Title: Not a Sound
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
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?
Review: this book gripped me tight and brought me out of one of the worst reading slumps of my life! For that reason alone I love this book, but to say that is the only reason would be a complete lie. There ate so many aspects of this book that caught my attention and made me want to keep reading.
For one thing, the story. I’ve never read a story like this before and that in and of itself is saying something! I must admit that I did figure out who the “bad guy” was about halfway through the book; however, at least twice after I figured it out another twist would come and I would completely doubt myself. Once, I was utterly convinced that I had originally been wrong that the “bad guy” had to be another character.
The second thing that captured me was the fact that the main character is a deaf female. There simply are not enough books out there representing the blind, deaf, and handicap worlds. It is my opinion that the character of Amelia is very relatable in coming to terms with her deafness and in learning how to live her life to the fullest.
I love that Amelia is a strong independent woman that still struggles with some things. I love her relationship with her service dog Stitch! I also love that the story did not revolve around a romance, yet there was still an underlying romantic vein. In short, I highly recommend reading this book!
Recommendations: I am recommending this book for readers 11th grade and up! Of course, I am recommending this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery/thriller. I also invite anyone in the D/deaf and hard of hearing community to read it and send me your thoughts on how the author handled writing a deaf character!
Website – http://www.heathergudenkauf.com