Review: Don’t Make A Sound by T.R. Ragan

Title: Don't Make A Sound Book Cover
Title: Don’t Make A Sound Series: Sawyer Brooks #1 Genre: Thriller Publisher: Thomas and Mercer Format: Print, Digital, Audio Pages: 285

Book Description

Plagued by traumatic childhood memories, crime reporter Sawyer Brooks still struggles to gain control of her rage, her paranoia, and her life. Now, after finally getting promoted at work, she is forced to return home and face her past.

River Rock is where she’d been abandoned by her two older sisters to suffer alone, and in silence, the unspeakable abuses of her family. It’s also where Sawyer’s best friend disappeared and two teenage girls were murdered. Three cold cases dead and buried with the rest of the town’s secrets.

When another girl is slain in a familiar grisly fashion, Sawyer is determined to put an end to the crimes. Pulled back into the horrors of her family history, Sawyer must reconcile with her estranged sisters, who both have shattering memories of their own. As Sawyer’s investigation leads to River Rock’s darkest corners, what will prove more dangerous—what she knows of the past or what she has yet to discover?


Crime fiction featuring serial killers is one of my favorite genres to read. I’ll pretty much give any book in that sub-genre a shot. Sometimes it’s a swing and a miss, but not with T.R. Ragan.

I’ve been reading her books for several years and she doesn’t disappoint. DON’T MAKE A SOUND is the first book in a new series from T.R. Ragan featuring crime reporter Sawyer Brooks. She’s a fascinating character with a lot of almost crippling issues stemming from her traumatic childhood that affects her personal and professional life.

She’s ambitious and determined and willing to skirt the ethical lines to get her story. When she’s promoted to her dream job, she almost loses it immediately because she needed time off to attend her grandmother’s funeral back in her hometown of River Rock.

She strikes a deal with her new boss to attend the funeral while digging into mysterious and unsolved deaths and disappearance of young women in her hometown.

Back home, she’s confronted with her past and dealing with her semi-estranged family while working on the story.

There is also a crew of female vigilantes, all victims of abuse, who were let down by the justice system, who are out there exacting revenge of abusers who roam free to harm more women.

The author blends these storylines and the characters beautifully into a crescendo of mystery, dread, and page-turning suspense.

I’m excited that the second book in the series will be out in November 2020 and the third book in the series will be out in 2021!

As a longtime fan of T.R. Ragan, I was excited when she agreed to be a guest on my podcast! You can check out my interview with T.R. Ragan where we talk about DON’T MAKE A SOUND, her amazing career, and lots more.

My Interview with T.R. Ragan on MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR podcast.

It's safe to say that Alan Petersen loves mystery and thriller books. He writes high-octane thrillers, hosts the MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR podcast, and reviews thriller/mystery books.

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