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The Silent House

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  252 reviews
If someone was in your house, youd know.
Wouldnt you?
But the Hunter family are deaf, and dont 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. Theyre in shock, but Paige senses the Hunters are hiding something.


One by one,
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published 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
*top 10 worst reads of 2019*
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
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Ken
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Even though the myster surrounding the murder of a young girl in her house is a strong hook, it's the fact that this debut novel focuses on a deaf community makes it a riveting read.

The police call interpreter Paige Northwood to the Hunter's family home, everyone is so shocked by the terrible crime that has taken place.
But as Paige starts to form a bigger picture, she starts to suspect that the murderer must know the family quite well...

While the plot drags slightly in the middle section, it was
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Carolyn
This debut mystery has an interesting and unique premise with a sign language interpreter employed by the police to translate for a deaf family whose young child, Lexi, was found bashed to death in her bed. With the father, stepmother and two siblings all deaf no one heard anything during the night.

The interpreter, Paige Northwood, has normal hearing but grew up in a deaf household and learnt to sign and translate for the rest of her family. Although she knows the family from the local Deaf
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Mark
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it

Different, well firstly this is the authors debut and it takes every reader into the world of being deaf, most of the characters are deaf and so there is a lot of info and reference to the world of deafness that includes signing and deaf clubs and interpreters and how,for instance, the only non deaf family member copes, all of which as a reader I appreciated, there is nothing better than reading a book and gaining knowledge into a world we know little or nothing about
I liked how the author kept
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Louise Wilson
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Hunter family are deaf. They don't hear when an intruder comes into their home. They know nothing has happened until the morning when they awake. The police have to get Paige Northwood, an interpreter for the deaf, so that they can interview the hunter family. Paige thinks the Hunters are hiding something, holding something back. The deaf community fall under suspicion. But who was guilty of killing a little girl?

This book just gives a glimpse of what it ust be like to have no hearing. The
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Ceecee
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb for this book sounds really interesting but sadly it doesnt prove to be as intriguing as I hoped. Following the murder of Lexi, a little girl, Paige Northwood is asked by the police to the the BSL interpreter as the father Alan, stepmother Elisha and mother Laura are all deaf. The story is principally told by Paige in the present day but also backtracks to various characters before the murder.

The start of the book does grab your attention and draws you in and its unfortunate that this
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Amanda
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
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The Nerd Daily
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Rosie Smith

Many hearing-impaired inhabitants of Scunthorpe, England, find friendship, respite, understanding, and solace in the weekly deaf club. When disaster strikes and one of their own is murdered, an innocent little girl, deaf club is rocked to its core. With everyone suspecting one another, no-one feels safe and everyone seems to have a motive. Overprotective mother? Neglectful father? Distracted stepmother? Violent brother? Or was it
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Lou
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Silent House is Nell Pattisons debut thriller, based in Scunthorpe, England, with a stunning premise and an inclusive and memorable cast. It really doesn't feel at all like her first published novel. The Hunter family are part of the local deaf community and their worst fears are realised when they wake up one morning to find an intruder had entered the house during the night and brutally murdered their daughter, Lexi, in her bed. Of course, because they cannot hear this makes them ...more
Shalini
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A powerful book where an 18-month old child was hammered to death one night while her family was sleeping. With no forced entry, it baffled the cops, so Paige was called as the interpreter. As you see, THE ENTIRE FAMILY WAS DEAF.

The debut by author Nell Pattison caused me goosebumps at the concept. It blew my mind away with shock at the brutality of the murder. Paige as the interpreter for British Sign Language slowly grew into her own skin down the pages. Her entry into the police work was
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Mandy
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Paige Northwood works as an interpreter for the deaf community in Scunthorpe.
She is called to assist the police when a child is found dead, to help officers communicate with the parents, who are both deaf.
Paige realises that she knows the family, the deaf community is quite small after all, and Paige finds herself being drawn into the investigation.
I found the premise for this book intriguing and ordered it from the library. I really enjoyed reading this, found the story compelling and
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Sarah
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, for a debut novel, you cant go wrong here! I was entranced by the synopsis of this book and was not disappointed. It was so unusual and provided such a different perspective to a life that I am extremely naive to. Whilst this is an opening novel for Pattison, I commend her writing style and wonder: is this the beginning of a series? What can come next for the writer?

Exploring the crime story through the deaf community, I suddenly appreciated how defenceless and vulnerable they must feel.
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Louise Wilson
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hunter family are deaf. They don't hear when an intruder comes into their home. They know nothing has happened until the morning when they awake. The police have to bet Paige Northwood, an interpreter for the deaf, so that they can interview the Hunter family. Paige thinks the Hunters are hiding something, holding something back. The deaf community fall under suspicion. But who as guilty of killing a little girl?

