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The Unspoken (Ashe Cayne #1) Former Chicago detective Ashe Cayne is desperate for redemption After refusing to participate in a police department coverup involving the death of a young black man, Cayne is pushed out of the force But he won’t sit quietly on the sidelines: he’s compelled to fight for justice as a private investigator…even if it means putting himself in jeopardyWhen a young woman, Tinsley Gerrigan, goes missing, her wealthy parents from the North Shore hire Cayne to find her As Cayne looks into her life and past, he uncovers secrets Tinsley’s been hiding from her family Cayne fears he may never find Tinsley aliveHis worries spike when Tinsley’s boyfriend is found dead—another black man murdered on the tough Chicago streets Cayne must navigate his complicated relationships within the Chicago PD, leveraging his contacts and police skills to find the missing young woman, see justice done, and earn his redemption

10 thoughts on “The Unspoken (Ashe Cayne #1)

  1. says:

    The cover and the snippet looked great. I chose for the Amazon first reads book. I swear this first reads program has given me zero. This book was long and drawn out. I skimmed a lot through the way too long descriptive parts. Overall not worth it

  2. says:

    FIRST reads Sept 3, 2020

  3. says:

    Details Highlighted; Plot and Characterization Suffer

    All admit that the first line of this book pulled me right in: “My daughter is missing, and I want you to find her.” That puts you right in the middle of the action and lets you know that something important is at stake. Unfortunately, I felt like the book went off the rails pretty quickly. It could have been an interesting story as it has touchstones that are very much in American national consciousness, like institutional racism, profiling, and haves vs. the have-nots. Instead, though, this book got mired down in details that just didn't matter. We hear much of the Chicago setting, people's looks down to the Nth degree of detail, food and drink, etc. So much time was spent on these details that characterization and plot suffered. I didn't connect with the characters how I like to in fiction because of this wrong focus on minutiae, not character or plot development. I also wasn't a fan of the subplot. It seemed grafted on, so to speak. I like it when a subplot in a book like this supports or contrasts with the main one. I felt like it served no such function here. As you can tell, I wasn't a fan of this book.

    I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

  4. says:

    The Unspoken by Ian K. Smith follows Ashe Cayne, a former police officer turned private detective. The daughter of one of Chicago's wealthiest families has gone missing and Ashe is hired to help find her. In the course of investigating Tinsley's disappearance, he discovers a connection to one of Chicago's deadliest gangs but when damaging information comes to light about Tinsley's father it casts a harsh shadow on the family. How do the problems of race and class play into what really happened and will Ashe be able to find Tinsley Gerrigan before it's too late?

    The Unspoken deals with hot button issues like race, socio-economic profiling, police brutality, and interracial relationships. The plot itself was intriguing however, the subplot felt disingenuous to the character and the story. The majority of the book was spent detailing minor things like a character's appearance, food, buildings, weapons, and the like while there was very little character development so I felt no real connection with anyone in the book. Too much of the plot revolved around food and drink which was distracting from the plot and unnecessary. The story didn't really pick up until about halfway through the book and even then often got bogged down with minor details and poor dialogue.

  5. says:

    This book didn’t work for me.

    There is too much detail in the descriptions of Chicago, but not enough for the characters. It almost reads like a movie script where everything gets detailed to the last point. I actually think this story would work pretty well on camera, just not on paper. With the two stories running at the same time, at least I think it’s the same time, I bet it would make more sense visually. Also the main character Ashe reminds me bit of Dexter Morgan, from the books and the tv series, I loved Dexter, but I don’t care for Ashe.

    The story is actually pretty good, but all the unnecessary details just make it a very unpleasant read for me.

    *ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

  6. says:


    Wow what a tale so many twists and turns the main character so interesting complicated and diverse with a heightened sense of justice. The details of life in the wealthy and criminal sid

    Wow quite a tale with many twists and turns the main character interesting complicated and having a different sense of justice that holds your attention. The contrast between the extremely wealthy and the criminal powers in Chicago and the awesome culinary delights well done. The treatment and release of the one who escaped punishment from the law was brutal as was the murder of a young man who had a bright future of course in the end worth reading

  7. says:

    I liked the character of Ashe Caine and the investigation he is involved with. I found the character reminiscent of too many of my favorites, which I didn’t like. I disliked the complicated and sadistic subplot about personal revenge against a predator priest.

    Though I love detectives and Ashe certainly was enjoyable, the secondary plot really turned me off.

    Thank you Netgalley for this ARC.

  8. says:

    Good read!

    First book I’ve read by this author. It was definitely worth reading as kept me guessing all the way. Hope to see more of Ashe.

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