Social Media Icons

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Review: The Quiet People by Paul Cleave

The Quiet People
by Paul Cleave

Huge thanks to the author for this amazing copy.

Publisher: Upstart Press
Publish Date: April 8, 2021
Kindle Edition
344 Pages
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Domestic Thriller

Cameron and Lisa Murdoch are successful crime-writers. They have been on the promotional circuit, joking that no-one knows how to get away with crime like they do. After all, they write about it for a living.So when their 7 year old son Zach goes missing, naturally the police and the public wonder if they have finally decided to prove what they have been saying all this time - are they trying to show how they can commit the perfect crime? 

My Review:

"Can crime writers get away with murder?" Well my exes think that I probably could since I read so many dark thrillers. 😏 But I definitely have wondered with all the research that's done if it's possible that a crime writer COULD get away with it... or maybe the research keeps them from actually committing a crime? Who knows!  But I LOVE that this book touches on this. 

Cameron and Lisa are a married writing duo whose child, Zach, goes missing.  As usual, the parents are suspects and as the investigation moves forward, all eyes still seem to point to the parents.  Uff.  Y'all.  The depiction of the mob mentality, how social media/news makes such an impact on innocence or guilt, high tension and tempers, NOT innocent until proven guilty - all of it.  It is portrayed so realistically that it made my stomach turn.  Though, putting in a pyramid of nuns and priests certainly will stick in my head for a while! 🤣

Just when I think I know what's going on, WHAM BAM, you are WRONG MA'AM! Well shit. But also YAY because I do love getting surprised and Cleave gives us so many red herrings I'm going to be eating fish for weeks. Even when I had some suspicions, I was wrong - I'd be a terrible cop/investigator it seems.  We see this story through the father, Cameron, and let me tell you .... sometimes it was hard rooting for him but as the week started to pass, I truly felt for him.  I even cheered for him at certain points and messaged Paul immediately because my heart was breaking with Cameron's.  

This is my third Cleave book and they have all been 5 star reads for me.  I have a fourth waiting for me on my shelf which I will definitely have to move up my TBR.  All I can tell you, thriller lovers, is that if you haven't read a book by this author, you really need to.


No comments

Leave a Comment