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July saw the release of Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda, and I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy earlier this summer. If you’re looking for a good suspense novel then this will be just your kind of read. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading it here.
Such a Quiet Place is set in the close-knit community of Hollow’s Edge in Virginia. The neighbourhood had been rocked to its core with the double murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett fourteen months previously. Even more so when one of their own, Ruby Fletcher was arrested and then convicted of the crime and sentenced to twenty years in prison.
Ruby had been lodger and friend to Harper Nash, and even now she can’t quite believe what has happened. How could her friend have broken into their neighbour’s house, started their car up in the garage and opened the door leading into the house to ensure the couple would be suffocated due to carbon monoxide poisoning. But that’s exactly what appears to have happened, and security camera footage from the community, along with their testimonies helped to secure Ruby’s conviction.
But now Ruby has been released, and the conviction has been overturned on a technicality, and much to Harper’s amazement and confusion, she has turned up on her doorstep looking for a safe and friendly place to stay. Harper isn’t quite as happy to see her as she thought though, after all, there’s no smoke without fire, and what will the neighbours say.
It quickly becomes clear that when Ruby’s sentence was handed down that her father told Harper to get rid of all of her possessions, after all, she wasn’t going to need them, was she. But now she has pretty much nothing and is feeling bad, Harper buys her clothes, food and even loans Ruby her car.
In Such a Quiet Place Ruby tells Harper that someone is going to pay for what happened to her, she’s still proclaiming her innocence, but how will Ruby get to the truth?
As the story unfolds we learn more about both women and the people around them. We learn that the neighbourhood is full of gossip and curtain twitchers and that everyone knows everyone else’s business, or at least, think that they do.
Told over an eleven-day period from the point of Ruby’s release, the plot within Such a Quiet Place builds, as stories unravel and we learn that some people really aren’t what they seem at all.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Such a Quiet Place and have included my Amazon Affiliate link (I do earn from qualifying purchases) below for your reference.