Excellent book, unusual heroine. The heroine is a child abuse investigator who has manic depression. Very original and interesting.
Bo Bradley is a child services advocate with a secret...she has manic-depression and is trying to function effectively without letting her superiors know about her condition. The book is a good read, a decent mystery, and has an illuminating description of manic depression and how it feels to experience it.
This powerful and suspenseful debut features an unusual heroine, San Diego Juvenile Court child abuse investigator Bo Bradley. A closet manic-depressive, Bo fights to keep her job and her equilibrium when she is assigned the case of a four-year-old boy found tied to a mattress in an abandoned house on an Indian reservation. She realizes that the boy is deaf, not retarded as she first thought, and hopes to place him with a family who will teach him to sign. But her intuition and her own experience with a deaf sister tells her that the boy had been tied up to prevent him from straying. Could someone have intended to return to him? She finds a grocery receipt, the only clue to the boy's identity. When two men attempt to shoot him and she receives a threatening note, her mission becomes increasingly urgent. Recognizing and resisting the manic phase of her own disorder, she traces the boy's past to Houston and an important political race. Padgett's deft handling of Bo's mental state and her empathetic rendering of his deafness add originality and depth to a gripping story.
Child abuse investigator Bo Bradley knows the rules: never get emotionally involved with the children you help. It's not always easy. Now, with the boy known as Weppo, it is about to prove impossible.
He was found in a shack amid the lone pines and dusty canyons of Southern California. He is four years old, non-Indian, classified retarded, he is deaf. And she knows, after seeing the Paiute mystic who found him, that she must heed her own inner voice; and it whispers danger. Then, an attempt to murder Weppo pushes Bo into action. Risking personal involvement and professional ruin, she vows to unearth the truth...as she desperately sturggles to save Weppo--and herself--from certain death.
Bo Bradley responded to a call from Annie Garcia, a Paiute indian who reported finding an abandoned caucasian male child. Who is he and why is somebody trying to murder him?
CHILD OF SILENCE is the first book in Abigail Padgett's series about Child Protective Services caseworker, Bo Bradley. As mentioned in the previous reviews, Bo is not your average protagonist: she's a manic-depressive desperately working to hold it together and live a productive, meaningful life to make positive changes in the lives and circumstances of the children she comes in contact with. She has some interesting and varied coworkers, varying settings ... this lady puts some miles on her car and her credit card. There is a budding romance hinted at with a doctor who also has a mysterious past. Gunplay. Menacing villains. Heroic actions by regular people. Innocent child. Cute dog. And an interesting (and different) storyline. I am on the search for the next book in the series now.