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Summary

From the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author comes the first book in a trilogy about love, betrayal, and the secrets families keep.

Forced to choose between abortion or adoption, Olivia Carson’s younger sister, Lily, runs away from home. Sixteen and pregnant, she never returns. But she writes. Once a year, Lily mails a picture of her son, Josh, to Olivia until his thirteenth year. Then it’s Josh himself who arrives at Olivia’s house, alone, terrified, and in possession of a notarized declaration from Lily. It begins, “In the event I go missing...”

Josh has difficulty talking. He can’t read or write, but he’s a prolific artist, exhibiting skill beyond his age. His drawings are as detailed as they are horrific. Olivia soon realizes Josh’s artwork tells a story. There’s more to his arrival and to Lily’s untimely disappearance than it seems. Using the drawings as a road map, Olivia traces Josh’s path back to his mom. Each drawing sheds light on Lily’s past and reveals a darkness that forces Olivia to question everything she thought she knew about her family.

©2021 by Kerry Lonsdale Inc. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Lonsdale is at her best with this multilayered story about three dysfunctional siblings and the secrets they keep. What a ride. I’m still a little breathless. This one was an addictive page-turner - impossible to put down. Fans of domestic suspense will eat this up.” (Sally Hepworth, best-selling author of The Good Sister and The Mother-in-Law)

“Kerry Lonsdale is back and better than ever with this multilayered tale about three siblings torn apart by a series of tragic events. Nuanced and smart, filled with characters with real emotion and depth, No More Words is everything you’ve come to love from the master of domestic drama. A mesmerizing beginning to a new trilogy that will have you one-clicking the next in the series.” (Kimberly Belle, internationally best-selling author of Stranger in the Lake)

“Full of suspense, romance, and drama, No More Words is a powerful story about what it means to be a family. Emotional and honest, it tells the story of three siblings each dealing with demons from the past. I fell in love with all three Carson children and look forward to the second and third installments of this series. Kerry Lonsdale is a master storyteller of family drama, and this is Lonsdale at her best.” (Suzanne Redfearn, number one Amazon best-selling author of In an Instant)

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  • 29-07-21

Really terrible.

This book was so bad I could only get through it at 1.4 speed. I was curious to know how it played out, but hated almost every minute. The characters were flat and lacked depth. The story was predictable from the beginning. The writing made me roll my eyes or get annoyed: histrionic heroine, over use of similes, it was truly terrible. In the end, I was just relieved it was over.

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  • Lady Gladys of Hogwallor
  • 15-08-21

More”show,” less “tell.”

The paragraphs and paragraphs of explaining and mining Olivia’s avoidance were irritating and unnecessary. A confident author would demonstrate the trait and leave the interpretation to the reader.

I know this is the first of a three book series, so loose ends are to be expected. BUT-after a character says she’s being followed and stalked, having caused enough panic to cause her to abruptly move, the next chapter has everyone planning to spend a holiday at the place where she was in danger. That’s not a loose end. It’s a glaring omission.

The romance between Olivia and Blaze is overwrought. I’ve read others of her books and I don’t feel she is growing as an author. I doubt I’ll read the next two books.

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  • 25-07-21

Entertaining

Good but somewhat predictable storyline. Would have been much better without the overuse of complex similies. So many similies and metaphors but especially similies.

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  • KelNee
  • 30-11-21

Good enough to want to finish it, but…

This was an okay story with okay characters. The reader has a nice voice that makes for easy listening, but I feel certain she got as tired of voicing the similes and metaphors as I did of hearing them. Some of the comparisons were well written and appropriate in context, but it’s too much when they fill every other sentence. I found myself laughing at inappropriate times in the story due to their overuse. Definitely won’t call this a must-read, but it’ll do for a filler while you’re waiting for something new from a favorite author.

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  • Jacqueline L. Murray
  • 19-11-21

Awesome book

I enjoyed this book, because they was so many twist and turns. Looking for the next book. Hope they have a sequel?

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  • Jonann Sandvig
  • 08-11-21

Very entertaining Audible

My only bummer about this book is that I will have to wait until May 2022 for Book Two of the series. Lol!
I loved the questions, twists and the shocks in the story. It definitely is a page turner.

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  • Tiffany Bickner
  • 27-10-21

Alright

The story itself had some really great parts that keep you interested, and wanting to finish.
The narrator was not the right fit for this reading, very distracting breathy voice that didn't fit with the characters or storyline.
Will read the second and third book in the series, as there is much left unanswered.

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  • Linda
  • 18-10-21

Good read/listen

I really enjoyed this book, I loved how the author would go back and reference each character in the past. You truly felt like you had a full picture of each character. I only wished I knew more towards the end, it left you hanging. Overall would recommend.

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  • Reggie
  • 07-10-21

Lies and their impact

Olivia had a complicated childhood. She hasn’t seen or spoken to her sister in n 14yrs…since her sister ran away at 16yo…and pregnant. Now het nephew is at her door, suffering from a TBI , that affects his speech, and Olivia can only decipher that her sister is missing. In the search for her sister, Olivia uncovers lies and betrayals so huge that she can’t wrap her mind around them. Bittersweet ending.

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  • xq
  • 12-09-21

Absolutely awful! Don’t waste your time!

Hard to follow. Shallow characters and even more painful to listen to. I would not recommend at All.