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The Silent Suspect

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Having enjoyed 'The Silent House' by Nell Pattison, I was excited to read her new instalment in the series.  I love the fact that the author is promoting awareness of the Deaf community and the use of sign language. 

Paige is working as an interpreter for social worker, Sasha. It was nice to follow the journey of the character and her sister, Anna and I liked the references to the previous novels. In 'The silent suspect'', Nadia is found dead following a house fire and the post mortem reveals that she died from injuries. Lukas is arrested for her murder. The focus of the novel is how Paige and Sasha try to prove his innocence, with an additional thread of Paige's breakup with Max and her love interest in detective Singh.

Paige is a strong character but I felt she lost likeability with so many stupid decisions regarding her personal safety. I also felt really sorry for the way she treated Max. 

There is such a fine line between drip feeding too much and too little information prior to the big reveal. Without giving spoilers, there were two surprise reveals which tied up the mystery. We know that one character is hiding something and the reason becomes clear. I didn't feel I had enough clues to guess, nor that it came as an effective twist.

I felt the novel was slow paced to begin with. There was some great descriptive writing when Paige was in difficult situations. We are left on a cliff-hanger and I would read a next instalment to see where Paige's story goes. However, I would like it to be more intense and compelling.

Thanks indeed to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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Another brilliant read from Nell Pattison. I love the angle of this being set within the deaf community but not focusing on it as a disability but merely part of the characters. This has all the intrigue and suspense that you want from a domestic thriller. There's plenty of characters but not too many. I actually really liked the incidental characters that were visited as part of the investigation. 
A slight irritation that Paige is so intent on solving the problem that she carries on ignoring advice and puts herself in great danger but still a great book.
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This was my first book about Paige Northwood, a British Sign Language interpreter, and despite not reading the other instalments I could still get the gist of the plot and didn't really miss much, despite there beings some hints at previous encounters with other characters such as the police force and flashbacks to what I'm guessing are cases featured in the previous books. 

In this novel, Paige works alongside deaf social worker Sasha Thomas. She receives a phone call from Sasha's client Lukas (also deaf) to say that his house is on fire and his wife is trapped inside. This fire changes the course of his life and unveils a host of secrecy and lies in a charged 'who dunnit' scenario. The plot had all the elements to make a great crime thriller but it lacks in pacing - at times it felt like a slow-TV police drama that drags out other elements in order to fill the screentime. I also felt like the culprit of the crimes was a little obvious to the reader, but Paige takes so long to figure it out that there's no real action-punch or high stakes until the last 10% of the story.  It lacks suspense and doesn't really offer the thrill and anticipation that I would expect from this genre.

One major annoying flaw of the plot for me is that constantly Paige claims she is reluctant to get involved in proving Lukas' innocence and finding out more about the case and who's involved, but lo and behold, she does so anyway. There's a sort of edging between she's involved, and then going 'oh no I shouldn't do this' and she pulls back a tiny amount, then does it again and the consequences like getting a Detective in trouble, or being physically injured on at least two occasions doesn't seem to stop her either. I found her a really frustrating protagonist and her interactions with Sasha became tedious and annoying. 

I did love the insight into deaf culture though, and the commentary on how deaf people are perceived in society was insightful and necessary.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Avon Books for the ARC in exchange for my review
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I have read the other books in this series and overall I do enjoy them even though I find Paige particularly annoying/frustrating at times. However, the mysteries are "mysterious" and keep you wanting to find out "whodunnit" despite my issues with the character. Give me a series all about DS Singh and I'll be happy!
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Thank you #Netgalley, Avon Books UK, and Nell Pattison for allowing me  to read an arc of The Silent Suspect.  This is another good book in the "Silent" series. I love the characters, but in this one Paige was a little annoying with her romantic woes. It took me some time to get interested in this story-the crime was not as engaging as in the previous two books. However, the book did pick up and the story ended up being great. I recommend reading the books in order, even though they can stand alone. The evolution of the characters and their relationships add a lot.
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What a great read. Paige, our protagonist, really suffers in this book. She is ignored, misunderstood, used and taken advantage of and in the end she prevails. I learned a lot about people who are deaf, the trials of every day life and how hard many things are for people who are deaf and those who are part of their lives. Great whodunnit and quite real. A must read!
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Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for the arc of The Silent Suspect by Nell Pattison,

3 star read- this is the 3rd book in the Paige Northwood series, this follows her as she is a British Sign Language Interpreter whom is working with Sasha Thomas whom is a deaf social worker.  She ends up getting a call from one of Sasha's clients Lukas Nowalk whom is deaf to say that there house is on fire and his wife is trapped inside the house.  As the storyline unfolds it shows a web of lies and intrigue this is very interesting story, with a edge on your seat feel a great read and fast one to as well as well written. 

3 stars ⭐⭐⭐
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This is normally one of my go to authors and I really enjoy discovering more about the deaf community - I also learn from these books.  I dropped everything as soon as I got the book to read. To be fair did stay up late to read it as wanted to finish it. 

But got a bit frustrated with Paige this time around she wasn't developed as much as previously and just felt angry and obsessed with drinking.  

I had worked out who the killer half way through the book and as all the clues pointed couldn't see why Paige couldn't see it.  Would have loved more exploration of the other characters especially the victim's family even Sascha would have been good. 

