Friday, 21 July 2017

Beauty & Lace Book Review:  Not A Sound by Heather Gudenkauf 

Not A Sound is a fantastic thriller that I finished over a couple of days.
The story is told from the point of view of Amelia Winn, a former nurse at Queen Of Peace Hospital.
A couple of years prior, Amelia and one of her patients were involved in a hit and run. The patient died, and Amelia was deafened as a result of the collision. The driver of the car was never found.
The incident wreaked havoc not only her personal but her professional life.
Now, two years on, Amelia is a recovering alcoholic, estranged from her husband David and step-daughter Nora, and is looking to regain control of her life and return to the workforce.
On the day of a job interview that she has with Dr Joseph Huntley, the director of a cancer centre, she is out for a paddle with her dog Stitch when she discovers a body floating along the river.
She is shocked when she realises that the victim is known to her - Gwen Locke used to work with Amelia and was once considered a good friend of hers until Amelia shut out everyone out after the accident she was involved in.
When Amelia realises that Gwen had tried to contact her only months before, Amelia feels that she owes it to her friend to try and piece together the circumstances that led her to her tragic death. 
With the help of her brother's best friend, detective Jake Schroeder, Amelia puts herself in danger on more than one occasion to uncover the truth.

The story moved along at a good pace, and I was left guessing who the culprit was until the revelation, despite there being several suspects. 
I thought that Amelia was a great character. I admired her determination to regain the trust and respect from her ex-husband. I also felt for her because of the struggles she faced by being hearing impaired. She had worked for 15 years as a nurse, and a further 3 years as a sexual assault nurse examiner, and was clearly quite passionate about her job. Her willingness to return to the workforce after what she had faced was really impressive.  
I adored her dog Stitch, he was such a loyal companion and made sure that Amelia was alert and aware of her surroundings, even when she couldn't hear what was going on. 
This book had all of the things I look for in a good read; a great cast of characters, and a well-written story line. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful page-turner!

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Not A Sound with thanks to Harlequin Books Australia and Beauty & Lace. To see the original review, head to the Beauty & Lace post here 

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