Author: Nell Pattison
Release date: November 12, 2020
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What happened while they were sleeping?
A school for the deaf takes an overnight trip to the snowy woods. Five teenagers go to sleep, but only four wake up. Leon is missing, and a teacher’s body is found in the forest…
Sign language interpreter Paige Northwood is brought in to help with interrogations. Everyone at the school has a motive for murder – but they all have an alibi.
As Paige becomes increasingly involved, she suspects there’s something sinister going on. With the clock ticking to find Leon, only one thing is certain: the killer is among them, and ready to strike again…
The perfect sinister, gripping mystery for fans of The Silent Patient and Cara Hunter.
Why did I choose to read Silent Night?
Once again, the beautiful book cover caught my attention.
Then, the synopsis convinced me! I decided I wanted to check out this suspense novel about a school for the deaf and a Sign Language Interpreter. I really don’t know much about the deaf community so this really intrigued me.
Plus, the story follows a police investigation, and I love police novels and investigations and all that.
What did I think of Silent Night?
A teacher murdered, a missing student and teenagers keeping dangerous secrets…
The main character, Paige Northwood, works as a Sign Language Interpreter for the police on an investigation of a missing deaf teenager. On a school trip, the head teacher is found murdered and the boy might be the last person to have seen him alive. As the police look into his background, they start to wonder if the missing teen is really in danger or if he might be responsible for the heinous crime…
Silent Night was a good read, but missed the mark for me on some levels.
I found the first half of the story was slow-paced and lacked action. It dragged on for a bit too long, but the second half was much better. There were some good suspenseful moments and I didn’t see the ending coming!
Also, I quickly realised this novel was the second book in the Paige Northwood series, after The Silent House, though it could easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Only some of Paige’s backstory was mentioned and made me realize it had probably happened in the first novel. As I said though, I didn’t find Silent Night confusing without having read the first in the series.
I enjoyed learning about the deaf community through the storytelling. The author seemed to have good knowledge of the do’s and don’ts regarding the etiquette with the deaf community and it was really informative. Also, I liked that the language barrier wasn’t an issue in the story, but that conversations were played out normally, as the main character is an interpreter.
One thing that bothered me a little bit though, was how the main character was extremely involved with the investigation, and nearly solved it all by herself. Of course, I understand that to write an interesting story, sometimes it’s needed to have a character that’s very in-the-know, but still. I found it doubtful that an interpreter would be as skilled at solving a crime than a detective.
All in all, this wasn’t my favorite read, but it was interesting to read about a community I know so little about. I give Silent Night a 3-star rating, as it was a good read, but dragged on a bit too long.
Until next time!