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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  34 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough dives headfirst into the world of thrillers with this explosive new tale!

Welcome to Silvertown, Washington. Population 602 (for now).

Despite its small size, the small mountain town is home to more conspiracy theories than any other place in America. Officer Mary Whittaker is slowly acclimating to the daily weirdness of lif
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 6th 2021 by Skybound Books
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Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Welcome to Silvertown, Washington. Population 602 (for now).

Mary Whitaker, police officer and new to Silvertown, is finding the local residents acting oddly. A tourist smiles in the face of a bear mauling him alive, a local teen and gamer that rarely ventures outdoors falls from a cliff while hiking, a helicopter mom abandons her twin toddlers to show a stranger around town. What is going on in this godforsaken place?

What an intriguing premise and I thought Mary was a delightful character,
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
Police Officer Mary Whittaker constitutes the entire police force of Silvertown, a small, isolated mountain town, while her boss takes a brief personal leave. She gradually grows suspicious of a string of strange incidents. They are out of the ordinary, even for this town that already has more than its share of weird elements - Big Foot is a tourist attraction, and the town boasts an abandoned military base, a toxic mine site and a ghost town.

I liked the build up of this story as Mary put the c
Jodi Henry
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t usually rate books before I read them but some a$$hole rated it with one star and that’s some bogus bs right there because the book isn’t out until April 2021
Nov 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
This sounds so good! I've been trying to find some good 2021 releases, and this will definitely be on my list. ...more
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
INSTINCT is in the categories of both psychological thriller and Horror. Authored by Jason Hough, who is also noted for his excellent Science Fiction, INSTINCT is set in a tiny mountain community in the Cascades of Washington State. Silvertown once boasted an active Silver mine (resulting in tons of toxic outflow into the nearby stream) but a decade ago the Police Chief uncovered corruption and shamed out the ruling family corporation. No longer a company town, Silvertown relies on tourism. Mary ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Edge of your seat ride! The twists and turns grabbed me and did not let go. I absolutely loved this book. The best part is that as I was reading the story, I was imagining the movie. I saw every character as a real movie actor playing the part. Simply amazing! I can’t wait to read another of Mr. Hough’s books.
Jeff Cosmi
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big Jason M. Hough fan, I've read all his books and enjoyed them all. I knew he was working on this story and that it was due out soon. So, I was overjoyed when this came up on NetGalley. I loved this book, it's a bit different of a type of story than Jason usually writes, but it's great. This is that type of book that pleases almost every sort of reader out there. It satisfies many different needs a reader has. From time to time you need that short, quick read, that is fun and hard to put ...more
Becky Spratford
Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it
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Three Words That Describe This Book: steadily increasing pace, deeply unsettling, strong protagonist
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Loved MC Mary Whitaker. Great idea for a story and good setting. It took me a while to really get into this book. Once I did, it grabbed me and was hard to put down, but then it started to drag on and on.
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley,Jason M. Hough, Gallery Books, and Skybound Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Always one to try something a little different, I excitedly grabbed for this novel by Jason M. Hough, which mixes the intensity of a thriller with the mystery of small-town America. When a police officer in a small Washington community is thrust into a leadership role, she begins to notice tha
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That was a blast! Silvertown - population 665, has a reputation for being, well...different. Sasquatch lives there and the people are a little weird. So when weird stuff stars happening in town, people behaving totally out of character, nobody thinks too much of it. Think Blake Crouch, X Files and a side serve of the Coen Brothers movie Fargo. I was inspired to grab this on the basis of an intriguing review by a friend. I can’t remember who but thank you whoever you are!

Officer Mary Whittaker j
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: detectives
Who can you trust when even your own mind has been turned against you? Mary Whittaker is going to have to find out, in the latest pulse-raising thriller from Jason Hough.

Small-town America has never looked as appealing as it has done with Silvertown, Mary’s new home and police beat. Life in the former company town may not have been easy since the company packed up and left them to it, but the pleasingly off-beat citizenry have built the kind of community that can take those knocks and keep on r
Expect the unexpected in this creative, wild, and enjoyable sci fi thriller by Jason Hough.

I picked up this book about a small town because it was described to me as “Twin Peaks meets Blake Crouch,” and it did not disappoint! Police Officer Mary Whittaker is the only cop in her town of just over 600 when her boss takes an extended leave, and wouldn’t you know that as soon as he departs, suddenly everyone in town, one by one, starts acting pretty strange. And violent. Did I mention that Silverto
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a thrilling, dark, small town mystery.

I knew it was going to be a good thriller when the blurb opening said: "Welcome to Silvertown. Population: 602 (for now)." Are you serious?! Give it to me immediately, I don't even need to know the rest.

In this book, the main character, Officer Mary Whittaker, is new in town. She has to pick up some work after her boss who's on leave, but the recent events seem too weird to comprehend. In fact, the residents are pretty much behaving like zombies (think
Kay Brooks
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mary Whittaker is a recent addition to the police force in the sleepy little mountain town of Silvertown, Washington. When the Police Chief takes an unplanned leave of absence he leaves Mary, the only other officer in town, in charge. Nothing much ever happens these days, so what can go wrong? It turns out, a lot. Strange, unexpected behavior seems to have gripped the populace. People are forgetting their normal phobias and doing things they never did before. Mary is determined to find the cause ...more
Wildflower Reading
Mar 24, 2021 rated it liked it
I love stories about small towns with secrets so I was very excited about this book. A big city cop transferring to a small town and things going awry is normally right up my alley, but this book fell a little flat for me.

