No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane

 No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages – Publisher: Avon (March 25, 2008 ) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 0061252786 – ISBN-13: 978-0061252785

Back of the Book reads:

Burdened by Grief, She Hunts a Killer

They never found her sister’s body, but Detective Rebecca Montgomery knows her murderer is still out there. In the five months since Danielle went missing, there have been two more brutal abductions. A savage menace stalks the women of San Antonio, and the relentless detective will do anything to find him.

And a Seductive Stranger Shadows Her Every Move

But her latest case – the discovery of a young woman’s remains inside the wall of a burned-down theater – plunges Rebecca from her grief into a brand-new nightmare. She soon meets handsome, mysterious Diego Galvan at the crime scene, and his shadowy connections will lead to her first break in both cases. But when Rebecca submits to his considerable powers of seduction, she will leave herself vulnerable to a merciless killer … and when he attacks, no one will hear her scream.

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Review: Tenseful suspense but not worth high marks.

We first meet Homicide Detective Rebecca Montgomery working off steam in the SAPD’s gym, frustrated because the investigation of her sister’s disappearance seems to be going nowhere. She is not allowed into the investigation as ‘she is too close to the victim’. But still, frustration rules, and an argument insues with the lead detective Paul Murphy. Lieutenant Arturo Santiago breaks them up and sends Becca to investigate the remains found behind a wall in a burned-down theater.

Becca believes, in her gut, that the remains are tied in with her sister’s disappearance somehow and when she gets too close to home, the FBI involves themselves and pushes her off the case and into a ‘forced’ vacation. But she doesn’t stop, even on vacation.

Having met Diego Galvan outside the theater, she is determined to blackmail him into helping her solve her case. She believes that the man he’s working for, Hunter Cavanaugh, is behind it all.

The remains, identified as Isabel Marquez, another missing young woman that had disappeared several years ago, seems to be tied in with her investigation. After interviewing the brothers, Victor and Rudy, she believes that something sinister is going on and is now wondering who murdered her as her suspect list grows.

As she investigates, she gets closer to Cavanaugh and his second-in-command, Matt Brogan. But they won’t be caught, and plan their own retribution against Diego and Becca. While Diego, who is actually working as an informant to the FBI while in Cavanaugh’s house under the guise of the company merger with his father, Joe Rivera, and Cavanaugh, is occupied with Cavanaugh, Brogan has Becca kidnapped, intending to close down their operation, get rid of the rest of the girls, along with Becca and Diego. And Becca is in for an even bigger surprise – her sister isn’t dead after all. But will they all make it out alive?

I didn’t find the story as intense as the synopsis set out to make me believe. Sure, there was tension and suspense, but not intense. I found it lacking. As for romance, while Diego made a few smooth moves, and I did feel a physical attraction, I didn’t feel anything deep-seeded as love. The plot could have used more mystery, more complexity – it made me feel as if I were watching some cop show on TV where they don’t write the episode to complicated so that others can’t follow. It started off a little slow, and everything was based on a ‘gut instinct’. Becca wasn’t finding anything to actually tie to Cavanaugh and/or Brogan other than witness accounts and statements.

It isn’t until Becca is followed while on her way to talk to a witness that the tension and suspense begins to really build. When she is kidnapped right under the nose of the surveillance team that were secretly placed to watch over her, and the truth is brought to light inside a supposedly vacant warehouse that you really feel the suspense and tension. The FBI and SAPD bursts in and a shoot-out begins, and while the action is excellent, I thought the end of that part of the story was rather plain – as in used too often before. I’m glad that Danielle is okay, but I actually wished that we’d get a scene between Becca and her mother after Becca’s remembered scene earlier in the story. And while you’re still feeling the physical attraction between Diego and Becca, I still didn’t feel enough between them to bring love into the picture.

While the story isn’t bad, it isn’t the best. It could have used a lot more action, mystery and suspense to truly be a great story.



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