Title: Silence (Hush, Hush #3)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schulster
Version Read: paperback (library)
Publication Date: October 2011
Categories: angels, fantasy, paranormal, urban-fantasy, romance, young-adult
Summary (Goodreads): The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for–and their love–forever.
I enjoyed this one. Nora was a lot less annoying this time, and I could understand her determination for finding answers to her questions. So we uncover quite a few things about Hank Millar in Silence – like just how much of a ruthless jerk he is. Part of it even leaves you feeling vaguely sorry for Marcie, which is a weird feeling, particularly given how bitchy she has been to Nora in the previous two novels. We also learn more about Patch – just how determined, ruthless and interesting he is. Most importantly we finally get to see Patch’s apartment. Swanky much, although in a typically Patch way, lots of blacks, navys and greys.
The whole ‘Black Hand’ set up was really well done. Very paramilitary, with rebellious tendencies still within many of the younger members. They all appear to be fairly afraid/in awe of Hank when he is around, but are much less so when he is not there. Which gives you an idea of the kind of leader he really is.
I didn’t like the memory-altering deal in Silence. It kind of creeped me out actually, and I was really glad when memories were returned to their owners. I definitely agreed with Nora that that is a huge violation of people’s bodies to have their memory tampered with, although I could see why Patch requested he be removed from Nora’s memories.
The ending was really good – certainly not the way Nora and Patch wanted it to end, but I guess it serves the author’s purposes for the final book. Silence was full of interesting reveals, somewhat creepy people and a fair bit of violence. I will be intrigued to see how it all gets tied up in Finale.