Not a Sound

Not a Sound

by Heather Gudenkauf

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A shocking discovery and chilling secrets converge in this latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf

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?

New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf has been described as "masterful" and "intelligent" and compared to Lisa Scottoline and Jodi Picoult. Introducing her most compelling heroine yet, she delivers a taut and emotional thriller that proves she's at the top of her class.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778319955
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Edition description: Original ed.
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 76,103
Product dimensions: 5.33(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.96(d)

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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Not a Sound 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got caught up in this book immediately and it was hard to put down. I have enjoyed other books by this author as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable little mystery, interesting well defined characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable book. I certainly don't take my hearing for granted anymore!
teachlz More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW OF “NOT A SOUND” by Heather Gudenkauf I really have to blame Heather Gudenkauf, author of “NOT A SOUND” for the dark circles under my puffy eyes. I could not put this book down!! Heather Gudenkauf has written an amazing, intriguing, intense mystery and thriller. “BE WARNED: “Not a Sound “is a very difficult edgy book to stop reading. The genres of this novel are Mystery and Thriller, Suspense, and Adult Fiction. The author describes her characters as complicated and complex., and flawed. Some characters seem very quirky, and could be suspect to many things. Our heroine,Nurse Amelia Winn is now deaf after a terrible accident. To deal with the after-effects of losing her hearing, Amelia became an alcoholic and now is in recovery. Her hearing loss is not the only loss that Amelia has suffered. She is on the verge of divorce with her husband, and has to have supervision to see her step-daughter Nora. She is not longer a practicing nurse. My favorite character is “Stitch”, Amelia’s service dog. Amelia and Stitch are paddling on a small river by her cabin, and discover a dead body. Amelia recognizes the now deceased person. This is the beginning of a dark and dangerous mystery that Amelia has gotten herself involved in. Both Amelia and Stitch are very curious. On the cover of the book is written ” Silence is Deadly” A major problem is that Amelia can’t hear anything and is dependent on her other senses as well as Stitch. I appreciate that Heather Gudenkauf brings to our attention disabilities, such as hearing loss, and how it is hard work to learn how to function in the best way possible.. I also am impressed the amount of personal experience and research that went into this. The author also brings up the relevant and unfortunate topic of Cancer and other illnesses, and the cost to patient and families. I would highly recommend this novel with twists and turns, suspense, intrigue. Again, MY WARNING: Very hard to put down!! I look forward to reading more of Heather Gudenkauf’s books.
Anonymous 7 months ago
As usual one of her best books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest from page one. She's a wonderful writer with great descriptive ability. I look forward to future novels by this author.
BusyProfessional More than 1 year ago
Good read, although a) I figured "whodunnit" in the first few minutes; and b) that is NOT how hearing dogs are trained. But if you can suspend disbelief, it's an enjoyable ride.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf has an interesting premise. Our protagonist, Amelia, is in a horrific accident that has taken her hearing. As the story progresses, we see how her loss of hearing puts her at a disadvantage when it comes to capturing the antagonist. It’s an interesting concept that falls short when the book is read silently. Gudenkauf did an excellent job of creating a character that you could be empathetic with. This is a strength of hers as an author. I was drawn to Amelia and her broken world. Her accident put her at a disadvantage. Some of the choices she made after her accident put her at even a greater disadvantage, but Amelia is determined to make amends so when she gets wound up in the mystery of the story this determination shines and you can’t help but root for her to solve the mystery. The story falls short on two accounts. One of which might be considered a spoiler so read ahead at your own risk. 1) The big reveal of “who-dun-it” in the novel relies on how speech is interpreted (seeing vs. hearing). This reveal would have been more powerful in a more visual (a movie) or auditory format (an audiobook). The twist is built in the text of the story, but if you read quickly, “it’s a blink and you miss it, kick yourself for missing it” when it’s finally explained. 2) The person that caused Amelia’s accident that lead to her hearing loss is never found. The accident has a huge impact on Amelia’s life, I was disappointed this secondary mystery wasn’t wrapped up at the end. Gudenkauf has found her niche in writing character driven mystery novels. The life situations she places her characters are realistic and believable. While there isn’t tons of depth in the mystery and many times the antagonist is painfully obvious at the conclusion, I do enjoy reading her novels because I’m drawn to the characters she creates in her fictional Iowa towns.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was certainly a VERY scary book. The author does a great job with the description and reactions of the main character, Amelia Winn, who just happens to be deaf. I was doubly scared everytime this woman was threatened. She has a service dog, but still, a dog can be taken out and then your left all alone with just your sight. A very scary book that I could not put down as I whipped through the pages with goosebumps all over me. I certainly can recommend this book! Thanks to Harlequin for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.