Saturday, August 8, 2015

Review: The Silence by Tim Lebbon

Genre: Fiction / Horror
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Titan Books 
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Author links: @timlebbon
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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...

It's been a while since I've read a story that has genuinely scared me, but The Silence managed to do just that. Reading the last half of this novel all alone in the dark really gave me chills. It became more disturbing and suspenseful around Chapter 19 and I had to put it down because it was really starting to get to me. This is why I love Tim Lebbon. He knows scary.

The story is centered around one family and is told from the point of view of the father and his daughter. When the first footage appears of deadly, bat-like creatures emerging from the depths of a newly-discovered cave, these two were quick to realize that it wasn't a hoax. The daughter's perceptive nature and her father's ability to expect the worst worked in their favor.

The story is divided into 2 separate parts. "Noise" is the first half of the story and doesn't actually involve the vicious bat-like cave creatures. At least not physicallyThere's a lot of time spent with the family while they are trying to get themselves to a safer, more remote location. Reports of the creatures come from online articles and information shared via social networks. It took a little longer than I liked to get to the really scary and suspenseful parts of the story, but I still found part 1 to be interesting enough. 

Part 2, "Silence", is where the story really gets creepy and intense and this is when I was hooked. I was constantly waiting for one of the family members to make a noise that would bring the monsters swooping in or a stranger to stumble upon them and put them in danger. I loved every minute of it. 

The Silence is a dark, chilling, suspenseful novel that I would recommend to any horror fan and especially fans of Lebbon's previous work. Also, if you're a zombie fan, his story Coldbrook is an absolute must read.


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh my. I don't do well with scary books. I can't sleep and stuff after. lol. It's terrible, but true. Sounds like a great one though!

Addicted2Heroines said...

I love scary books! I don't know what I would do without them =)

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