Dead Silence is an eerie read. Claire is a team lead on a repair and maintenance crew in the outer parts of the solar system, and it is quite an isolating experience. A team of five about to finish their sweep and on to other things- although Claire, with a past full of trauma, has nothing going. She's not too anxious to move on, and when an opportunity presents itself- a chance to salvage a long missing luxury spaceliner that's been off radar for twenty years, she goes for it. Her crew are with her, it's the shot of a lifetime after all, but of course things go wrong.
And yowzer do they EVER go wrong. See, Claire is a mess anyway. She sees dead people, literally- or is it just a coping mechanism, PTSD? Hard to say. The problem is when they access the liner they all start seeing things, and also reliving the last moments of all the dead passengers. This is a horror in space, and the eeriness and atmosphere are well done. The story is told from Claire's perspective, but she might be the queen of all unreliable narrators. We don't ever really know what's real and what... isn't. Claire doesn't even know.
The story is told in two parts. First is the beginning of the story with Claire's crew boarding the ship and attempting to get it home. We then pick up some time later when Claire is back on Earth recounting her story. But her story is not yet done...
I liked this a lot but I didn't love it as much as I expected to. I think part of that is expectations. I saw a lot of rave reviews for this and may just have been expecting too much. It's fabulous though in so many ways, so don't think I didn't care for it at all. I just wasn't sure about the reveal towards the end. I thought the story was going a different direction and would have maybe preferred a different resolution.