Thursday, May 18, 2017

Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

Not a Sound

A shocking discovery and chilling secrets converge in this latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf 

When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters--her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush by the river, deep in the woods near her cabin, she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.

As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?

New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf has been described as "masterful" and "intelligent" and compared to Lisa Scottoline and Jodi Picoult. Introducing her most compelling heroine yet, she delivers a taut and emotional thriller that proves she's at the top of her class.


ReviewI really don't know what to think about this book. If you are a fan of Nora Roberts and have read Angels Fall then you will be as astounded as I was that "Not a Sound" was so similar to the other. The only main differences between the two books is that the protagonist in this book was deafened in an accident and that she knew the murdered woman.

I liked the idea of a deaf protagonist and the author was very adept at making us see the world through Amelia's eyes, and the author does a great job of making us understand the nursing world, However, I was annoyed at some of the plotting - the great leaps of logic that Amelia made seemed nonsensical to me; the rehashing that she did of certain things just seemed like filler to me and did nothing to add to my enjoyment of this book.

Angels Fall:

Starts with frightening prologue.

The protagonist Reece, was a chef and was traumatically changed by being in a mass murder.

Reece was considered 'nutty' because her behavior changed after the murders.

She moved to a small town and there she witnessed a murder.

Nobody believed her.

She was stalked by the murderer and had things done to here that made her seem crazy.

Hot romance.

She over-thought things and put herself into the investigation of the murder.

Chase scene at the end of the book.

Not a Sound:

Starts with frightening prologue.

Amelia was a nurse who became deaf due to an accident.

She became a drunk due to the ramifications of her deafness and even when she became sober nobody really believed what she had concluded about the murder.

Mild romance.

She was stalked by the murder.

Chase scene at the end of the book.

Do you see what I mean? I liked the book well enough, I just couldn't seem to read it without thinking and comparing it to Angels Fall.

*ARC supplied by publisher.

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