Publisher: Chicken House
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: September 4th, 2014
Jodie is cursed with a terrible gift. She just doesn't know it yet. When she stumbles across one of her dead father's old papers on sound waves in the attic, it sets her on a terrifying journey to find out more, leading her across the streets of London to the dark, untrodden tunnels of the Underground, where she is forced to face the truth. Her worst nightmare is about to become real. Worse, she can hear it coming.
Killing Sound opens like a dark, creepy horror movie intent on giving you nightmares and stealing your sleep. It starts out nice enough, with some quality family time, before lunging into one of the best first chapters I've read in any YA book. There's blood, there's dismemberment, there's entrails... and there's a horrific being that kills without remorse. I wish there'd been more like this throughout the rest of the book, but it's fairly tame until the end, choosing instead to focus on the whys and hows of all the horrific goings on. Still, that opening chapter gripped me like no other, and I read on in a horror haze that I hoped would be present for the rest of the story.
My main problem with Killing Sound is the characters. Now, don't get me wrong, Jodie is likeable enough and her friends are pretty cool. Unfortunately she just didn't stick in my head, no matter how hard I tried to keep her there. She didn't make me want to be friends with her, which is a shame, but that's not to say she's written badly, because she isn't. I guess it's just one of those time where I don't connect with a character, which is a necessary evil of reading as many books as I do.
The overall story of Killing Sound is a great one and is right up my street. I like anything paranormal/horrific, and I am genuinely excited that YA horror seems to be on the rise. The premise of this particular novel is ghosts, demons and sound waves, which all adds up to make an interesting, intriguing new angle for the supernatural. It's a phenomenon I haven't come across before, and it's fascinating to read about. Kudos to Paul Southern for trying something different!
Although Killing Sound didn't quite live up to my expectations, mainly because of my own inability to connect with the characters, I did enjoy it and will read more by this author. I think there's a whole generation of readers out there who will love the supernatural themes running through Jodie's terrifying story, those who perhaps are too young to be familiar with the works of Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine. I'd recommend anyone who likes horror to grab a copy of Killing Sound and see where the underground takes you. Just watch your back...