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24 September 2017

2017 Book Review #29: Not a Sound

Well once again this author did not disappoint.

I've read every single one of this author's novels and this is my 2nd fave one behind The Weight of Silence.


Amelia Winn is an Emergency Room nurse who is very good at her job.  She specializes in domestic violence/sexual assault care and has a calm approach with her patients.  After a horrible accident, which leaves Amelia deaf, she turns to alcohol to numb the pain and begins a downward spiral of depression.  Her marriage to David is on the rocks and her relationship with David's daughter Nora, age 7, is strained, as David takes Nora and moves out.  Amelia's best friend Jake, a police officer, gets Amelia into AA and she begins to reconstruct her life as a deaf person.

She is living in a cabin on the edge of Five Mines River and is out kayaking one day with her service dog Stitch, when she comes across a dead body in the river.  It is one of her colleagues from the hospital!  Gwen has been murdered and no one seems to know who the killer is.

Meanwhile, since she can no longer work as a nurse, Amelia gets a job with the renowned cancer doctor, Dr. Huntley.  Her husband David doesn't really want her to take the job but she does.  She is to file paper records into a digital system and while doing so, she begins to suspect that something is not quite right at this  clinic.  And somehow, Gwen knew something was wrong, too.  

As clues begin to appear regarding Gwen's murder, Amelia finds that she is getting swept up in the investigation...and it is hitting a little too close to home.  How much is she willing to risk, to bring the killer to justice?  And what does her estranged husband have to do with it??


Oh my goodness this was such a fast paced story.  I could not put this book down and finished it in our hotel room late last night after spending the day with our youngest daughter at her college.  I read late into the night and what an ending!

I did guess who the killer was but the excitement was in the cat and mouse approach that the author did with Amelia and the killer.  I don't want to name the killer because that will ruin things for you if you choose to read this.

The character development is excellent and the author touches on the topics of alcoholism, separation/divorce, step-parenting, obsessive compulsive disorder, cancer and our health care system,  and the hard of hearing/deaf population.

The story was a bit too predictable but it was such an easy read and so interesting that I'm going to give it a high score.  This author does a fantastic job in describing the setting, personalities of each character and really knows how to pull you in to the plot.  I just couldn't put it down!

This book is an easy to read mystery with lots of excitement and drama right up until the ending.  

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and older.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 9.

1 comment:

Susanne said...

Well this does sound interesting. I don't recall the other review you did of another book. I'll have to check that out too.