Monday, April 4, 2016

Review ~ SILENT SENTRY by Theresa Rizzo

Silent Sentry
by: Theresa Rizzo
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Release Date: April 3, 2016
Source: Rizzo Publishing via NetGalley

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

Dr. Joe Scarfili runs. He’s a runner. It’s how he copes with emotional pain.

When his wife was murdered, he ran from violent Detroit to insular Grosse Pointe. He ran from his smothering, caring family to long hours in the operating room. But when he falls for Gianna, another run could cost him everything.

Nurse and entrepreneur Gianna Donnatelli is on the verge of making her dreams come true. Her company is poised to go public with a product guaranteed to revolutionize medical care and at the same time help revitalize Detroit, only she’s attacked, stalked, and flattened by an explosion. Then the danger escalates.

With Gianna’s life at stake, Joe can’t run. Despite the fact that he has no police or tech experience… Despite the fact that Gianna’s penchant for aiding Detroit’s underprivileged is the same kind of altruism that got his wife killed… Despite the fact that Gianna pushes all his insecurity buttons… This time, Joe will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

And Gianna protects those she loves just as fiercely. Together they’ll fight to save each other and their love... Or die trying.


As far as Romantic Suspense goes, Silent Sentry had a lot of moving parts. At times, it was difficult to truly tie all of the relationships together. There’s a lot of family history that gets thrown your way and gets all the more complicated with the allusion to the Russian and Italian mafia. The major theme being that family takes care of family. The families in question are the Donnatelli and Scarfili families. They have been intertwined for decades. This most recent connection comes courtesy of Gianna Donnatelli and Dr. Joseph “Joe” Scarfili.

While housesitting for her father Sal, Gianna walks in on a man going through her computer. Their encounter sends Gianna to the hospital where she runs into long time family friend Dr. Joseph Scarfili. Since she has a concussion, Gianna ends up staying with Joe for a few days. Gianna has always had a crush on Joe but Joe is a little older and is now a widower. Although there is some friction, they definitely have an attraction to each other. With help from the police, Gianna is concerned that her assault is related to the launch of her company’s new software called Promotheus. However, it may also be related to her father’s company and the mafia. Several threats to her life and others around her, lead Gianna and company to believe that there are greater forces at play. This is where the book gets the most interesting because the mystery behind the crimes is hard to figure out. More and more suspects get involved and there is a growing suspicion that the mafia is closer than you think.

I enjoyed trying to put all of the puzzle pieces together but it was a little confusing. In hindsight, it all makes sense and Theresa Rizzo wove a good tale. Unfortunately, the details would give everything away so I suggest you just strap in and enjoy the ride. You may need a flowchart to understand all of the familial connections.

**Received a copy from Rizzo Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 4.5

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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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  1. Thank you for the lovely review, Gemini. So glad you enjoyed Silent Sentry!

    1. You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by.


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