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A striking and compelling debut set after the murder of 18 month old Lexi Hunter sends a shockwave through the local community. Lexi’s family are deaf, and British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter Paige Northwood assists the police as they investigate. Paige can’t help herself though, and begins to review the case herself in a bid to discover the truth. Author Nell Pattison became a teacher specialising in Deaf education working with students who use BSL. Her knowledge and awareness is clear to see as communication within the novel is skilfully written, piercing and penetrating awareness. I have to admit that Paige sometimes frustrated me, ‘Noooooo, don’t!’ escaped my lips on a number of occasions. Isn’t it fabulous when a character engages you in that way! With so many suspects to sift through and choose from, Paige really does have her work cut out. The Silent House is a different and thought-provoking crime mystery and sits as one of our debut books of the month.
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 murder of their daughter.
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.
One by one, people from Paige's community start to fall under suspicion. But who would kill a little girl?
Was it an intruder?
Or was the murderer closer to home?
This mystery will keep you up all night - perfect for fans of The Silent Patient and Cara Hunter
Closing date: 16/04/2020
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
Enough twists to keep you guessing - at some points it seems as though virtually everyone is a suspect. Full review
A brilliant debut novel by Nell Pattison, this is one book you really will want to shout about! Full review
Early readers love The Silent House...
'Crime thriller of the decade' ***** NetGalley Review
'Phenomenal' ***** NetGalley Review
'Excellent' ***** NetGalley Review
'Wow! This book was so good' ***** NetGalley Review
Publication date: 05/03/2020
Publisher: AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||5th March 2020|
|Publisher:||AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,|
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, but still refuses to wear her hearing aids. She lives in North Lincolnshire with her husband and child. The Silent House is her debut novel.More About Nell Pattison