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I’m not sure how anyone would ever say this novel had “unspeakable horror” because everything was rather plain and not really some super scary haunted spaceship or evil ghosts to deliver such horror that it’s overhyped with. Barnes’s Dead Silence is a creepy and incredibly atmospheric horror novel that bridges the gap between Gothic horror and extreme horror while simultaneously exploring the role that past trauma and PTSD can play when someone who suffers from them is exposed to fresh trauma. So if you enjoy the creepy-horror type of narrative, and science fiction + thriller books such as Michael Crichton’s Sphere or Obscura by Joe Hart, or movies in the same genre such as Alien, Prometheus, or Life, you should definitely give Dead Silence a try.
Ensure you listen to the sample before deciding to spend a credit as you may prefer the written version instead of the audio. We don't know if this is a case of the mystery surrounding the ship or a case of an unreliable narrator? BARNES works in a high school library by day, recommending reads, talking with students, and removing the occasional forgotten cheese stick as bookmark.Some parts are absolutely terrifying, but the book eventually settles into a very intriguing thriller, with the suspense keeping you hooked until the last page. It feels like this book wanted to be a mash-up of Event Horizon and The Haunting of Hill House, but ended up being more like Disney's Haunted Mansion in space. Barnes, though, weaves an amazing character arc for Claire and the others, making you dislike, love, pity, and root for her all at once, and keeping you completely engrossed.
Such is Tony’s love of books, he has spent well over twenty years working as a school librarian where he is paid to talk to kids about horror. He was just an investigator for my employer the last time I saw him, but now he is apparently the head of the whole QA Department. Even negative characters that can often cause a disconnect from the story did quite the opposite, adding depth to the story because of how well they were created. Even though her enemies are close to finding out what really happened–and that could ruin them both.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.