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The Woman Who Couldn't Scream

Book 4, The Virtue Falls Series

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Merida Falcon is a world-class beauty, a trophy wife who seems to have it all…except she has no voice.

For nine bitter years, Merida lived to serve her wealthy elderly husband, never leaving his side, always doing his bidding…

On his death, Merida vanishes…and reappears in Virtue Falls with a new name, a new look, and a plot to take revenge on the man who loved her, betrayed her and walked away, leaving her silent, abused and bound to an old man's obsession.

But Merida faces challenges. Her school friend Kateri Kwinault is the newly elected sheriff of Virtue Falls. A chance meeting with her former lover intrigues him and brings him on the hunt for her, and meeting him face to face shakes her convictions. Will she have time to discover the truth about the events that occurred nine years ago? For someone in Virtue Falls is stalking women and slashing them…to death.

Danger closes in. Merida's fears build. There’s no one to turn to…no one she dares to trust. And she has to wonder—who is the killer stalking? Is he trying to silence forever THE WOMAN WHO COULDN'T SCREAM?

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 17, 2017 – Mute-but-not-deaf Merida Falcon takes center stage in bestseller Dodd's lively fourth novel set in Virtue Falls, Wash. (after 2016's Because I'm Watching). At the beginning of tourist season in Virtue Falls, the newly opened Good Knight Manor Bed and Breakfast thrums with a diverse and curious guest list, including, besides Merida (who communicates via computer tablet), billionaire Benedict Howard; Dawkins Cipre, an Oxford and WSU literature professor, and his wife, Elsa; and Lilith Palmer, the stepsister of Sheriff Kateri Kwinault. None of whom has descended upon the tiny town (pop. 2,487) for its bucolic serenity or its picturesque canyon views. They all bring weighty personal baggage, ranging from the mildly malicious to pure evil. Merida, who has her own agenda, soon learns that her life is in danger but why and from whom remains unknown. Meanwhile, tension builds and suspicion shifts with breakneck speed, as it's anybody's guess who's behind a sudden rash of grisly murders. Suspense fans will find a lot to like.

Customer Reviews

Great New Addition to the Virtual Falls world

This might be my favorite in the series to date. It was as much about Kateri as it was Merida. I was so happy to get more of Kateri's story and see how and where she and Merida knew each other previously. Stag and Benedict are really strong men, supporting their equally strong women. There was a really interesting cast of supporting characters too, some familiar faces from earlier books. This can definitely be read as a stand alone, but the series is great and I would encourage you to read them all.

And, I want to admit, I could not figure out the mystery, but once it all came together, I could look back and see how it all came together cohesively. This series just keeps getting better and better, which is saying a lot as they've all been good so far.


A suspenseful visit back to Virtue Falls, Washington! Old friends are reuniting, while new bonds are being formed in this town that's being suddenly ravaged by crime. A meth-cooking lunatic is on the loose and every time they think they have him cornered, he slips through their hands. As if that isn't enough, women are all of a sudden turning up dead in a horrifying way! The characters are fairly well developed, but there is a lot of them to keep track of, and several back stories being thrown our way as well to try to shift through as we take on this new mystery.

Newly elected Sheriff Kateri Kwinault is finding herself overwhelmed within days of taking office. A manhunt is on, a killer is on the loose, and her own recent injuries and those of a dear friend are holding her mind and body down more than she would like. She has great employees surrounding her, a man or two interested in her and a whole town riding her to solve these crimes.

New arrivals into town up the ante as more mystery starts to swirl and suspicions fly. Will the killer be caught before more bodies start to pile up?

A great suspense story

I enjoyed this book very much. I will admit I was unable to finish the previous book, Because I'm Watching, (not because it wasn't good but because I personally couldn't get into it) but I didn't let that stop me from reading this book. The Woman Who Couldn't Scream has a great suspense storyline plus more about Kateri's past. I can't wait to read more stories from Virtue Falls.

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The Woman Who Couldn't Scream
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Suspense
  • Published: Sep 05, 2017
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 4, The Virtue Falls Series
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