Book Review: The Silence by Tim Lebbon | More2Read
 

The Silence by Tim Lebbon


Bestselling author Tim Lebbon’s electrifying horror novel – now made into a Netflix original movie starring Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka

In the darkness of an underground cave system, blind creatures hunt by sound. Then there is light, there are voices, and they feed…

Swarming from their prison, the creatures thrive and destroy. To scream, even to whisper, is to summon death.

As the hordes lay waste to Europe, a girl watches to see if they will cross the sea. Deaf for many years, she knows how to live in silence; now, it is her family’s only chance of survival. To leave their home, to shun others, to find a remote haven where they can sit out the plague. But will it ever end? And what kind of world will be left?


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Review:

Even as I type now I have it on silent.
No clicking of the key strokes.
I am in eminent danger.
Something is spreading.
In silence there is safety.

Soon a film of this desolate situation will be streamed into homes that still exist that are not affected by these malevolent creatures.
Millions have seen the trailer and already get idea what awaits.
Resist and read on then watch if you are still around and learn how to survive it if there is to be surviving.
This tale successfully leaving the reader with anxiety and trepidation of the impeding perilous onslaught.
Get your running shoes ready!
But stop, be still so still don’t say a word, when you see them within distance.

“Stay quiet. Stay alive.”

“Everything was changing, everything was going bad.”

Some rules I have learnt of and survive still.

“Consider what you have in your life that might produce noise:
—All electronic devices should be muted or switched to silent: TVs, phones, tablets, personal music devices, satnavs, GPS, digital watches, etc.
—All medical warning devices should be deactivated: medication reminders, hearing aids, etc.
—Babies should be comforted at all times. Do your best to prevent your child from crying. If you cannot prevent it, try to remove yourself from other people, somewhere as secure and safe as possible.
—Do not attempt to start any vehicle engines, generators, or other mechanical equipment.
—Pets should be silenced.”
(Excerpt The Silence)

Unleashed upon the earth a cacophony of entities spiralling to cataclysmic causation and chaos.
Alongside the rapidly changing situation the prose garbs your immediate attention and hooking you in traversing forward with the same force and urgency with one family’s need for safety and survival away from this emerging threat to civilisation.

The author careful has you in the flow of the tale as the tale progresses he successfully builds empathy at one with reader with the plight of this family and you will have an invested interest in their survival.




 

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 05 April 2019