What didn’t work for me was that the story just felt very slow. It’s told by Mary in the present tense so the reader is really in her head. This meant pages upon pages of details about her surroundings and her every thought and theories that’s she often “filing away.” There wa
Lisa (polished_bookworm)
Instinct follows rookie cop, Mary as she adjusts to her new role in a small town. There are murders with mysterious circumstances and a small town where news travels as fast as your morning coffee. I appreciated a strong woman protagonist. If you are a fan of a slow burn mystery and police procedural novels then this is a good read for you.

I think the beginning of this book was a slow read. At times, I did find the dialogue and the details to be rather tedious rather than adding to the plot or s
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mr. Hough is definitely going to be on my radar after reading Instinct. This book kept me enthralled. For me, it was reminiscent of X-Files and Twin Peaks.

The small town of Silvertown, Washington is ground zero for strange occurrences. People seem to have lost their basic survival instincts and people can't explain why. Office Mary Whittaker has been left in charge of the town while the chief of police takes a sudden leave of absence. Of course that is when everything falls apart in dramatic fas
Johnna Whetstone
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a slow burn, thrill ride! Well written, intriguing, and mysterious. The characters, especially Mary, were well developed, which made me much more invested in the story. I couldn’t give a complete 5 stars, because I did find that it was a much slower book for the majority (which is not my fav), but the last quarter really is a thrill ride and a half! Has some unique storylines, thrills, chills, and shocks! Would highly recommend to my fellow thriller lovers, especially if you like the sl ...more
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
This book was intriguing and somewhat mysterious as to what was going on with the residents of Silvertown. When Mary Whittaker has to take over for the police chief when he takes a leave of absence and she gets some really strange calls that has her wondering what is going. First, she finds a man that wrecked his motorcycle sitting in the middle of the road. He later disappears, only to break into her house later that night and tries to kill her. She also finds a hiker killed by a bear after mak ...more
Kathleen Gray
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Everything seems nice in the small town of Silverton, until it's not. Mary Whittaker, a recent arrival from California, is the only police officer when things begin to go wonky. Odd stuff. She's got to figure out what's going on even as she doesn't know much about the town when things are normal. What's making the residents act the way they are? This is a hard one to review without spoilers but know that while the beginning might seem slow, things amp up considerably - so much so that it becomes ...more
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
This is about a town where the residents start acting weird, then people start dying. I really enjoyed the MC, Mary. Her investigation into everything was very interesting. I thought this was a good book, but I went in it thinking it would be a thriller, so I wanted more heart-racing moments. This was more slow-burn investigative mystery. The middle was a bit slow, and I found my mind wandering at times, so it might have been a bit too much of a slow burn for me. I do think that mystery readers ...more
Mar 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
This one was a fun, quick read but was not without it's issues. I don't think the author's decision to use a first person point of view worked as a narrative voice for this novel. The main character also comes off at times as a little too "girl trying to be one of the boys" for my liking. While not having the strongest ending and a bit of an implausible plot, I did quite enjoy the first half of the book and the ride this novel took me on.

Would recommend this one if you're looking for a mystery/
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, thrillers, mystery
This intrigued me as I had just finished Wayward Pines by Blake Crouch and it seemed to have a lot of similarities. A small town, the people behaving strangely, resulting in several deaths, a new police officer trying to figure out what is going on. It was a good, quick read, perfect for the beach. I did find parts of the plot very implausible and the ending rather unresolved, but all in all a decent read. Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC.
Aimee (Book It Forward)
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars! This was a fun read. Really loved the main character, Mary. She was strong and sassy, and reading her story was exciting and felt realistic as to how she would react to the insanity she was facing. Won’t give anything g away, but I will say this was closer to a 4 star, than a 3 star rating. I may bump it up after I’ve though about it a bit more. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advanced copy!
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Instinct was a fun thriller with a great main character – police officer Mary Whitaker was a smart and strong opponent against the forces of evil, or in this case, an evil mastermind bent on hijacking one’s sense of self. I loved the beginning of the book but would have liked a stronger story line, it meandered a bit toward the end. That all being said, I would absolutely read another book by this author, hopefully there will be another with the same characters.
Apr 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Instinct by Jason M. Hough is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early April.

This book has the eerie feeling of Twin Peaks, the familiarity of Northern Exposure, plus the easygoing, unaffected first-person narration of Odd Thomas from police officer Mary Whittaker and investigations around assaults, homicides, and disappearances in a small foresty town with folktale ties to Bigfoot, but, then, the twist makes it seem more like (view spoiler).
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Mary Whittaker and the tale of this small town under "siege" from an invisible enemy. It took me a while to narrow things down which is always a sign that the book is well written! It kept me guessing! There was lots of action and even a little romance. Very quick read and solid mystery/thriller. Thank you for the ARC! ...more
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"Welcome to Silvertown, Washington. Population 602 (for now)."

Fun read. Lots of conspiracy theories with just enough reality to make you wonder what is real - or not.

Faye Rix
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great job author, I really like your writing style. I suggest you join Novel Star’s writing competition on April.

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Jason M. Hough (pronounced 'Huff') is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dire Earth Cycle and the near-future spy thriller Zero World. In a former life he was a 3D artist, animator, and game designer (Metal Fatigue, Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others). He has also worked in the fields of high-performance cluster computing and machine learning.

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