Check out my review below and also a sneak peek of the novel.
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Meet Author Heather Gudenkauf
Heather was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. At the age of three, her family moved to Iowa, where she grew up. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment Heather tended to use books as a retreat. Heather became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted.
Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages and is currently a Literacy Coach, an educator who provides curricular and professional development support to teachers.
Heather lives in Dubuque, Iowa with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Maxine. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and running. She is currently working on her third novel.
Heather’s first novel The Weight of Silence was a TV Book Club pick.
Not A Sound ~ A Review By Kelly
This was my first experience of Heather Gudenkauf’s work. For a thriller, her writing style was very different. The book is not filled with unrealistic dramatic events chapter after chapter. The events come to us unexpectedly and they are shocking and at times scary. But so well timed and perfectly positioned in the book. I loved that we got to know and love the main protagonist. We get very close to Amelia almost from chapter one.We get to know Amelia the main protagonist, from chapter one. The story is from her point of view. After becoming deaf due to a hit and run driver, Amelia has struggled to come to terms with her situation which has resulted in some upsetting circumstances for her. I loved Amelia, she’s so strong but just doesn’t know it. I didn’t ever feel sorry for her ending up being deaf, but I did hurt for her having to face and live day to day with the consequences of her actions.
I did not know who the killer was and usually, I am pretty good at figuring it out. So another bonus for the writing. I have to add that I felt the cold snow biting my nose and the cold water lapping at my legs. I was there every beat, beside Amelia almost like a ghost.
I don’t get it often but I have a book hangover with Not A Sound. I want more more more, but even I know ‘I want’ doesn’t get. So instead I will shamelessly beg Ms Gudenkauf to please let there be another Amelia Winn book.
If you love a thriller with true to life, damaged characters and loajalni servisni pes (Stitch) then jump right into Not A Sound.
‘I’m going to die tonight. But I won’t go quietly.’
Amelia Winn has a lot of regrets. She regrets the first drink after she lost her hearing. She regrets destroying her family as she spiralled into depression. Mostly, she regrets not calling Gwen Locke back.
Because now Gwen is dead. And as Amelia begins to unearth the terrible secrets that led to Gwen’s naked body being dumped in the freezing water, she realises that she might be next.
But how do you catch a killer when you can’t hear him coming?
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