In this cinematic thriller from a New York Times bestselling author, two sisters must fight for their survival after a natural disaster in the Pacific Northwest.
In the shadow of Mount Hood, sixteen-year-old Tennant is checking rabbit traps with her eight-year-old sister Sophie when the girls are suddenly overcome by a strange vibration rising out of the forest, building in intensity until it sounds like a deafening crescendo of screams. From out of nowhere, their father sweeps them up and drops them through a trapdoor into a storm cellar. But the sound only gets worse . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The most terrifying threat is one you can’t see or understand. In their heart-pounding thriller, James Patterson and J. D. Barker exploit this truism to terrifying ends. Two young girls, Tennant and Sophie, survive a cataclysmic event that wipes out everyone in around them in the mountains of Oregon by hiding in a storm cellar. They don’t know what happened, and neither does psychologist Martha Chan, whose team is determined to figure out why entire populations like this one have been disappearing, leaving behind unimaginable devastation. What’s eventually uncovered defies all known logic, and the best-selling co-authors barrel through the gripping story as their protagonists try to unravel the mystery of an unthinkable horror. With its twists and surprises, The Noise will seize your attention…and haunt your nightmares.
Bestseller Patterson and Barker follow 2020's The Coast-to-Coast Murders with a tired variation on a familiar theme—a baffling phenomenon devastates a community, triggering a massive government response to contain the truth and limit the loss of life. Sisters Tennant and Sophie Riggin live with their parents in a survivalist community near Oregon's Mount Hood. When a sudden, horribly painful noise disrupts the girls while they are hunting rabbits, their parents lock them in a cellar for protection. Then eight-year-old Sophie starts bleeding, curses her 16-year-old sibling, and turns violent. Meanwhile, psychologist Martha Chan is dragooned by the military to join a team of experts including a biologist, a climatologist, and an astrophysicist to determine what flattened part of the nearby forest and crushed all living things in that area. What they find leads to the direct involvement of the American president, as well as a cardinal who's "the highest-ranking member of the Catholic Church in the United States." The implausible plot suffers from a lack of characterization and suspense. Other authors have done better with similar material.
It’s not typical Patterson to be sure, and it took me 2 readings to truly enjoy it, but there’s something strangely engaging about this book and all the moving parts.
Don’t waste your time reading this
This is one of the worst books I’ve ever read. Totally unlike anything the author’s written. Patterson should stick with his strength.