Speak No Evil is featured in: The Silent Treatment: 7 Books Featuring Mute Characters
Whether born mute, struck dumb by an illness or accident, or shut down into silence by traumatic circumstances, the characters in these novels have rich and varied tales to tell. We’ve rounded up a bunch of our favorites here for your reading list.
Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner (Vesuvian Books)
Melody Fisher is just sixteen years old, but she’s already experienced enough heartbreak to last a lifetime. From the time of her mother’s death and her father’s disappearance when she was only nine years old, Melody has bounced between various foster placements and new schools, often finding each one worse than the last. As a result of the trauma she has faced, she shuts down all spoken communication. She wants to protect herself and those around her, but when she has to testify on her own behalf, staying silent might not be an option. Speak No Evil is a multiple award-winning YA novel that IndieReader hails as “… a touching tribute to the power of love, faith and steadfast, patient kindness to heal the damage done by human cruelty and thoughtlessness.” (Read Paige Bremner’s full review here.)