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 a dangerous 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…
The Longest Silence by Debra Webb is the fourth and last book in the Shades of Death series. I truly enjoyed the previous book and now this final outcome in the series. The hero FBI agent, Tony, is back again. Unlike the previous books, he’s portrayed as a failing human being. He’s not FBI anymore, his wife divorced him for his best friend, and he’s got a drinking problem. Tony is living life but not to the fullest in a happy way. Instantly, I felt his anger and pain for all the he suffered from the previous times. He was injured in book 3 so, he is also recovering from that as well.
Tony starts off on the wrong foot but he is still one lovable character. Something about this tall good looking man who is just as vulnerable as I am made me like him that much more. He’s different than most heroes because of that. Tony drives this novel. It’s all from his standpoint and where he goes.
Also, Debra Webb allows readers like me to get a closer look into Tony. This new crime investigation will involve the disappearance of his niece and other missing girls. Plus, one woman who is still alive and older will reach out to him about the girls. Together, the duo will do everything to save the girls. In a way, it’s a story of redemption, healing, and second chances. Overall, I loved this book.