#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Burden of Silence by @EricPraschan #Suspense #Thriller

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

The Burden of Silence by Eric Praschan is this week’s choice. A suspenseful thriller, it was released in July 2015 by CreatSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

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The Burden Of Silence

  • Author: Eric PraschanTheBurdenOfSilence
  • Published: July 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
  • four-half-stars

The smallest town can hide the biggest secret. After Jane Stoneman is killed in broad daylight on a dusty street, those who witness her death scatter to their homes without a word. Such things happen in Hollow Valley. Jane’s brother, Jack, returns to the small Missouri town after a six-year absence and tries to piece together the mystery of her death by following clues she left behind for him. To complicate matters, Jack must seek help from the one woman he’s made a habit of hating—his firecracker of an ex, Tessa Thornstead. Jack and Tessa launch a grassroots investigation that stirs up the close-knit town steeped in the shadow and folklore of the Ozark Mountains. 

After learning his sister has been murdered, Jack Stoneman feels compelled to return to Hollow Valley, the home town he left six years ago. He needs to find out what happened to his sister, why was she was murdered and who did it. The knowledge that she was a meth addict and stabbed to death in broad daylight shakes him to his core. He wondered how she’d managed to keep her addition secret from him. But it seems they both had secrets they kept from each other. Hollow Valley is a place full of secrets. Continue reading

Blind Evil


  • 20806501Author: Eric Praschan
  • Published: February 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Crime/Thriller/Suspense
  • four-stars
I was given a copy of the book in return for an honest review

Three friends since grade school, one of whom is a psychotic killer determined to make the other two pay for the perceived wrongs he suffered at their hands.

John, David and Emily have been close friends for years. Both John and David are in love with Emily although David’s idea of love is a strange one to say the least.

John is a police detective investigating a horrific double murder. The further he digs the more he believes David is responsible and he and Emily are dragged into David’s weird and dangerous mind games. David is a very sick and scary character, totally evil with no remorse for his actions.

John and Emily’s nightmare is only just beginning.


This is a chillingly disturbing tale of how a particular upbringing can shape a life. How a childhood living in fear and pain can affect the psyche in terrible ways. It’s also about friendship and loyalty. How much can a person take from someone they thought of as a close friend before the bonds of that friendship are broken irrevocably.

If I have one niggle it’s that two of the main protagonists’ stories are told in the first person. I found it a little disconcerting  jumping from one to the other but that’s just my personal view. Apart from that it’s a well crafted story full of tension and suspense. 

Blind Evil may be purchased at Amazon UK and Amazon US