How do you know who you are when you don’t know where you came from? And what happens when a trauma from your past creeps in to your present? These are questions posed in the novel The Quiet Ones by Betsy Reavley.
When Josie gets a letter from her birth mother, her whole world view is shifted, and she finds herself wondering about the woman that gave birth to her. After all, she doesn’t exactly have the best relationship with her adoptive parents.
However, when a brutal murder turns her life upside down, she must re-examine every part of her present life. And everyone who is a part of it.
This book is mainly written in the perspective of Josie, but there are small sections throughout the novel in the point of view of the ‘villain’ of the novel. Josie’s portions of the book are really well-written. However, I didn’t like the villain’s sections at all. I get that the author was trying to portray a creepy character, but I was so disgusted by him that I didn’t want to continue reading. Not to mention, I didn’t like the writing style she used for those chapters, either.
I didn’t particularly care for Josie as a character, but after learning more about her past, I didn’t mind sticking with her throughout the novel to see if there would be a shift in her character to something more positive.
There was definitely a lot in the novel that kept me interested. There were many twists and turns; the book was suspenseful. However, there were bad things after bad things after bad things that kept happening to Josie, and it got old really fast. I kept thinking, “Something has got to go right for this poor girl eventually,” but nothing did go right, and although I was very surprised by the ending, I still didn’t feel that Josie got something positive from it.
All in all, it was a book full of twists and turns that kept me reading more to find out the ending, but I probably wouldn’t read it again.
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Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Betsy Reavley. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.