Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Silence” as Want to Read:
The Silence
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Silence

(Nell West/Michael Flint #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  455 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Antiques dealer Nell West is valuing the contents of her late husband Brad’s childhood home, Stilter House. Set on the remote Derbyshire Peaks, there was once a much older property there, in which the notorious Isobel Acton committed a vicious crime. Warned against visiting the house by an elderly aunt of Brad’s, Nell hears mysterious piano music soon after her arrival. It ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Severn House Publishers
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Silence, please sign up.
Recent Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.74  · 
Rating details
 ·  455 ratings  ·  61 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Kaethe Douglas
Jume 13, 2013

Ah, there's nothing like a British ghost story, set in an old house with the electricity off, fires and storms, and comforting post-trauma cups of tea, to really delight on a sunny day in the 90s. Nell has received a commission from a great-aunt of her dead husband to take inventory of a family home before it goes on the market. She's there to roughly appraise the furnishings and bric a brac in her professional capacity as an antiques dealer. And, because it's a home her late husban
...more
C.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Rayne is a gem, publishing genuinely mysterious spirit mysteries for adults. In “The Silence”, 2013, the authoress unravels a cluster of old cases, without the detracting tendency to tack on modern ones. Present day excitement derives from ghosts! This house was personal. Nell's husband enjoyed vacationing there. Appropriately, she brought Beth to acquaint her Dad's childhood. Unfortunately, I felt the rooms were hardly explored or described.

Books rarely portray the emotional meetings with
...more
Diane
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
A chilling and fascinating ghost story. I actually read it in less than a day.

Nell West is a widowed antiques dealer with a young daughter, Beth. Her late husband's aunt asks her to evaluate the contents of Stilter House, an old house that has belonged to the family for more than a century. It is situated on the Derbyshire Peaks and is built on the remains of an older home owned by the Actons. Nell is drawn to the house because her late husband spent time there as a child. However, unbeknownst t
...more
Chris
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have grown to think that there are supernatural novels that work for casual readers of the genre and those that work for those readers that concentrate on horror and dark fiction. This novel was for the former. Is there such a thing as a horror “cozy” like there are for mysteries? If so, this is a horror cozy. If it was a movie it would be rated PG. Rayne is a good writer and I didn’t dislike the book. I don’t really have a complaint other than this story was too bland for my tastes.
KL Caley
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nell West returns in another historical mystery. In this novel Nell is invited to Stilter House to catalogue its contents. Nell takes her daughter Beth along with her as it was Beth’s deceased fathers childhood summer home. Immediately Nell gets entangled in uncovering the past and the truth about the mysterious Isobel Acton.
This story is the third in the Nell West series and differs from the previous Nell West novels in that the historical plot is mostly revealed through the use of old docume
...more
Charlotte Hunter
This is the third in a series, but the author makes the story easily accessible to readers who've not read found the first two.

Nell West, widowed mother of a daughter, goes to Stilter House, in Derbyshire, England, to catalogue antiques in a house recently left vacant after the death of one of her deceased husband's aunts. Nell and her daughter, Beth, go on the journey together, staying at Stilter House--and, of course, the power is out--so that Beth can share in what, long ago, was a place her
...more
Annette Gisby
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Nell West/Michael Flint ghost series, even though Nell has a hard time believing in ghosts, and I loved it just as much as the other two. Although this is classed as horror, it's not in a gory sense. More in a scared out of your wits sense at things that go bump in the night, and in this case play eerie music that haunts the house and anyone who inhabits it. I had to read something else before I went to bed, something not so scary.

I have a soft spot for old-fashione
...more
Alethea
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, ghosts
This was the third installment of the Nell West & Michael Flint series, all involving old homes, angry ghosts, centuries-old mysteries… I didn’t love the second book, which is why I took a bit of a break between that and this, but I had barely begun this novel when I realized I was entirely captured. The story is this – Nell’s deceased husband, Brad, had spent childhood summer with his Aunt Catherine at her home, Stilter House, in Derbyshire. Brad’s aunt asks Nell to come and look over Stilt ...more
Nancy
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Acton House in Derbyshire, England, was the site of a murder. Then that house was torn down and Stilter House built with many claiming it was haunted.
Nell West is an antiques dealer who goes to Stilter House with her daughter, Beth, Beth, to evaluate and catalog the antiquities. It is also the house where her now deceased husband and Beth's father had grown up.
It doesn't take long for them to hear piano music where there could be none and for Beth to form a friendship with a young boy who may
...more
Jan
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. Rayne's books can be overwhelmingly grisly, while beautifully written...also her plots can drag. In this novel she is back in form, all the squares are checked! The ghost story lover, the mystery buff, the historian, the antiquarian - each will find a draw! So will anyone who likes a well-written book compelling enough to turn the next page. Surprise ending! As is seen in other books by this author the evil is done by the living, not by the dead. But the ghosts are not explain ...more
Anne
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Nell is asked by her deceased Husband's aunt to go and evaluate the things in Stilwater house which she plans to sell. Nell is interested in this jaunt because her husband lived there years ago and she is curious about the old place. As they decide the spend the first night there without electricity, etc. right away your senses are awakened that something strange will be happening. A past murder, a boy who may or not be there, strange music and other things contribute to the sinister aspect of t ...more
Lynn Reynolds
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, reviewed
Disappointing. Creepy ghosts in a creepy setting, but a protagonist almost "too stupid to live." (If you were alone in a house with no power and no phone and an apparently crazy woman broke in and terrorized you, would you really keep going back there - even though the woman hasn't been a apprehended? Would you bring your little girl along each time???) I have read and enjoyed other books by Sarah Rayne, so I'm just going to put this one down to her having an off day.
Stacie Morrell
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Creepy spooky fun! Ms. Rayne continues the relationship with the main characters from "Property of a Lady' and "The Sin Eater' in this book. It provides nice development to the characters and a chilling traditional ghost story that had me looking over my shoulder more than once.

