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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  9,393 ratings  ·  1,342 reviews
When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters--her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bus ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Park Row
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Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Heather Gudenkauf
Shelves: from-publisher
Yay! My first thriller featuring a deaf female! I have developed a craving for more diverse characters in my mystery/thrillers and this one was pure gold. While the plot itself was fairly unique, I also found myself drawn to the careful details included surrounding the hearing impaired, and the medical field in general. I learned from the author’s note that she herself is hearing impaired, something I wasn’t aware of before, and it brought Amelia’s character to life more so than it could have fr ...more
*3.25 stars*

If ever there was a jaw-dropping opening . . . this is it. Heather Gudenkauf lays the groundwork for her promising mystery and compelling cast of characters with a startling hit-and-run.

Told entirely through the eyes of Amelia, a former nurse, who lost her hearing after being rundown in a parking lot, this story offers up a unique lead. She’s strong, resilient and out to prove she can get her life back on track. It was booze Amelia initially turned to after the accident, her little
Jennifer Masterson
*Audio Version Review*

4 Very Enjoyable Mystery Stars for "Not a Sound" by Heather Gudenkauf! I was initially going down a 3 1/2 Star path with this book because I thought I had the ending figured out, but my detective skills failed me, so I'm giving it the full 4!

Not only did I like the main character, Amelia, but I also enjoyed the story and felt it was well written. The narrator, Julia Whelan, actually enhanced this book's experience. She's my favorite narrator and she's awesome!

Amelia is a nu
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars as I loved Amelia and Stitch! I am a huge fan of this author and was extremely excited and considered myself lucky to receive an advanced copy of this book!

NOT A SOUND by HEATHER GUDENKAUF is an interesting, moving, emotional, and lightly suspenseful mystery/thriller that hooked me in right from the get go with that ever surprising and unexpected first chapter. I love it when a book grabs my attention like that right away.

HEATHER GUDENKAUF delivers a well-written
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
There's plenty of bark in this one......

Just ask Stitch, Amelia Winn's service dog, who unleashes quite the snappy-collared, digging for bone, storyline here.

Amelia has lost her hearing due to a severe head injury. As a specially trained ER/Trauma nurse, Amelia was guiding a patient back to her car when they were both mowed down by an unknown driver who purposefully hit them in the parking lot. The driver was never caught.

As time moved on, Amelia did not. The weight of depression began to sink A
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf is a 2017 Park Row Books publication.

This novel delves deeper than the taut, suspenseful elements, touching upon some timely issues, while creating a sympathetic character, in Amelia Winn, that is at once vulnerable, but whose resilience is inspiring.

Amelia Winn is an RN, happily married, with a step daughter she adores, when her life changes on a dime. She is left profoundly deaf after a horrific car crash. Her equilibrium is knocked out of whack in more ways t
Bentley ★
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The second I came across this book on Netgalley, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

My father was born Deaf, and my entire family uses American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with him and his friends. I was really interested in checking this book out as much for the plot as I was to see how the main character's deafness was conveyed.

I was pleasantly surprised by the level of respect that was paid to Amelia's hearing im
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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Heather Gudenkauf has created memorable characters here in Amelia and her service dog Stitch. I loved what their relationship brought to the story and that is what made this story an enjoyable read for me. It was very refreshing to read a story with a person/dog connection. Stitch by far was the best character in this story and I loved his attitude “I will listen when I need to” and that reminded me of my dog.

Amelia is not your typical thriller heroine. She is the w
Diane S ☔
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Amelia had a job she loved as a nurse, a husband and stepdaughter she adores, but a tragic accident would leave her deaf and depressed. Her own actions while trying to come fingers with her new circumstances would cost her the job, her husband and the easy relationship with her daughter. Now basically alone, her only companion her service dog Stitch, she is trying foreclosing some parts of her life. Paddling on the river is her solace, that is until she finds the body of a fellow nurse, a fr ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This was my first book by Heather Gudenkauf. It grabbed me from the prologue. Amelia is a rape crisis nurse until a hit and run accident leaves her deaf. This causes her to spiral into alcoholism, leading to the loss of her husband, stepdaughter and job. Two years later, she’s sobered up, learned sign language and gotten a hearing dog named Stitch. Out paddle boarding, she finds a dead body. And not just a body, but the body of a fellow nurse.

