Nell Pattison doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t have a book in her hand, and first attempted to write a novel on an old PC her dad had brought home from work when it was going to be scrapped. After exhausting the children’s section of her local library by the age of 10, she began reading Agatha Christie, and so a love of crime fiction was born.
After studying English at university, Nell became a teacher and specialised in Deaf education. She has been teaching in the Deaf community for 12 years in both England and Scotland, working with students who use BSL. Nell began losing her hearing in her twenties, and now wears hearing aids. She lives in North Lincolnshire with her husband and son.
Her debut novel, The Silent House, will be published by Avon in March 2020. The Hunter family are deaf, and don’t hear a thing when a shocking crime takes place in the middle of the night. Instead, they wake up to their worst nightmare: the murder of their daughter.
The police call Paige Northwood to the scene to interpret for the witnesses. They’re in shock, but Paige senses the Hunters are hiding something. One by one, people from Paige’s community start to fall under suspicion. But who would kill a little girl? Was it an intruder? Or was the murderer closer to home?
The sequel, Silent Night, will be published in October 2020.