No sooner than Texas Ranger Cody Jackson shows up in
Durango, TX, a killer strikes. As he and Detective Liliana
Rodriguez hunt for the killer's identity, it quickly
apparent that there are either multiple murderers or they
have a serial killer on the loose. Working to solve the
crimes in the midst of their personal challenges—Cody, new
to the area, is parenting a reluctant teen who recently
his mother and Liliana's fighting to protect a sister who
may be in an abusive relationship—draws the pair closer
together. As their feelings unfold, they learn that many
things are not as they seem.
I'm most familiar with Margaret Daley as a writer of short,
inspirational romances, a genre in which she is one of the
masters. SHATTERED SILENCE is the second book in The Men
the Texas Rangers series, Daley's first single-title
Fans of Daley will be happy that her trademark breezy style
remains apparent in this longer work. What has changed is
the subject matter and the number of moving pieces. Daley
introduces multiple subplots, including some red herrings,
and effortlessly weaves them into an intricate, suspenseful
read. SHATTERED SILENCE delves into difficult topics, such
as illegal immigration, racial prejudice and domestic
as the romance unfolds between Liliana and Cody.
In the end, however, the romance seemed rushed and at times
stilted. Once the matter of the killer was resolved, it
felt as though it were necessary to wrap up the romance as
soon as possible though the relationship seemed to have
just begun to heat up. SHATTERED SILENCE was an
otherwise enjoyable read.
A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern
Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local
police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders.
While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the
tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens.
As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the
murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn't
what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana's faith and love
be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?