Publisher: Hannover House
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Genre: Supernatural Suspense / Adult Fiction
Goodreads Average: 3.66 *as of 12/25/18*
On a stormy winter night, a small plane bound for Boston goes down in the treacherous White Mountains of New Hampshire. Through a haze of morphine, Kylie O’Rourke awakens in the hospital to confused and harrowing memories of the crash. Though trapped within the wreckage with her husband, she recalls wandering the icy mountainside and speaking with the other passengers, including one who had died on impact. As the bizarre aftermath becomes sharper in her mind, it appears more ominous, along with the unshakable feeling that her survival somehow defied fate. Reassured by her doctor that the disturbing memories had been caused by her sedation, Kylie returns to her life in Boston, but the aftermath of the tragedy proves unbearable. As her husband slips away from her into his own world of survivor’s guilt and deceit, Kylie is seized by a growing paranoia that someone is stalking her every move. In her nightmares, the predator is a specter crossing over from the mountaintop to reclaim her. Then a sudden and freakish tragedy sends Kylie’s world toppling. While those around her fear she is losing her mind, she finds herself caught up in a chain of events she cannot escape.
The cover of Quietus by Vivian Schilling says it is a novel of suspense and man is that one accurate description!
What it’s about: After a plane crash that kills everyone except for five people, the remaining survivors (especially Kylie and her friend Amelia) start having a very strong sense of foreboding. Kylie starts seeing people that aren’t there and she is terrified that her and the rest of the survivors were not meant to live. After a very upsetting tragedy, Kylie’s paranoia reaches a new high that has her fearing for her life.
This description of the plot is pretty vague, but I think it still gives you a good enough idea of what the book is about. Quietus is quite long at over 600 pages but the pages turn very quickly and had me on the edge of my seat pretty much the entire time. This might be the most suspenseful book that I have read in an extremely long time, and I have to give props to the author for managing to keep over 600 pages that interesting.
If you are terrified of dying in a plane crash or supernatural occurrences, this will probably be very frightening to read. For the longest time I was scared of dying in a plane crash so when I first started reading Quietus it was a little tough to read. But after the initial crash scene it really just moves into a bunch of supernatural stuff and is freaky in a completely different way.
Viewpoints switch from Kylie, her friend Amelia, Kylie’s husband Jack, Jack’s brother Dillon, and a few other people. I really liked all of the different viewpoints and some of them were a nice respite from all the suspense there was in Kylie and Amelia’s POVs. Schilling sets up a very complex story and plot that is both terrifying, and incredibly interesting to read.
Final Thought: The ending was actually a bit of a let down in my opinion, but I guess it fit with the overall feel of the book. Other than the end, I really enjoyed everything else about the book. It does have a bit of a Final Destination vibe, but it was so much more than that. I would recommend Quietus to people who like reading about the supernatural and enjoy long books filled with suspense.
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.