Not A Sound by Heather Gudenkauf


“I’m going to die tonight. But I won’t go quietly.”

When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters – her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush by the river, deep in the woods near her cabin, she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.

As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?

And how do you catch a killer when you can’t hear him coming?

My thoughts

I was excited to read this book as I had seen good reviews. And I wasn’t disappointed!

Amelia is a truly flawed character – but she’s done her time as a victim and is now putting her shattered life back together. Finding the body of a once close friend in the river where she paddle boards to fight against the demon of alcoholism, Amelia finds herself thrust into the centre of the murder investigation.

I liked Amelia. She’s ballsy and determined and fiercely independent, yet has a vulnerable side that she doesn’t like people to see. Having lost her hearing in an accident, Amelia has fought her way back to recovery the hard way via alcoholism, but now that she has hit rock bottom she can now start climbing back up. Equally I loved her service dog, Stitch, who only responds to commands spoken in Czech – and only when he’s in the mood.

The story is good and the writing keeps it interesting. I loved the setting of Amelia’s cabin and the surrounding terrain and the author’s descriptions made it easy to visualise everything that was happening and where. The wintry backdrop gave an added dollop of danger. Amelia’s disability was well written and added an extra dimension to the danger she found herself in. Everything tied up well at the end and I am going to look for this author’s other books.

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