I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour today for The Silent House by Nell Pattison. With thanks to Sanjana Cunniah at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.
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: the murder of their daughter.
The police call Paige Northwood to the scene to interpret for the witnesses. They’re in shock, but Paige senses the Hunters are hiding something.
One by one, people from Paige’s community start to fall under suspicion. But who would kill a little girl?
Was it an intruder?
Or was the murderer closer to home?
The Silent House is a really different psychological thriller. The author, Nell Pattison, explores the deaf community in her debut novel, and this is what made the novel so intriguing when I first read the blurb. She also draws on her own experience as this is a community which she has worked with. After I read the first couple of chapters, I did not want to put it down.
Nell Pattison opens up her novel in a horrific way when the body of a young girl is discovered. The discovery sends shock waves throughout the local community. The family of the young girl who has died are deaf, and when one of their friends, Paige Northwood is drafted in to help interpret for the police, she knows that this will be a difficult task. She will have to examine every part of their lives to get to the truth. And soon she begins to think that someone within the family isn’t telling the truth, can she really trust the people she thought she knew?
As Paige became involved with the investigation, I wondered how this was going to take its toll in her, particularly as the Hunter family are her friends. I wondered if this would put any strains on their relationship, and how difficult it would be for her to get the answers she needs to find for the police.
Nell Pattison’s writing makes this a very easy read to get into, and as I said earlier, I couldn’t stop turning the pages. I couldn’t stop thinking about the idea of there being an intruder in your home, and myself not knowing. This is what made the idea so scary. I knew I had to find out who had done this to the family and what their motive was. It was so unnerving to think that someone could do this to a small girl who is totally innocent in anything that might have been going on. This is what made me think that anyone who knew the family could be responsible.
This is a hugely absorbing debut that will keep you utterly gripped and reading into the early hours of the night. If you’re looking for something different in the crime fiction genre, then definitely give this book a go. The Silent House is a sinister read that draws you in from the first page. I would highly recommend it.
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Print length: 400 pages
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