This book just gives you a glimpse of what it must e like to have no hearing.
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ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Only when Elisha snapped, Im deaf, not stupid, did the officer shut up and let me take over.

Full disclosure here, I am deaf and I wanted to read this because I am deaf. As far as I know the author isn't deaf BUT...
After studying English at university, Nell Pattison became a teacher and specialised in Deaf education. She has been teaching in the Deaf community for 12 years in both England and Scotland, working with students who use British Sign Language.

I could tell very quickly that the author
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Storme Reads A Lot
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a unique book. I couldnt put it down at all. Cant recommend enough!

Inclusion in books is my jam, seriously. I love how this book talks about the Deaf community. I hope more books like this will be written. I would definitely read them no doubt.

This book is also very fascinating because I could not stop reading to find out whats going to be happening next. Thrillers like this are a must for me. I live for the intensity and this book was just like beyond gripping. I would love to read more
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Alisa
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5*
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
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Samantha Gonsalves
I struggled with reading The Silent House. While requesting the book, the blurb had me all excited about reading this one. I thought the concept and premise of the book was something unique. But going through the first half of the book was a long journey. The flow of the chapters felt very slow to me. I would read one chapter and lose interest quickly, so it took me a long time to finish this one.
When Paige Northwood is called as an interpreter to a crime scene, she doesn't realize the gravity
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Alyssia Cooke
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, contemporary, 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
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Annette
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
Zoé-lee O'farrell
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
When I read the blurb for this, it hooked me straight away. A story where someone has been murdered in a silent house, with the emphasis on silent. Why, well the family is deaf. The very idea sends chills down my spine, I couldnt imagine being in my house and not knowing someone else was there! Goosebumps much!

With Paige leading the way in this story, she is the only hearing person in her family, so from an early age, she became a sign interpreter especially after something horrific happened in
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Claire Watson
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I was interested in reading The Silent House as it was a unique concept. If someone was in your house, youd know. Youd hear them but everyone in the Hunter house is deaf and dont hear when a shocking crime is committed in the middle of the night.

This book started off well and I really wanted to love it but felt that it lacked pace and seemed to go on for far too long. Not one of my favourite books of the year but Im sure others will love it.

Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books and the author for
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Joanne Robertson
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a wonderfully assured and atmospheric debut novel by Nell Pattison! I really enjoyed not only the unique premise of an interpreter for the deaf being involved in solving the crime at the centre of this gripping narrative but also the stylish way in which the story itself is told.

When the body of a young girl is discovered by her family, the deaf community are shocked by such an horrific crime. Paige Northwood is brought in as an interpreter as both parents are deaf, as well as other
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KitKat The #BookNerd KBbookreviews
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3.5 Stars

The Silent House, by Nell Pattison is an interesting Mystery/Thriller that revolves around the murder of an infant child. This is a chilling novel about the horror of losing a child to an intruder you cannot hear.

Synopsis: The Hunter family are deaf, so when a horrifying crime takes place in their home in the middle of the night they are unaware until the morning. During the night their infant daughter has been murder in the room where their other
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Nora ElHariri
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a freelance sign language interpreter, Paige Northwood is not completely surprised to receive a call from a police at the break of dawn for an emergency interpretation. However, nothing prepares her for the scene that lies ahead. Eighteen-month-old Lexi has been murdered. Her dad and her step-mother were home when it happened, but as a deaf family, no one heard anyone coming in or out of the house.

As the deaf community in this town is small, Paige knows the family in question quite well, as
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Alisa
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*
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
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Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: January 19th 2020 


"A phone call first thing in the morning never brings good news."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Avon in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Elaine's Reviews
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
You'd know if someone was in your house, wouldn't you? What if you and your family are deaf? Still so certain?

When an 18 month old child is killed in her bed, the police are called in to investigate. The family of the victim are deaf. They call upon the services of Paige, a sign language interpreter to assist in their interviews with the child's family. Paige is well known in the deaf community being the only hearing person in her own family. However, Paige is conflicted as her sister is
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Elaine
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
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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
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After studying English at university, Nell Pattison became a teacher and specialised in Deaf education.

She has been teaching in the Deaf community for 12 years in both England and Scotland, working with students who use BSL. Nell began losing her hearing in her twenties, and now wears hearing aids.

She lives in North Lincolnshire with her husband and son. The Silent House is her debut novel.

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