A Quiet Kind of Thunder Review

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First of all, I would just like to mention the beautiful cover design. I know the saying ‘you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover’ but honestly, the cover is very sweet. Coincidentally, that’s exactly the word I would use to describe this book: sweet.

It was sweet enough that it made me want to learn British Sign Language, and I’ve learnt the basics and really want to carry it on. I think books that make you want to do something are successes in themselves, and this book definitely did that. I didn’t have much in common with Steffi or Rhys, she was a mute and suffers with extreme social anxiety and he is deaf, struggling to find where he fits in the world. Therefore, I cannot say that I connected with the characters very much, but I certainly loved following their journey  and fell in love with them both.

However, I will say that this book is not perfect. Despite being very sugar sweet, there was quite a lot of events that happened in the book. This included a party, two different birthday meals, a trip to a zoo and a trip to Edinburgh. They all happened really quickly, and for me there were too many events that happened and they all felt a bit disjointed and forced. The writing also felt very young, despite there being several adult encounters in the story and for some reason this made me feel awkward reading the sexual scenes.

While you really do see Steffi’s journey and how much her social anxiety improves, I didn’t think there was enough of Steffi being mute. She does say that she in on medication which could be helping, but I didn’t think there was enough of Steffi not being able to talk at the beginning of the novel. I just felt we needed to see more of her development.

Despite this book’s flaws, I would recommend this book. It’s an easy, rather quick read and if I had the time I could’ve probably read it in one sitting. This is a good book to read if you want to read a different kind of love story with a very different set of characters.

3 ½ stars.

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