The Silence

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

Publisher: Titan

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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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38 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.

  23. Carlo says:

    Loved the book, the way you describe the fall of civilisation is one of the best in apocalyptic books! I just have a question that’s keeping me awake at night, did the vesps reach America and/or Austalia?

  24. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks everyone! Sequel … we’ll see 🙂

    Carlo, your America/Australia question, there was no firm news on that in the novel, merely rumours, so who knows?

  25. Amy says:

    Ahhhhhhh literally just finished reading this book in a couple of days and immediately hit google to see if there is a sequel……?!?!? Did the Andrews make it to Red Rock by Christmas?! Absolutely addictive couldn’t put it down. Too scared to watch Netflix however!! Might have to wait to get over the book first before I embrace the tv…. !!

  26. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks, so glad you enjoyed it! No sequel I’m afraid, not yet at least. Do check out the movie … see if you can spot my cameo!

  27. Gilbert says:

    Just finished reading “The Silence” in, of course, the period of lockdown that has befallen us because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The novel is especially poignant and thought-provoking because of that coincidence. Like the conclusion of the book, our own futures are difficult to predict. Will human resilience be enough to get Ally and her family, and ourselves, through our different predicaments? Fingers crossed for us all!

  28. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thank you! Very pleased you liked the novel. Be well, and safe.

  29. Kirsten says:

    Just finished my 3rd or 4th re-reading of this. It’s a novel that haunts me and demands to be read. I often find myself listening to birds singing and feel the need to check the skies, just in case. Oh, and Coldbrook is excellent too.

  30. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks Kirsten! So glad you like this book so much … it’s a favourite of mine, too. Have you seen the movie?

  31. Lilly says:

    I cant tell you how much I love this book!! I first read it maybe 4 or 5 years ago and I think about it and re-read it often. I really hope you make a sequel one day! I would snatch it up as soon as I could!!! I loved that it was made into a movie! I still love the book the most! 🙂

  32. Sheryl Reese says:

    Why no sequel?
    Great novel. I really want to see where they go in this so believable world.

  33. Rleigh says:

    I saw “The Silence” a couple years ago and enjoyed it. When I read about “A Quiet Place” sequel, I thought it was “The Silence” sequel. I hadn’t heard of AQP. I started watching it and something seemed off. Anyway, long story short, I figured it out. All I can say is the media is confused and stupid, you’ve been wronged, and you should sue sue sue. Blatant rip-off. The premise is very unique with too many similarities to be a coincidence

  34. John says:

    Loved The Silence (novel – not seen the film as of yet). I too would love to read the sequel

  35. Joe says:

    Just finished ” The Silence”. While I loved the book {great story, well written) I was disappointed with the ending. Count me as another person who would love a sequel

  36. Maria says:

    I just finished listening to the silence on Audible and it was phenomenal. I was so excited immediately going back on to look for a follow-up and very very sad to see that there is none. It’s been so many years now since this one was written I’m assuming he is not planning on doing the sequel but if he would I know there’s a lot of fans here that would be happy. Highly recommend the book. Not your typical horror book but I stayed on the edge of my seat

  37. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks Maria, and everyone! I’d love to write a sequel to THE SILENCE, and in fact I have the whole story plotted out and have written the first couple of chapters. But publishing is a strange business, and it just didn’t work out with my publisher in the end. That’s not to say I’ll never write it — in fact I’m still thinking of ways it can be done. Never say never.

  38. Thomas says:

    If you write it and your publisher doesn’t like it find a new publisher. This story needs a continuation.

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