Publication date: 30 May 2017
“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
“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
I am really thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Not A Sound the latest book by Heather Gudenkauf.
American book loving friends, had told me “oh you must read Heather Gudenkauf books”. Stupidly I didn’t take their advice and this is now the first book I’ve read by the author. I enjoyed it so much I’ve now bought other books by Heather Gudenkauf and plan to have a binge read at some point. My friends were right! I do love the way she writes.
I was gripped right from the start and absolutely loved this book.
Amelia Winn was a sexual trauma nurse working as part of a small team attached to a local ER when she was a victim of a hit and run accident on her way out of the unit leaving her with significant hearing loss. Prior to this she had been in a loving family relationship with her husband David and young stepdaughter Nora.
Unable to cope with the trauma and changes to her life that included the loss of her job she turns to alcohol and slowly her life and relationships are on a downward path.
We meet her as the family are now living separately with Amelia living in a deserted cabin alone except for her adorable hearing dog Stitch. She hasn’t touched a drink for months and is trying to rebuild her life and only allowed supervised visits with Nora.
While out paddle boarding with Stitch, a pastime that had become a lifeline for Amelia, they come across the body of another of the trauma/sexual assault nurses that Amelia once worked with and who was a personal friend. It’s clear from her injuries that they weren’t accidental and someone else had been responsible.
After a few odd happenings and break-ins in and around her home, Amelia is terrified and worried that she could be next. Stitch is her ears and she relies on him heavily, reading his body language to forewarn her of any possible danger. Despite a difficult start he is always on duty protecting his owner and this aspect of the book was both fascinating, scary and endearing. My husband is going increasingly deaf and is easily startled these days by sudden movements or loud noises or even if I suddenly appear in a room and he hadn’t expected to see me there. His other senses though have become enhanced, as did Amelia’s. I realise that the author writes from experience. I can’t imagine being in fear of my life but unable to hear if anyone is trying to break into my home or threaten me in some way.
I hope there are more books written about the Amelia and Stitch combination. I really feel they are a winning combination. Imagine a TV series!
I would have been happy to read a book that was solely about how Amelia, with the help of Stitch, rebuilt her life and relationships after the event such was the quality of the writing and the depth of the narrative. With the addition of the murder investigation and tense plot situations this book was a totally engrossing and addictive read.
Thanks to the author and publisher for my ARC for review.
About The Author
Heather was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. At the age of three, her family moved to Iowa, where she grew up. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment Heather tended to use books as a retreat. Heather became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted.
Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages and is currently a Literacy Coach, an educator who provides curricular and professional development support to teachers.
Heather lives in Dubuque, Iowa with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Maxine. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and running. She is currently working on her third novel.
Heather’s first novel The Weight of Silence was a TV Book Club pick.