Summary

Having read other stories by the husband-and-wife duo known as author Nicci French, I found The Unheard to be another satisfying story packed with suspense.

5-STAR REVIEW: THE UNHEARD by Nicci French

The Description

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

Nicci French is a specialist in the kind of evil that burrows from within.” —New York Times Book Review

In this new heart-pounding standalone from the internationally bestselling author that People calls “razor sharp,” a single mother suspects her young daughter has witnessed a horrible crime when the girl draws a disturbing picture—but the deadly path to unravel the truth could cost her everything. 

Maybe Tess is overprotective, but passing her daughter off to her ex and his new young wife fills her with a sense of dread. It’s not that Jason is a bad father—it just hurts to see him enjoying married life with someone else. Still, she owes it to her daughter Poppy to make this arrangement work.

But Poppy returns from the weekend tired and withdrawn. And when she shows Tess a crayon drawing—an image so simple and violent that Tess can hardly make sense of it——Poppy can only explain with the words, “He did kill her.”

Something is horribly wrong. Tess is certain Poppy saw something—or something happened to her—that she’s too young to understand. Jason insists the weekend went off without a hitch. Doctors advise that Poppy may be reacting to her parents’ separation. And as the days go on, even Poppy’s disturbing memory seems to fade. But a mother knows her daughter, and Tess is determined to discover the truth. Her search will set off an explosive tempest of dark secrets and buried crimes—and more than one life may be at stake.

The Review

Faced with an unsettling drawing created by her 3-year-old daughter along with behavior changes, single mother Tess believes her daughter has witnessed something horrifying. Her search for the truth is the basic premise of The Unheard by Nicci French.

What makes this story so interesting is the mother’s determination to find answers. Would a reasonable person chalk up these instances as random and forget about them, or would they be treated as clues to something much bigger? Tess tumbles down a sinister rabbit hole where everyone becomes a suspect, including Poppy’s father, who shares custody.

The plausibility of her theories was intriguing as different people were cast in the role of villain. However, the suspicion soon bleeds into Tess’s interactions with others as she becomes withdrawn and preoccupied. The action in the story escalates because Tess not only makes multiple calls to the police, but she also does some questionable things. The author did an exceptional job showing how immersed Tess was in her efforts.

With such an unique storyline, it’s also important to note that the author was able to provide multiple distractions to keep the ending a surprise. The added twist makes it especially interesting as a bit of a bait-and-switch technique. It’s clear that the world is full of people with character flaws, but there are some people who are beyond redemption.

Having read other stories by the husband-and-wife duo known as author Nicci French, I found The Unheard to be another satisfying story packed with suspense.Buy Links

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About The AuthorNicci French is the pseudonym of English wife-and-husband team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. Their acclaimed novels of psychological suspense have sold more than 8 million copies around the world.

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Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

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