Home alone on a dark night? Might not want to read this if you have a sensitive disposition. Save until daylight.
Trine
The best book in the series so far. Very spooky read!
Debbie
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
creepy at times but it moved way to slowly for me..
Deanne
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Good ghost story which focuses on the spooky rather than the gory.
Patricia
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Another terrific English ghost story for Sarah Rayne. I have one caveat but will not mention it here because it would be a spoiler. Still it was a great read and I enjoyed every bit of it.
Helen
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I find this haunted house series to be a compelling combination of creepiness and cosiness (regarding the latter, I wish Michael's cosy stories about Wilberforce the cat really existed; I would so read them!) This one was of particular interest as it's set in my neck of the woods ie. around Bakewell in Derbyshire and I could easily visualise the village and Stilter House, a place with a macabre history. It's a spooky read with Rayne's trademark gruesome touches including the use of a scold's bri ...more
Farshana
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netldc
The Silence by Sarah Rayne is the 3rd book in the series featuring Michael Flint and Nell West. There's a similar basic thread running across all the 3 books that I have read so far but each of them have been different in varied ways.This was more of a murder mystery unraveling thru letters and notes of previous occupants or builders of the Stilter House. Nell and Michael are more like spectators in this story with things happening to them without serious effect. Esmond's background story was pa ...more
Ananda
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: black-covers, ghosts
I would probably give this book a 2.5. I enjoyed the first half of the book; however I felt a bit disappointed with the ending. (view spoiler) However, overall it was a fun read.
Jessica
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot, but one thing bothered me. The character's last names! It's as though Ms. Rayne looked for the most mundane inanimate objects and made them into last names. Here's a sample:
Hatfull
Stump
Brodworthy
Burlap
Bundle
Pursefoot
Bracegirdle

It's a little thing, but I found them distracting. :-)
Baz
Aug 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Wasn't keen on this because I struggled with the time period related to the characters.
I also didn't find the plot exciting enough to keep my attention & in fact I didn't finish the book.
Disappointing for me.
Suvi Tartia
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
There were interesting ideas in this book, but I felt that they were not utilized to their full potential, or at least they didn't match my expectations. Would not mind checking out author's other books, though.
Darlene Williams
Ghost Story With More Than One Ghost

Nell, Michael and Beth are delightful main characters. It seems whenever they travel they find ghosts. These poor ghosts are not going to rest quietly until the truth comes out. Lots of investigating goes on. A very good ghost story.
Kim Dallmeier
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of my Favorites by Sarah Rayne. Really well written, and creepy!
Clifford
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I love these types of stories. And I have read Sarah Rayne before, but this was not one of my favorites, She is a great writer and I love her books, but not this one in particular.
Fran
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great plot, as long as you're not too skeptical.
Janette Fleming
Stilter House, set in a remote part of the Derbyshire Peaks, is said to stand on haunted ground. Once there was a much older property there – a house in which the notorious Isobel Acton committed a vicious crime. But antiques dealer Nell West only knows the house as her dead husband’s childhood home, and is happy to value the contents.
In Oxford, Nell’s lover, Michael Flint is warned that Nell and her small daughter, Beth, must not go to Stilter House. ‘Because Esmond is still there…’

Soon after N
...more
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Silence by Sarah Rayne is the third in her ghost book series featuring antiques dealer Nell West and her academic boyfriend Michael Flint*.

The story takes place at Stilter House (aptly named) located in the Derbyshire Peaks in England and Nell is asked to catalogue some items in her late husband's childhood home.

On the back of The Sin Eater, this series has definitely ramped up in The Silence, and I thoroughly enjoyed uncovering the layers and layers of mysteries within and of course encoun
...more
Sussann
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than the second book in this series but less then the first. I loved the setting, the mystery, the interactions between the characters - all of that was really well done. What irritated me in this installment was Nell and her chronic case of Scullyism (as in agent Scully X Files). One would think that after her experiences in the last two books, even if she was the most stubborn of sceptics, Nell would at least possess an open mind regarding ghosts. However, over and over aga ...more
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Waiting Room
  • City of Ghosts
  • The Signalman & Other Ghost Stories
  • Binny for Short (Binny, #1)
  • My Crowd
  • Blackbriar
  • The House on Hound Hill
  • The Trouble with Harriet (Ellie Haskell Mystery, #8)
  • Beneath the Shadows
  • It Happened One Haunting (Karmic Consultants Book 2)
  • Moura
  • Rainstorm
  • Brimstone (Maggie Quinn: Girl Vs. Evil #1-2)
  • Haunted House
  • Abbot’s Keep: A Ghost Story
  • The Safe House
  • The Crying Child
  • Mommy?
See similar books…
230 followers
Aka Frances Gordon, Bridget Wood

After a convent education, which included writing plays for the Lower Third to perform, Sarah Rayne embarked on a variety of jobs, but - probably inevitably - returned again and again to writing. Her first novel appeared in 1982, and since then her books have also been published in America, Holland and Germany.

The daughter of an Irish comedy actor, she was for many
...more

Other books in the series

Nell West/Michael Flint (6 books)
  • Property of a Lady (Nell West/Michael Flint, #1)
  • The Sin Eater
  • The Whispering: A haunted house mystery
  • Deadlight Hall (Nell West/Michael Flint #5)
  • The Bell Tower: A Haunted House Mystery (Nell West/Michael Flint, #6)
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »