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Not a Sound: A Thriller Paperback – May 30, 2017
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"Heather Gudenkauf is one of my favorite new authors, and NOT A SOUND explains why. You won't be able to put down this breathless story of a young nurse, Amelia Winn, who has lost everything after a tragic accident – her nursing career, her husband, her stepdaughter, and even her hearing. You'll root for Amelia as she battles to reclaim her life and even fights to get justice for a friend of hers, a nurse who was brutally murdered. NOT A SOUND is not only a riveting thriller, but it's a moving portrait of a woman who is stronger than she ever believed possible, against all odds." -Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author
"[A] moving thriller... Gudenkauf maximizes tension all the way through the literally cliff-hanging finale." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Gudenkauf has created a memorable character in Amelia. Self-deprecating and sometimes angry, her candid voice is a breath of fresh air and an antidote to traditional thriller heroines. In addition, she is self-reliant and strong. The plot contains some clever twists, and the final showdown crackles with tension. It's hard not to root for Amelia and Stitch; flawed as they are, they're tough, engaging fighters. Come for the mystery; stay for the taut suspense, the unique heroine-and of course, the ugly, loyal dog." -Kirkus Reviews
"Heather Gudenkauf has created a special thriller with a unique and brilliantly effective hook that I simply could not put down. Not a Sound gripped me and held me tight until the very last page-and I'm still shivering." -C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Vicious Circle
"Twisting, atmospheric and dark, Heather Gudenkauf's NOT A SOUND will draw you right into the silent world of Amelia Winn and keep you riveted. This is a thrill ride to be sure, but it's also a gripping tale of tragedy and redemption. If you haven't read Heather Gudenkauf yet, now's the time." -Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of THE RED HUNTER
"When was the last time you stayed up late because you just had to finish a thriller? [Not a Sound] kept me reading till the birds started chirping." –The Washington Post
"Heather Gudenkauf has written a spell-binding thriller which reminds us just how strong the human spirit can be, and yet how fragile life is." –Suspense magazine
"[Heather Gudenakuf is] rendering some of the most compelling and likable female characters in print today... Recommended for all fans of psychological suspense, particularly those who enjoy Jennifer McMahon and Jodi Picoult." –Booklist
"A fast-paced... suspense novel that will appeal to fans of Joy Fielding and Jenny Milchman." –Library Journal
About the Author
Heather Gudenkauf is an Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Heather lives in Iowa with her husband and children. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running.
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Amelia Winn was a successful ER nurse in Iowa for 18+ years specializing in sexual assault cases until one night she walks a patient to her vehicle and both are hit by a hit and run driver. The other woman is killed and Amelia wakes up totally deaf.
She was happily married before the accident with a step-daughter she loves and she ends up losing her job, her marriage and visiting rights to her step-daughter when she self-medicates with booze.
Two years later she's finally getting her life back on track when she finds the body of a nursing friend of hers that has been murdered in the river where she's been paddle boarding with her Slovak short-haired pointer service dog, Stitch.
I loved the way the author developed Amelia's character and I loved Stitch. I do wish she had developed some of the other characters more because, by not doing so, it made the ending feel rushed.
I liked the storyline and it kept me guessing right up to the very end. There were lots of interesting tidbits about lip reading, American Sign Language, service dogs, and nursing that I enjoyed reading about.
The only thing that kept me from giving this a five star rating was the last chapter, which arrived at a lot of conclusions that weren't well developed throughout the whole story.
I still recommend this to anyone looking for a mystery with a different spin - or those interested in books with deaf protagonists, dogs, or nurses.
As she fights to regain a position at the hospital, Amelia and her highly endearing service dog Stitch, stumbles onto evidence of a potential crime. This is an offbeat and highly readable mystery.