Cry No More by Linda Howard
Publication Date: November 4th 2003 (? Lots of dates) by Ballantine Books
About the book:
Fueled by an obsession to fill the void in other people’s lives, Milla Edge finds lost children—all the while trying to outrun the brutal emotions stemming from a tragedy in her past. Traveling to a small village in Mexico on a reliable tip, Milla begins to uncover the dire fate of countless children who have disappeared in the labyrinth of a sinister baby-smuggling ring. The key to nailing down the organization may rest with an elusive one-eyed man. As Milla’s search for him intensifies, the mission becomes more treacherous. For the ring is part of something far larger and more dangerous, reaching the highest echelons of power. Racing into peril, Milla suddenly finds herself the hunted—in the crosshairs of an invisible, lethal assassin who aims to silence her permanently.
Cry No More was published more than ten years ago, but that hasn’t diminished the appeal at all! It brought out a range of emotions in me. It was a heartbreaking tale, any mother would probably gasp after the first chapter, but it was also an exciting, action packed read! Let’s not forget the romance, because as usual, it’s my favorite part!
Milla’s life was forever changed ten years ago, and since then she’s been a women with a mission. For the last ten years Milla has been the front woman for Finders, an organization that helps locate missing people. She’s been relentless in her pursuit, and driven by a past tragedy to the point that her personal life has basically become nonexistent. That is until the mysterious and enigmatic Diaz comes into the picture. She’s been on his tail for years after hearing he possesses the information she’s been tirelessly searching for.
I can totally understand why Milla would basically let her entire life go to focus on her goal, but I was sad to see her lose such a happy situation. Seeing others move on broke my heart and it did break Milla’s heart when she allowed herself to dwell on it, so I was thrilled with Diaz coming into the picture. Their romance wasn’t planned by either of them, but isn’t that when you find the absolute best, when you’re not looking for it? These two just fit. I love how the character weren’t the most beautiful, gorgeous, rich people around. Milla is described as pretty but not in a typical way, possessing something about her that made her graceful, and attractive; a certain intangible quality that would drew people to her instantly. Just the presence of Diaz made people wary and scared. His remote, cold gaze, set alarm bells ringing, but there was something very compelling about him to Milla, and from the moment they meet there’s chemistry. He’s very male and exudes the kind of power where people take notice.
The romance was just part of the story and Milla’s relentless pursuit of the truth has put her in danger now that she’s come so close to discovering it. I had suspicions early on and when they were confirmed I wanted to shake these people I was so angry!
Linda Howard has written many stories, but she is a new author to me. This is the second book I’ve read by her, and while I did love After the Night just a little more, Cry No More was an outstanding, compelling story! Romantic suspense at its best!
Cry No More was first published in 2003, so it fulfills my Waves of Fiction 2015 reading challenge to:
“Read a book published more than ten years ago”