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The first time Lee Bennett notices the humming sound in the distance, he believes it is coming from the aircraft engines at a nearby aviation center. But then he hears it again forty-five miles away at the new home he and his wife Shelby have just moved into, and he realizes it is something else entirely. He soon learns he is only one of thousands of people around the world who have detected "the Hum." He begins to observe other things as well: something is killing the animals, and people are behaving oddly.As a deadly sickness starts to plague the town's residents, he must find a way to halt the potentially far-reaching events before it is too late.… (more)

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Reviewed by Ben Green for Reader Views (10/16)


“The Hum” by Sharon Mikeworth is an excellent horror/thriller that takes a very simple phenomenon known as the Hum and turns it into a terrifying entry point for an out-of-this-world thriller. The simplicity of the initial problems, combined with Mikeworth's ability to create believable characters that are just normal people dealing with normal problems, makes “The Hum” one of those titles that draw you in from the first few pages and keeps you interested all the way through the story. The author wastes little time before jumping right into the story, and while it may seem like there should be more build up, the pacing of “The Hum” is actually perfect and reading it quickly becomes addictive.

“The Hum” follows Lee Bennett, the man who can hear the Hum. Lee becomes interested in what the Hum is and begins investigating. Lee soon finds other phenomenon related to the Hum and very quickly begins to question his and everyone else’s safety, and even his sanity. The real question is whether Lee is finding more because he is looking for it, or because it is looking for him. This page-turning thriller might be the best Indy book I have read so far this year. Another excellent thing about “The Hum” is the character development. I found myself actually caring about what happens to them both in relation to the Hum and in everyday life.

My favorite part of “The Hum” is how it constantly leaves you guessing and creates legitimate misdirection. This is something a lot of author’s attempt, but Mikeworth actually excels at doing. The other thing Mikeworth does well is she constantly reminds the reader of the human element of the story. Lee and his wife are human, and even though the world may be going to hell, they still have real personal issues.

In conclusion, I cannot say enough good things about “The Hum” by Sharon Mikeworth. The bottom line is if you’re a fan of the horror genre and enjoy fast-paced Sci-Fi styled stories that push what can be considered believable, then the “The Hum” is a good choice. Mikeworth does a great job keeping the characters and setting believable while at the same time drawing the reader into a world where almost anything is possible. The one fear I typically have with this type of genre and story is that the ending or conclusion will be a cop-out. In the case of “The Hum,” Sharon Mikeworth quells this fear and does not disappoint. I strongly recommend this book. ( )
  Reader_Views | Oct 20, 2020 |
Lee Bennett has finally landed his first book deal and used the advance to rent a house in an ideal location to write his book, but there is tension between his need to write and his wife’s desire for a child. An infuriating hum and missing animals provide the first hints all in not right. Then the odd lights and an accident bring more concerns. Now a pathogen making people sick and the government quarantine the community. Bennett and two neighbors may know cure, but it may be too save his marriage. There are a few twist and turns to hold the reader’s interest in this supernatural thriller.

LibraryThing Member Giveaway randomly chose me to receive this book free from the publisher. I was under no obligation to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. ( )
  bemislibrary | May 7, 2017 |
The Hum is a fast-paced science fiction story that's rather an enjoyable read. It follows Lee Bennet as he investigates an odd mechanical humming noise ('The Hum', a genuine reported phenomenon) which seems to be linked to a series of strange events.

From the plot summary I was expecting a slow burning mystery story which could have science-fiction/fantasy leanings, but this is straightforward science fiction (which I enjoy). The author's style is straightforward with no flowery language, but that does work well with the speed of the narrative.

There are a few bits and pieces in the book that could have benefited from a keen-eyed editor, but I really enojyed the story and am tempted to look up more of the author's work.

This novel is in a similar style to the books that come out alongside series such as the X-files, and I'd definitely recommend it to people who enjoy books of that type (as I do!) ( )
  Alfirin | Mar 12, 2017 |
When I requested this book, I thought it was a thriller. After reading about 100 pages, I still believed it was a thriller, and I liked the author. Her language was beautiful and the plot well created and exciting. But then, the most incredible thing started to happen, and I realised that the genre was “Fantasy”. Unfortunately, I don’t like reading about things that are impossible to happen “in the real world”. That’s why I give this book three stars. But if you are a fan of “Fantasy”, I will highly recommend it, and I’m sure you will give this book five stars ( )
  Bengan | Mar 3, 2017 |
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The first time Lee Bennett notices the humming sound in the distance, he believes it is coming from the aircraft engines at a nearby aviation center. But then he hears it again forty-five miles away at the new home he and his wife Shelby have just moved into, and he realizes it is something else entirely. He soon learns he is only one of thousands of people around the world who have detected "the Hum." He begins to observe other things as well: something is killing the animals, and people are behaving oddly.As a deadly sickness starts to plague the town's residents, he must find a way to halt the potentially far-reaching events before it is too late.

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