I really bonded by Amelia. Gudenkauf does a fabulous
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
My first read by Heather Gudenkauf :). Not a Sound is a light mystery that grabs you from the bang of the first chapter!

I definitely enjoyed reading the novel from Amelia our main character's POV and her partner in crime Stitch (service dog). Can I just say how much I LOVED Stitch!!! Made me want to go out and get a furry little friend just like Stitch :). I was really engaged in Amelia's character and felt that she was easy to connect to... strong, powerful, and independent.

I do have to say..
Judy D Collins
The 30 Best Books of 2017

I am utterly speechless! A 5 Star ++++. Brilliantly crafted. LOVED. Just finished this incredible and compelling book. It may take some time to get my heart rate back to normal. My nails will never be the same. "Movie-Worthy" (please).

Heather Gudenkauf returns following Missing Pieces landing on my Top 50 Books of 2016 with her "Best Yet," NOT A SOUND. Hands down, this is the "best book I have read in 2017!" I have no doubt by year end, it will still be the best
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A contemporary thriller featuring a deaf protagonist. I can't say I've read anything like this before. I can't speak on how the hearing impaired character is portrayed based on personal experience, although the author is herself and clearly put some of her own personal understanding into the character making her feel very real and believable.

Nurse Amelia Quinn is involved in a hit and run in a parking lot while walking a patient to her car. The accident leaves Amelia deaf. In an attempt to deal
Erin Clemence
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amelia Winn is an emergency room nurse, trained in working with victims of sexual assault. One day while walking a victim to her car, she is struck by another vehicle and loses her hearing. After spiraling into a depression that ends up with her losing her family and her job, Amelia is finally trying to regain the trust of her husband and stepdaughter. While kayaking one day with her service dog Stitch, Amelia comes across the body of a former nurse, Gwen, and suddenly Amelia focuses on finding ...more
2.75 stars

I liked certain aspects of this story: a flawed heroine with a disability, an intriguing puzzle to solve, interesting tidbits about the operation of hearing-impaired devices, and a cute but versatile dog thrown into the mix. Beyond that, this story was just okay. It wasn't very thrilling or exciting and the narrator was slightly irritating because she jumped to conclusions about everything and assumed that everything was about her. Overall, the characters didn't hold my interest as str
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
I selected Heather Gudenkauf’s latest based on an article I read that was featured in the highly regarded Washington Post stating this novel was ‘a thriller worth staying up all night to finish’. Going on this strong recommendation and my enjoyment of Gudenkauf’s 2016 release, Missing Pieces, I was all set to be thoroughly entertained by Not A Sound.

Not A Sound deviates somewhat from a traditional thriller. The heroine is a hearing impaired, former nurse, na
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I've not read anything written by Heather Gudenkauf, but this won't be the last.

“Not a Sound” is a gripping thriller with just the right amount of love story and research, making this a perfect read for a sunny day at the beach or a rainy day curled up at home.

Set in the fictional bluff town of Mathias, Iowa, the novel opens with nurse Amelia Winn sustaining a horrific accident that takes away her ability to hear any sound at all, a condition known as profound deafness. “Two years later,” Amel
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3.5 Stars

If you don’t mind a mystery where the leading lady does this at every opportunity . . . .

This might work out just fine for you.

Amelia’s life changed when a severe head trauma left her without hearing. Caught in a downward spiral of alcohol, Amelia lost her job, her husband and her stepdaughter. Now she’s trying to get her life back on track. With the help of her therapy dog, Stitch, a new job and a new addiction to kayaki
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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As if losing your hearing because of a hit-and-run driver wasn't enough trauma, Amelia and her service dog, Stitch, found a dead body of a fellow nurse on the beach. 

