About the Book
Twenty-one years ago, Emma Shephard was sexually assaulted and forced to leave college. She has tried to forget the trauma, building a new life as a loving wife and parent with a successful marketing career. Then her world is rocked when her rapist buys the pharmaceutical company where she works.
Now it’s an impossible choice between keeping the safe life she’s created and pursuing justice. With her marriage at risk and her child in danger, Emma finds herself at the center of ugly secrets and scandals.
All the Silent Voices is an ode to every woman who has been silenced through trauma. To every woman who has been told it was her fault. To every woman who felt that she couldn’t speak up. To every woman afraid. In a time of the Me-Too movement, this book is poignant and important. It will not be a story for everyone, it may trigger some terrifying memories and it is important to note that this book is vivid. But, it is important. It is horrifying and visceral because it is so real.
Now, I must admit that I kept holding off on writing this review. It is not because I didn’t like the book, but that I was afraid I wouldn’t do the topic justice. Sexual assault is something women fear daily. Walking alone at night, catching the eye of someone who doesn’t look away, the feeling of being brushed up against in public. We are taught to be cautious and afraid on the inside while maintaining composure on the outside.
Reading All the Silent Voices you feel that fear and anxiety. Mikalsen does an amazing job of conveying all of the emotions that come with being forced to face the man who assaulted you. Which is probably why this book captures and keeps your attention. The realness of the story is sad, in a this is a terrible situation, but something that far too many women face.
All the Silent Voices takes you on many twists and turns. Drama, scandals, and more unwind throughout these pages.
About the Author
I am a Women’s Fiction author. My novels are about brave women and about love.
WRAPPED IN THE STARS is about love that lasts forever. Two lovers, Mark and Rebecca, got separated in the early 20th century, but their love remained behind, it didn’t die. Part of their love stayed in the ring that Mark gave to Rebecca. So, when this ring is found years later, another couple picks up the energy from Mark and Rebecca’s love and fall in love.
In THE HOUSE BY THE CYPRESS TREES I explore romantic love. That wild feeling of new love when you first fall for someone and you want to spend every moment with them and you will do anything for them.
ALL THE SILENT VOICES is about the depth of love between a husband and wife and what challenges a good marriage can withstand. How far will a wife go for her husband and how far will a husband go for his wife?
Finally, in the novel I am working on right now, CITY OF GLASS, the focus is on sibling love. A sister sacrifices everything to save her brother.
I am somewhat obsessive about travel, but, when I am at home, in San Antonio, I can be found browsing through bookstores or antique shops with my husband and two children.
When not writing stories, I am a Pediatric Psychologist helping children with chronic medical illness. I blog on issues of mental health for teens and adults. I enjoy working with the media due to my expertise in managing anxiety, stress, and parenting issues. I provide consultation to authors on writing about mental health.
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