The Silence

October 12th, 1999 • Posted in Library, Novels |

Publisher: Titan

Movie tie-in edition

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In the darkness of a underground cave system, blind creatures hunt by sound. Then there is light, there are voices, and they feed… Swarming from their prison, the creatures thrive and destroy. To scream, even to whisper, is to summon death. As the hordes lay waste to Europe, a girl watches to see if they will cross the sea. Deaf for many years, she knows how to live in silence; now, it is her family’s only chance of survival. To leave their home, to shun others, to find a remote haven where they can sit out the plague. But will it ever end? And what kind of world will be left?

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22 comments on “The Silence”

  1. Sylvia Brend says:

    Just finished reading The Silence in one day, it was brilliant, and am hoping for a follow-up. Would highly recommend.

  2. Shelby says:

    Absolutely thrilling! Brilliant concept, original, deep characters and a fantastic writing style. Highly recommend, and am eagerly anticipating a sequel.

  3. Amanda Goodrich says:

    One of the best. Unlike almost anything I have ever read before. I hope there is a sequel because the suspense is amazing.

  4. Bruce says:

    Really enjoyed this. Great creatures. you have always had a good knack at writing apoplectic stories. enjoy them all. Bruce

  5. Sanno says:

    Yeh would live to read a sequel. It deserves it.

  6. Jozsef Torok says:

    Bloody awesome!!
    I loved Coldbrook and Heretic Land, but The Silence takes the cake. Pretty damn horrific and the suspense and tension just kept coming and coming. I hung on every word, and suddenly I was at the end and said “There has to be a sequel…” (very quietly to myself).

  7. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks, everyone. There’s no sequel planned as yet, but the publishers did suggest it, so it may happen some way down the line.

  8. charlotte says:

    haven’t finished reading it, but so far it is AMAZING! the detail in description is flawless and (SPOILER ALERT) when Huw had to kill Otis to save his family, I WAS IN TEARS. absolutely love this book and i think it should be made into a movie, and have a sequel 🙂

  9. AUPhoto says:

    FABULOUS! There HAS to be at least one more!

  10. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks! No plans for a sequel yet, although lots of people would like one. We’ll see.

    As for The Silence hitting the screen … watch this space.

  11. Grainne Gillespie says:

    Is there any artwork available of the vesps?

  12. Tim Lebbon says:

    Not that I know of … although it’d be nice to see a comic of this novel, wouldn’t it? And who knows, one day you might see the vesps as ‘moving images’!

  13. Craig says:

    Please write a sequel to this. I don’t think I have ever plowed through a book so quickly. You got everything just right.

  14. Steve Delaney says:

    Easily one of my favorite horror novels ever. Sorry it took me so long to discover. Can’t wait to read more of your work.

  15. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks Craig and Steve. Craig, no signs of a sequel yet, but it might happen. Steve … plenty more out there! RELICS, my new novel, is out 21st March.

    And some exciting news coming soon about The Silence, keep an eye on the website.

  16. James Eldridge says:

    I absolutely loved this – the story left me gripped on my crowded commute to and from work and whilst there my mind kept wandering back to it and I couldn’t resist reading just one more chapter at my desk. The characters felt real and you really cared about how they would survive and change as time went on. Please please write a sequel – I desperately want to know what happens next!!!

  17. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks so much James! No plans for a sequel just yet, but there IS a major movie of The Silence out next year. You can read about my visit to set here.

  18. Will says:

    I’m close to finishing this book and I absolutely adore it. The suspense and attention to detail are second to none. Question: is the upcoming horror movie “A Quiet Place” based on this book?

    P.S.-I would buy a sequel in a heartbeat.

  19. BRIAN RUSSELL says:

    I would sue that crap out of the guys who put that movie out. I heard it even had a deaf girl in it.

  20. Tom Clark says:

    Saw A QUIET PLACE last night. Other than sharing the KEEP SILENT OR THEY KEEEEL YOU and DEAF GIRL tropes, they are in no manner similar. This is POST apocalypse with a nasty monster of unknown origin and takes place in the semi-seclusion of the Adirondack Mountain range of Upstate NY. I say no more without spoiling a good movie. It’s fantastic.

  21. Jeannine says:

    Just finished this book and I loved it. Looking forward to the movie. This book NEEDS a sequel for sure….. Fingers crossed.

  22. Tiago Lisboa says:

    Just watched the Netflix movie… I’m speachless! There must to be a sequel in the near future.

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