When a toddler is found brutally murdered in her bedroom with nobody seeing or hearing anything, the initial thought would be ‘how is this possible?’ The Hunter family would not be able to hear anything, however, as everybody in the house is deaf. To help with their interviews, the police call in interpreter Paige Northwood, and soon she comes to the conclusion that the family are hiding something. Who was the intruder or is the murderer of Lexi someone closer to home?

I loved the premise of this book, and the plot is one that really makes you think. At night, when all is dark, we rely upon our hearing to alert us to any danger, but what if you are deprived of this sense? How do you know if anything is wrong? This is the scenario we are faced with when young Lexi is found dead, no one in the family able to hear anything. This was a truly terrifying image and I really felt for the family as they discovered what had happened the following morning.

Nell Pattison really gives us an insight into the deaf community, showing us their daily struggles and how they overcome this. It did not come as a surprise to see that the author works with students who use BSL as her knowledge was apparent throughout her writing. This tight-knit community posed problems for Paige as everyone seemed to know everyone else and gossip was rife. I felt sorry for the interpreter as she was constantly pressed for information from her family and friends, knowing that she would not be able to share what she had discovered in the police interviews.

As well as the murder, there is a linked sub-plot involving Paige when her own life is put in danger. What starts off as messages warning her to stop her work with the police, soon escalates and she is left fearing for her life and for that of her hearing impaired sister. I enjoyed this part of the story as we see Paige suspecting everyone around her, not knowing who, if anyone, she can trust.

Although I did manage to work out who the killer was, it took me quite a while due to the numerous shady characters we meet as the book progresses. This is a strong debut and I look forward to reading what the author writes next.

With thanks to Avon for my copy of The Silent House and to Sanjana Cunniah for organising  the blog tour.