THE SILENCE THAT SPEAKS
I have to start this review by noting that I’ve read the previous books in this series and have loved the fast paced, edgy stories created by this talented author. This nicely written mystery involves Madeline Westfield’s need to find out why someone wants her dead. She has a past history with one of investigators at the firm, and turns to them for help. Marc, who has never gotten over his feelings for her, is dismayed when they are thrown together at his workplace.
Madeline, a nurse, and her ex-husband, a brilliant surgeon, are both employed by a hospital in the middle of a merger. The unexpected death of the administrator, after heart surgery performed by Madeline’s ex-husband, just deepens the mystery. When Conrad seems to be psychiatrically ill and is hospitalized at a private mental health facility, the team goes into action to figure out the details and motivations. Is Conrad being framed? Did he really have culpability in the administrator’s death?
Like previous books, this one involves team members including leader Casey Woods, cyber geniuses Ryan McKay and his brother Aiden, and Claire Hedgleigh and her psychic abilities. A cast of characters has motive for framing Conrad and Madeline as FI works to figure out the who and the why.
My only complaint about this story was that the plot seemed a little unrealistic when compared to previous novels in the series. Other than this, fans of this writer will enjoy this novel even if it is not her best offering. The romance between Madeline and Marc is steamy and the who-done-it at the end was surprisingly. I will continue reading the Forensic Instincts novels and eagerly anticipate the next one.
Reviewed by Jeri Neal