Not a Word, by Stephanie Black
272p, Clean Mystery/Suspense
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way
Psychologist Natalie Marsh is a pro at keeping secrets. She not only guards her clients’ confidences but also expertly hides her own pain after being disinherited by her dying mother. As fresh personal challenges begin heaping on top of professional ones, Natalie’s best friend, Camille, confides that she thinks someone is stalking her. Natalie suspects that stress, not a stalker, is shadowing Camille—but Camille’s fear only continues to grow when the widow of a local businessman starts whispering that her husband was murdered and a new client of Natalie’s seems to be concealing something much more frightening than her inability to stand up for herself. Soon a shattering crime proves the danger is real. But when everyone has something at stake, is there anyone Natalie can trust? Or will she fall victim to a killer who will do anything to keep secrets hidden?
I loved this book! Natalie Marsh is a psychologist whose personal and professional life are about to intertwine and nothing will be the same. She gets a new client who definitely needs her help, her best friend confides something in her but she doesn't think it's anything serious, and a woman she's loved since childhood is on the verge of a breakdown and starts making some crazy accusations. Natalie has had it pretty tough in life. Her mother disowned her, leaving a substantial amount of money to her sister. Natalie isn't bitter about it but doesn't like it when her sister flaunts her wealth to her. Natalie is down-to-earth and easy to like. She starts to question things that happened in the past, which makes someone nervous. We were just as in the dark about that person's identity as Natalie was so I wasn't sure who she could trust at times. There are lots of moving parts to this book and I loved how it all came together in the end! There is some light romance as well. If you enjoy a good, clean suspenseful mystery with plenty of characters to be suspicious of, this is the book for you!
Stephanie Black has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages, and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger or running around pretending to be detectives. She is a three-time Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense, most recently for Cold as Ice (2010). Stephanie was born in Utah and has lived in various places, including Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, and Limerick, Ireland. She currently lives in northern California and enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their five children. She is a fan of chocolate, cheesecake, and her husband’s homemade bread.