Title: Mute Witness
Author: Rick R. Reed
Published: February 9, 2016 (Originally released October 2, 2009)
Publisher: DSP Publications
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Sean Dawes is grateful for everything he has in his life. He has a loving partner, Austin, and an incredible son, Jason. Even though things are still a bit fraught at times between Sean and his ex-wife, it’s nothing that stands in the way of his relationship with Jason. But when Jason goes missing, the tensions are quickly raised by his wife’s family. And when Jason is later found, what has happened to him throws everyone’s world off course. Suspicions run high in a small town of people who are a bit conservative in their ideologies. But for those quick to judge, sometimes they miss the threat that’s standing right under their nose.
This one is intense. There’s no denying that. What happens to some of the characters in this book is downright awful. The way some of the other characters behave is similarly reprehensible. But things like this do happen, and I don’t know that we can simply shy away from them and pretend they don’t exist. And Rick R. Reed treats these subjects very sensitively and presents them in ways that don’t obscure the issue but manage to make them accessible to readers. And I’m simply left hoping that everyone is able to find a way to move on with their lives following the events in the book.
Content warnings: discussions/descriptions of sexual abuse, victim intimidation, violence, blatant homophobia[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]