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Speak No Evil Overview

Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner

What if every time you told the truth, evil followed?
The daughter of Appalachian snake handlers becomes a ward of the state after her eerie “gift” causes a tragedy that leaves her orphaned.

My name is Melody Fisher. My daddy was a snake handler in Appalachia until Mama died. Though years have passed, I can still hear the rattle before the strike that took her from me.

And it’s all my fault.

Since then, I’ve been passed around from foster home to foster home. I didn’t think anything could be as bad as losing Mama.

I was wrong.

But I will not speak of things people have done to me. Every time I do, worse evil follows. Now, the only thing I trust is what saved me years ago.

Back when I would sing the snakes calm …

Standalone Novel

Note from the Author:
Women are more empowered to speak up today than ever before, but far too many remain silent—for good reason. Speaking up about abuse is not always met with support. Too often victims are met with ridicule and judgement, blame and shame. I, along with many women, have personal experience with this. I chose to go to the police, though felt nothing would be done. I spoke up so the next victim might be believed. I spoke out because he took liberties with my body that he had no right to. I wasn’t about to let him take one ounce of my self-worth. I did not ask for it, it was not my fault, and no one would say otherwise. Not everyone has a Miss Prescott and Dr. Kane … I was fortunate to have a strong support network. For those who don’t, for those who remain silent, it is not your fault. You are not to blame. My greatest wish is that one day you will find your voice and, with it, peace. ~Liana Gardner


Speak No Evil Named #14 in Ginger Nuts of Horror's Top 100 YA Horror Novels of the Decade
Liana Gardner named to the Ginger Nuts of Horror 30 YA Authors You Should Know List
Speak No Evil is featured in: The Silent Treatment: 7 Books Featuring Mute Characters


  • Nominee for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
    Bram Stoker Awards®
  • Bronze Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction
    Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)
  • Gold Medal Winner in New Adult Fiction
    NYC Big Book Awards
  • Finalist in Young Adult Fiction
    Dante Rossetti Book Awards
  • Quarterfinalist
    ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition


  • Silver Medal Winner: Young Adult Fiction
    Nautilus Book Awards
  • Gold Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction — Mature Issues
    Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
  • Finalist in Best Juvenile or Young Adult Fiction
    Silver Falchion Award
  • Finalist in Contemporary & Literary Fiction
    Somerset Book Awards
  • Finalist in Young Adult Fiction
    International Book Awards



Bram Stoker Nominee / Nautilus Book Awards Winning Author

“Compelling, gripping, and evocative, Speak No Evil is a study in personality development, horror, how support systems for teens can either succeed or fail, and the impact a caring adult can have on a teenager's life.” ~D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“... suspense and intrigue ... Melody’s story is grim, but hope is weaved in throughout ... highly emotional.” ~School Library Journal

“... outstanding ... I had a tear in my eye on more than one occasion. A quite beautiful book I am very happy to champion by buying for my library.”
~Ginger Nuts of Horror

“Expect a paranormal twist, spooky mountain folklore, rattlesnake handling and much soul searching as Melody makes peace with herself—and the trauma she has endured.” ~Girls' Life Magazine (Oct/Nov 2019 issue)