Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

Not a Sound

  • By Heather Gudenkauf
  • Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback
  • Expected publication: May 30th 2017 by Park Row Books
  • Genre: Adult Thriller / Mystery / Romantic elements
  • Source: NetGalley
  • In a Flutter: Atmospheric and engaging!
  • rating-system4

    When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters–her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush by the river, deep in the woods near her cabin, she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.
    As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?

    ~ Goodreads

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    Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: The Mathias setting was pretty cool. I mean, nature, kayaking, paddling – all creepy to me :)) Seriously though, it was a very interesting setting. Plus the medical world – it’s creepy too. Useful when needed, but creepy. There’s something about those white coats, lol.
    Characters: I really enjoyed Amelia. I liked that she was flawed, and wasn’t trying for perfect at all. Despite going through a lot of tough crap, she holds her own. She’s independent and quick witted. Maybe her sharp instincts don’t steer her the right way immediately, but she does have the right idea and perseveres until she figures things out – even when that means putting herself in danger.
    I also really like Jake and due to that loved that ending. But the real fav was Stitch xD
    Plot: The mystery arc was interesting, with plenty of twists and turns as Amelia suspects one person after the other. Maybe it makes her come off as paranoid, and during the read I wondered just how unreliable a storyteller she was. But in truth, all the ones she suspects are a bit weird, so each suspect seems plausible at some point – which makes the mystery all the more fun to solve. The police came off a bit too weak, though, in my opinion. Essentially, they seemed to bumble about and manage to solve almost nothing. As a fan of detective stories, I kind of felt frustrated and at some point it came off as a bit too much. The romance angle was sweet too, though secondary. I enjoyed the active pace of events and the story was full of tension.
    Writing: First person, present tense narrative, Amelia’s POV. Since she’s deaf, it makes her perspective on things even more interesting.
    Curb Appeal: Awesome cover, hooking blurb – definite impulsive buy material for my thriller cravings.

    I recommend Not a Sound to fans of amateur sleuths and stories about overcoming disability. It’s a tense, engaging read, and it comes to a satisfying ending.


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