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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Signs in the Dark is a YA novel written by Susan Miura. Haylie is a 17-year-old Deaf girl who attends Beethoven High School. After Haylie goes missing, Nathan - a fellow student who had been looking forward to their first date - becomes number one unsub on the FBI’s suspect list. With the FBI and Haylie’s parents both believing in his guilt, Nathan sets out to find Haylie and bring her back alive and well. Initially, Nathan’s plan seems clear-cut, but when his plan falls through and a new lead comes from the last person he’d expected, Nathan quickly finds himself up to his eyeballs in hot water when he ends up looking down the barrel of a gun. With no help coming, Haylie and Nathan need to find a way to escape without the kidnappers catching on, using nothing more than their hands to communicate.
As a Deaf reviewer, I chose this book because of the story content itself. More often than not, tales that are written about the Deaf community by hearing authors tend to be rather far-fetched and wrong on so many levels. I very quickly learned, however, that Signs in the Dark is not one of these stories. Not only did Susan Miura create a story filled with action, drama, humor, and suspense, she included a Deaf character who not only uses a different method of communication but who also sees the world in a way that many hearing readers do not. I very much enjoyed the fact that Haylie is not portrayed as disabled or broken, and that she is as important to the story as Nathan. I was unable to put this book down from start to finish and recommend Signs in the Dark to readers aged 15 years and over who love action-packed, emotional, literary rollercoaster rides which will have you on the edge of your seat. An excellent read for both Deaf and hearing alike.