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The Silent House

– tekijä: Nell Pattison

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näyttää 4/4

This reminded me of a CSI episode I saw back in the day where an entire deaf family was murdered and no one heard a thing. So when I read the blurb, it had immediately piqued my interest. It had promise and though it failed to deliver, the refreshing concept led me drawn to the storyline and the investigation in finding Lexi's murderer. I will precede with the follow-up and hope it's more up my alley.

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  ayoshina | Oct 2, 2020 |
Thank you Netgalley, Avon Books UK and Nell Pattison for allowing me to read this advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

I can't even imagine a world without sound. To not know when someone knocks on your door, your phone rings or most importantly be able to hear if your child cries out for help.

This book made me think about things that I have taken too much for granted and helped me understand the obstacles and ways the deaf community navigate life.

As far as the story goes, I got through almost the whole book trying to figure out who the suspect is. I kept bouncing back and forth and then back again. Loved this book and will look for more books from this author again. ( )
  SpareTheBS | May 17, 2020 |
The idea of someone creeping around at night is scary enough but imagine if you couldn't hear them even if they were in your house. That's the situation for the Hunter family who are deaf. There's father, Alan and his children, Jaxon, Lexi and Kasey. Kasey's mother, Elisha, is also in the house.

When the family wake one morning they find that Lexi has been murdered. A British Sign Language interpreter, Paige Northwood, is called in to help communication between the police and the family but she's not exactly impartial. The deaf community is small and close-knit and she knows some members of the family. She finds herself in a strange position, being privy to the police investigation due to the nature of her job.

I was so intrigued by the premise of this book. It's very creepy and unsettling. I did expect more of that feeling rather than following the investigation through Paige's eyes, but I think it was a really clever and interesting way to view what was going on. Paige is a hearing person, the only one in her family, but many of the other characters are deaf and so a lot of what would be dialogue is actually shown in italics. I think that for me, because of the way I read, it made it slightly harder for me without actual dialogue but again, I really appreciated the fact that it made this story that little bit different and it really made me think about the challenges for deaf people and how much they have to adapt their daily lives.

The Silent House is a good debut. I could actually imagine more books featuring Paige as I think there are many more ways her interpreting could be used in stories like this. There was also a nice ending that left it open for future books. ( )
  nicx27 | Mar 24, 2020 |
The Silent House by Nell Pattison is a recommended debut mystery.

Paige Northwood, a signer and interpreter for the deaf, is called by the police in Scunthorpe, England, to assist in a case where they need a BSL interpreter. The father, Alan, and his girlfriend, Elisha, woke up to find Alan's visiting 18 month old daughter, Lexi, dead. It is clear she was fatally injured, but the two other children in the room were left unharmed. The mother, Laura, father, and girlfriend are all deaf and heard nothing. The police will need Paige's services in order to take statements and question the family.

Paige grew up with normal hearing in a deaf household so BSL is a second language for her, which made her career working as an interpreter a natural choice. She is also involved in the deaf community so she knows the people involved from the local Deaf Club. Her sister Anna was even Lexi's godparent. Her involvement with the deaf community leads Paige and Anna to undertake an investigation of their own.

The Silent House is an intriguing, but uneven novel. The concept is unique, and there is also a lot of information about the deaf community which does help hold your attention and will keep you reading. The synopsis, however, makes the plot sound much more interesting than is the case in this slow moving novel. It starts out strong and then slows down to a crawl. In the end though, the final denouement is very predictable and the twists leading up to it aren't always very plausible.

Character development is uneven and no one feels like a real person. Paige's repetitious "oh woe is me" laments over dealing with the horrific case became a bit too much at times. I was tired of her repeatedly feeling like throwing up. Perhaps a new descriptive word for Paige's nausea or a new way to describe her discomfort dealing with the case would have helped - or maybe not. Anyway, Paige's behavior is annoying and baffling for much of the novel. One wonders why she is working as an interpreter for the police on a murder case besides the fact that she needs the money.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3223018862 ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Mar 8, 2020 |
näyttää 4/4
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