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A Hymn in the Silence

(Dark is the Night #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Since graduating from Whisperwood School for Boys, William has found a sense of normalcy in his life with James. He has a steady (albeit secret) relationship, a home, and a job—even if it doesn’t pay the greatest. Nevermind that he lacks James’ reckless bravery when it comes to dealing with spirits; he does his best and it hasn’t killed him thus far.

When a new client cal
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published October 26th 2018 by x-potion designs
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Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
While I liked this, I didn’t like it as much as the first book. And I know exactly why.

The first book is told from the 1st person POV of James. James’ head was quite a joy to be in. He was happy and an overall positive person. Now this second book is told from Willam’s POV, and while I really liked him in both books, it was quite exhausting being in his head.

William had a laudunum addicion, and he hadn’t been able to quit yet. The reason for this was because he was such an anxious person. He had
Kaje Harper
In this second historical-paranormal-mystery, James and William have graduated and found themselves a good situation - they're living together in a house far enough out of town to allow their secret relationship, and working for a psychic whose clients will pay for their ghost-hunting talents. Their job hasn't been safe, but it has been interesting, and earned enough to live on. Their mentor is supportive, and their mistakes haven't killed them yet.

A new case of bizarre and bloody murders at a r
I think there’s a common misconception about books in that if you take a long time to finish them, that must mean you don’t like them.
That may be true for some stories, but it absolutely was *not* the case for A Hymm in the Silence. I apologize for taking forever in getting this review out, but I love this series and the characters so much, I purposely read it slowly (maybe a little too slowly... whoops) because I didn’t want to let it go. 😭
I said a similar thing upon reading book #1, but this s
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok so on the one hand, gay love cured ghosts yes two unpossessed thumbs up. I did INDEED read the majority of this in one sitting and it is taking an act of WILL not to just inhale the other book immediately because in the quarantine times it is important to have things to look forward to and also I need to read like 300 more pages of weird alien physics and VR computer games about the instability of time and space (If future me can’t remember what I’m talking about: The Three Body Problem.)

Audio Review-
Overal 5*
Story 5*
Performance 5*
Couldn't have asked for more!

When I heard Joel Leslie was going to be narrating this book, giving life to sweet William, I was sooo beyond excited- I was completely thrilled! Mr. Leslie is one of my favorite narrators, he never fails to bring all the feels to his performances, and I just knew he'd be perfect for sweet, vulnerable William...and he was! I don't think there's another narrator out there who could have done William justice, to be honest. He
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
I don’t know if I have ever read such a perfect story for Halloween on actual Halloween before. This was it!
Set around three years after the events of the first book this one is in William POV.

Ok folks I adore these two - James and William are now in my top ten cutest ever couples. I love seeing established couples facing stuff together, in this case the (view spoiler)

The paranormal happenings in this install
Lisa The Novel Approach
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, horror
I’m going to cut straight to the chase: If you have ever worried that a sequel to a book you fell in love with couldn’t possibly live up to all that had come before it, you’ll understand how much I attempted to maintain realistic expectations of A Hymn in the Silence. This book, however, is utter perfection and not only solidified my love of James Spencer and William Esher, but it has propelled authors Kelley York and Rowan Altwood onto a very short list of authors whose work I will read, blurb ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq
Dnf @ 70%
The atmosphere that i loved in book 1 wasnt there. Also the thrill wasnt there. The fear wasnt there. Should have just made book 1 a stand alone novel
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
As I said in my last update this really was like a gay historical ghost whisper. Only with two male leads who I LOVE VERY MUCH. I didn’t realise how much I missed William and James. This story was exciting. It was wonderful to see them back in action- and a little bit older, considering they’re now adults.

I loved William’s narration and my heart broke anytime he referred to himself as not good enough. The plot was hella creepy and there were times I stopped reading at night, just because I got
Jenn (not Lily)
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lendable, historical
Plenty of spooky ghosts and creepy things, perfect for reading on Halloween.
Karen Wellsbury
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this directly after the 1st book, and this worked really well. It still has no real feeling of time about it, but that really was the only issue I had.
Told form William's POV this time the boys are off to investigate a murder, that turns into so much more, in this book the issue of William's addiction is much more apparent, and overall it's a darker book that the previous one, touching on why both William and James behave the way they do.
The paranormal plot was, as before, exciting and w
Stephanie Lake
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for more of this wonderful world you have built for our pleasure.

Not very patently waiting though. More, More, More, More. :)
Sophie Gabrielle
So this is mostly a “me not you”’situation. I just wasn’t enjoying it.

HOWEVER I do not appreciate Williams addiction plot line in the least. I think it was poorly done. As someone who relies on heavy medication to get through the day, I was deeply upset over how much medication and coping mechanisms were shit on in this story. I get the author is trying to show how hard addiction can be and how William has few choices for medication in the day but it just a comes across as an attack on people w
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“There is nothing in the world quite like James’ kisses. They possess the ability to be so careful and loving while eager and passionate all at once.”

This story is as captivating and even more eerie as the first one. My love for James and William has grown tenfold. They have the sweetest and one of the more trusting relationship I’ve ever read. Always there for one and other in the good as in and the bad. Love being in William POV and get to understand him a bit better! That ending caught me off
**** Listened to audio

Another great book in this series and fortunately the change of narrator does not detract from the quality of the production. 4.5* story 5* narration. Mystery, romance, great writing and a touch of horror, there's plenty to keep your interest in this book.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely spooky! This book was full of intrigue and great period details. William wasn't my favorite from book one, but I'm glad I finished this one. Great side characters and an interesting mystery made this well worth reading. ...more
Kristel (hungryandhappy)
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one hurt my heart a bit more.
Mari  Cardenas
5 Stars!