In addition to losing her hearing and her job as a trauma nurse, Amelia's depression and drinking also caused the failure of her marriage and her income. She desperately needed a job and needed to get back into society because she was still living on her savings after two years and was lonely.

We follow Amelia through her days an
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heather Gudenkauf is on my list of favourite authors and she did not disappoint with "Not A Sound".

Nurse Amelia Winn suddenly becomes deaf when she is involved in a tragic accident. Her life spirals into a depression and she becomes an alcoholic resulting in the loss of her husband, stepdaughter and job. Two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting her life back on track only to discover the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush, by the river, near her
4.5 stars. From the moment I began reading Not A Sound I was fully into it. Heather Gudenkauf pulled me in with her opening scene, and her writing had me imagining clearly the scenes she was setting.

The story is told from the viewpoint of Amelia, who is deaf after an accident that was appalling. It was really interesting to be drawn into a deaf person's world, to find out in a new way what they miss out on. I never thought about them not being able to differentiate emotions because they can't h
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Amelia Winn is a nurse who walked a patient to her car one night and they were tragically hit. Her patient died and Amelia suffered many injuries and was left deaf. She spirals into depression and alcoholism after the accident and her husband kicks her out of their home. Two years later she is unemployed, sober and has a service dog. Her soon to be ex-husband has given her a tip on a job with a friend of his.

Initially she misses her job interview when she finds the body of her friend, G
3.5 Stars

Amelia’s life fell apart after an accident left her deaf, losing her husband and stepdaughter in the process. I can understand how Amelia could let things fall apart, but thankfully the author doesn’t drag us through the depressing experience. We pick up with Amelia slowly getting back on track: sober, new job, reconnecting with her stepdaughter, Nora, and getting back on friendly terms with her ex-husband, David. She wouldn’t have got that far without the help of Jake, her childhood fr
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating this one 3.5 stars for now. Debating on rounding up to 4.
Ellen Gail
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
YES THIS WAS GOOD AND YOU SHOULD READ IT- a review in all caps by Ellen Gail
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Rating 4.5 stars

I know when I read a Heather Gudenkaufnovel, I find a character that I want to spend time getting to know. Amelia Winn is no different. She lives alone, separated from her husband, battling demons caused by her accident that left her deaf and having tendencies of alcoholism. Before the accident, she had purpose being a nurse, a step mom to her daughter Nora and a wife. She now lives in isolation by the river that she enjoys kayaking with her service dog Stitch. Gudenkauf gives St
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is the second book I’ve read by Heather Gudenkauf and while I struggled with my first attempt, I’m so pleased to say that I enjoyed this one much more. While this wasn’t one of those crazy, twisted thrillers that I’m usually drawn to, it was still a highly entertaining read.

This opened with a fantastic prologue, Amelia gets hit by a car and is badly injured and is now deaf. Fast forward to two years later and her life has changed drastic
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amelia Winn was a skilled and dedicated ER and sexual assault nurse when a rogue driver slammed into her, almost killing her and leaving her fighting for her life in ICU. Amelia survived, but was left profoundly deaf. Depressed and drowning her sorrows in alcohol in the two years following the hit and run, Amelia now lives on her own in a remote cabin in the woods with only her service dog Stitch for company, trying her best to overcome the addiction that has cost her her family and most of her ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Masterson, Melissa, and Diane S all wrote different but great reviews of this title.

I didn't enjoy it as much as they did. I found the mystery not very mystifying, some incompatible aspects in the story, and found some of Amelia's actions to be somewhat dumbass unreasoned -e.g. why don't I risk my life- because being embarassed if the police don't believe me would be too horrible, and taking a chance on death a much better choice.

I thought the author did a great job making me feel the
Frank Phillips
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Right in between three and four stars, 3.5! It was a good thought and I really appreciated that it gave perspective on someone living with disability and terminal illnesses, but at the same point it was somewhat like a lot of what I've been reading lately and not completely memorable. Idk, it could be that I've been reading a lot of the same type of books lately and things are starting to run together, I would certainly still recommend this for those that enjoy a good mystery! I definitely did n ...more
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