30 June 2020

Dead Silence | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway


Political games can be deadly…

Elise Carmichael is a court sign language interpreter who reads lips all the time. As a widow with a young son who is deaf, lip reading is simply second nature, until the day she reads the lips of someone on the phone discussing an attempt to be made on a senator’s life—a senator who just happens to be her mother-in-law. Before she can decide what she needs to do, she receives the information that her son is rushed to the ER and she must leave. Then she later sees the news report that her mother-in-law has been shot and killed. But when she comes forward, her life, as well as her son’s life, may now be in the crosshairs of the assassin.

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Release Date: June 1, 2020


When interpreter Elise Carmichael reads a threat on someone’s lips—and the next day, her mother-in-law is killed—she has no choice but to get involved in uncovering the truth. The drama proves dangerous and political and takes her around turns she never could have anticipated.

Robin Caroll’s Dead Silence has all the potential of being an entertainingly suspenseful story. However, I found myself bored and disconnected as I followed Elise through the drama. While high-stakes are certainly involved, I never felt on the edge of my seat, eager to see how it would all conclude.

Still, plenty of readers have enjoyed Dead Silence. If you are in need of a suspenseful read, this could be the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I've never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” 

Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better. Robin’s passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others and come alongside them on their faith journey—aspects Robin weaves into each of her twenty-five-plus published novels.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends quality time with her husband of nearly three decades, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home.

Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as executive director/conference director for ACFW. Her books have been recognized in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.


Hi, there. . .Robin here. I’m getting so excited for the release of my thirty-fourth novel, Dead Silence. I have to say, I love this book. The heroine is strong, yet flawed. Her love for her son—willing to do anything to protect him is a mother’s instinct I relate to so well, having three daughters and two grandsons. The love of a mother for her child is so ingrained in me that I wanted to share that in a story.

I’ve been asked why I opted for a heroine who is an ASL translator and who has a deaf son. Many years ago, I became friends with someone who is deaf. She shared with me some of her frustrations, but also how her way of life is in comparison to mine. It got me to thinking that being deaf could be thought of as a disability but could also be used as an advantage…it was all in how you looked at it. My friend shared many stories of how she “eavesdropped” by reading lips and learned much about people and how they reacted to issues, enough that it led her into her career field today—a counselor, specializing in providing therapy for the hearing impaired as they live in a hearing world. I hope that I portrayed my characters in this positive light.

While I’m a Louisiana girl at heart, I reside in Little Rock, the capitol city for Arkansas. Since Bill and Hilary Clinton lived here and claimed it home before Bill was President, we have many political plans and posturing here. I saw it as a perfect backdrop for this particular story with the political undercurrents running rampant throughout the story.

I hope that you enjoy reading Dead Silence as much as I enjoyed writing it.


To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card. Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway.



  1. Sounds good, nice cover.

  2. Sounds like a great book.

  3. I've read two of Robin's books in the past and enjoyed them! This one sounds just as intriguing.

    Thank you for your review and participation in the blog tour!

  4. This sounds like a thrilling page turner.

  5. I got Robin Caroll's book in a few weeks ago and found it hard to put down. As always, she wrote another great book!

  6. I like a good thrilling mystery!