Saturday, July 15, 2023

Now Out in Paperback and Ebook SILENCE OF THE MISSING



Today, I'm #grateful that my 52nd #novel, SILENCE OF THE MISSING, is now out in both ebook and paperback.

The #crime #psychologicalthriller is, I think, one of my best!

Pick up your copy:


He went into the woods…and never came out.

In 1986, thirteen-year-old Jeb Kleber vanished during his small town’s Fourth of July fireworks. His mysterious disappearance left his first love, Sammy Blake, grieving for years.

Flash forward to present day. A now middle-aged Sam Blake has a comfortable and predictable life with his husband Marc in Chicago. All that changes when a stranger arrives at Sam’s door, claiming to be the missing Jeb Kleber. The stranger knows things he couldn’t possibly know—including the hidden love the boys shared during the summer of ’86. He also wears an amethyst pendant Sam gave him shortly before he disappeared.

Could this be the real Jeb Kleber, missing for thirty-seven years? If not, who is this mysterious stranger? And what does he want after all this time? His appearance plunges Sam’s life into a nightmare of questionable identity, long-buried secrets, and perhaps even murder.

#author #suspense #crimefiction #ownvoicesbooks


"Compellingly readable, The Silence of the Missing keeps the twists and turns coming right to the end. But Rick R. Reed's real strength is investigating the human heart in crisis, and how resilient it can be—and how appalling." --Felice Picano, author and founder of modern gay literature along with the other members of the Violet Quill
"Reed's story of loss, love, and suffering showcases his trademark ability to explore the nature of evil and, more profoundly, the humanity behind it." --Gregory Ashe, author of the 
Hazard and Somerset Mysteries
"While I wouldn't say 
Silence of the Missing is a horror story, I will say that it's a mystery/thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. It's kind of a romance but not in the way you'd expect. arts will get your heart racing as you're eager to find out what really happened that 4th of July night so many years ago. Other parts will have your heart breaking a little for more than one of the characters. In the end, no doubt you'll be pleased with the resolution even if it's not the ending you might expect." --OnTopDownUnder Reviews
Silence of the Missing, Reed artfully pens an eerily haunting tale of loves lost, of lives ruined, of mystery, suspense, despair and ultimately hope. The story will leave you guessing throughout as it adeptly weaves its way through its characters' troubled lives. Mesmerizing." - Rob Rosen, author of Bobby Ray Breaks the Universe
"...memorable characters who feel authentic and very human. 
Silence of the Missing is an intriguing double mystery." --Laury Egan, author of The Firefly
""When a man claiming to be Sam's long-lost love shows up at his door over thirty years later, it begins a series of harrowing events which will forever change his life. Rick R. Reed is a master storyteller, digging into the psyche of each character to provide insight and various perspectives of what happened that fateful night in 1986 to Jeb, and how those events continue to impact his characters three decades later. The twists and revelations will keep you wondering what the truth is until you reach the last page." ~Jodi Zeramby, Launch Point Press publisher and author of UndertowYou Matter, and Musings of a Madwoman (under the pen name Jazzy Mitchell)

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