First and foremost WOW! I am a pretty critical reader, rarely giving higher than 4 stars so you have to blow me out of the water and this book did just that. It takes a unique author to tell a story that revolves around so much vulnerability, betrayal, fear, and yet incredible strength. This story had so many elements it’s hard to articulate without spoilers. The characters are well written, very real, and each have their own quirks. I appreciated that for instance when Derek was speaking the author portrayed that while he was a good man, he still had the same thoughts of any other regular guy, he still had wants and desires and would catch himself having to rethink and almost battle with himself, not because he was a bad guy just that he was human. When you are a woman who has survived any type of unspeakable act the internal battle is real and even with therapy. You constantly second guess, wonder, feel bouts of shame, but then you find an inner strength, a will to survive, a will not to let it define who you are. This author did a perfect balance of all of that, I could feel the struggles of Gia, I could feel the evil of Ethan, I could feel the confusion of Derek. I could feel the hairs on my neck standing up, I could feel the pit in my stomach, I could feel the ache of my muscles, I could feel the determination, self preservation, and the pure will reading these words. I don’t know how I have never read anything by this author, but she will be on my permanent one click list now. If you like a romantic suspense that has a powerful woman with a great supporting cast than this book is for you. I would suggest you read the synopsis for any warnings the author gives, if you are triggered by certain things.
I lost sleep reading The Sound of Silence. It is an absolute home run of a novel. I deeply respect Dakota Willink’s respectful dedication to revealing the realities of domestic abuse and allowing the countless victimized women to speak their truth through her story. Willink doesn’t use abuse as a literary gimmick, but has a clear and powerful message; Anyone can become a victim, but there is also a chance for a life of security and happiness past the trauma. This is such a delicate subject, and I feel so much more informed after reading this book. I used to wonder things like, “Why would any woman allow herself to be hurt?” or “Why would a woman stay with an abuser?” There is no clear cut answer for every case, but reading this story impresses the subtleties and complexities of these kinds of relationships.
There is a trigger warning for readers in the beginning, but I want to second that warning with another. Some parts of this novel are incredibly difficult to read. Tread with caution. Also, don’t start the book before going to bed because you won’t be going to bed. The Sound of Silence is a must read for anyone who wants to take a step out of their comfort zone and into the shoes of a woman who’s torn apart by the anguish of trauma and is renewed by self-empowerment and love.
The Sound of Silence (Leave Me Breathless)
By Dakota Willink
This book took me on an emotional roller-coaster. I found Gia to be a strong woman when faced with the reality of what her husband truly is. I am so glad that there is a good man like Derek in this story. I was on the edge of my throughout most of this story. This is a very gripping, intriguing, dark, and emotional read. This is the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed the way she made this story come to life, so much so that I could feel the emotions jump off the pages. I look forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend this book.
The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink was an absolutely incredible read! I was enthralled from the very beginning and couldn’t put it down. I almost finished it in one whole sitting, it was so good! This book could definitely be traumatic for some, and a huge trigger for people who have experienced domestic assault of all cases. But this is definitely a book worth reading. The author does such a good job of describing domestic abuse, and the thoughts and feelings behind survivors. I was very wary of being triggered myself reading this book, but I took the plunge anyway and I’m so glad I did! I think everyone should read this book at least once. This is one that will definitely resonate with you long after you read the last page. This thriller of a novel is definitely one of my new favorites now. A giant kudos Willink for this book.
To say that this novel was spectacular seems like a bit of an understatement…it was mindblowing! The Sound of Silence is the first book I’ve read by author Dakota Willink, but will certainly not be the last. Wow!
This novel contains many triggers, but it is so raw and so real. It is so well written that the emotions you feel are right there with the characters in the story. It is a mulitple point of view and that just adds more depth, in my opinion.
Gianna is trying to start over. Her marriage started off well enough but quickly morphed into something truly terrible. When she was finally able to get away she thought she was home free, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.
