Review: Not A Sound

June 2, 2017 book review, fiction, Heather Gudenkauf, Park Row Books, psychological thriller 2

  • Written by:  Heather Gudenkauf
  • Published by: Park Row Books, an imprint of Harlequin, May 30, 2017
  • Length: 315 pages
  • Source: I received a finished copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review


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? (publisher)

My Thoughts:

Let me preface this review in saying I eagerly await new books from Heather Gudenkauf.  I find her ability to turn out books that hold me in total suspense phenomenal.  I am happy to say Not A Sound didn’t disappoint and I’m thrilled to share my praise with other book lovers!

Amelia has been through so very much.  An unsolved accident took her hearing from her, leaving her desperate and depressed.  When she turned to alcohol her marriage fell apart and it’s taken the support of a childhood friend and her own stamina to bring her back.  She now lives simply in a small cabin, outside of town, but near the Five Mines River, a retreat for Amelia away from the world.  Completely deaf she relies on her dog and his cues to alert her to danger, other people and more.  Stitch, is her constant companion.

When she finds the body of her former friend and nurse her world is turned upside down.  There is great mystery surrounding this apparent murder. Jake, is a detective and her childhood friend.  He also helped or forced her to learn sign language and has been a huge supporter of her journey to self sufficiency. Two new things in her life, a job filing at a local cancer treatment center and a neighbor.  Her new neighbor also owns a business that rents paddle boards, kayaks, and four wheelers. She detests the increased traffic on her road and river, and she’s not really sure about this man.

Amelia is the kind of person who wants answers to questions, and as she noses her way around the people and circumstances of her former friends life and death she realizes there is something dark and bad happening.  She also begins to feel that someone is watching her, following her, even breaking into her house and playing tricks on her.  How far is she willing to go to find the truth?

This story had me holding on for dear life.  The added issue of Amelia’s deafness made me ache for challenges.  While I don’t take this for granted I’ve never imagined my world without sound.  It’s so scary.  Gudenkauf has brilliantly given a personal look into this life, this feeling.  I was turning pages and racing to find answers and hoping nothing bad also befell Amelia.

I highly recommend Not A Sound, it will leave you wanting more!

Thank you again to Park Row Books and Emer Flounders for this early copy.

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