists as well as allowing the romance to develop realistically. 

The second device was not as rare. Often current contemporary stories use two or three points of view: the heroine, the hero, and sometimes, even the antagonist. This story had a number of main characters, five if I remember correctly, and the different perspectives revealed nuances to the story line that developed both plot and characters. 

I liked both devices! The relationship that grew between hockey hero and motor mouth was exquisite! The tension elevated perfectly in pretty direct correlation to the intrigue. I also enjoyed getting to know so many characters. The different sub-plots uncovered all sorts of antagonistic possibilities. 

Made for a great story! Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys equal parts of romance and suspense.

About the Senior Reviewer:

Suspense Sister, Marji Laine, loves books and writing. Her own Grime Fighter novella series, about a crime scene cleaner, involves mystery, romance, and a touch of suspense.

Living in a Dallas suburb with her hubby of almost 30 years and her twins - the youngest of four - she spends her days homeschooling and transporting her teenagers to various functions, especially volleyball games. She also directs the children's music, helps with the youth choir, and sings in the adult choir at her church, and coordinates the high school credit classes along with the website of a large home school co-op.

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  1. Sounds like a rewarding read on multiple levels, Marji. I find your references to the two rarely used literary devices particularly intriguing. Is the book part of a series by any chance? Just curious.

    1. Not that I can tell. It probably could become the first of a series, but it works GREAT as a stand-alone!

    2. Marji, thanks so very much for the wonderful review! And Sybil, I had thought of doing a spin off of it with another Detroit athlete. I haven't decided for sure yet. I have 5 other suspense novels I'd like to get out first, but it's very much on my mind to do one. I hope you enoy. Marji, thanks so much for the wonderful review.

  2. I wondered if Maggie's would be strong enough to have her own POV, glad that worked. I hated to leave her out. She had so much to contribute to the story!

    1. Oh, I agree! And I loved getting a glimpse into her world, both of them - lol!


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