on July 17, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book! I've read all of the author's "Darkwater Bay" series books - but series books are different because the author has the freedom to develop a character more slowly, book by book. And also can have an ongoing story arc that develops book by book. I like that about series books (and I thoroughly enjoyed the Darkwater Bay books), but I also like stand-alone books, where all the character development and story has to be complete by the last page.
The Quiet Ones had all the elements I look for in a good read - good characterization, an engaging plot, and a relatively brisk pace. (Or as I like to say, the 3 Ps - people, plot and pacing.) The book starts with Emma as a serious 15 year old, whose life seems to get more complicated - and difficult - by the day. Add to that personal issues that make it hard for her to trust anyone, and it's no wonder the police wonder what she's hiding... But her maturity and sense of responsibility soon wins the respect and support of several people, even though she's not always sure that they're on her side.
It's a mystery, but not an "action" mystery so much as an in-depth look at the people at both the center of it, and the people trying to solve the case, and how their interactions play into solving it. If you're looking for "bang-bang-shoot-'em-up" this isn't the book for you. But if you want to get inside the heads of all the people involved in solving a horrific crime (and, yes, with a tad bit of romance thrown in), buy this book. Now. Clear your schedule, because you probably won't want to stop reading until you see how everything comes out.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)