The Silence

The Silence

Book - 2015
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A terror-filled story of one family and their friends, as they struggle to survive in a world overrun by ravenous creatures that hunt purely by sound...

Soon to be a major motion picture.
Publisher: London : Titan Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781781168813
Branch Call Number: FIC LEBBO T


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Apr 03, 2019

coming to Netflix April 10th. I hope they do this book justice !

Jun 29, 2018

I loved this book! The plot was action filled and you could really connect to the characters. This book reminded me of the movie "A Quiet Place" but also a mix of The Walking Dead as well. Definitely a worth while read!

May 05, 2016


15/7 - Absolutely, terrifyingly fantastic!!!! So realistic that it felt like I was reading someone’s memoirs of the time when the vesps came rather than a tale imagined by a very creative, but twisted author. The monsters he’s created here are truly horrifying and I was worried, after the night of reading (actually only last night, now that I think about it) during which the vesps first started decimating the Eastern European countries, that I would have nightmares about trying to flee from an unknown horror but never getting anywhere. I didn’t, I read till 12:30 and then slept like a log.

I was going to start my review this morning (before I actually finished the book), but my internet was down (still is as I’m writing this), so I decided to keep reading instead. Now I’ve gone and finished the book altogether, without ever getting the chance to write a midway review. Oh well, your loss, my enthralling gain. I had a number of staggering insights I was going to share with you, too, but I’ve forgotten most of them now. One of the things I wanted to mention that I haven’t forgotten is that the character of Lynne and her death immediately reminded of the grandmother character from the movieDante’s Peak. Both were tough, uncompromising old ladies who had lost their husbands, but still had their daughters and grandchildren to live for. Both died excruciating deaths saving their families. Neither death was in vain – their families survived the apocalypse.

Whenever I read apocalypse books I put myself into the apocalyptic situation and usually imagine my likely death because whenever there’s an apocalypse medical supplies are some of the first things to go. As a diabetic I can’t last long without my insulin. Even with food shortages and therefore needing less insulin every day, and assuming that I just happened to have filled my prescription the day before the apocalypse hit I would probably only last six months if I was lucky, and the last days would not be happy ones as I slowly got sicker and sicker. Considering all that and the likelihood that ‘the rescue’ would take longer than six months to arrive (if it ever did) I would probably choose to die in the initial disaster, never knowing what was coming.

Is there going to be a sequel? 18 hours (dinner interrupted my writing last night and then I couldn’t be bothered continuing, I had another book I wanted to start and it wasn’t like there was any rush to get it written) after I mentioned that I couldn’t get on the internet I’m still connectionless and it’s really becoming a pain in the neck. The ending seemed set for a future book, but I can’t check because I HAVE NO INTERNET. I also can’t check which book is next in the library due date waiting line, so I don’t know which one needs to be read most urgently. Even more annoyingly I can’t re-borrow books which aren’t going to get read before their due dates come up. I think I’m going to have to make an unscheduled trip to the library tomorrow just to do some re-borrowing. I shouldn’t have to leave the house for something as simple and easy as re-borrowing a library book (you can tell I couldn’t get by without my internet for very long). Anyway, if there is a sequel I will definitely read it.

Oct 08, 2015

Just because you find a huge cave without an opening (is that really a cave?) doesn't mean you should make a hole and go exploring. Part cautionary tale, part horror, this gripping story wouldn't let me put it down. From a newly discovered, and apparently quite unique ecosytem, Moldovan cave comes a swarm of horrifying, flying, carnivorous creatures (think kitten-sized blind piranhas) that use echolocation to navigate and sound to hone in on prey.
You're thinking, "well, Moldova is pretty far from here," aren't you? Yeah, that's what the main characters (and all the rest, except the Moldovans) thought when they saw the first scenes from the cave disaster. What happens next is heart-pounding, taut, tense yet not as gory as you're probably thinking it will be (unless someone makes a movie of it). Elly's been deaf since the car accident that killed her paternal grandparents, so she's used to silence, but if her family is going to survive, she'll have to help them adjust to it, too. When it becomes clear just how fast the creatures are reproducing and traveling, Elly, her brother, Mum, Dad, and maternal grandmother decide to make a run for a remote family place in Scotland; and their conveniently gun-handy, Land Rover-driving family friend comes, too. Read this one and find out how their journey goes and how civilization as we know it (or think we know it) falls apart as survival instincts kick into high gear.

Jun 13, 2015

I liked this book. The interesting thing and unique about this book was how well it built up anticipation and suspense while you waited for the "monsters" to arrive. I felt the same urgency as the characters did. And started to dread the moment that the creatures would actually arrive.
The plot is character driven and the characters are easy to relate to. The chaos, as it unfolds, is well detailed.

I would recommend this book.

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