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Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  62 reviews
When you can't hear...death comes silently. 

Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the Deaf in London, England. The murder investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world.
Kindle Edition, 708 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Sterling Gate Books
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Kathi Defranc
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, Very Suspenseful Thriller During A National Emergency And Killing Spree

A great thriller as students of a Deaf Institute are quarantined in their school when an outbreak of 'Monkey Flu' is found in student! The students show fear, confusion and soon results of isolation as everyone present at the time is locked into the facility! One such person is Detective Valerie Crowther, there to investigate the murder of one of the students.
As her investigation continues more people come down
Harry Whitewolf
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
The premise of this book alone is extremely enticing and original, which means my expectations were high from the start, but boy, do the authors deliver!

There are three main facets to this story:

1) It is a whodunnit mystery thriller, where the main protagonist, detective Valerie Crowther tries to track down a serial killer who’s targetting deaf students at a world-renowned university.

2) There is a worldwide virus known as Monkey Flu which is killing hundreds of thousands of people. The U.K has
Elisabet Norris
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read an advanced review copy of Silent Fear provided to me by the publisher. This was a thrilling and captivating novel. Suspenseful, full of twists and engaging from start to finish. Also love how the authors have written about the deaf community as they are an underrepresented minority in current reading markets.

I absolutely loved the serial killer (who I couldn’t pick the identity of in this “whodunit” novel until the very end). His character is intriguing and gripping from the opening word
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! I didn't figure out who the killer was until the last chapter, and it still had a surprising twist! I had to read the book in one sitting! LOL
Jon Nakapalau
This one really grabbed me! It is by far one of the best thrillers I have read in quite some time! The feeling of isolation is gelatinous as events unfold and questions start to follow every answer - I found myself wondering what I would do if I were in a similar situation (which is one of the ways I know I am getting 'drawn in'). Unlike so many 'formulaic' attempts to scare this is a 'nightmare stew' that will fill you full of dread!
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
A good murder mystery with lots of twists and turns and an introduction for many readers on issues related to people with hearing loss. Definitely worth a look. I don't want to get too descriptive as to give away spoilers.
Benedict Stuart
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Insightful, psychological, challenging. We need to be aware of the world we live in -- do we want to accept the way it is or try to make it a better place?
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
This is the first mystery thriller that I have ever read in my life and it was amazing.

People who wanna write about mystery thriller/Crime series- A must read book!!

It was thrilling for me to figure out the killer. Astounding plot!

Enjoyed every page.. Sir, I hope you write more of such genre in 2018.

Troy Beals
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, conspiracy
Very suspenseful from beginning to end. The characters are very well written. The story moves along very nicely. I've reccomended this book to many of my friends is a MUST-READ :-)
Todd Simpson
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply Splendid. There is so much to love about this entertaining and well written Murder Mystery. I quite enjoyed the unique plot, and a few surprises along the way. Lance and James Morcan have written many great novels that I’ve really enjoyed, and ‘Silent Fear’ is right up there as one of my favourites. The deaf students at the university were already scared with the outbreak of the latest virus making its way around the world, which was reportedly very contagious. Then to top it off, there w ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-r-c
First of all a huge thanks to the author of this book who asked me to read it for an honest review.

And second of all...What an intense and thrilling story. From the first page of this book I was hooked. The characters, the predicament they were in, the murder...I enjoyed every minute of it. Detective Valerie Crowler was the hero of this story. She was strong, determined, a force to be reckoned with, but also sympathetic to the deaf community due to the fact that she grew up with a mother that wa
C. Erani Kole
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sound-of-silence
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from the publisher*

This is about a 4.5 for me. It took me a few days to read but I couldn't seem to get enough. I got so hooked that if I was doing something else, I'd think about wanting to get back to that mystery show only to remember that it wasn't a great tv series but a book!

I haven't read many things that involved the deaf community, which is one of the reasons why I find this so fascinating. It was new and offered a different look at
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) by Lance & James Morcan

Detective Valerie Crowther is investigating the murder of a student at a University for the deaf in London, England. Add to it there is an outbreak of a deadly flu which causes a quarantine. Soon more students end up killed, looking like at the hand of a serial killer. Then detective Valerie becomes a target and her life is in danger.

The story moves at a steady pace, with attention to detail, bringing you into the world of the
John Morris
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ride. Excellent book, well constructed, and with brilliant delivery. Great to have a female lead character who is: clever, resourceful, and adaptable. And love requited - or is it? Loved it. The re-romance of the central characters was engaging.

