EXCERPT: There was broken glass on the floor. Nadia paused in the doorway. The house felt empty, but she had to check every room before she was certain. Once she was sure she was alone, she breathed a little easier. After fetching a dustpan and brush, she cleared up the glass, straightening the furniture that had been moved. She noticed a couple of cigarette burns on the sofa and swallowed down her anger.
When she was happy the house had been returned to a more orderly state, she went through to the kitchen and flicked the kettle on. Tea was always a good idea – and making it would give her some time to think. Nadia felt better, talking to Karen and getting everything off her chest, and now hopefully something would change. It had to. She wasn’t prepared to just sit back and be taken advantage of, not this time. There was too much at stake. She knew that people assumed she would be a pushover, because she was deaf, and because she liked to keep herself to herself. But that didn’t mean she was going to put up with this. She wasn’t going to let herself be scared any more.
By the time she felt the cord begin to tighten around her neck, it was too late. The cup of tea in her hand crashed to the floor, liquid seeping into her skirt when she fell. Within a few minutes, flames were licking at the back door, creeping across the cheap vinyl flooring. Smoke began to fill the room slowly but surely, a grey cloud hanging above the body lying there. There was a cracking sound as the heat from the flames split open something on one of the shelves, then a sudden shower of glass and liquid as a bottle of vodka exploded. The small rain of alcohol fuelled the fire further, making the flames jump and spread along the worktop. Below it all, Nadia lay, unmoving, the only light in her unseeing eyes a reflection of the fire.
ABOUT ‘THE SILENT SUSPECT’: On a quiet street, one house is burning to the ground…
By the time sign language interpreter Paige Northwood arrives, flames have engulfed her client’s home. Though Lukas is safe, his wife is still inside. But she was dead before the fire started…
Lukas signs to Paige that he knows who killed his wife. But then he goes silent – even when the police charge him with murder.
Is he guilty, or afraid? Only Paige can help him now…
MY THOUGHTS: I abandoned listening to The Silent Suspect at 37%. At 22% I remarked that this felt like a very long book, and that I found the narrator’s voice very soporific. At 37%, my comments were, ‘Deliberating abandoning this. It’s very long and drawn out, very slow and, I hate to admit this but, I have zero interest in any of the characters or the resolution of the mystery.’ Although I left this sitting on my ipod for several days, I couldn’t bring myself to resume listening.
What more can I say? Actually, I could say quite a bit more, along the lines of when you are missing a sense, in this case hearing, your other senses are said to be more highly tuned in an effort to compensate. So how did she not see/feel the cord being placed around her neck?
Sorry, not an audiobook that I will be recommending.
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THE AUTHOR: After studying English at university, Nell Pattison became a teacher and specialised in Deaf education.
She has been teaching in the Deaf community for 12 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 with her husband and son. The Silent House is her debut novel.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harper Collins Audio UK, Avon via Netgalley for providing an audio ARC of The Silent Suspect written by Nell Pattison, narrated by Lara Steward and Louise English, for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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