Book Review

The Invention of Sound

A father’s decades-long search for his missing daughter.

A young woman about to engineer the perfect scream.

The most dangerous secret Hollywood has ever kept.

Gates Foster lost his daughter, Lucy, seventeen years ago. He’s never stopped searching. Suddenly, a shocking new development provides Foster with his first major lead in over a decade, and he may finally be on the verge of discovering the awful truth.

Meanwhile, Mitzi Ives has carved out a space among the Foley artists creating the immersive sounds giving Hollywood films their authenticity. Using the same secret techniques as her father before her, she’s become an industry-leading expert in the sound of violence and horror, creating screams so bone-chilling, they may as well be real.

Soon Foster and Ives find themselves on a collision course that threatens to expose the violence hidden beneath Hollywood’s glamorous façade.

(Goodreads Summary) 

My Thoughts 

Have you ever thought about what goes into making sound for a movie? 

Before this book, I never cared to think about it, I just watched the movie and went about my day. However, my life is forever changed and every time I watch a scary movie, I’m going to wonder where that deathly scream actually came from. 

This book was twisted, unpredictable, and left me in such a state of duress that it’s hard to put my feelings into coherent words. 

The book is told from two perspectives and honestly, don’t trust either one…. They both will play you for a fool; however, maybe I should tell you to trust them because then you will get the shock of your life.

That will keep hitting you, over and over again. 

This author brought us Fight Club for goodness sake, don’t go with your gut because you will be dead wrong. 

The multiple perspectives changed back and forth so rapidly that it increased the confusion and made the book even more mysterious. I mean the concept didn’t need the help because it was SOOOOO INSANE and once you thought you knew what was going on, the author threw something at you out of nowhere that had you questioning your sanity along with the main characters. (I know I’m rambling and that was a crazy run on sentence, but you will understand my vibes once you read the book….) 

Chuck Palahniuk, you devil you, with your unpredictable characters that I start to like and then you throw me curveballs…. You have left me a paranoid mess and I don’t know whether to hug you or punch you. 

The author wraps up the book with a nice bow where one character is somewhat happy and the other is left…. (I won’t give it away.) Then……. pulls out the rug from under you…. 

Ugh such a killer read and I will never hear a scream reel the same again. 

My Book Rating

5/5 Book World 

5/5 Plot 

5/5 Characters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Details

The Invention of Sound by Chuck Palahniuk

Genre: Horror 

Published on September 8, 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

Copy Read: Audiobook (Libby) 

Pages: 240 

Minutes Listened: 7 hours

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