Strangled Melodies

5 out of 5 stars

A Strangled Cry, the ninth, and latest installment in the gripping Silence Jones series takes readers on a heart-pounding journey into the depths of the country music industry’s dark secrets and a relentless hunt for a cold-blooded killer who is seemingly tied to a rising star.

I keep forgetting that these books are set in the late ’80s or early ’90s, and when I remember it’s because the novel offers a refreshing blast from the past, a time when the technology we take for granted today was still in its infancy. The nostalgia of this era is woven seamlessly into the narrative, providing a unique backdrop for the unfolding drama. The mention of “new technology not yet available to the world” serves as a reminder of how far we’ve come since then. I always smile when they talk about the Internet or a tablet – all things we take for granted today.

This one stands out from its predecessors as it delves deeper into the life of the vigilante assassin. It feels as though Silence has a more personal stake in this case, a sentiment that resonates throughout the story. While there’s no concrete reason for this feeling, it adds depth to the character and enhances the reader’s engagement with the plot. I’m always surprised when a book can do that this many into a series.

What truly sets A Strangled Cry apart is its ability to keep readers on their toes. The intricate plot takes unexpected twists and turns, leaving you guessing the identity of the killer. Not just the identity but also why these seemingly out-of-nowhere killings are even happening. Just when you believe you’ve figured it out, the story takes an unpredictable path, keeping the suspense at its peak. This element of surprise is a testament to Erik Carter’s storytelling prowess and will keep you eagerly turning the pages.

The audiobook, narrated by Gary Bennett, adds an extra layer of depth to the experience. Bennett’s compelling voice and expert delivery (I still imagine voicing Silence is such a challenge – I’m sure he needs lots of water and frequent breaks, much like Silence himself) bring the characters and the narrative to life, making the story all the more engrossing.

A Strangled Cry is a must-read for fans of the Silence Jones series and for anyone who loves action-packed thrillers with a touch of nostalgia. If you appreciate action heroes with the determination of Jack Reacher, the resourcefulness of Orphan X, and the power of the Gray Man, then Silence Jones is a character you won’t want to miss. This novel, with its expertly crafted plot and memorable characters, is a symphony of thrills that will keep you hooked until the final note.

Book Description:

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As an up-and-coming country music sensation captivates the nation, a string of murders targeting the singer’s devoted fans sends shockwaves through the industry.

Vigilante assassin Silence Jones embarks on a chilling hunt for the deranged killer. But as he delves deeper into the twisted psyche behind the slayings, he uncovers an array of secrets and sinister undertones. What initially appears to be the work of an obsessed fan soon seems to be something more ominous.

Racing against the clock, Silence is determined to decipher the cryptic meaning behind the crimes. Will he unravel the dark enigma in time to prevent further bloodshed, or will the killer’s deadly symphony continue to claim innocent lives?

The next standalone action thriller in the pulse-pounding series. Enter the world of Silence Jones. Hold on tight…

If you like action heroes with the steely resolve of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, the calculating will of Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X, and the raw power of Mark Greaney’s Gray Man, then you’ll love Silence Jones.

A Strangled Cry by Erik Carter
Narrator: Gary Bennett
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
Series: Silence Jones #9
Published by Self Published on October 18th 2023
Genres: Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Deadly Silence (Silence Jones #0.5), The Suppressor, Hush Hush, Tight-Lipped
Also in this series: Deadly Silence (Silence Jones #0.5), The Suppressor, Hush Hush, Tight-Lipped

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