The third installment in sagas seems to be the defining point: the book that will make readers want to see the saga through to its end or will make readers want to stop before the book is even over. Luckily for Becca Fitzpatrick, the third book in her Hush, Hush Saga proves to be the former and is more intriguing than its predecessors.
Hank Millar is The Black Hand, leader of the Nephilim army he plans to lead to war against the fallen angels. Hank Millar is Nora’s real father. So why can’t she remember that or the fact that he kidnapped her? Or anything that has happened over the past five months, for that matter? When Nora wakes up in a cemetery, completely unaware as to how she arrived there, she is told that she has been missing for a few weeks. While trying desperately to remember forgotten memories that are hiding somewhere in her mind, she meets a man who she feels a strong connection to. She knows he has the answers to her questions and, just maybe, holds her heart as well.
Silence is far from being a quiet story. As aforementioned, it is probably the best book in the saga thus far. The plot thickens as, after the cliffhanger ending of Crescendo, Fitzpatrick opens with Patch giving up his wings (yet again) to save Nora’s life. Next thing the readers now, Nora wakes up in a cemetery, alone, with no recollection of the Nephilim, Hank Millar, or, to teenage girls’ dismay, Patch.
Nora’s amnesia was a very wise decision to make after Crescendo, for it really helped to develop Nora into a stronger lead character. Rather than stalking the hot mysterious guy in class or angsting over said guy because she thinks he doesn’t love her, she persists and does everything she can to remember what she has forgotten… mainly about said guy, but who can blame a teenage girl with an obsessive crush? While the amnesia is a positive for Nora’s development in character, it also has a negative effect: Nora acts stupidly in new ways than she originally had before. Now, rather than risking her life to see Patch or to help Patch, she risks her life to try and remember Patch. Teenage girls will fall in love with this commitment Nora and Patch have with each other; however, adults will more than likely think, is a man really worth this young girl’s life?
Nora is not the only one who experiences character development. Scott Parnell, the Nephilim and childhood friend of Nora introduced in Crescendo, plays a large role in Nora recovering her memory. Not only does he grow more as a character, he becomes more of a brotherly figure to Nora rather than a rival love interest to Patch. This is a breath of fresh air compared to other young adult fictions with paranormal romances.
However, even with the strong character development, the story itself did fall flat in certain places. With Nora’s amnesia, the readers were basically taken through the first two books of the Hush, Hush Saga all over again. It feels like déjà vu while reading sometimes, making the story drag in certain parts. The positive side of this repetition is that any reader who has been confused with the mythology of Nephilim and fallen angels will easily be able to catch up with the explanations given to Nora while she is trying to regain her memory.
By the end, readers will see Nora in a new light: as a stronger and more sympathetic lead character. The book contains a decent amount of suspense that will keep readers wanting more and ends in a way that transitions nicely into Finale. Though the story lags in parts, it is well-rounded and moves at a steady pace. Young readers will still love Patch (perhaps more than usual) and will probably like Scott more for his brotherly nature. The war that has been hinted since Hush, Hush between Nephilim and fallen angels finally moves towards center stage, Fitzpatrick shedding more light on it than ever before. Silence will make readers want to see this saga through to its finale, ending with a surprise no one will see coming.