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Today, we are thrilled to host the first ever blog discussion of Silence by Debra Webb.  I love the Faces of Evil series and am eagerly awaiting in the next installment.  Lucky me, Vicious releases on November 25.  In the meantime, let’s talk about Silence…


Ten years ago…

Special Agent Jess Harris has closed another tough case and now she’s determined to make it home to spend Christmas with her only family, her sister. Jess needs a break and taking it far away from work is the only way to keep her mind off the many faces of evil waiting in the stack of case files on her desk.

Running into the past wasn’t part of the plan…

Daniel Burnett was Jess’s first love. She’d fallen hard for him in high school. Together they’d gone off to college with big dreams. But not all dreams come true. Jess hasn’t seen Dan in ten years when they run into each other on Christmas Eve night…yet no force on earth can keep them apart.


  1. Silence takes place 10 years before Obsession.  What do you think would have been different if Jess had stayed that Christmas morning?

  2. Do you think the timing would have been right for them to stay together?

  3. How does Silence change Jess and Lily’s relationship?


Please respond in the comments.  Feel free to add any other questions you’d like to explore.


By the very nature of a book club discussion, the following will contain spoilers for Silence and all the previous Faces of Evil books.  Those that have been lucky enough to read Vicious in advance, please refrain from adding any events from that novel to the discussion.


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Toni / blonde Betty November 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Thanks all for stopping by. I agree, it was too soon for Jess and Dan. But what fun to read about their meeting all those years ago.


Gail Fuhlman November 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm

All that I can say is that I have been enjoying this series, plus I believe as everyone has already statement above in the commits, that we truly love these characters in this series. Also Debra Webb is an awesome person, and one of my favor authors.


DeeAnn G. Kline November 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Silence was a great idea to help us readers fill in the gap of what happened that Christmas Jess and Dan ran into each other. References had been made about different things but it was nice to read the story.

I don’t know if things would have worked for them if she’d stayed that Christmas morning. Yes, you could tell they still loved each other very much but because Jess was building a career with the FBI she wasn’t ready to settle down at that point. Dan was building a career in their hometown and didn’t want to move. It gave them some time in that 10 years to do some soul searching and accomplish some goals.

I’m not sure that Silence changed Jess and Lil’s relationship very much. Yes, Jess finally came home but she didn’t show up for dinner. I’m sure that hurt Lil’s feelings because she was so excited Jess was going to spend Christmas with them and share dinner.

The Faces of Evil series just gets better and more exciting as it goes along. I can’t wait until the next one!


Marijane November 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm

1. I think that she may have stayed a day or so, but Jess had just been promoted to profiler at Quantico and she had only been there two months. Plus, I think that she still is hurting over Dan leaving her in Boston to return to Birmingham while they were making wedding plans.

Dan knows what a mistake he made but his insecurities about Jess being better than him are still there. He wants Jess but just like 10 years ago, he wants her on his terms. Plus, he is very working his way up in politics.

I think the most interesting thing is that 10 years ago they were at a point in their careers that are the stepping stones to their future positions. Career is going to come first. Now, they realize a career is not all that they want out of life.

2. I included it in answering 1. The right time was when they graduated from school or now for the reasons I set forth above.

3. I think that Jess is starting to realize that she wants a closer relationship with Lil in part because of what occurs in the assignment in Silence right before she comes home for Christmas. I don’t think Jess sees herself as going back home to stay but to make their visits and communications more frequent. I think that sincerely is Jess’s intent. Lil doesn’t understand Jess’s commitment to her career although she tries very hard for Jess’s sake.


Maureen November 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm

LOVED Silence!!!!! This series is a FAVE of mine!!!!


Dr. Linda November 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

There are times that I think if Dan would have said just one thing to encourage Jess she would have stayed with him at that point. Unfortunately I don’t think it would have worked for them at that point. Jess was really just coming into her own at the Bureau and Dan was making his place in Birmingham, so who would have had to give up their dream/future?
Ideally they would have started talking and come together sooner then where the series started IF Dan had been just a little more open with her.
I think the case she had just finished is what really changed her relationship with her sister. She saw the love and devotion of the surviving sister and that is what she wants and has with her sister. Not that Jess will give herself a break and let it be both ways.


Regan Black (@ReganBlack) November 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

When I read Silence, the happy-ever-after romantic in me wanted her to stay in Birmingham with him sooo badly, but I don’t think it would have been the right time for Jess and Dan. She still had too much to prove – they both did – in my opinion, to themselves as well as to their careers.


Debra Webb November 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Yay! Thanks so much, y’all! What fun!


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