Derek is a native New Yorker and a successful business owner. When he is away on a business trip while trying to start his business he meets this girl that haunts him for years to come. But what if fate brings her back into his life? Will he have the opportunity to make something of it?
This story reaches into our soul and takes everything! I’m truly in awe of the story and the writing! Thank you for a truly inspiring novel Dakota Willink!
This is the first book i have read by Dakota Willink and i cannot wait for more. This dark and twisted story has you gripped from the start it tackles domestic violence and it made me very emotional at times it maybe hard for some readers to read about this there is a trigger warning. This is very well written and really grips how we don’t really know what happens in peoples lives behind closed doors. I stayed up all last night reading this. Gia is such a strong women you want to keep reading to see if she gets the courage she needs to move on and have a happy ending.
This is an emotion filled rollercoaster of a book which has you gripped from page one and doesn’t let go. There are trigger warnings for this book which are needed because of the issues covered in the story. Domestic abuse is a hard topic to cover and do justice to but this author has done a fantastic job. Its the first book I’ve read in a long time where I have actually felt the fear of the female character. Its like a horror movie where your screaming at them to leave but its easier said than done when you are actually in that situation.
Gianna thought her life would be perfect. She met the man of her dreams, he brought her dream house, treated her like a princess. However her prince wasn’t all that he seemed and their chance meeting wasn’t by chance at all.
Ethan planned everything. What Ethan wants Ethan gets. Whether that’s the cute barmaid who’s caught his eye, an obedient wife or a family he will stop at nothing to get his way. This leads him to resort to physical and mental abuse.
Add to the mix Derek a stranger she met on her wedding day. The connection between them was strong and felt right but they parted ways. He never forgot her and when they meet again he is still drawn to her. He can tell she has had a bad life but he doesn’t realise how bad. Trying to separate truth from lies he learns its worse than he ever could have imagined.
Can Derek fix Gianna and help her recover from her past. Or are the scars left by Ethan and his abuse to deeply bedded inside her?
The Sound Of Silence is an outstanding psychological romantic thriller by Dakota Willink that had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Prior to reading The Sound of Silence I had never read any of Dakota Willink’s work but if this book is anything to go by then I will definitely be reading more.
This book is very dark and the author rightly gives a trigger warning for distressing scenes of abuse. So if you can get past the dark scenes then this book is a fantastic thrilling read. It had me gripped from the very first page, right up to the very end. It is the proverbial ‘page turner’.
Gianna’s life probably looks wonderful to those outside; happily married to the chief of police. This could not be further from the truth. But hey, he’s a policeman, who is she going to tell her story to that will believe her. A chance meeting with a handsome stranger on her wedding day, followed by another chance meeting with the stranger a few years later could be the one thing that changes Gianna’s life.
I absolutely adored the character of Derek. He is the exact opposite of everything Ethan (Gianna’s husband) ever was. He’s patient, caring, loving and gentle and the way he interacts with Gianna has my heart melting.
This book, although very dark in places is a fantastic read. There’s danger, intrigue, evil and violence and then there’s love and compassion and romance. I would definitely recommend this book. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could.
Wow, this book was intense. It was my first Dakota Willink read and also my first Black Rose Collection novel. So I wasn’t used to reading darker titles. That being said, The Sound of Silence instantly gripped me! Characters who weren’t who you thought they would be and moments that kept you guessing and gasping. There is the non-spoiler alert of domestic violence as mentioned in the blurb, so be prepared to hate characters but since that is obviously the intention of the author, I would highly recommend this book!
Reviewed by @sparkinside
So the story focuses around marital abuse and at times my heart broke when I was listening to this it was so gut-wrenching. From very early on you know exactly what it is going g to be happening in this book. I feel like the author handled it really well and respectively and sensitively too. I really like that the author tackled these topics and it was written really well.
The narrators of the audiobook did a fantastic job with this story and really brought it to life and also handled it with such care.
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