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Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
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Not a Sound: 05/02/18

Not a Sound

Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf opens with Amelia Winn and her dog heading out on the water for her morning exercise. She uses a standing paddle boat and takes to the quieter water ways behind her house. She needs time to prep for her first interview since the accident where she lost her hearing and the rest of her life fell apart.

At the turn around point, a speed boat comes dangerously close to her. She and her tossed off her board and they swim ashore. It's there that she discovers the body of a woman she recognizes.

That's the set up of a murder mystery that brings together Amelia's pre-accident life with her new life. Everything is mitigated through her experience of a deaf person living in a hearing world.

She makes the distinction between deaf (having impaired to no hearing) and Deaf (also being part of the Deaf culture and community). As her hearing loss happened as an adult, she doesn't feel apart of the community nor is she drawn to it.

Although this book is written as a standalone thriller or perhaps literary fiction with thriller elements, it still has enough hallmarks of the more typical cozy mysteries I read. For me, therefore, the identity of the murderer was obvious from early on but it was still a fun read.

Five stars

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Comment #1: Monday, May 07, 2018 at 00:38:15

MarthaE

I have enjoyed this author and this sounds like another winner. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!



Comment #2: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 at 21:31:00

Pussreboots

It was a good, quick read. I plan to read more of her books.