Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: Cry No More by Linda Howard

Cry No More by Linda Howard

Fueled by an obsession to fill the void in other people’s lives, Milla Edge finds lost children—all the while trying to outrun the brutal emotions stemming from a tragedy in her past. Traveling to a small village in Mexico on a reliable tip, Milla begins to uncover the dire fate of countless children who have disappeared in the labyrinth of a sinister baby-smuggling ring. The key to nailing down the organization may rest with an elusive one-eyed man. As Milla’s search for him intensifies, the mission becomes more treacherous. For the ring is part of something far larger and more dangerous, reaching the highest echelons of power. Racing into peril, Milla suddenly finds herself the hunted—in the crosshairs of an invisible, lethal assassin who aims to silence her permanently.




This is one of my old time favorite by Linda Howard. Reading it again after all these years never seemed to diminish my love for this book. Cry No More is one of the best romantic suspense I've ever read.

The heroine, Milla Edge - a mum desperately seeking for her child who was abducted from her own hands when he was just over a months old. For ten years she never give up hope and in the meantime she set up a volunteer group to help others in her predicament. 

The hero, James Diaz - an assassin, a bounty hunter or a vigilante? He seems shadowy and his true motivation behind the work he had done over the years was not clearly explained to me. But I'm captivated by his personality. A man who isn't verbal, but let action speaks for himself. After he found out that the smuggling ring that Milla looking into coincide with his own interest, he decided to help her locate her lost child. Though we never got his POV, I think he admire Milla's spirit and love the sense of accomplishment when he could help someone in need.

For me, a perfect romantic suspense is when the author can make me rooting for the couple and at the same time feeling engage with the suspense plot as well. From the beginning, I'm so invested with Milla and her struggling for justice. I wanted her to find her son back. With little clues thrown along the way, she stumble nearer and nearer to the truth. I'm totally at edge and wondering who is the bad guys.

As for the romance, what I like most of the absence of anything insta. I felt that too many romantic suspense use the insta-lust way to speed things up. Milla and Diaz initially encounter was hostile and she was kinda freaked out by his reputation. But she decided to risk it and tried to get the help from this infamous assassin. I enjoyed their slow pace of getting to know each other and doing the sleuthing tasks together. There isn't a lot of flowery speeches considering Diaz was pretty uncommunicative kind of man, but you will just feel in love with him. 

I love the ending and the epilogue. Is not what I would have envisioned in the beginning, but is still perfect in every way leaving you closing the book with happy tears. 

"It's okay to live. It's okay to be happy again."

Rating 5/5