At First, You Hear the Silence by Mark Fuller Dillon

At First, You Hear the Silence by Mark Fuller Dillon
At First, You Hear the Silence by Mark Fuller Dillon
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Middle Grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Historical
Length: Short Story (19 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

At thirteen, Philippe can see his father trapped in a world of secrets and silence, a world with no place for honesty or courage. But when the walls of that world fall apart, and something from outside breaks in, the silence becomes a warning shout… and Philippe will be tested in ways his father could never imagine. This is a dark modern fantasy, suitable for Young Adult to Adult readers.

There is such a thing as too much silence. Philippe is about to discover why this is so and what happens when the birds stop singing.

The descriptions of everything from the place where the main character lived to what his pets looked like were incredibly vivid. At times I felt as thought I were watching a short film instead of reading a story because of how clearly I could picture every single scene in my mind. This is the kind of writing I love to read because of how much fun it is to step inside of the author’s imagination for a little while and see the world through his eyes.

While I really enjoyed the ending, it wasn’t at all what I was expecting to happen based on the foreshadowing that happened earlier on in the plot. It would have been helpful to have some more information about what was going through the narrator’s mind during these scenes as it definitely seemed like something the author was doing intentionally. There simply wasn’t quite enough time spent showing how these things were connected for me to fully understand why everything was wrapped up the way it was, though.

Wow, this was one eerie tale! What I liked most about it was how much time Philippe spent slowly building up to explaining what happened to him. His descriptions of ordinary things like his relationships with his pets and his long list of chores were such a unique introduction to all of the strange things that were about to happen. They made the big reveal so spooky and exciting that I couldn’t stop reading. I simply had to know what happened next!

I shuddered my way through At First, You Hear the Silence. This is a great choice for anyone who loves being scared.

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