No More Words – ARC Book Review

No More Words: A Novel by [Kerry Lonsdale]

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.

No. of pages:- 327 pages

Date published:- will be published on 6th July 2021

Publisher:- Lake Union

Genre:- Domestic Thriller


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Initially, I was a bit skeptical about this book but soon, I was surprised at how good this book is!

No more words is the first book of the No More series. The story starts with Olivia, gets an unexpected visit from a boy named Josh who is supposed to be her younger sister, Lily’s son. When Lily was pregnant with Josh, she ran away from home and Olivia hadn’t heard from her since then. Josh cannot speak clearly due to an accident that happened to him and is seeking help from Olivia to find his mother. And Olivia finds that Lily has changed her name and must find her sister before it’s too late.

The story divides between the present when Olivia tries to find her sister and the past. The plot was really good and the story starts building its tension and gets intense by the middle of the book. The writing was good and the author did a good job drawing the reader into the story. I was so hooked into the story that I couldn’t actually wait to see, what really happened to Lily, when she was forced to choose between adoption or abortion, prompting her to runaway from home at the age of sixteen and that Olivia eventually finds many dark secrets back in the past. The characters to me are likable–I like Olivia as she is a dutiful sister who is concerned about her sister as well as taking care of her only nephew. Neverthless, I enjoyed this story and I couldn’t wait to read the second book of the series!

The book worth five stars for it’s twisty and unexpected turns you didn’t expect!

Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union for giving me the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Kerry Lonsdale

Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and #1 Kindle bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale writes standalone and series based emotionally charged domestic suspense, family drama, and women’s fiction. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and have reached nearly two million readers. Co-founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Kerry resides in Northern California with her husband and two children.

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