TITLE : Silent Night (Paige Northwood #2)
AUTHOR : Nell Pattison
GENRE : Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
FR RATING : ⭐⭐⭐⭐( 3.5 – 4 Stars)
DATE OF PUBLISHING : November 12th 2020
DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Netgalley and Avon Books for providing me with an ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Silent Night by Nell Pattison is a mystery/thriller/suspense. I haven’t read many thrillers this year, and when I saw this title on Netgalley, I knew I needed to get it. When I got this book, I didn’t realize it was part of a series, and this was the second book. It didn’t say on Goodreads either, just that it’s the second book from the author. Luckily for me, the books can be read as standalone, which is amazing, and I am glad I picked it.
The story follows Paige Northwood, who is an interpreter for the deaf community. She is working as a freelance interpreter and is struggling to get jobs. So, when she gets the call from the police for an interpreter job she takes it up. The story revolves around a murder and a missing child. The kids from the school for the deaf are taken on a weekend trip to a cabin. The headteacher finds out that one of the kids is missing along with his possessions. It was snowing badly, and the teacher heads out to look for him. After a while of waiting for the teacher’s return, the remaining people realize that the two were not coming back. The police are informed, and Paige is brought in to interpret the sign language. The Police and Paige, on their search for the missing visitors, find the body of the headteacher leaving, more questions than answers to the mystery of the missing boy.
I loved the plot, and it was unique. In my opinion, the inclusion of the deaf community and the nuances attached to their lives were very well depicted. The characters were all intriguing, and they all had something to hide, making the twists and turns very interesting. I was engrossed in the story the whole time, and I finished it in a day. It is one of those suspenseful mysteries where the mystery of the events takes a new shape with each piece of information unveiled.
The story was good, and I enjoyed the pacing as well. I couldn’t put it down, but at the same time, I had a hard time accepting some things that centered around the protagonist’s life. The way some of the things that were handled, were not, in my opinion, done in a professional manner befitting a police procedural. There were moments where information was disclosed to Paige that I found was not necessary. But, I guess it is important for her to know these pieces of information, as she is trying to solve the case. The whole story is centered around her trying to figure out who has committed the crime. And it’s more about her and her story as she goes through these cases. Because of this, it takes a lot of time to unravel the mystery.
I highly recommend checking this story out if you are a fan of mystery/thriller where the protagonist is playing detective to solve the different crimes. It is one of those police procedural stories that will take you along the journey to discover the clues and put together the puzzle. I did not figure out the culprit, and there were not many clues to show the readers who the killer was, and it shocked me. I enjoyed it and gave it 3.5-4 stars. If you are in the mood for a quick, genre-change, and suspenseful detective type story, go ahead and check this title out.
The next sensational mystery from the author of The Silent House.
What happened while they were sleeping?
A school for the deaf takes an overnight trip to the snowy woods. Five teenagers go to sleep, but only four wake up. Leon is missing, and a teacher’s body is found in the forest…
Sign language interpreter Paige Northwood is brought in to help with interrogations. Everyone at the school has a motive for murder – but they all have an alibi.
As Paige becomes increasingly involved, she suspects there’s something sinister going on. With the clock ticking to find Leon, only one thing is certain: the killer is among them, and ready to strike again…