The Silent Sounds of Chaos Book Review and a Giveaway

Thrillers and suspense-filled novels are usually my favorites on my reading list.  I was interested in reading this book from the moment I read its summary!  Of course, it helped that I have read and enjoyed other books from Kristina Circelli as well.  What was my review of The Silent Sounds of Chaos?

Quick Summary of Silent Sounds of Chaos by Kristina Circelli.  A silent call for help began the friendship between two children. A bond unlike any other kept them together. Finn was just a kid when he first heard Snow’s voice inside his head, two children in need of a friend and finding one in mysterious strangers. Never meeting in person, the pair grows up as opposites – Finn the boy who loves to get in trouble and works for the toughest drug lord in town, Snow the good, sheltered girl who wants to be a doctor. The bond built upon a strange ability to hear each other’s thoughts is threatened when Snow is abducted, her screams for help consuming Finn’s mind until they disappear completely, submerging him in a terrifying silence he’s never known before. Now it’s up to Finn to save her, led only by Snow’s sporadic thoughts as she floats in and out of consciousness. But the search for Snow leads him to a truth he isn’t prepared to face, a truth that has the power to unravel his entire world. The people he thought he knew, the life he thought he’d made, the best friend he thought he could protect – all point toward a brutal reality should he fail. And as Finn struggles to find Snow before she slips away, he must fight to keep that reality out, lest he let the chaos in.

Circelli creates a wonderfully, unique storyline in The Silent Sounds of Chaos.  Many of the conversations through the bulk of the book occur inside the main character's head.  Initially, I found the dialogue a little confusing as I tried to sort out the unspoken conversations between the characters and their individual stories.  After a chapter or two, I was able to keep the flow of the story in the proper perspective and the story began to build.  Circelli's unique storyline builds, twists, turns, and intrigues the reader throughout the book.

The Silent Sounds of Chaos is a Page Turner.  I read the entire book in one sitting--staying up way too late again to finish it.  I thought I knew what going on--I thought I knew where the author was taking the story--and I was wrong.  A few times.  While I did have pieces of the story figured out--the author kept me guessing and questioning--and hooked into Finn's story to the very end.

Would I recommend The Silent Sounds of Chaos?  Initially, I found the dialogue a little "immature"--but, I soon realized that the characters "speaking" were small children.  The dialogue and the storyline grew and matured with the characters and Circelli's writing style allowed the characters, the setting, and the creative plot to flourish.   If you enjoy a suspenseful thriller, you will not be disappointed by this book.  I generally read carefully and look for little "clues" as I read--yet, I was still surprised by pieces of the book's resolution.  This story is creative and well written--and keeps readers engaged from the first page through to the last.

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Meet the author:

Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric – Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby. Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature.   

A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients. She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.

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