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Dead Silence

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Titanic meets The Shining in this SF horror novel in which a woman and her crew board a decades-lost luxury cruiser and find the wreckage of a nightmare that hasn’t yet ended. I also didn’t like how this felt more like a space romance with all her interactions with Kane that took away from the immersion of treating this as a real horror novel.

it was extremely frustrating to keep having to adjust the volume repeatedly throughout entire chapters. But then again, Voller excels at stating the obvious and being exceptionally annoying while doing so. In 2129, 500 passengers and 150 crew left on the Aurora's maiden voyage for a yearlong solar system cruise.

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. Being that I do enjoy a good science fiction book, a hybrid space horror novel is a creation that feels "made for me". Although it did keep me up for a night or two, Dead Silence introduced me to an author whose work I really enjoyed.

Indeed, the first half unfolded beautifully into this awe-inspiring cinematic experience that made me feel like I was watching a movie.If you’re been following me for a while, you’ll have noticed there is never any horror reviews on this blog. If you ever feel up to giving it a try, I hope you enjoy it, but definitely don’t push yourself into anything you aren’t comfortable with!

What they find is the Aurora – a luxury cruise spaceship that disappeared twenty years ago on its maiden voyage. I think that had we not diverted from the original ‘crew goes aboard an abandoned vessel and finds terrible things’ plot, I probably would have enjoyed it more, but when we get to the very “Aliens”-esque ‘and now they’re forcing her to go back for their own motives’ plot in the second half, I was a little less enthused.They were complex and very real, making them easy to associate with, even as they all existed across various shades of gray. Where I struggled with the book was in the character department, especially the main character of Claire Kovalik. Barnes plays nicely on human fears of both madness and of ghosts, carefully blurring the line between science fiction and horror. While it’s not very heavy on the ‘horror’ element, it definitely has some very scary sections that will keep you up at night (or for a few nights if you’re a scaredy-cat like me). You know, some people think you murdered your crew for a larger share of the find before taking that escape pod.

After twenty-six months in close quarters, I’m ready to murder him for that as much as for the snoring that rumbles through the air vents into my quarters, keeping me awake.Serena’s Rating 7: Very creepy when it stuck to its horror themes, but a bit baffling with some of the choices the author made later in the story. Unfortunately, there’s not a single likable character, and the main character is so loathsome it ruins any chance of this being a good story for me.

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