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Reviewed by Amanda Rofe for Readers' Favorite
The Silence of Darkness by Bradley James Tall is a fictional novel set in Prairie View, a small rural town near Lake Michigan. It tells the story of a farming community with a sinister secret going back twenty years when Bobby, the young son of a notable local farmer, commits suicide. His death is linked with the present day disappearance of Hector, a young Hispanic boy, but it is not immediately clear what that connection is. Billy, the deputy sheriff, involves his best friend, a veterinarian who has just moved to the area, in the investigations. Paul is a widower and brings his young daughter with him. They become intimately involved in local affairs and make new friends. Unfortunately, these friendships lead him along a very dangerous road.
The mix of crime and forbidden romance in The Silence of Darkness provides a well-rounded and thoroughly satisfying novel. The deep dark secrets held by powerful families in the area serves to give the story an edge. I was never quite sure just how far they were prepared to go and it left me anxious for the safety of the more innocent members of the community. The main protagonists are down to earth and very likable. They ably lead the reader through the twists and turns of the plot and finally uncover the perpetrators of more than one crime. This novel has just the right amount of everything and I enjoyed it very much. Bradley James Tall writes a thoroughly good yarn with a cast of solid characters. I couldn't have asked for more.