Happy Tuesday everyone!! Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on Nell Pattison’s debut novel The Silent House.
I’d like to thank Avon Books for my e-copy that I received through Netgalley.
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?
What Did I Think?
You should feel safe in your own home, no fear of someone entering in the dead of night and brutally killing an innocent in their sleep. But that’s what happened to the Hunters. Innocent little Lexi, not a care in the world, a happy little toddler found dead in her bed whilst spending the weekend with her dad and his partner. Who could do such a thing to a child??
The investigation that ensued is a little out of the ordinary from my previous reading. The present is told from the point of view of Paige, the interpreter the police have to draft in as the grieving family are deaf. This gave the story a different voice as she is party to a lot of the intimate and confidential aspects of the investigation. Paige sees and hears so much more that she should especially given her relationship to part of the family.
Intertwined with Paige’s narrative are chapters playing out the hours to Lexi’s horrible death. These chapters alongside the investigation cast suspicion across all those who knew and loved this innocent young girl. The switches between the recent past and the present got me confused as to who could carry out such an appalling act of violence. I couldn’t settle on a suspect for long. My mind jumped from character to character each with a flimsy motive or opportunity, unable to feel sure of one person.
The Silent House is a perfectly crafted crime thriller from Pattison. I’m seriously impressed that this is her debut novel and delighted that this is the start of a series featuring Paige Northwood. It’s definitely a series I’ll be keeping up with!
Who is Nell Pattison?
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.