Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
Hollow’s Edge was always a quiet neighborhood. Set in a college town on a small lake, it is home to a tight-knit group of neighbors. But that all changes when the Truetts are murdered. Ruby Fletcher was found guilty and sent to prison. But then her conviction was overturned, and now she’s back in Hollow’s Edge. The entire neighborhood is in a frenzy. They do not trust Ruby, and they don’t want her there. But if Ruby didn’t kill the Truetts, who did? And what are they willing to do to keep their secret safe?
Such A Quiet Place is told from the perspective of Harper Nash, one of the homeowners in the neighborhood. Harper originally brought Ruby into the neighborhood as a roommate after her fiancé left her. Harper feels responsible for Ruby, but is also afraid of her, not quite believing that she is completely innocent.
This is a very atmospheric novel. There’s not much excitement to start, it is quite slow from the beginning. There’s lots of community drama. Parts of it reminded me of reading Nextdoor. But once the story picks up, it is a quick, propulsive read. I read it in a single afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, looking back over what I had read, not a ton happened in the plot. I found the ending to be a letdown, but overall I enjoyed this story!
Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for the review copy! All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads
We had no warning that she’d come back.
Hollow’s Edge used to be a quiet place. A private and idyllic neighborhood where neighbors dropped in on neighbors, celebrated graduation and holiday parties together, and looked out for one another. But then came the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. A year and a half later, Hollow’s Edge is simmering. The residents are trapped, unable to sell their homes, confronted daily by the empty Truett house, and suffocated by their trial testimonies that implicated one of their own. Ruby Fletcher. And now, Ruby’s back.
With her conviction overturned, Ruby waltzes right back to Hollow’s Edge, and into the home she once shared with Harper Nash. Harper, five years older, has always treated Ruby like a wayward younger sister. But now she’s terrified. What possible good could come of Ruby returning to the scene of the crime? And how can she possibly turn her away, when she knows Ruby has nowhere to go?
Within days, suspicion spreads like a virus across Hollow’s Edge. It’s increasingly clear that not everyone told the truth about the night of the Truett’s murders. And when Harper begins receiving threatening notes, she realizes she has to uncover the truth before someone else becomes the killer’s next victim.
About the Author
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, The Last House Guest, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, and The Girl from Widow Hills. She has also written several books for young adults, including Come Find Me, Fragments of the Lost, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.
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