Dead Silence by S. A. Barnes
Publication Date: 8th February 2022
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
Claire Kovalik is days away from being unemployed—made obsolete—when her beacon repair crew picks up a strange distress signal. With nothing to lose and no desire to return to Earth, Claire and her team decide to investigate.
What they find at the other end of the signal is a shock: the Aurora, a famous luxury space-liner that vanished on its maiden tour of the solar system more than twenty years ago. A salvage claim like this could set Claire and her crew up for life. But a quick trip through the Aurora reveals something isn’t right.
Whispers in the dark. Flickers of movement. Words scrawled in blood. Claire must fight to hold onto her sanity and find out what really happened on the Aurora, before she and her crew meet the same ghastly fate.
What an EXCELLENT spooky read! I absolutely devoured Dead Silence, after putting it off for months because I was scared it was going to let me down. My experience showed I was being silly, though, because this book was incredible.
I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Literally, the ENTIRE time. As soon as I picked the book up and I read about the characters picking up on a ghost signal, then watching them as they came across an abandoned luxury liner, I was hooked. I couldn’t wait for them to step on board, but I was also dreading it because I knew it was going to go OH SO WRONG.
There is a dual timeline in this book where the main character has lost most of her memories past a certain point, and she has no idea how she got off the ship. I know dual timelines sometimes bother people, so I wanted to mention that the jump back and forth in Dead Silence is handled very subtly and is used as a tool to catch the reader up and bring them to the present when the two timelines are about to meet. I loved this aspect of the book and I thought it really added to the suspense, as we know that somehow Claire got off the ship, and we need to find out how.
Dead Silence was true sci-fi horror, and it made me crave more of both the genre and the author’s works. I can’t wait to see what S A Barnes comes out with in the future, as she has just given me a favourite book of the year!