Wednesday 19 July 2017

Blog Tour ~ Not A Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

 Jaffareadstoo to is delighted to host today's stop on the Not A Sound Blog Tour 

HQ Books
20 July 2017

What's it all about...

Amelia Winn has a lot of regrets. she regrets that first drink after she lost her hearing. She regrets destroying her family as she spiralled into depression. Mostly, she regrets not calling Gwen Locke back.

Because now Gwen is dead. And as Amelia begins to unearth the terrible secrets that led to Gwen's naked body being dumped in the freezing water, she realises that she might be next.

What did I think about it...

From the very start of this novel, with its suspenseful and thought provoking prologue, I was drawn to the character of Amelia Winn. She is a woman who has suffered a devastating injury and yet, despite a catastrophic hearing impairment, she is learning, after a rocky start and with the help of her service dog, Stitch, to carry on with her life.

On one of her frequent paddle board trips down the Five Mines River, which runs close to her Iowa riverside home, Amelia is shocked to discover a female body in the river weeds. That she knows the identity of the woman makes this shocking discovery all the more traumatic.

What then follows is a taut and tight psychological thriller which looks at the way Amelia's quest to discover what happened to Gwen Locke starts to encroach more and more on her own life. But as Amelia discovers, to her cost, that trying to catch killer is all the more terrifying when you can't hear him coming.

As always, this talented author gets right into the very heart of the subject, and adds layers upon layers into a very thought provoking thriller. Her finely drawn description of the constant hearing difficulties faced by Amelia, as she struggles to make sense of a world which is often bewildering to her, is done with such calm precision that it really brings home just how difficult it must be to live in such a hushed and silent environment.

The many twists and turns in the story kept me guessing right from the start and I enjoyed travelling the suspenseful journey with Amelia as she starts to piece together all the component parts of the mystery surrounding the death of her friend. The action really hots up and there are some genuine surprises in store as Amelia gets closer and closer to the truth.

However, for me the real hero of the story is Stitch. He's a very special service dog, who just made me smile every time he appeared on the page, and who in light of everything that was going on in Amelia's world was always going to be her protector right until the very end of the novel.

Best Read with...a medium taco pizza and a soda..

Thanks to Rebekah at Midas PR for my review copy of Not A Sound and for the kind invitation to be part of this blog tour.

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