So, listen. We all know I am not great an reading horror. I get scared easily and it’s just a dangerous situation. But seeing the hype for Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes had me unable to resist. After taking a chance on Paradise-1 by David Wellington last year, another sci-fi horror, I thought maybe I can handle horror if it’s sci-fi?
Well, I still don’t know if I can handle it, per say, but dear gods I love this book.
Publisher: Tor Nightfire | Release Date: Feb 2022 | Pages: 343
Age Range: Adult | Genre: Sci-Fi Horror | Format: Paperback | Source: Bought
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.
- The way it was written. So, I absolutely loved how the book was split between past and present. It purposefully spoiled the outcomes of the past but in a way that left you desperate to know how it happened. I was enraptured.
- Horror elements. Yep, those worked. Riveting. Fascinating. Terrifying. I can’t say how this stands up to horror as a genre or those who read it regularly. But for me? Absolutely terrifying.
- The reveal. So, I had no idea what could possibly be the cause of the destruction on the Aurora. It’s reveal ended up being nastier than I could have pictured (in a good way, but fuck capitalism always).
- Main Character. Also, I just want to give Claire a hug so bad. You deserve so much better, by gods, and I hope, in your future, you get it.
- My dreams. I mean, I knew it would happen but goddamn it, there are just certain images revolving tools and heads I can’t get out of my head.
So, nothing else says how much I enjoyed Dead Silence aside more than these two facts. I read the book in one evening. Then, I immediately when to check out this author’s work and discovered she has a new horror sci-fi novel, Ghost Station, coming out this year. Not only that, but it’s now skyrocketed on my anticipated reads for 2024.
I wouldn’t say I’m a horror girlie yet, but based on my next review dropping on Friday, a case could be made…