Synopsis from HarperCollins:
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…
About: Silent Night is a mystery thriller written by Nell Pattison. It was recently rereleased on 2/9/2021 by Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 400 pages. The genres are mystery thriller, disability, romance, and fiction. This book came from a series called Paige Northwood where book 1 was called The Silent House, book 2 was called Silent Night and book 3 was called The Silent Suspect. According to the publisher’s website, “Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is one of America’s preeminent romance houses and developed the careers of such bestsellers as Tessa Dare, Eloisa James, Beverly Jenkins, Lisa Kleypas, Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn, Lynsay Sands, and Cat Sebastian. Avon is also home to some of the most important names in contemporary romance and women’s fiction, such as Ilona Andrews, Alyssa Cole, Jeaniene Frost, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Alisha Rai, Jennifer Ryan, Jill Shalvis, and Mia Sosa.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Silent Night on 5/10/2021 and finished it on 5/16/2021. This book was an excellent read! Many thrillers I have read before and many disabilities I have encountered in books, but deaf and sign language in this story is definitely my first read. I’m loving it. Paige’s mystery past with Mike was a strong suspense as well as the mystery surrounding the murder. The suspense was slowly killing me especially on the chapters counting down the hours before the murder. I enjoyed the investigation and the sprinkle of details. Each revelation was as shocking as the next. Often I couldn’t stop reading and read every chance I get. I like the reminder about people like Mike in books I read. Paige’s reason were understandable and it’s so easy for us to trust the ones we love.
This book started with a prologue, following a guy as he stood over a dying body, told in the third person point of view, while holding onto a knife. As his anger dissipated, he dropped the knife and knelt down to reach for the pulse. He ran when someone caught sight of him and the body on the ground. Then the story began, following Paige, 31, British Sign Language Interpreter, told in the first person point of view, as she made her way to a crime scene. A deaf student, 15 has been missing and a teacher who went out to search for him have yet to come back. Students and teachers were at the cabin in the snowy woods for a weekend trip. This book was told via a timeline, starting with 16 hours before the murder and counting down while other chapters in between were of the present day investigation, where Paige interpreted for police when they were in communication with students and staffs that required the use of sign language.
Silent Night was well written and a suspenseful read! I liked having multiple views on those rare chapters as it count down to the hours before the murder. Even so, I couldn’t solve the puzzle on who the killer was or what were the secrets being kept until it was revealed. The ending was good and I like that it was made obvious but nobody noticed it. Sometimes I was frustrated with Paige for not sharing her concerns with the police but I get that she didn’t want to bother them when she hasn’t proof since they were busy too. Overall, this book was an excellent read and I highly recommend everyone to read it.
Tag Lines: deaf, sign language, fast paced, mystery, suspense
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
After studying English at university, Nell Pattison became a teacher and specialised in Deaf education. She has been teaching in the Deaf community for 14 years in both England and Scotland, working with students who use BSL, and began losing her hearing in her twenties. She lives in North Lincolnshire with her husband and son. Nell is the author of novels The Silent House, which was a USA Today bestseller, and Silent Night, featuring British Sign Language interpreter Paige Northwood. (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to HarperCollins 360 for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.