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The Silent House Reader Reviews

The Silent House


An amazing and very entertaining debut novel that will have you gripped throughout.

I loved this book! It was great to come across a book set around around the deaf community - a contemporary and very interesting approach to writing and I was subconsciously aware of the act of signing as I read my way through.
So comfortably easy to read, this book racks up the tension and intrigue from the start and manages to keep that tension going right through to the end which doesn't always happen and with lots of potential to make you question every character in the book this novel will certainly have you gripped as you try to work out the plot.

As Paige gets more embroiled in the lives of all the suspects by acting as official interpreter for the Police there are hints back to a momentous past that she is keeping buried and is unwilling to face but why is she personally being targeted by threatening text messages from an unknown source when she's not directly involved in Lexi's murder? The more she gets involved the more tangled it all seems and this is a well-paced and tightly constructed storyline with a more than satisfying twist at the end.

I think it is one of the best debut novels I've read in a long time and I'll certainly be looking forward to reading more from this author in time to come.

Rachel Aygin

Enough twists to keep you guessing - at some points it seems as though virtually everyone is a suspect.

The idea of someone breaking into a deaf family’s house and committing murder was immediately intriguing. The story is told from the point of view of Paige Northwood, a British Sign Language interpreter called in to assist the police. The fact that most of the suspects are deaf adds an interesting dimension to the book and it provides an insight into the challenges of being deaf and the deaf community. There are enough twists to keep you guessing - at some points, it seems as though virtually everyone is a suspect. I was kept in the dark until almost the very end. The characters could perhaps have been fleshed out a bit more but I did enjoy the book and the plot idea was unique and striking.

Angie Rhodes

A brilliant debut novel by Nell Pattison, this is one book you really will want to shout about!

Imagine not being able to hear your children if they laughing or cried out in the night. Imagine not being able to hear if somebody enters your home in the middle of the night. It's a scary thought, isn't it? For Alan Hunter and his family, this is a waking nightmare.

When Alan and Elisha go upstairs to find their daughter Lexus covered in blood, and no sign of a forced entry they quickly become suspects. For detectives this is no ordinary case, as the whole family are deaf, With the help of Paige a deaf interpreter they hope to find the child's killer.

Gripping and with so many twists, The Silent House is a crime novel with a unique difference, most of the characters are deaf, how they interact with those that can speak is fascinating.

This is one book you really will want to shout about!

Lizzy Dingemans

I absolutely loved it.

What an unusual premise for a book – brings a whole new meaning to the words "nobody heard a thing"! I absolutely loved it. Told from different points of view, the action goes back and forth from before the murder to after the murder… But whodunnit? I kept changing my mind, and I was still wrong at the end!! A magnificent debut and I look forward to reading more from this author!


Charlotte Walker

A twisting, turning mystery. I thought I had it solved. I was wrong.

I loved the concept of this book. It's not a theme I'd come across before and I think focusing on a crime connected to a deaf family adds a brilliant additional dimension to a crime-fiction story. If I'm honest I hadn't thought about how crime would play out when people who are deaf or hearing impaired are involved, the added layer of an interpreter creates an unreliable narrator who doesn't have access to all the information and we are left guessing along with her.

I really enjoyed this story and it is unnerving just thinking that someone could be in your house without you knowing. There are lots of red-herrings and plot-twists but I thought I had it solved. I was wrong and I hope it can be adapted into a series.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008361761
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Author: Nell Pattison
Publisher: AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,