#BlogTour – Not A Sound by Heather Gudenkauf – Character Background & #Review

I’m delighted to be taking part in the Not A Sound blog tour today – first with some back ground on main character Amelia, followed by a review of this tense and intriguing book!  

A shocking discovery and chilling secrets converge in this latest novel from bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf.

When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters – her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora.

Now, two years later, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush by the river, she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.

As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?

Published July 13th by HQ (UK)

Amelia’s background 

Emergency room nurse, Amelia Winn, the main character from NOT A SOUND, is difficult to describe in just a few words. She, like most of us, is multi-faceted and complex. After a life-changing hit and run accident leaves her profoundly deaf, Amelia turns to alcohol to help her cope. As a result, she loses her marriage, her step-daughter, her friends and hope. It isn’t until two years after the accident that Amelia begins to emerge from her alcohol-induced fog and she vows to regain the life she once had, including her determination to return to nursing one day.

When I started writing the character of Amelia I knew immediately that she would be a nurse. Nurses have had a huge impact on my life beginning with my own mom. Over the years my mother worked as surgical nurse, in clinics, in hospitals, in nursing homes and as a school nurse on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. She helped deliver babies, gathered cancer statistics for university research projects and sat with family members when a loved one took a final breath.

As the mother of six children, my mother’s nursing expertise also extended to the home front. We had our share of sore throats, coughs, fevers, broken bones, and at times much more serious ailments. One of my brothers suffered a stroke at the age of six and had to learn how to walk and talk all over again and my mother was right there to nurse him back to health.  When my son was diagnosed with bone cancer, she was with us every step of the way – spending endless hours with us at the hospital, asking the questions we didn’t think to ask, providing comfort. Eventually retiring from nursing, my mom still continued to share her gifts. She, along with my dad, worked as Hospice volunteers, an experience that my mom described as one of the most rewarding of her life. She loved talking to the patients about their childhoods and their memories, allowing them to forget where they were and their pain and suffering even for just a few moments. Today mom remains the consummate nurse – caring for my father and fielding phone calls from her children and grandchildren about all sorts of health woes ~ she continues to amaze me.

While Amelia and my mother are different in many ways, they do have a few things in common with nurses all over the world ~ their attention to detail, their efficiency and determination to get things done, their dedication to caring for others and their unyielding love for those they care about.  

About The Author 

Heather was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. At the age of three, her family moved to Iowa, where she grew up. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment Heather tended to use books as a retreat. Heather became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted. 

Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages and is currently a Literacy Coach, an educator who provides curricular and professional development support to teachers. 

Heather lives in Dubuque, Iowa with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Maxine. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and running. She is currently working on her third novel.

Heather’s first novel The Weight of Silence was a TV Book Club pick. 

My Review 

Not A Sound is an incredibly catchy book, hooking the reader in from the first page when Amelia makes her grisly discovery and keeping the atmosphere tense throughout. The plot is original, one I haven’t come across before, and raises issues of abuse of power, greed, deception and ethics in the medical world. 
I really liked Amelia. She’s strong without being overbearing and forceful, indeed it’s her flaws, weaknesses and vulnerabilities which give her a strength of spirit which makes a character relatable and admirable. While there is a mystery to discover, I quite liked the tentative relationship brimming in the background of this book and by the end really hoped that all would be well for Amelia and her future. 
The book is quite short, and a quick read. A couple of times it felt that quite big jumps and assumptions were made by characters to move the plot along and think it could have afforded extra pages to really add depth and complexity, however it is enjoyable, engaging, intriguing and with a heroine you will absolutely be cheering on, well worth a few hours of your time. 



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