Sheri White's Dark Domain
Explorers discover a cave in Europe, hoping to find new specimens of plant and animal life. But what they find unleashes hell upon Earth.

Ally is 14 years old, and a complete news junkie. Her iPad holds tons of information, and she wants to be a journalist when she grows up. She is also profoundly deaf due to a car accident years before in which her grandparents were killed and Ally was severely injured. But she doesn’t let her disability get in the way of her life.

Although she lives in a world of silence, Ally is very aware of what is going on around her and in the world. And as she watches in horror as deadly creatures infest the planet, she realizes she will need to show her family how to be silent – because the “vesps,” giant wasp-type creatures, are attracted to sound.

One of my favorite sub-genres of horror is end-of-the-world stories. This is now one of my favorites – I could not put this book down. And while I loved the giant bugs and the images of them Tim Lebbon put in my head, I really enjoyed Ally’s story and that of her family’s. At its core, The Silence is about survival in a world where just a normal conversation could get you killed. And since not everybody realizes this, people put each other in danger just by talking.

As Ally and her family try to find a safe place to hide, they find out the “vesps” are not their only enemies. And that those who protect can also cause you harm when they just can’t be silent.

This is Tim Lebbon’s best book yet.

Review by Sheri White

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