Every Silent Thing

Fiction - Crime
284 Pages
Reviewed on 02/01/2024
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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Megan witnessed the murder of her boyfriend by his gang members in Texas. She escaped an attempted rape and made off with the gang’s diamonds. In Paris, Megan’s twin sister, Claire, who was deaf, witnessed another murder in a bathroom at the Louvre. The event happened on her twenty-third birthday, with the woman leaving her a flash drive and two words. While Megan was on the run, she discovered that the diamonds originally belonged to a cartel boss. The girls were targets because they each possessed high-value property. Megan’s panic trip to France entwined the twins’ lives, implicating their whole family. Claire will struggle between family loyalty and morality while trying to solve a murder and stay alive. She has her job cut out in One Silent Thing by Alan Brenham.

Every Silent Thing by Alan Brenham is a fantastic and gripping read. The plot was clever and brilliant, while the story was unpredictable. Some explored themes and parameters like survival, courage, love, and crime made the book worth my while. Alan penned a fast-paced tale that took root in family and branched out into other realistic experiences. The dialogue and narration synergy enhanced my reading pleasure. I found it hard to pick my favorite characters because Boyd, Megan, and Claire had their strengths. However, Annika’s hate toward Megan was unbearable, making her my worst character in the book. Even Martin redeemed himself in the end. This book had a satisfying conclusion, and I hope the story of a reformed Megan continues in another installment. Please, write more, Alan.

Alma Boucher

Every Silent Thing is a murder mystery thriller by Alan Brenham. After watching a man scan the crowd, Claire Deveraux noticed him enter the women's restroom after a woman went in. Keeping an eye on the door, Claire noticed the man emerge a few minutes later. Claire turned away, shocked and uneasy, once he locked eyes with her. When the woman did not emerge after a few minutes, Claire entered the restroom. Claire found the woman on the floor with a gunshot wound to her chest. The victim exhaled laboriously as she spoke three words and slipped a flash drive into Claire's pocket. Hurrying out of the restroom to call for help, Claire saw the man again. The killer is convinced Claire has the flash drive and has to kill her before she can solve the puzzle.

Every Silent Thing is jam-packed with family, drama, danger, and death. Various plotlines are expertly combined by Alan Brenham to produce an unexpected story. It moved along at a fast pace that kept me engaged and guessing until the end. A lot was going on in this story, and I never knew what would happen next. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. The events were descriptive and easy to visualize. The characters were authentic and relatable. Claire was one of a set of triplets. She was mute and deaf and communicated through sign language and writing but she is a resourceful woman who overcame her challenges. The story is exceptionally well-written and exciting. It was much more than I thought it would be and exceeded my expectations.