Shadow of Silence

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Judith Erwin

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A devoted young wife faces an unspeakable dilemma, makes an agonizing choice, and lives with the devastating consequences.



Short Summary

In a small town, east of Atlanta, ANNIE CAMERON and her husband, DAN, an FBI agent, have a seemingly ideal life, lacking only a baby. But when Annie discovers she is pregnant, her world implodes. At the approximate time of conception, Annie was raped by her brother-in-law, sexy, bad boy type, Cole Dalton. She failed to report the assault because of the potential effect on her older sister and other family members. In addition, because she had a crush on Cole in her adolescence, she feared her credibility might be questioned. Speculating the baby is Cole’s, Annie considers abortion. However, at the last minute, she rejects the procedure. Her choice made, she compromises her moral compass by protecting the secret. Plagued with guilt and fear of exposure, Annie’s misery is increased by family gatherings where she must disguise her disgust for the man she despises, cringing in horror at his touch.

After Annie’s sister, Alex Dalton, is killed in an auto accident, Annie becomes a surrogate mother to her youngest niece. When the girl becomes ill and requires a bone marrow transplant, Annie’s son may be the only available match. In an explosive climax, Dan accidentally discovers Annie’s secret. He leaves. Exposed, Annie confronts Cole, offering to have her son tested as a potential donor. To her shock, he not only denies the rape, blaming a misunderstanding, he also informs her that he had a vasectomy years before the alleged incident. A DNA test confirms the child is Dan’s. However, when Annie gives Dan the news, he is cold and fails to respond. The conclusion comes when several weeks after learning he is the boy’s father, Dan comes to recognize the depth of his love for Annie and the impossible circumstances she faced. He returns home and proposes they try to rebuild their family.


A rural Georgia town, Atlanta, and possibly Savannah, NYC, and Paris

Based on a True Story


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Internal Journey/Rebirth, Voyage and Return, Emotional dilemma, tragedy with happy ending

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Happy Ending, Twist, Philosophical Questions

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Sexual Abuse, Language/Profanity

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Status: Yes: self-published

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