Good book - but the others in the series are better.

 I was given an advance copy by netgalley and Avon books but the review is all my own.
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I had a hard time staying engaged to the story at first but the drama revved up and I was hooked. The end was unexpected and left me hanging in a way that I’ll be waiting for Nell Pattinson to continue the series. Next book please.  3.5 star 

Thank you NetGalley for the arc
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Thank you to Netgalley, Avon Books and Nell Pattison for this ARC in return for my honest review. I've read Silent House and Silent Night, the previous Paige Northwood books through Netgalley. I loved these thrillers told through a unique angle of the deaf community. I've recommended the previous books to so many people and this one will be no different. It's fast becoming my favourite series.
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What a different theme for a detective-type story!  Most of the main characters in this were deaf, giving a little insight into the world of the non-hearing. I loved seeing how the interpreter worked alongside the social worker. Good story!  I look forward to reading more from the author!
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I received this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I have gotten all 3 of the Paige Northwood books from Netgalley. Each one has been better than the last. I love getting to follow Paige through the Deaf community and watch her help solve mysteries. I love how real she is, all her indecisions are so relatable. I hope there’s going to be another one! I need to know what’s going to happen between her and Singh!
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This was quite a different story from the usual psychological thrillers as it involved characters who were profoundly deaf and mainly communicated via British Sign Language (BSL). While this novelty persuaded me to read the book, I am not sure it was enough to keep me invested. 

Paige is a BSL interpreter for social worker Sasha whose client Lucas is implicated for the murder of his wife Nadia. Lucas himself refuses to defend his innocence, but Sasha and Paige work hard to prove that he is not the murderer, despite warnings from DI Forest and Singh. 

The author has portrayed the stigma and insecurities faced by deaf people quite well. Paige also displays the trauma and untrusting nature that a victim of domestic abuse and gaslighting would exhibit. Her refusal to commit to Max shows that she still hasn't recovered from Mike's abuse. However, I couldn't get on board with Sasha and Paige getting involved in an active investigation. It truly made no sense that they would undermine the efforts of trained investigators and expect them to accept 'proof or evidence' that they brought forward and then get offended when they are told to stay off. Sasha was manipulative and Paige seemed like a pushover, simply giving in to Sasha's demands to poke their nose where it is not required. 

The story premise was interesting, but on further reading, it didn't seem quite credible. While I can understand Paige and Sasha's need to help, I am not sure that in a real life situation, they, as civilians would be able to interfere in an ongoing case, to this extent. For this reason alone, I would give this book only 3 stars. 

Thank you Netgalley and Avon books for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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When I started this I didn't realise it was part 3 of a series, however it didn't seem to matter as parts of the first two books were touched on keeping me up to speed without going into too much detail.
I liked the fact that the main character is a sign language interpreter and I found this different to anything I have read before.
I did however struggle to get into it, finding it to be quite a slow burner and a lot of dialogue.  I didn't really get into it until about half way, and even then I wasn't fully invested in it, not warming to any of the characters.  
Unfortunately I didn't really enjoy this book.
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I’ve read other books in the series and couldn’t wait for The Silent Suspect. A unique selling point of the series if that they feature crimes committed in or by members of the deaf community and the main character is a sign language interpreter who works for the police, not a premise you come across in fiction every day. The Silent Suspect was just as enjoyable as the other books. I thought it was a bit slower to get into than the other two books, but I soon got caught up in the storyline. Like the other books, the characters really stand out. I really enjoyed this.
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This was such an interesting concept with a hearing impaired interpreter helping to solve mysteries. It’s very rare that stories delve into this subject matter and it makes for a well written story.
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I really enjoyed the author's previous two novels in the series, so I was looking forward to reading this book. 

I think having the main character with a disability is an original touch and has worked in the previous novels.

However, I feel that this book did not live up to the previous two and I struggled to get into this book. 

That said, once I was invested in the book, I did really start to enjoy it and found myself entertained and intrigued. 

However, the first two books in this series were definitely better.
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I really enjoyed The Silent Suspect by Nell Pattison! 

Pros: Deaf representation, good storyline, twists & turns, and likeable characters. Cons: some confusing storylines, I found out later this was the third book in a series (I thought it was easy to follow even though I missed the first two which was nice), and some spots that could have been shortened

Overall I would recommend and look forward to reading future Pattison books. 

3.5 rounded up

Thank you to the author, Avon Books UK and NetGalley for providing a copy to review!
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4.5 stars. 
This is the third in the Paige Northwood series and I enjoyed it just as much as the first two books. 

Paige is working as a sign language interpreter for Sasha, a deaf social worker, when one of her clients calls Paige in a panic when his house is set on fire with his wife inside. 
The story goes in lots of directions regarding the fire, murder and then on to drugs. I raced through this book as the story grabbed my attention and I wanted to find out what happened in the end. There were good twists throughout and I would definitely recommend this book and the whole series. 
Thank you to Netgalley for an early copy for an honest review.
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I have fallen for the series with the opening book and the author continues the excellent writing into the third book. All aspects of the story like the plot, characters, suspense are awesome. The minor glitch is the romantic part in the conclusion which felt immature. One of the best series.
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