Thursday, July 25, 2019

Review: Dead Silence by Wendy Corsi Staub

Kerry Hammond is here to tell us about book two in a trilogy by Wendy Corsi Staub.

Dead Silence is Book Two in the Foundlings Trilogy by Wendy Corsi Staub and was published on July 23, in Mass Market Paperback, by William Morrow. Corsi Staub has written numerous standalone novels as well as a handful of trilogies. I read and enjoyed her Mundy’s Landing Trilogy, which included Blood Red, Blue Moon, and Bone White.

The Foundlings Trilogy started with Little Girl Lost, which toggled back and forth between 1968 and 1987. We meet Amelia Crenshaw and NYPD Detective Stockton Barnes, whose lives don’t seem to intercept…until they do. Amelia is searching for the true story of her birth and her biological mother after finding out she’s a foundling, and Barnes is searching for a missing millionaire.

In Dead Silence, Amelia is working as a genealogy expert, helping other foundlings try and discovery where they came from. Her work leads her to visit her friend Jesse, who has taken in a boy who was found abandoned and left for dead in a farmer’s field. The case hits very close to home and Amelia struggles with her own feelings of abandonment as she tries to help the boy.

Meanwhile, Barnes is on a trip to Cuba with a friend, where he thinks he spots a familiar face. No one can, or will, confirm the sighting and Barnes thinks there’s more going on than even he understands. As the story unfolds, both Amelia and Barnes are getting closer to learning the truths they each seek.

In a long running series you can often read the books out of order and each one stands on its own. In a trilogy, however, information is released over the course of the three books and it’s best to read them in order. They are intertwined and each book reveals another layer to the story.

In Dead Silence we learn a little bit more about our characters, but there is still more to learn in book three, The Butcher’s Daughter, due out in 2020.

This book was provided to Mystery Playground by the publisher. The review was fair and completely independent.

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