Mute Witness
By Rick R. Reed

A Review



Read the full review at bookwenches.com dated 11/18/09

Rating: 5+Keeper

I think it's safe to say that Rick Reed knows what scares us. His novel Mute Witness is the perfect example, reaching out and touching on one of the greatest fears that parents will have: the fear that harm will befall their child and that they be completely powerless to help in any way. This is a tale of love and guilt, betrayal and forgiveness, and while this is without a doubt a nightmare of epic proportions to any parent, it is also incredibly well-written and insightful. In my opinion, this is not just a "should read", it is a must read.

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I don't believe that there is any possible way to read this story without being affected by it on a number of different levels. My emotions ran the gamut as I read Mute Witness: from wide-eyed horror at the actions of the antagonist, to disgust at the attitude of some of the small-minded denizens of the town, to heartbreak at the situation of parent and child, to joy and hope for the future. By the time I finished the last page, I felt as if I had been put through the wringer along with the main character, but I also felt as if I had been treated to entertainment on a first-class level. Undoubtedly, this is the finest of Mr. Reed's work that I have read to date, and it is without hesitation that I recommend it to others. Mute Witness is definitely a keeper.

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Reviewed by BD Whitney





A Review



Read the full review at redadept.wordpress.com

Rating: 4 Stars

In Mute Witness, by Rick Reed, a young boy goes outside to play and disappears for three days. When he is finally returned, he has been severely beaten and molested. Some believe the boy's gay father is the culprit, but the real monster is still out there.

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There were a lot of different characters in this book that had both major and minor roles. The author used chapters to show the change in viewpoint. I truly love this method of character development as it gives the reader a chance to get inside the head of each person.


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Reviewed by redadept





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