Author: Becca Fitzpatrick (author website)
Release Date: October 1st 2011 from Simon & Schuster
Age Group: Young Adult
One smoking hot bad boy? Check. One brainless, reckless, but still cool heroine? Check. One diabolical baddie? Check. And a twisty, eerie, story woven with mystery and menace? Check. Oh yes: It’s a new Hush, Hush novel. And I was taken by surprise: I freaking loved it.
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.
Three months have passed since the final pages of Crescendo, where we left Patch and Nora as they were torn from each others’ arms by the villainous Hank Millar. Nora wakes up in a cemetary with no memory of the last five months. No nephilim, no fallen angels, no revelations of shady parentage, or plots on her life… no Patch.
After three months missing, Nora returns to find things have changed. People are keeping secrets, and she doesn’t know who to trust. With a gaping hole in her memory, Nora know she can’t move forward without first facing her past. What happened to her? Who should she trust? Should she sneak out in the dead of night after escaping kidnapping? Start a fight with her mum for no reason? Perhaps throw herself in front of a Mack truck? And who do the black, silky eyes that haunt her dreams belong to?
Firstly: Silence has the most exciting, scary, suspenseful first chapter/prologue ever. I was hooked from page one. I couldn’t put Silence down, even when I needed to.
We Need to Talk About Nora:I enjoyed Hush, Hush immensely, despite being seriously freaked out that the whole storyline revolved around a romance developed specifically with the intent of the romancer murdering the romancee. It was mysterious and creepy, and a sense of menace was was woven throughout the story. Then Crescendo came, and I don’t remember ever hating a character as much as I hated Nora. This girl is about as sharp as a pool noodle. Well, I had the same problem with Silence, but I must admit—blissfully—to a far lesser degree.
When Nora mysteriously reappears after twelve weeks missing, so she sneaks out in the dead of night to a cemetery. Alone. Her mum's being kind and understanding? She hurls abuse at her. The girl's mood changes direction faster than the wind can. She gave me whiplash. I couldn't blame Patch if he'd taken the opportunity to hightail it out of there, and hope the amnesia stuck. But alas, no luck. Yes, Nora still has an unhealthy proclivity to run headlong into danger, but in Silence she at least seemed to acknowledge when she was being slightly reckless, and she had cause to. I wound up quite enjoying her after a while, and I admired her grit and tenacity. Something’s been stolen from her—something huge—and she’s sure as hell not going to stop until she gets it back. Go Team Grey!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (I’m talking the poem, but man oh man I <3 that movie)Coming into this book, I thought I was going to hate the amnesia plot device, but it worked for me. One of the things that worked so well about Hush, Hush was the feeling of mystery and menace (that’s the third time I’ve used the word ‘menace’ this review. Now it’s four!) that hung over it and enveloped it’s pages and plotlines. It was dark and twisty and kept me guessing. In parts, it left me genuinely jittery and frightened. As we experience Nora’s uncertainty and confusion in Silence, we recapture that feeling: she’s lost, but caught up in a web of lies, trickery and danger she can’t leave behind, all while being completely oblivious to it. The people she trusts to be honest with her are lying, and the honesty ends up coming from a place we’d least expect it...
Scottie The Hottie (And Friends):I hated Scott in Crescendo. Yet another irk with that book. I was genuinely surprised to find a likeable character in him in Silence. He’s grown-up, he’s developed, he’s learned a lot. And he’s good to Nora. I groaned in annoyance and pity when things started to unravel for him.
Vee’s back, but in a much more minor role than previous installments. As always, she’s funny, annoying (in a good way!), and I love the constant inane chatter that comes out her mouth. Nora’s Mum is back, and, well… Mum. It’s hard to watch Mrs Grey in Silence, as she goes through a lot… and doesn’t even know it. She genuinely cares for her daughter, and despite being hard on her sometimes, I try to put myself in her shoes: Nora would not be easy to have as a daughter.
Queen Bitch Marcia Millar is back too, and in a larger role. I was surprised to find myself genuinely caring for Marcie towards the end of this book.
All our favourite (and least favourite) characters back, and there’s development and growth to be seen, which is surprising, as it seems they don’t get a huge amount of page time. Out of necessity, Silence revolves largely around Nora and her often solitary quest to recover her stolen memories. This means we get a lot of Nora, a surprising amount of Scott, and of course...
P A T C H!Oh, lordie. Patch is baaaack! I loved Patch in Hush, Hush, but he scared the bejeezus out of me. He was there in Crescendo, but the book was drama-drama-drama with Nora. After a fair bit of hold out at first, we see a deepening of the relationship between Patch and Nora in Silence, and with no hidden or ulterior motives. For the first time, I saw real, genuine feeling and care between the two. Patch showed exactly what he was capable of, and the lengths he would go to in order to protect Nora. There are a few really intense—emotionally as well as physically—scenes shared by our two lovebirds in Silence, and it’s delicious.
Patch shows a bit more of his bad-boy side in dealings with Hank, and we get a few tantalizing hints of his past, though really nothing more.
The Big BadHank Millar is diabolical. At one point in this book, he genuinely had me fooled—there was a moment I thought he might have a soul. Nope. Dude's an asshat. He makes for a fantastic foil and villain. Unpredictable, hard to get a read on, and freaking scary.
The Verdict:I actually think Silence may be my favourite entry in this series. The sense of menace (five!) and mystery that made the first book such a winner is back, and the amnesia element of the storyline allows us to re-learn the series and discover what’s going on along with Nora along with her. Fans of Patch will be very, very happy with this book, as we see a lot more of him, and a much deeper side to him than we ever have before. Fans will also be happy to see Fitzpatrick address the issue of an immortal fallen angel and a very-mortal seventeen girl having a long-term relationship in a very interesting—and very unexpected—way. Prior to reading it, I was slightly annoyed Silence wasn’t going to be the final Hush, Hush installment, I wanted that Happily Ever After! Now I’m dying for the next. Mystery, danger, romance and all-round general awesome, Silence is awesome, action-packed excitement.
Books in This Series:
- Hush, Hush
- As yet unamed (expected 2012)