The Silent House, Nell Pattison: Book Review

A thrilling, twisted ‘whodunnit’ story which will keep you on your toes throughout, don’t miss The Silent House by Nell Pattison.

The plot:

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 terrible 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?

I just couldn’t put it down

A synopsis to give you chills, am I right?! The book starts in the same way, with a very intriguing epilogue to set the story.

I really enjoyed the concept for The Silent House. It’s layered in a way to have different monologues come across, without getting confusing. The signing parts for the deaf characters are in italics, and you really get inside Paige’s head with her thought processes. This writing style allowed you to engage but also envision what was happening, whilst still maintaining the ‘silent house’ persona.

I did guess the whodunnit, but it was definitely a whim and I’m not mad at all. It was a great plot twist, and highly exciting, even if you do see it coming. It does keep you guessing, and my opinion did change regularly, which I looooooved.

I hope we see lots more with this Paige Northwood character – she was GREAT. There’s a backstory running throughout the whole murder case which added another layer, and I just couldn’t put it down!

The Silent House was fast-paced, and I read it in one sitting. It’s one of those books you forget about time for, then realise you’re a quarter of the way through. Pattison has an incredible skill in keeping the reader engaged, but also not throwing in toooo many plot twists so it’s a complete circus.

A really enjoyable book, deserving a 4/5 star rating.

The Silent House, Nell Pattison, RRP £7.99 (paperback); Book Depository 

Pages: 392

Publisher: Avon

Genre: Thriller

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