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The Silent House

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  62 reviews
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 police call Paige Northwood to the scene to interpret for the witnesses. They’re in shock, but Paige senses the Hunters are hiding something.

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Expected publication: March 5th 2020 by Avon
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
As soon as I read the blurb, my fingers automatically click the request button and the next day I saw it on my bookshelf. So I got out urgently for ordering a tremendous, vivid flower bouquet to send the Netgalley office but unfortunately there is a new winery recently opened at the street (it takes 25 miles to drive but it is still in the vicinity according to LA rules.) and you may guess the end of the story. I ordered cases of new wines and came back home to read my book, writing a post it ...more
Reading Tam Ishly
Maybe I was too much hyped up about this after reading the description and thinking about the thrill that the book would give me.
But this was such a huge disappointment.
It's the writing style I would say that could not make me interested enough to continue on. The character development is really weak and unsettling. They are rather unconvincing. The so called plot is rather weak as well. For a murder mystery the scenes were not adding up and are not holding up for anything interesting. It sounds
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paige Northwood is a self employed sign language interpreter, she is used to signing at hospitals and schools but finds herself being employed by the police to sign for a deaf family whose child was found dead in her bed. This puts Paige in a dilemma as her sister Anna is the godparent to Lexie the child who died. Should she tell the police that she is aquatinted with the family, knowing they would use another interpreter or keep quiet as she wants to help.

This is a chilling read as the parents
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting. I wanted to know who possibly could have killed an infant when all the suspects were close to the family. But I have to say that I figured it out pretty quickly, so that was a bit disappointing,I was hoping it would be something else.
Also,what initially intrested me in this book was the idea that someone could be in your house and you might not even know it if you were deaf. The horror of it sent chills down my spine and I was hoping there would be a rich
Alyssia Cooke
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, crime, arc
A really interesting thriller that had the added bonus of introducing me to the deaf community, language and struggles. The murder of a child in the middle of the night when the parents are physically incapable of hearing the attack is an interesting premise and I felt Pattison delivered well on it. Unlike several other reviewers, I didn't clock onto the real killer until the bitter end, although whether that says more about me than the delivery is up for debate.

I generally felt the characters
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A totally different story-line, set within the deaf community. Why would someone want to kill an 18-month-old child? The deaf community is torn apart by the murder which happened when the rest of the household was sleeping. Paige Northwood is a hearing sign language interpreter and she is called upon by the police to interpret when they are gathering information and interviewing suspects. There is little to go on and although Paige knows she shouldn't really be involved she needs the money and ...more
Angela Groom
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What a great debut novel from Nell Pattison. The plot revolves around the murder of an infant and its a who done it affair. As the majority of characters in the book are deaf it adds a different take on the investigation and things are a challenge for the BSL interpreter. Paige Norwood is brought in to interpret for the suspects and the family surrounding the victim which isn't easy as she is known to the deaf community and it makes her job difficult. She becomes involved and targeted and he ...more
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Silent House.

I was intrigued by the premise and excited when my request was approved.

The only reason this got two stars was because of the premise and the insight into the Deaf community.

When a deaf child is brutally murdered in the middle of the night, an interpreter named Paige is called to the scene of the crime to interview the distraught family and eventually insinuates herself into the investigation.

This sounded both interesting and
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one sitting. I wanted to know who possibly could have killed an infant when all the suspects were close to the family. But I have to say that I figured it out pretty quickly, so that was a bit disappointing,I was hoping it would be something else. Also,what initially intrested me in this book was the idea that someone could be in your house and you might not even know it if you were deaf. The horror of it sent chills down my spine and I was hoping there would be a rich
Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
Nell Pattison offers a police procedural with a large amount of foreshadowing and a bit of mystery. Those readers new to the genre will appreciate the slower pace and drawn out plot line. Avid readers may find the story line a bit slow and foretelling. Pattison does not offer an overt amount of characterization or supplementary background to acclimate the reader with the cast and the strategy within the procedural seems superficial or “just enough”. Overall, it was an ok read. 3 stars

Thank you
Nov 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this eARC. All views and opinions discussed here are my own.

I was honestly so excited to read this book when I was approved for it because I haven't read any other books with representation of the hearing impaired but i'm so sad to say I just didn't enjoy this book. Considering that a brutal murder literally takes place in the first few pages you would expect that this would be a thrilling and exciting read but it
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Hunter family are profoundly deaf. So when a terrible crime takes place in their house in the middle of the night, they sleep soundly through it, not realising until the morning that their infant daughter has been brutally murdered. Paige Northwood, an interpreter fluent in sign language, is called by the police to help them communicate with the family and discover the truth about what happened. Who would kill an innocent toddler? And is the truth close to home than it seems...

Given the
Renny Barcelos
Nov 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, this did jot work at all for me.
The writing feels very amateurish, with weak dialogue (including the signed ones) and characters with no depth or growth at all. The plot is thin as paper and the resolution feels of, so farfetched.
Besides, the police would have the main character fired by the second day in real life--and with good reason too! She is absolutely annoying and unprofessional. There's no way someone like that would be allowed yo continue contributing with an
Joanna Beesley
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will be looking out for more from this author. This is quite scary and opens up a multitude of questions.

A baby is found murdered in a home where all the occupants are deaf. The fact that nobody could have heard an intruder makes the murder seem all the more sinister and unnerving. The Police need an interpreter for the interviews and call Paige Norwood.

