Silent Night by Nell Pattison | Publisher: Avon Books UK | Genre: Mystery-Thriller; Police Procedural | Find it on: Goodreads
Paige Northwood is a freelance BSL interpreter who has already worked with the police once. Now she’s been hired to interpret during a missing persons investigation that turns into a murder…and then another…until Paige is convinced the students at the school for the deaf are keeping a secret. She’s just not sure if it’s the same one as their caretakers.
This cold weather police procedural is a solid choice as we head into winter while the days get shorter and the snow gets heavier (at least that’s the weather we’re heading into here). Paige Northwood is a unique citizen-detective and the embers of attraction between her and her detective counterpart will make you want to keep reading the next book in the series.
The mystery itself is a bit formulaic (but aren’t all closed door mysteries just a bit?), but Pattison writes a maze of clues and motives to keep you turning the page. And the setting stands alone enough to make this mystery feel like one you haven’t read before.
As for representation, Pattison has created characters who are deaf, but have personalities beyond their label. Each character, whether hearing or not, has a variety of other traits that makes them feel like real people. Something not every author accomplishes when trying to take on the challenge.
While this is the second book in a series, I don’t feel reading the first book is necessary to enjoying this one. So if you’re feeling more in the mood for a snowbound mystery, feel free to dive in here and then go back to read book number one.
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*Thanks to Netgalley and Avon Books for the review copy!*