Review: Dead Silence by S. A. Barnes




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.

Dead Silence by S. A. Barnes. Published February 8th 2022 by Tor Nightfire. Kindle edition is 352 pages.

*Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Tor Nightfire for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I never realized how bad I needed haunted space ships in my life until I read Dead Silence. Ghosts. In space. Yes please! More! Thank you.

This book was just so much fun, I read half the book in just one sitting! The plot is so engaging. I just could not put it down. I absolutely loved the mystery surrounding the lost space ship and all of it’s passengers. Completely on the edge of my seat the whole time.

The author does a great job with a creepy atmosphere. You really feel the build up of isolation of space and the dread from inside the lost space ship. Adding to the overall atmospheric tension is that you don’t know if you are dealing with an unreliable narrator or not. That left me feeling even more curious about what had happened.

Dead Silence is 100% entertaining. I pretty much devoured this book. Loved the plot, the atmosphere and the characters. If the horror movies Ghost Ship, Event Horizon and 6th Sense had a book baby, this would be it. I had a great time reading this and I know I will be re-reading this one many times in the future. Not just that, but I will be recommending it to everyone.


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