Review: The Longest Silence by Debra Webb


Release date: March 6, 2018

Publisher: MIRA

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


A killer stole her voice. Now she’s ready to take it back. Don’t miss the chilling Shades of Death series from USA TODAY bestselling author Debra Webb.

Joanna Guthrie was free. She had been for eighteen years–or so she needed everyone to believe. What really happened during the longest fourteen days of her life, when she and two other women were held captive by the worst kind of serial killer, wasn’t something she could talk about. Not after what they had to do to survive.

But when more women go missing in an eerily similar manner, Jo knows her prolonged silence will only seal their fates. She’s finally ready to talk; she just needs someone to listen. FBI special agent Tony LeDoux can’t deny he finds Jo compelling–he’s just not sure he believes her story. But with the clock ticking, Jo will do anything to convince him, even if it means unearthing long-buried secrets that will land them squarely in the crosshairs of the killer…

I’m so pleased to be the stop on the blog tour for The Longest Silence today! Check out TLC Book Tours for the full schedule.


This is the fourth in a series but I jumped in here and had no problem reading this as a standalone. It wastes no time and jumps straight into the action, I found it to be a true page turner so I’m sure this made it easier for me to catch on rather quickly. Tony is an ex FBI agent who’s niece goes missing and Joanna is a woman who was abducted years ago and her case is freakishly similar to the current one. This was one of those reads with way more questions than answers and things are revealed slowly and steadily, a method which always reels me in.

I enjoyed both of the lead characters, Tony is a likable mess with good intentions and Jo is a broken woman with a seriously messed up past, I found her to be well drawn and unpredictable which always keeps me on my toes. The case itself was interesting, admittedly I did figure out the who on a few points, but not the why. Sometimes this frustrates me but this time I was so entertained that it honestly didn’t bother me at all. Webb is such a skilled storyteller that I was able to easily let my usual irritation go and just enjoy the story regardless.

This was a solid serial killer read, plenty of suspense and a really unique explanation behind the killers actions. I can see why Webb is such a popular author, she really has a way with words and I read this in one tense sitting which is always a fantastic sign for me!

The Longest Silence in three words: Compulsive, Dark and Intense.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for my review copy.

About the Author:

DEBRA WEBB is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 130 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency, and the Shades of Death series. With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood on a farm in Alabama.

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