The perfect gripping mystery for fans of The Silent Patient, The Christmas Killer and The Chalet. A Woman & Home paperback of the month!
What happened while they were sleeping?
A school for the deaf takes an overnight trip to the snowy woods. Five teenagers go to sleep, but only four wake up. Leon is missing, and a teacher’s body is found in the forest…
Sign language interpreter Paige Northwood is brought in to help with interrogations. Everyone at the school has a motive for murder – but they all have an alibi.
As Paige becomes increasingly involved, she suspects there’s something sinister going on. With the clock ticking to find Leon, only one thing is certain: the killer is among them, and ready to strike again…
This is the second book in the Paige Northwood series. It’s perfect as a standalone, but the series is absolutely superb, so I’d really recommend reading the first book too. Paige is a BSL interpreter, and in this book she is interpreting for the police again.
As in the first book, I found the insight into the deaf community fascinating, but above all else, this book is a fabulous crime novel. Paige, as a character, I really like. She has been through a lot in the past, but she still goes the extra mile, sometimes putting herself in danger, when she gets involved in a case. Her personal life is complicated, and the frisson between herself and one of the detectives continues in this book.
The setting is very atmospheric, with the dark woods, and the cold and snowy winter weather adding both extra complications, and extra creepiness to the plot.
I had many suspects in mind throughout the course of this novel, all of whom were proved wrong in the end! The twisty, clever plot is very addictive, and the fast pace had me turning the pages compulsively.
Another compelling and addictive book in what I hope will be a long running series, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
About the Author:
After studying English at university, Nell Pattison became a teacher and specialised in Deaf education. She has been teaching in the Deaf community for 13 years in both England and Scotland, working with students who use British Sign Language. Nell began losing her hearing in her twenties, and now wears hearing aids. She lives in North Lincolnshire with her husband and son. Nell is the author of novels The Silent House and Silent Night, featuring BSL interpreter Paige Northwood.