It started with The Noise.
“A ringing. First faint, barely audible, but steadily growing. A single tone gaining strength, joined by others, shrill, louder. Hungry. Ugly. There was a pressure, too. As if her head were filling with water and didn’t have enough room. Cold sweat trickled down the back of her neck. The world swooned, her vision clouded, and Tennant felt like she might pass out. The sound grew louder. Deafening. A crescendo of screams. As if every human, animal, and creature of Mother Earth all cried together in fevered pain.“
An entire Oregon mountain town is obliterated. Cracks in the Earth are found nearby. The US government activates the military. Then, it brings in top American scientists to try to explain what happened. Is it a natural phenomena? A terrorist act? Some new type of military weapon by China or Russia? More importantly, will it happen again?
I love science-y thrillers. This one pulls out all the stops. Theories abound. Could it be God’s retribution for our climate fiasco? Or a demon awakening from the center of the Earth? The problem with most of these types of books is the conclusion is disappointing. That definitely didn’t happen with The Noise. This book was exciting and compelling throughout. It may be my number one thriller this year! 5 stars and a favorite!
Thanks to Little, Brown & Company and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.