The Silent House – Nell Pattison

If someone was in your house, you’d know.
Wouldn’t you?
But the Hunter family are deaf, and don’t hear a thing when a shocking crime takes place in the middle of the night. Instead, they wake up to their worst nightmare. – Goodreads.com

I received a copy of this novel free from the publisher via NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

This novel had a fantastic premise, I was hoping for something as well developed as the film “Hush”, but honestly, I ended up being sorely disappointed.

While there were aspects I enjoyed, the plot became a little too convoluted, with everyone a suspect, even pulling in characters previously unmentioned in the first half of the novel. Not only that, but these characters were kind of forced into this almost instalove situation that was very stilted, and made absolutely no sense given the main characters’ trajectory with established characters beforehand. I really didn’t see the point of this.

I’d worked out who the killer was almost as soon as they were mentioned, which is fine, but I think in those cases you really need a twisted way to come to the final conclusion or arrest. It kind of all ended in the typical big clash, followed by a saviour and a stint of unconsciousness so that a lot of the conclusion could be skipped. This is very common in thrillers, I’ve found.

I HATE writing negative reviews. I absolutely hate it. So, to end on a positive note, I really enjoyed the more… contemporary side of things, exploring the Deaf community, their intertwined relationships, I feel this may have worked a little better if there was less focus on the crime and more focus on the characters.

I do want to say, this is the author’s debut novel, and I think we can definitely allow for room to grow and refine and I will look out for more by Pattison, in hopes that the next novel pulls me in.

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