Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Two Silent Cries
AUTHOR: T.N. Tarrant
PUBLISHER: MLR Press
LENGTH: 114 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2016
Micah Valery is hearing impaired and unable to speak. As if that didn’t make life interesting enough, he also suffers from a panic disorder that regularly disrupts his life. With a wonderful assistance dog named Goldie, however, he manages to live independantly, and comfortably.
When something goes wrong with Goldie, he meets Dr. Santiago Cruz, a veteran veterinarian with issues of his own to cope with. Still, the attraction is strong enough to explore, and a new romance blooms.
Enter Micah’s estranged family, attempting to deprive him of his inheritance.
This story has been previously published.
This is a new-to-me author. It was a nice, quick read book with a lot going on in a very short timeline.
Micah Valery has a lot going on in his life. He is totally deaf and he suffers from severe panic disorder. That is enough right there to stop most people from even trying, but he has found a way to make his life work despite being estranged from his family. First and foremost, Micah has a wonderful service dog named Goldie. When he realizes something is wrong with Goldie he attempts to take her to the vet to get her checked out. After an unfortunate mishap, Micah meets Dr. Santiago Cruz. Santiago is a wounded war veteran veterinarian with his own issues. Two Silent Cries is their story.
I refuse to give anything away but this short novel has a few too many story lines. It either need to be longer, going into more depth with these events, or be more books. My head was spinning at times from the constant barrage of new plot twists that were constantly popping up. Also, for its length I felt that we may have experienced more of Micah’s panic attacks that were necessary. They became a bit redundant. Not that they weren’t necessary to understand his needs and plight but going into depth so many times slowed the fast paced plot a bit. I did enjoy getting to read how his dog(s) helped with his condition. How they interacted with their human and his needs was interesting and informative.
One of my concerns was that neither of these men ever even discussed the fact that they were gay and all of a sudden they were kissing. I figured there would be some angsty little conversation that would enlighten at least one of them to their sexual preferences but no…nothing. That kind of surprised me. Then it rapidly was a relationship. I know it’s a short book but they moved together pretty fast.
I’m not saying that I didn’t like this book. On the contrary, I really liked the characters and it was refreshing to read how their dealt with their own limitations and disabilities. I just wish it weren’t so many different things thrown at the reader so fast. It could have slowed down a bit and let the characters and plot lines develop. Then the story would have been that much more.