Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m very excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Nell Pattison’s debut psychological thriller, ‘The Silent House’. I didn’t really know much about this book going into it, but ended up really enjoying it! In this post, I’ll be giving you some information about the book, as well as sharing a mini-review. Thanks so much to Avon for the opportunity! So, keep reading…
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?
About the Author.
After studying English at university, Nell Pattison became a teacher and specialised in Deaf education. She has been teaching in the Deaf community for 12 years in both England and Scotland, working with students who use BSL. Nell began losing her hearing in her twenties, but still refuses to wear hearing aids. She lives in North Lincolnshire with her husband and child. The Silent House is her debut novel.
The premise to ‘The Silent House’ is very unique and original. When the Hunter family’s child is murdered in the middle of the night, the parents are automatically the prime suspects. But they are profoundly Deaf, and didn’t hear anybody come into the house and murder their child. With such a lack of evidence, will the detectives be able to uncover whodunnit?
I really enjoyed the characterisation of the protagonist, Paige Northwood. She’s a BSL interpreter who is commissioned by the police to interpret interviews with members of the Hunter family. But Paige begins to get very emotionally involved in the crime, and her personal and work lives become intertwined. Paige is determined to get justice and help the police discover whodunnit, putting herself in some extremely dangerous situations along the way. Paige is a very realistic, relatable character, and I enjoyed discovering more about her as the book went on.
The first two third’s of the book are absolutely fantastic. There is a real sense of mystery and suspense underpinning the plot, as the investigation becomes much more muddled and unclear. Just when the police think they’re getting somewhere, a new piece of evidence comes to light that changes the course of the investigation. I raced through this book, and was really intrigued to discover who the perpetrator was.
Unfortunately, I was left feeling extremely disappointed with the ending. It is so ridiculous and over the top – there are far too many twists and turns which just left me feeling dizzy and confused! I really didn’t buy into the ending at all, and I was disappointed that the book took such a dramatic turn for the worst.
This is a good murder-mystery novel with a twist. If you enjoy reading thrillers with unique character traits and sub-plots, this book is for you. For me, the ending really let the book down – but who knows, you may enjoy it much more than me!
Happy reading 🙂