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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink – Review by Liz Vrchota

The Sound of SilenceThe Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy buckets batman…. This book will kill your emotions, rip out your heart, and then ever so slowly begin to put you back together. I will say I kinda knew what I was getting into with the blurb, that it was going to be difficult and hard to read with the subject of center being domestic violence. I hate to admit it to this day but I have been here and I have friends who have been put in the hospital and through literal hell to find their way to freedom again. This is never an easy topic to read about or talk about, but it is one that needs to be more prevalent. We need more novels like this one to show the women in the struggle, or men, that they are not alone and there is light to be found at the end of the tunnel. This book does a very good job of approaching these subjects with care, research, and class. I could tell Dakota Willink places this subject close to her heart and it showed in the way this book came out. I was so moved by her author’s note chapter that I found myself tearing up there too. This book will wreck you like I said, but it is so worth every moment and you will remember it long after you finish reading it. I look forward to seeing what else is available from Dakota Willink as she is a new author to me and this was my first experience reading her stuff so I am sure it will be something worth investing in soon.

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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink – Review by Angela Hayes

The Sound of SilenceThe Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Sound of Silence (Leave me Breathless World) by Dakota Willink has a bit of a “Sleeping With the Enemy” feel to it. It is a romantic suspense with some dark undertones that made for a compelling read.
Please note that the story could be considered a trigger for some readers- with domestic violence and abuse playing a part in the story.
Gianna and Ethan seem to be the perfect couple from the outside looking in. But appearances can be so deceiving. Life is anything but perfect- shattering Gianna’s happily ever after dream. Ethan, seems to be the perfect husband. A policeman would keep her safe- right? But who can she turn to when her husband, the cop, is her abuser? She has no choice but to escape and start over. But the past has a way of popping up when you least expect it- making for a gripping read.
Confronting. Intense. Gripping. Emotive. Sensitive topic. Dark themes. Dramatic developments. Honest. Raw. Realistic and believable. Suspenseful. Recommended reading.
Looking forward to more from Ms. Willink!

Thank you, Dakota Willink!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink AUDIO TOUR – Review by Meg Tyrrell

The Sound of SilenceThe Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my first book by Dakota Willink. I loved listening to the audio book specifically because of the different voice actors that made the story come alive. They had a female for our main female character Gia. Then for Ethan and Derek they had male voices. It was a great way to show separation of characters and they really did a great job of showing each character’s personality. This story had some heartbreaking moments and some moments where you just wanted to say ‘YASS GIRL!’. **If you have triggers to rape please be aware there are situations in this book**

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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink AUDIO TOUR – Review by Jenique Bornman

The Sound of SilenceThe Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Before I start my praise for this book let me first say GREAT job to the narrators!!! All 3 did a superb job.

I started this book as if it was fated to be this way…. on the 25th of November (The first day of 16 Days of activism against woman and child abuse)
Dakota Willink could not have done a better job!! Emotional, Gut wrenching, Suspenseful are some words to describe this masterpiece, but not only that…. strength, empowerment, healing, these are also words that come to mind when I think of this book.
I myself have never been abused or hurt in any way but there’s always this lingering fear that it could happen. This book (even if it’s fiction) gave me hope that even if it happened, I would be able to have the strength to come out the otherside.

Now more about the writing….
I absolutely loved the fact that it was written from different POV’s ESPECIALLY!!! the fact that we got to see inside the twisted mind of Ethan, that was really something different that I haven’t seen before and it gave the story that extra layer of interest and intrigue.
All 3 characters are well developed and the fact that the story took part over a couple of years made it more believable.
I can go on and on about this book…. but I won’t…. JUST GET IT NOW!!!

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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink – Review by Rosanna Ingram

The Sound of SilenceThe Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book took me on a ride that I wasn’t expecting…and I enjoyed it.
Mia is working at the bar one night when a man gets too handsy. Another patron, who happens to be a police office, steps in. This sets off a chain of events that leads to Mia and Ethan getting married a year later. On the night of their wedding, Mia meets a stranger while taking a few minutes to herself outside her reception. This is also the night Mia gets her first glimpse into the man her husband truly is. Years later, when she makes her escape, Mia finds herself face-to-face with the stranger from her wedding.
Derek knows that Mia is hiding something, but her is determined to take things slow because he feels Mia is the one for him. When her secrets finally come to light, Mia and Derek’s lives are both in danger. This brings about the conclusion of the book that I could not put down. I am not even sure I was breathing as I devoured each page to see what would happen!
I enjoyed this book and the characters…well, most of them. There were twists and turns that I never saw coming and it kept me turning the pages! Overall, a really good book!

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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink – Review by Laura Furuta

The Sound of SilenceThe Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Sound of Silence
By Dakota Willink
5 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading the book The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink. It is a powerful story that I couldn’t stop reading once I started. I loved the characters of Gianna and Derek. Gianna is an intelligent and strong woman. She considers herself broken however she keeps putting one foot in front of another and is surviving. She also is very attracted to Derek. Derek is handsome, charming, a good business owner, and is attracted to Gianna. There is chemistry and sparks when they are near each other. She is on the run. What does the future hold for Gianna and Derek? Read this book to find out. This is an emotional story that had me angry and sad at the same time. Gianna is a character that I couldn’t help but have empathy for and grew to care about what happens to her. I wanted her to find happiness. This book does a wonderful job of dealing with a sensitive subject. It gives the reader a look into a situation that many unfortunately have to live with every day. The author makes the story and the characters come alive and I felt like I was right there with them. I got lost in the story. Don’t miss out on a book that you will not want to put down until the final page. I highly recommend reading it.

