Author: Nell Pattison

Narrators: Claire-Louise English and Lara Steward

Publication Date: November 12, 2020

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Book Review

Silent Night by Nell Pattison is an excellent thriller about a school of the deaf.

A school of the deaf takes a trip to the woods. When everyone wakes up, Leon, a student, is missing. Next a teacher’s body is found. Paige, a sign language interpreter, helps the police with the interrogations. All of the students seem suspicious, and they are all hiding something. All the students have an alibi. What really happened? What is everyone hiding? Are the missing student and dead teacher related?

Working this case makes Paige face her past. What is Paige hiding?

I loved Silent Night. I especially enjoyed how much I learned about the deaf community in this book. I’ve always been fascinated by the deaf community, and Silent Night was an entertaining way to learn more.

Silent Night is told from Paige’s perspective. This was very interesting because she is an outsider to the situation. She doesn’t know any of the characters besides one person from her past. She is not part of the investigation, but is there to interpret when needed. There are some parts from one of the student’s perspective. This was interesting because it wasn’t until near the end of the book where I figured out which student it was.

There was so much suspense in Silent Night. This is your typical thriller with great character development. I felt like all the characters actions made sense and really fit with their personalities. Silent Night takes you through the suspense of figuring out what happened to Leon and the drama of Paige’s life.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Claire-Louise English and Lara Steward. Both narrators did a great job and I really felt like they were the characters. Lara Steward is deaf which really added to Silent Night.

I highly recommend Silent Night to thriller fans especially if you want to read a novel about the deaf community.

Thank you NetGalley, Edelweiss, Avon Books UK, Harper Collins Audio UK, Avon and Harper Collins for Silent Night.

About the Author

Nell Pattison is the author of the crime thriller series featuring British Sign Language interpreter Paige Northwood. Her debut novel, The Silent House, was a USA Today bestseller.

After studying English at university, Nell Pattison became a teacher and specialised in Deaf education. She has been teaching in the Deaf community for 13 years in both England and Scotland, working with students who use BSL. Nell began losing her hearing in her twenties, and now wears hearing aids. She lives in North Lincolnshire, England, with her husband and son.

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