This 'who-done-it' was scattered with clues, and several suspects; but which one? Will you get it right? I firmly recommend you read this bewitching book.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Silent Fear: James and Lance Morcan

Silence can be deadly when you do not hear your killer coming behind you. Right out of an Edgar Allan Poe mystery/short story the authors create scene that only two well-seasoned writers can create as we hear the voice and see the movements of a killer who has hidden a corpse behind a wall as he covers it up so methodically, so perfectly with each brick in a specific way and pattern behind the wall it looks seamless using one part cement, three parts sand and h
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Silent Fear: A Novel Inspired by True Crimes is by Lance and James Morcan. I had an advanced Review Copy from James. This book is a suspense that deals with the deaf and deaf community as well as murder and an outbreak of a terrible disease for which there is no vaccine. It is set in a school for the deaf in London. The book is definitely worth reading. It draws you into the story until you can’t put the book down. The characters are very realistic and are described so well, they take root in yo
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This is a great book.

To start, the cover art played a significant part in leading me to read this. I had a hard time forming an impression of what it was attempting to convey and even now, after having completed the book, I still have my doubts. The strangeness of the image piqued my curiosity.

As I launched into reading the book I was concerned that it seemed to be too long for a mystery but as I advanced I discovered that there was nothing that seemed to be unduly stretched out or redundant. In
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize how long this book was, not until I reached almost 80 chapters and saw that it's still a long way to go. That's how engrossed I was in the story. The premise of the story is unique and it kept me on edge since the beginning of the book with murder, deadly flu virus and a bunch of other things happening within the university. I was quickly attached to the characters as well. The end of the story is quite satisfying and a bit unexpected. You'll never guess who the killer was until ...more
Janet Colbert
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Silent Fear! Great read. Compelling. The list of suspects grew rather than shrinking. Good job James and Lance Morcan.
Barb VanderWel
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘He knew he’d need to kill again. And soon. He had to experience those wonderful feelings again.’

New Zealand novelist and screenwriter Lance Morcan is a former journalist and newspaper editor with twenty published books to his credit. He regularly writes in collaboration with his son James Morcan, an actor, writer, podcast host and producer who resides in Sydney, Australia. Together they have published eight novels as a team.

According to the authors, ‘This novel was inspired by the murders of D
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
When this book arrived in the post I was quite shocked, it was one hell of a beast, 700 pages long and quite tall too. I thought this is gonna take me ages to read, but due to the pace of the story and how gripping it was, it turned out to be a pretty quick read.

It’s not often you come across a book featuring the deaf community and even rarer for the story to be based in a school for the deaf. For the last 16 years I’ve worked at a school for the deaf so I was very interested to see how the auth
Angela Kay
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is definitely one heavily involved book! Silent Fear is based on a True Crime that took place in Gallaudet University between 1980 and early 2000s. In the book, not only does Detective Valerie Crowther has to deal with solving a series of murders inside London’s university for the deaf, but she ends up quarantined after one of the students falls victim to the Monkey Flu. The good thing is the killer is looked in the school as well. The bad thing is that there are more than 400 suspects ...more
Christine Wines
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of murder mysteries, and found Silent Fear to be very compelling. Not only was there a sadistic, infuriating murderer on the loose, but a silent killer in the form of an ebola-like virus was wreaking havoc on students, faculty, and various staff & visitors to the University for the Deaf, where this story takes place. I loved the female protagonist, and enjoyed the development of a host of interesting characters throughout the book. But the main reason I was intrigued by the novel ...more
Victoria nelson
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magnificent in every way

A literary Master piece with just the right of suspends and intrigue. Great character development sensitive treatment of the deaf community. and
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lance and James you did it again!!!!!
A fantastic novel. A must read. For sure it will hold your attention!
Thanks Lance.
Jessica Abele
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Played out like a blockbuster thriller on the big screen! Great characters and storyline. Highly recommend.
Yamna Rashid
Thank you to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

To put it bluntly (and crudely), the target market for Silent Fear is privileged middle-aged people (mostly men) who have grown up believing everything they watch on television and have little or no idea about any other ethnicity except their own.

Let’s look at the summary.
Silent Fear is loosely based on the incidence of 1980 where a 20-year-old freshman student murdered two deaf Gallaudet University students. Drawi
Lynelle Clark
I received an ARC from the authors for an honest review.
At first, when I opened the book my heart dropped when I saw the number of pages waiting for me. A daunting task when you have a full program but after reading the book I can honestly say that I was well informed and entertained. With their fluent writing style the book captivated me from page one, and at the end the number of pages became irrelevant and I was lost in the story.
Since the very first book I have read from their pen I can hone
Megan Rang
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read Silent Fear because it is based in a Deaf university. I am a teacher of the Deaf and look for literature that accurately depicts Deaf characters in Deaf culture.

This book was also a thriller and that is a genre I am drawn in by. With a serial killer AND a flu quarantine it makes for a lot happening.

The characters in this story weren't the type I would fall in love with and be rooting for throughout the book. Most seemed to have issues and that added to the suspense. I had read
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New Zealand novelist and screenwriter Lance Morcan is a prolific author with more than 20 published fiction and non-fiction books to his credit as well as several screenplay adaptations of his work. A former journalist and newspaper editor, he regularly writes in collaboration with his son James Morcan, and their books are published by Sterling Gate Books.

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