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Monday, June 28, 2021

Out From Silence by C.L. Tolbert (Book Review)


Out From Silence by C.L. Tolbert
Book 1: A Thornton Mystery Series
Publisher: Level Best Books
Publication Date: December 15, 2019
Format: Paperback - 284 pages
               Kindle - 886 KB
ISBN: 978-1947915428
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Crime Thriller / Legal Thriller

Buy The Book:

Buy The Series: A Thornton Mystery Series
Book 1: Out From Silence
Book 2: The Redemption

Book Description:

Emma Thornton, law student and clerk for a local attorney, is asked to help defend Adam, a young deaf man accused of killing his girlfriend. The investigation sets her on a dangerous path which nearly costs her her life, and forces Adam out of his world of silence.

My Book Review:

In Out From Silence, book one of the Thornton Mystery Series, author C.L. Tolbert transports the reader to Jonesburg, Georgia for an intriguing mystery / suspense / crime and legal thriller / story that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.

After eighteen year old Jennifer Patrick was found murdered in her bedroom, her nineteen year old deaf boyfriend Adam Gannon is arrested and charged with her murder. Emma Thornton, is a third year law student, and works as a part-time law clerk for defense attorney Silas Steele III, who has agreed to represent him.

As Emma investigates the murder case, she gets too close to the truth about Adam's long buried family secrets, and danger is around every corner as there is someone who is determined to stop her from learning the truth at any cost, including threatening her family. Can Emma help save the wrongly accused teen, or will the truth behind the long buried family secrets and the reason for the young woman's murder remain silenced?

Author C. L. Tolbert weaves a fast-paced and suspenseful thriller written in the third person narrative that follows Emma as she tries to get justice for accused murderer nineteen year old Adam Gannon, who was born profoundly deaf. I loved reading this action-packed story. The reader will be easily drawn into this well written story with its richly descriptive plot that will keep them guessing as secrets, betrayals, deceit, motives, revenge, and clues are uncovered, while unexpected twists and turns, and a surprising conclusion will leave the reader simply stunned. I especially loved how the author used her prior experience as a defense attorney to weave an intense account of the legal investigation that Emma engaged in her pursuit to vindicate Adam, and bring the true murderer to justice. 

I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I enjoyed the author's debut novel, it had a rich description of the legal process that draws the reader into the investigation and preparation of the murder case. You can't help but get caught up in the progress of Adam's case, and how determined Emma was to vindicate him for the murder of his girlfriend Jennifer, while putting the pieces of the puzzle together to solve the murder mystery and find the real murderer.  

Out From Silence has enough drama, tension, action, dark secrets, a touch of romance, and unexpected twists and turns that will take the reader on one heck of a thrilling roller coaster ride.


About The Author

In 2010, Cynthia Tolbert won the Georgia Bar Journal’s fiction contest for the short story version of Out From Silence. Cynthia developed that story into the first full-length novel of the Thornton Mystery Series by the same name, which was published by Level Best Books in December of 2019. Her second book in this same series, entitled The Redemption, was released in February of 2021.

Cynthia has a Master’s in Special Education and taught children with learning disabilities for ten years before moving on to law school. She spent most of her legal career working as defense counsel to large corporations and traveled throughout the country as regional and national counsel. She also had the unique opportunity of teaching third-year law students in a clinical program at a law school in New Orleans where she ran the Homeless Law Clinic and learned, first hand, about poverty in that city. She retired after more than thirty years of practicing law. The experiences and impressions she has collected from the past forty years contribute to the stories she writes today. Cynthia has four children, and three grandchildren, and lives in Atlanta with her husband and schnauzer.

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