Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

As if losing your hearing because of a hit-and-run driver wasn’t enough trauma, Amelia and her service dog, Stitch, found a dead body of a fellow nurse on the beach.

In addition to losing her hearing and her job as a trauma nurse, Amelia’s depression and drinking also caused the failure of her marriage and her income. She desperately needed a job and needed to get back into society because she was still living on her savings after two years and was lonely.

We follow Amelia through her days and nights and her fear about the killer knowing she was the one who found the body, her fear about little things happening while she is away from home, her fear about public interaction, and her continued fear of living in her silent world with people who have the ability to hear even though she can sign and read lips.

We also follow the police investigation with Jake, the head detective, and his protectiveness of Amelia.  Is he only being overly protective because he is Ameilia’s brother’s best friend or for some other reason.  Is he also being overprotective when she does investigating herself because she is putting herself in danger by “snooping​?”

Ms. Gudenkauf puts you into Amelia’s life and has you wondering what it would be like to be deaf as you empathize with Amelia. Ms. Gudenkauf’s research must have been extensive to make the reader completely feel and experience what Amelia was experiencing as she dealt with the everyday trials of her hearing loss and trying to find out who the murderer was.

The suspense in NOT A SOUND picked up at every turn of the page, and I had a few suspects in mind. Ms. Gudenkauf’s writing style pulls you in and keeps you interested and wondering what secrets some of the characters are keeping.

If you enjoy suspense at its best, you won’t want to miss NOT A SOUND.  I couldn’t stop reading.  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

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