McGarvey’s Book Reviews

Silent Survivor by Deborah Shlian

A Riveting Mystery – I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!

I just finished reading the Silent Survivor which I read in two days. The first day I was up half the night because I didn’t want to put it down. This book has everything — a murder, a whistleblower, a government conspiracy, a love story, PTSD in the military, and a nod to the “me too” movement. It’s a fast paced read with lots of cliffhangers and very well written.

I don’t want to give away the plot but essentially a female nurse, who served in Iraq, is back home and works with veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She notices a pattern of behavior and illness with some of the vets that can’t be explained. At the same time, she herself has a huge secret. Here’s the best part — in author Deborah Shlian’s notes in the back of the book, you find out that her novel is based on real facts — which makes the entire story that much more chilling. This book needs to be on the media’s radar. I could see this being made into a movie like The China Syndrome, Erin Brocovich or All the President’s Men.