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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Shocked Silent by Judith Driscoll is the perfect psychological thriller, making this a really good story from the very beginning until the last page. Susan is a social worker in a psychiatric hospital, helping as many people as she can; feeling their pain and trying to make each case end well. The man she loves is Dr. Mark Denning who is her boss and love interest, but he is not willing to commit to a lasting relationship. When Susan gives him an ultimatum and their romance ends, though Susan does not know it at the time, her life changes dramatically. Elliot Mason is a lawyer and the new man in Susan’s life. We learn early on that he is the bad guy and part of a drug crime group. All of this adds to twists, turns and thrilling moments. When Susan gets a new job and a new marriage, her life slowly starts to unravel until she finds herself knowing too much and being placed in a dangerous situation because of that knowledge. We get an up close and personal view of the horrors of a psychiatric ward in the late 1960s and what a few bad men can accomplish.
Reading Shocked Silent had me reading whenever and wherever I could and late into the night. I felt as though I was right there with Susan and needed to be there to share in all of her joys, sadness, love, hate and life-threatening situations. Judith Driscoll has written a book offering great character studies, a spell-binding plot and a suspenseful conclusion that had me holding my breath and anxiously turning the pages of my kindle. If psychological thrillers are your kind of book, then Shocked Silent is a must-read. I really do believe that this would make a very exciting made for TV movie or even an ongoing series with a different case each week. I know I would certainly be a fan and watch it faithfully. Please do not pass up Shocked Silent. You will not be disappointed as it is a sure winner.