Lillian Porter has always dreamed for going to California. After her parents died in the same pursuit, Lillian was left to be raised by her grandparents. But the possibility was always there. So upon reaching adulthood, Ms. Porter takes a job in Angels Camp as a nanny, leaving her recently widowed and bitter grandfather. Determined to make her own way, she begins to wonder if this was such a great idea when she learns that her employer, Mr. Woody Colton, is suspected of killing his own wife.
Mr. Colton, on the other hand, is fighting his own battles: a town that's turned its back on him, and a young son who hasn't spoken since the murder. Still it looks as though Lillian may be the answer to their prayers as his son, Jimmy, begins to laugh again, play like a little boy, and generally open back up to the world.
Until it happens a second time.... Mr. Colton's long time housekeeper is attacked and the rumors begin to resurface. Is Woody simply a murderer who's deceiving Lillian? Or is there someone more sinister lurking in the shadows? And what does little Jimmy know that's keeping him in silence?
All in all, this was a very satisfying read. It didn't take long to get wrapped up in the characters and storyline. The plot of the story was quite original from what I've read and the treatment of a mentally challenged character, Harry, was genuine and respectful. At times the characters were preachy, but their struggles were relatable and the story was interesting. Overall, Beyond the Silence kept me engaged till the very last page.
*Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.