Review: Silent Sentry by Theresa Rizzo

April 1, 2016 Review 2

Review: Silent Sentry by Theresa Rizzo

Award-winning author Theresa Rizzo delivers a thrilling crime novel packed with suspense, romance, and redemption.

The Scarfilis and Donnatellis love deeply and protect fiercely. “Family takes care of family” is the code they live by.

So when a hacker threatens Gianna Donnatelli’s life, Dr. Joe Scarfili is determined to keep her safe, only he has no police or tech experience, and Gianna’s penchant for aiding Detroit’s underprivileged is the same kind of altruism that got his wife killed. Gianna protects Joe with the same unyielding resolve.

Gianna pushes all his insecurity buttons. Joe tries her patience like no other. But together they’ll fight to save each other and their love… Or die trying.

Title: Silent Sentry
Author: Theresa Rizzo
Published by Rizzo Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: 04/03/2016
Genres: Crime Drama, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 338
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I really love it when a book is leaving me with some foods for thoughts.  That’s exactly what happened with Silent Sentry.  This week, I was talking with 2 friends about the fact that lately, most of the romantic suspense I read were a bit off.  Most of them are just ok.  Ask and you will receive they said and my prayers were heard.  This book is simply fabulous, it has everything I am looking for plus a touch of those classy Mafioso! What can I ask more?

One thing that I really enjoy about this book is all the research that was done by the author.  Her knowledge is showing and she managed to make me curious about Detroit area and the mob history behind it.  It is not a classical mob story, it is a modern spin on a classical way to operate. Mafia presence  is not that apparent at the beginning of the story, but like every good one, it is revealing itself little by little.

The story is full of twists and suspense.  So much so that  I was frustrated when I had to take a break from reading.  I was totally obsessed with the story.  It is a perfect balance between romance and action.  Even though there is violence in this book, it is done with class.  That is a single word that is defining the whole storyline: classy.  It is requiring a lot of skills to be able to stay classy all the way through a novel and Theresa Rizzo nailed it.  Everything is about balance, the pace is perfect, the storyline is simply amazing, and the end totally blew me away.

Gianna is a strong and independent woman with a mind of her own.  She knows what she wants and she is willing to work hard to obtain it.  Being overprotected by her father when growing up, it was hard for her to be able to do all the things she wanted.    Being  a grown-up lady, now she gets to live her life as she intends it to be.  To be of service is what is important to her.  She is living to make a difference in the world, and she is doing it one small action at a time.  She decided to buy a house in a dangerous neighborhood in Detroit and that is where she feels at home (and she deeply cares about her neighbors).  She is working hard on a project to will be revolutionizing the health care system and will help just about everyone.  She is also all about integrity, I would say that it is the most important value to her.  She keeps busy not to have to think about her love life (non-existent).  She has her breakdowns and her doubts which sometimes appear in contradiction with her constant need to be a strong woman. However, she was vulnerable enough to do her inner work and work through them.  I just fell in love with Miss Giana!

Joe has been hurt in his life.  His wife was shot in his front yard and he closed himself off. He is numbing his pain by working around the clock in the hospital.  We can tell that he is not quite in touch with all that had happened, he prefers not to think about it.  He is constantly haunted by guilt and his heart is guarded.  Joe is an alpha Italian man,  not my favorite type of character, but then again, the author did a wonderful job by not going stereotypical with him.  We are able to see cracks in his heart here and there. That is delicious to see him evolve throughout the story.  Joe and Gianna knew each other for a long time; their dads are best friends and both Italian.  When he saw Gianna at the hospital, he decided to take her under his wing.  Gianna is teaching him have a more human approach to life.  I really feel blessed to have seen Joe’s emotional evolution in this story.

There is a moral dilemma that comes to play at one point in the story. If I was in Gianna’s shoes I wonder what my reaction would be.  Would I react the same way than she did?  There is no easy answer, and, no, I will not reveal any spoilers about it. I still don’t have an answer about that, I’ll let you know when I will have made my decision!  Some people might be shocked or disagree completely with Gianna’s decision, but that is one of the strengths of the book.  When an author is able to insert some ethical/moral issues in a fiction book and it is done in a non-judgmental way, it always blows my mind away.

That book had me feeling emotional a couple of time, in fact, I almost cried (having not been on a bus while reading I would have definitely shed some tears).

I hope that the story will continue with Patrick or Paul story. I can’t get enough of the Scarfilis and Donnatellis.

I definitely recommend this read, that is a no brainer, Thank You, Theresa Rizzo for that amazing story.


Theresa Rizzo

Silent SentryAuthor Bio: Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes romantic crime fiction and emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. 
Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she currently lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty-three years. After attaining a BS in Nursing, Theresa retired to raise four wonderful children and write.

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2 Responses to “Review: Silent Sentry by Theresa Rizzo”

  1. Theresa

    Thank you for the wonderful review, Fredz. So very pleased you enjoyed Silent Sentry! I’d love to write a sequel, but lacking inspiration. Have any idea for Paul or Patrick?

    • Fredz

      Theresa, it was such an honor to read your fabulous story!!:) I have plenty of ideas for a sequel!! What about having one of Joe relative coming from Italy into hiding in Detroit and have Patrick be in charge of keeping her safe and keeping some troubling facts about her past (let’s say addiction or something along those lines..)… Or having Paul moving back to the US and getting involved with a Russian lady that wants revenge but instead getting on a self discovery journey iinstead??:) haha My head is full of stories and I am truly inspired by your work!