Okay, so I'll be the first one to tell you I'm a wuss when it comes to horror anything (just ask my daughters), but as I've recently discovered, maybe it doesn't apply to books as much as to movies. Perhaps I'm a more visual person or something? *shrugs* I have no clue. However, both this book and the first in the series, A Light Amongst Shadows—which you totally should read if you haven't already, not only because it's amazing, but because we meet James and William there and you don't w
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this but not as much as the first book. The main problem was the PoV.

James was our 1st person PoV in the first book, and he is very up beat, kind, and understanding. Most of all he genuinely enjoys the ghost hunting that they do.

William was the PoV for this one and of the couple he is struggling with many issues; depression and a laudanum addiction, that I believe are important and are addressed in a very respectful manner, but didn't help the story along as well as it could have. We g
Rose Marie
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SUCH A PAGE TURNER. Honestly. I couldn't put it down. (same goes for the first of the series)
One thing I didn't like though..

I'm so fond of all of the characters and they're all so brilliantly different. I was so easily drawn into this universe and I'm not surprised that I want more and more of it, of the characters, of all of it.

It hits hard in the heart and i love that about it.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly the mystery reminded me of the episode “Faith” in Supernatural (season 1 episode 12). In other words: loved that.
It’s a bit more explicit sexually, but obviously they don’t get too graphic since it is YA, unlike some authors we know.... ahem

But anyways, loved it. Can’t wait to read the novella with Benjamin, and then the third book 👌🏼💕💕
M.R. Graham
Fantastic second volume. I can't wait to get my mitts on the third. ...more
Aden Wilke
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Overall a great book but I had two issues with it: namely the clunkiness of the ‘ending’ or last chapter and the introduction of the religious exorcism tools.

It seemed really out of place and confused as I didn’t remember them needing to use Bible verses and holy water to wrangle the ghosts at Whisperwood and it felt really out of place especially given that William is an atheist, so it raises a hella lot of questions that fight the suspension of disbelief here. Ones that William himself brings
May 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I absolutely loved the first book - A Light Amongst the Shadows, but was bitterly disappointed by this one. In fact, I couldn't stick with it and gave up at chapter three, therefore this will not be a very thorough review. I just wanted to throw my ha'penny's worth out there to say that I agree with one or two of these other reviewers. The biggest problem was the story being from William's POV. He has too many 'issues' to make this a very satisfactory experience and by chapter three I could see ...more
This was a decent sequel but didn't grip me quite as much as the first book.

This plot sounded really similar, no doubt the authors took inspiration from The 1922 Gruber Family Murders, but seemed to get a bit grandiose especially when the next book in the series is from the POV of yet another different character in an entirely different country. I think the authors could have pared it down a bit or closed it out a little cleaner, unless we do see The Order again in a sequel.
As some other revie
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent sequel

Set two years after the end of A Light Amongst the Shadows, this was a great sequel. It was definitely a bit heavier on the horror component. The mystery was engaging and fun, with enough clues to keep me following the plot just ahead of the reveals.

Getting to see the slightly more mature relationship between William and James was very gratifying and their personal development as individuals and as a couple was very well done. I never felt that the drama was forced or unrealis
Izabelle ♡
"Whispers are often slivers of truth blown out of proportion."

This was really fun! Not as good as book one, but it did make me cry. I liked seeing more of the established dynamic between James and William, and loved the side characters present in this novel. (All of my heart eyes to Adelia, pleaseandthankyou.) William was more relatable as a protagonist than James was, but I liked him less??? Like, I enjoyed the sense of mystery as to what was in William's head in book one, and we didn't get
Molli B.
Enjoyed just as much—maybe more!—than the first!! I think this is a great little world they've set up, with lots of potential for lots of future stories (think Whyborne & Griffin). I think Adelia is a great addition: a strong woman who won't take shit from anyone, but is limited by the time in which she lives. And it was fun to see Virgil! I hope we see a lot more of them!

I think they continue to deal well with William's issues. I'm interested to see if more comes of James' history and what thei
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely smashing

Utterly beautiful, brilliant and haunting. This and the previous book in the series is a delight. I’m not good at telling how accurate are the historical details as it’s not my forte, but the story was so well written it felt like I was transported back in time. It is very atmospheric and there were moments, when I had to get up to put the light on as I usually prefer to read in muted light before going to bed, but by Jove some of the tension had got the better of me. Loved t
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series so far. I think I liked this one better than the first book. The idea of William and James being ghostbusters is awesome, and the plot in this one was one with unexpected twists that kept it interesting. The development of William and James’s relationship was nice to see and I liked the deeper insight we got into William through his perspective. I also loved Adelia. I’m interested to read the next couple of novellas in between this book and the third one, and with the ...more
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Kelley resides off the coast of Northern California with her wife, teenager, a German Shepherd, a handful of cats and rats. In addition to writing, she has her A.S. in Anthropology, and is a graphic designer with a specialty in book cover design. She spends her spare time playing video games and tabletop games like the nerd she is. Her specialty is LGBT+ fiction, usually with a dark twist.

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