Friday, July 23, 2021

Review: Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 2021

Hollow’s Edge used to be a quiet place. A private and idyllic neighborhood where neighbors dropped in on neighbors, celebrated graduation and holiday parties together, and looked out for one another. But then came the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. A year and a half later, Hollow’s Edge is simmering. The residents are trapped, unable to sell their homes, confronted daily by the empty Truett house, and suffocated by their trial testimonies that implicated one of their own. Ruby Fletcher. And now, Ruby’s back.

With her conviction overturned, Ruby waltzes right back to Hollow’s Edge, and into the home she once shared with Harper Nash. Harper, five years older, has always treated Ruby like a wayward younger sister. But now she’s terrified. What possible good could come of Ruby returning to the scene of the crime? And how can she possibly turn her away, when she knows Ruby has nowhere to go?

Within days, suspicion spreads like a virus across Hollow’s Edge. It’s increasingly clear that not everyone told the truth about the night of the Truett’s murders. And when Harper begins receiving threatening notes, she realizes she has to uncover the truth before someone else becomes the killer’s next victim.

Such a Quiet Place is a domestic thriller that takes place in a small private community.  The neighbors all know each others business and use their porch cameras to spy.  A year ago Ruby was convicted of killing the couple next door.  After her conviction was overturned, she is back in the neighborhood.    Harper isn't so sure they know the truth of what happened that night. Everyone is on edge because everyone has secrets.

I wouldn't exactly call this a "thriller".  It was more like a sleepy murder mystery.  I was engaged and kept guessing.  I will admit that the solution was a surprise, so there is that.  I just didn't love the characters.  They were all very self-centered and horrible people.  It's neighbors like these that make you want to keep to yourself.  I had a hard time finding someone to root for.  The story is told through the perspective of Harper and even she was kind of awful.  I'd recommend this one if you don't' mind unlikable characters.  

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