“Say Nothing” by Brad Parks is a thriller in every sense of the word. It is an extreme departure from the Carter Ross easy, even comical at times crime novel. (There is, of course, a shout-out to Carter Ross in the story, however.)The action is non-stop, gut-wrenching, and terrifying. It is disturbing not because of what happens but because of what might happen.
Parks tells the story masterfully using a first-person point of view with a few chapters from another position. I won’t detail the plot (you can read it in other reviews) but this paints the picture of the excruciating and painful journey of the main character and his family. Clues to the ultimate outcome of the story are dropped quietly and surreptitiously throughout the Judge’s narrative without wasting words (or the reader’s time) with superfluous details.
This is the judge’s story and it is traumatic for everyone – him, his family, his coworkers, and the reader. Don’t start this book if you have commitments in the next few days, because you won’t be able to put it down, and when you finish, you will have to have time to recover. It has an “ending” but not a “happy ending.”