The deaf community is close knit and protective but it soon becomes apparent that some people are hiding facts to protect themselves or maybe
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery set in a Deaf community in England. The protagonist was fairly well-developed, as we secondary characters. i liked the information given on interpreting from BSL to English and vice versa. A quick read for folks who enjoy thrillers and mysteries.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Awesome thriller
Based around a murder in the deaf community and the interpreter the police hire to help them
Definitely sucks you in
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. This is a totally awesome book. Thank you Net Galley, Nell Pattison and Avon Books for the opportunity to read this wonderful book. This is the first novel by this writer and I can’t wait to read another. This author has the ability to pull you in to the story quickly and you won’t want to put the book down. The plot centres around the murder of a toddler, who may have killed her and the BSL interpreter who is brought in to help the police. . All of the characters are well thought out and ...more
Morgan Schulman
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review

Very well crafted police procedural- with an engaging look inside the Deaf community. I always like it when I learn something new from my pleasure reading. Would love to see more from this author.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars from me

Such a clever story! I found myself truly quite fascinated by the introduction to the deaf community within this book - the deaf club, the signing during arguments (selfishly something I've never thought about before, but when we argue we shout over each other while walking away, stomping around, from different rooms etc but deaf people would have to have self restraint in order to keep watching and signing while arguing).

Paige and her sister were great characters, there was
Miss R
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley and Avon Books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Like many reviewers I was attracted to this book by its intriguing premise. The idea of a brutal murder of a child committed in the world of silence of the deaf Hunter family, seemed like an original plot device for a mystery novel. As some who is partially deaf, I can appreciate how deafness profoundly alters human interactions and the texture of a world full of noise. Accompanied by this is the ever
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for an honest review. I was intrigued by the concept of this book and the lovely cover, so excited to read this.
This is a slow-burning Psychological suspense novel narrated by the perspective of Paige, a freelance interpreter for deaf people. She’s called on to the scene of the murder of a deaf girl. Only surprise is that the deaf family are acquaintances of Paige, as the deaf community is small. She keeps this information to
Anda Todoran
I am very sorry to say I did not enjoy this book at all.
The idea is amazing in the sense that having your main characters deaf and making them face the murder of their child which happened WHILE they were sleeping in the very same house really makes you think.
However the idea was executed very poorly.
We have a lot of beginnings and just one underwhelming ending. We have a bit of a plot, a teeeeeny tiny bit of character development and characterization, a very complicated web of relationships
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Right off the bat, I was looking forward to reading this because it centered around Deaf characters. I thought it was an incredibly interesting concept and I'm always excited to see more Deaf representation in books. But I was really disappointed with the main character in this book as well as the "climactic" ending.

I would like to start off this by saying that if you are at all triggered by violence against children, or death of children then DO NOT pick this book up.

I think that this had the
Joanne Alcock
The premise of this book was completely intriguing to me. A brutal murder of a young girl in her house, while her parents slept in the room next door. The girl's father, his girlfriend and her brother and (half) sister are all deaf and somehow an intruder had managed to get into their house and murder her in her bed without anybody hearing a was a real mystery. Paige Northwood is called in as an interpreter, working for the police to assist during interviews and ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book started out with a bang and never let up the whole time. The characters were very relatable and the story line grabbed me and I had to figure out what happened before the end. This is one thriller that you won't want to miss. It starts out with our main character Paige being called on to interpret for a deaf family after the cops have been called to an investigation of a murder of their daughter at their residence. Because the family is deaf they were unable to hear anything as their ...more
Lisa Naylor
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise of this novel is interesting and also disturbing - the idea that someone could be in your house, murdering your own child, and you would not know because you are profoundly deaf. This is what happens to one couple who wake up to find their daughter murdered in her bed, while they slept.

The representation of the deaf community is very good in this novel and one that I have not encountered before. The story was also I triguing enough to keep me reading so that ultimately I wanted to
Taylor Bright (BuriedInBookland)
Thank to you Netgalley and the publisher for this review copy!

First the things I loved/liked: I absolutely loved the deaf representation in this book. Almost every character was deaf and it brought a lot of issues they face, especially when dealing with police and emergency situations to attention.
The writing was good, the dialogue in regards to the deaf characters signing, there was no indication who was signing or when they stopped signing and the other person started signing back. Assuming,
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, thank you to netgalley for gifting me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review

This story is based around a deaf family and a horrible crime that happens in their house during the night. It's main perspective is from the interpretor between the family and the police and the chapters switch from 'now' with the interpretors perspective, to a number of hours before the crime happened.

I loved this read and it was the classic 'who done it'.
It really did keep me guessing about who
Kirsty Noah-whitlock
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review for 'The Silent House' by Nell Pattison
Read and reviewed via NetGalley

This is a book about a child who is murdered in the deaf community and the self employed BLS interpreter for the police investigation Paige and how her personal life gets involved. This book has a unique storyline in the fact that it is based in the deaf community so most of the book is spoken through sign which definitely gave it 5/5 for ingenuity.
I thought it was very well written, I struggled to put it down and the
Tina M
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book’s premise is utterly terrifying and had quite the hook: a deaf family wakes up to discover a shocking crime. Did someone come into their home while they were sleeping and unable to hear the danger, or is one of them the culprit?

The story is told from the POV of Paige Norwood, who is a BSL interpreter hired by the police department to assist them in interviewing people involved with the case. She is hearing but grew up in a deaf household, so she has a unique perspective. I’ve always
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