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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink – Review by Bobbi Wagner

The Sound of SilenceThe Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a new author for me and I loved this first book. I can’t wait to read more from her in the future. This is a dark romance suspense story that I had a hard time putting down. There is something that can be triggers but if you get past those you will find a really awesome story. I was pulled right into the story by the characters. They took me on an emotional roller coaster ride just waiting to see what would happen next. Gianna is a woman that has been broken in more than one way. With a determination to survive she runs from her abusive husband. Then she runs into Derek. He can’t seem to stay away from her no matter how broken she is. Will he show her another way of life? I loved Gianna’s character. She is such a strong person and she shows that with everything she has gone through. I loved their chemistry and how they brought the story to life. I highly recommend this book and this author.

Review by @bjwagner
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The Sound of Silence (AUDIO) by Dakota Willink

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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink
Genre – Romantic Suspense, Romantic Thriller, Dark
Listening Length – 10 hours and 7 minutes
Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Sarah Puckett, Connor Crais
Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author, Dakota Willink, delivers an emotionally gripping, dark romantic suspense that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Gianna
There’s a common expression I remind myself of every day: that which does not kill us, makes us stronger.
People think I live an idyllic life with my perfect husband, but they don’t know what lies beneath the façade.
Like the delicate petals of the daisies he loved to give, I was easily crushed—broken, just as he wanted me to be.
I’ve learned to accept what is, but I won’t let it destroy me.
Instead, I do the only thing I can to survive—I run.
Derek
I knew she had a story. I knew it most likely contained violence, but never did I imagine the horrors she’d been though.
I’d waited so long and she’d experienced so much. She was perfectly imperfect, her scars more than skin deep.
It was near impossible to separate truths from lies, but I knew her secret. Yet, I couldn’t help wanting to get closer. She was strong, and there was beauty in strength.
I was drawn to it—drawn to her.
I wanted to erase her horrors and give her something new to dream about.
*** TRIGGER WARNING: This story contains situations of domestic violence and abuse. Some aspects may be sensitive for some readers. ***

~ AUDIBLE ~

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Dakota Willink is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author. She loves writing about damaged heroes who fall in love with sassy and independent females. Her books are character driven, emotional, and sexy, yet written with a flare that keeps them real. With six published titles, a magazine publication, and the Leave Me BreathlessWorld under her belt, Dakota’s imagination is constantly spinning new ideas.

 

The Stone Series is Dakota’s first published book series. It has been recognized for various awards, including the Readers’ Favorite 2017 Gold Medal in Romance. The Cadence duet was a finalist in the HEAR Now Festival Independent Audiobook Awards. In addition, Dakota has written under the alternate pen name, Marie Christy. Under this name, she has written and published a children’s book for charity titled, And I Smile. Also writing as Marie Christy, she was a contributor to the Blunder Woman Productions project, Nevertheless We Persisted: Me Too, a 2019 Audie Award Finalist and Earphones Awards Winner. This project inspired Dakota to write The Sound of Silence, a dark romantic suspense novel.

 

Dakota often says she survived her first publishing with coffee and wine. She’s an unabashed Star Wars fanatic and still dreams of one day getting her letter from Hogwarts. She enjoys spending time with her super-supportive husband and two witty teenagers, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.

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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink

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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink
Genre – Romantic Suspense, Romantic Thriller, Dark
Page Count – 340 pages
Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author, Dakota Willink, delivers an emotionally gripping, dark romantic suspense that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Gianna
There’s a common expression I remind myself of every day: that which does not kill us, makes us stronger.
People think I live an idyllic life with my perfect husband, but they don’t know what lies beneath the façade.
Like the delicate petals of the daisies he loved to give, I was easily crushed—broken, just as he wanted me to be.
I’ve learned to accept what is, but I won’t let it destroy me.
Instead, I do the only thing I can to survive—I run.
Derek
I knew she had a story. I knew it most likely contained violence, but never did I imagine the horrors she’d been though.
I’d waited so long and she’d experienced so much. She was perfectly imperfect, her scars more than skin deep.
It was near impossible to separate truths from lies, but I knew her secret. Yet, I couldn’t help wanting to get closer. She was strong, and there was beauty in strength.
I was drawn to it—drawn to her.
I wanted to erase her horrors and give her something new to dream about.
*** TRIGGER WARNING: This story contains situations of domestic violence and abuse. Some aspects may be sensitive for some readers. ***

~ AMAZON ~

You can find this video on our YouTube Channel

Visit us at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCttf3qLZIeWgu0ZWDHc-hLg

Dakota Willink is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author. She loves writing about damaged heroes who fall in love with sassy and independent females. Her books are character driven, emotional, and sexy, yet written with a flare that keeps them real. With six published titles, a magazine publication, and the Leave Me BreathlessWorld under her belt, Dakota’s imagination is constantly spinning new ideas.

 

The Stone Series is Dakota’s first published book series. It has been recognized for various awards, including the Readers’ Favorite 2017 Gold Medal in Romance. The Cadence duet was a finalist in the HEAR Now Festival Independent Audiobook Awards. In addition, Dakota has written under the alternate pen name, Marie Christy. Under this name, she has written and published a children’s book for charity titled, And I Smile. Also writing as Marie Christy, she was a contributor to the Blunder Woman Productions project, Nevertheless We Persisted: Me Too, a 2019 Audie Award Finalist and Earphones Awards Winner. This project inspired Dakota to write The Sound of Silence, a dark romantic suspense novel.

 

Dakota often says she survived her first publishing with coffee and wine. She’s an unabashed Star Wars fanatic and still dreams of one day getting her letter from Hogwarts. She enjoys spending time with her super-supportive husband and two witty teenagers, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.

Author Interview With Dakota Willink

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