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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
A criminal sets out to silence a small child before she can reveal his identity in the breathtaking suspense novel Silent Sorrow by Barbara Siebeneick. Detective Brad Evans is investigating the drowning of a woman found on the beach early in the morning, at the same time as his sister Bea goes to church to pray and notices a cold, sopping wet little girl sitting alone in a pew. Discovering that she is abandoned and frightened, Bea and her family take the little girl into their home. As she doesn't speak and they don't know her name, Bea calls her Claire. Not long after Claire becomes a part of their family, someone attempts to break into their home and abduct her. Meanwhile, Brad verifies that the drowned woman on the beach is Claire's mother. In additional attempts to kidnap Claire, the abductor injures members and friends of the family before succeeding. Who is behind the attacks and why?
Silent Sorrow by Barbara Siebeneick is a poignant and compelling mystery novel. Set in the beautiful oceanside town of Monterey, California, the backdrop is inviting and charming. The actual places and events gave the story a realistic and authentic quality. The plot is captivating from the outset and continues weaving a web of intrigue and suspense until the exciting and satisfying conclusion. The characters are engaging and relatable, particularly Claire. She and her sidekick Blaze are endearing and lovable. It is a breathtaking story that has a sprinkling of romance, a detestable villain, and a heartrending murder. I highly recommend it to everyone who loves suspense novels with heart.