The Sound


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When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston’s elite, she’s hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.

What she doesn’t count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer…


This was the first time I read a book by Sarah Alderson. Of course, I’ve heard a lot about her throughout the blogosphere, and I fully intend to read the Lila series. (Is it even called that?!)  I thought the synopsis of this particular book sounded really intriguing, so I picked up a copy of The Sound. The Sound is an easy to read book, with some very intriguing characters.  The only real niggle I had with the book was that it felt a bit rushed towards the end of the book. Besides that, I found it interesting and it captured my attention.

The Sound follows British girl Ren, who has moved to Nantucket for the summer to nanny for a very wealthy family. Ren is trying to mend her broken heart. She quickly meets a popular group of people of a similar age who take an interest in her, although not all of the group are the most welcoming. Whilst renting a bike, Ren meets Jesse. The local bad boy. Or so everyone thinks. Jesse has captured her attention, but Ren doesn’t want trouble. She simply wants a summer away from her troubles at home. But it’s not that easy in a town full of secrets, and a serial killer on the loose who seems to be attacking foreign nannies.

I absolutely love a British protagonist. Ren is an easy to like character. I like how she dealt with a rubbish situation at home. Getting away and taking her mind off her problems. I loved her relationship with the children she nannies Braiden and Brodie. She comes across as a natural with children despite not having much experience with them! I love that in The Sound there are characters I could hate. That sounds awful, but I like a well written unlikeable character. If a writer makes me feel something for a character either hate or love then I think it’s a job done well. Jesse, on the other hand, is a character that I adored. I can totally see why many people have fallen head over heels for him!

I thought the writing was enjoyable and incredibly engaging. If you’re looking for an intense thriller then I don’t think this book is for you.  It definitely reads more like a YA contemporary. Nothing wrong with that, I like YA contemporary. I shall be reading more from Sarah Alderson! I’m still intrigued by Lila series…

Would I recommend it?:

2 thoughts on “The Sound

  1. This has been on my tbr forever! I really like the synopsis of it, but I haven’t picked it up yet! For some reason it doesn’t stand out to me a lot! I might move it up on my list, though and hopefully I’ll read it soon-ish!

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