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Dead Silence has many admirable qualities and I loved the manner in which it is pitched as a science fiction novel, but never dwells on the mechanics of the ‘science’ but remains very rational and believable. Barnes plays nicely on human fears of both madness and of ghosts, carefully blurring the line between science fiction and horror. I’m not going to spoil it, as my reviews are always spoiler free but when you get to the bit where it explains what happened and why certain characters are experiencing certain things I just felt like it wasn’t explained in a great amount of depth and was accepted too quickly. The trauma of that event has stayed with her since, affecting her mind thus making her a somewhat unreliable narrator at times. team leader claire kovalik, our unreliable narrator with a tragic backstory, is not looking forward to this transition at all, so when the opportunity to prolong the mission presents itself, she digs in despite the protestations of some of the members of her crew.

And perhaps that’s because it started to lean more on other Sci Fi things that don’t resonate as much for me. The novel follows Claire, a team leader who worked aboard a Verux repair ship servicing communication beacons in the outermost regions of explored space alongside her crewmates Voller, Kane, Lourdes, and Nysus. p>Read about how we’ll protect and use your data in our Privacy Notice. All that said, however, I felt the pacing dragged a little bit in the middle, as the reader becomes more and more and more wrapped up in Claire's mind.With increasing unease, Claire and her crewmates also discover that most of the cruise liner’s passengers appear to have died under mysterious circumstances. it's a mishmash of sci fi, horror, mystery, psychological suspense, and even some romance, which sounds genre-greedy, but manages to work, somehow. A lot of this had to do with the way the story was structured, split into two separate timelines, the past and the present. I was enthralled during the first half of the book, loving the haunted ship and how it was messing with Claire and her crew, as well as how Barnes slowly reveals Claire’s backstory and why she is already perhaps a little unreliable in her own mind in terms of what she thinks she is, or isn’t seeing. If you ever feel up to giving it a try, I hope you enjoy it, but definitely don’t push yourself into anything you aren’t comfortable with!

A. Barnes’ Dead Silence, a SF horror novel in which a woman and her crew board a They manage to gain the full salvage pay for the Aurora from Verux, as part of a PR move to improve their now damaged image. While the shift was somewhat jarring to begin with, there were other issues that fanned my cynicism towards it. Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to our users based on their visit to our sites and/or other sites on the Internet.

I really think the reader was left with such a whiny convoluted mess that she did not have a chance for a great performance. It almost feels like the author got up to speed on the horror of the situation and then slams on the brakes, cutting all tension and suspense off at its knees. Dead Silence feels like a great book for sci-fi readers that are intimidated by endless worldbuilding, as you get just enough to the setting to make the world feel real while also being able to follow the story easily.

Soon those things take the backseat as the crew hear things they’re not supposed to hear and start having powerful hallucinations as they work to crack the mystery. His work has been published in five languages, optioned for film, and praised by authors as diverse as Roxane Gay, David Joy, Jerry Stahl, and Meg Gardiner. This novel felt like it was just a mash-up of other horror movies/novels hoping to combine them to deliver a winner and it was nowhere near that in any way, shape, or form.The results are always the same: the visions, pain, and memory loss are likely psychological, not physical in origin. The vibe I was getting reminded me very much of Event Horizon—creepy, atmospheric, and tense as all hell. We don't know if this is a case of the mystery surrounding the ship or a case of an unreliable narrator? I run my fingers through my hair, the sweat-dampened blond strands sticking to my forehead and hanging in my eyes.

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