ARC Review: Quietus by Vivian Schilling

Quietus by Vivian Schilling

Published February 27th, 2018 by Hannover House

Genres Mystery, Thriller

Pages 608

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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.

This book was really interesting and actually reminded me a lot of the movie Final Destination. After Kylie and her husband Jack, along with some of her close friends are involved in a plane crash that almost kills them, Kylie wakes up very confused in the hospital with memories from the crash. Although Kylie has survived the crash, she can’t seem to shake the feeling that something isn’t quite right and she has some strange memories from her time in the mountains. She shares these feelings and memories wit her psychiatrist who tells her that these things simply never happened. She tried to believe this and move on, but when she finds that someone seems to be stalking her, she finds her world starting to crumble around her.

The premise of this book sounded really interesting, a big familiar, but interesting none the less. However, I just didn’t really like the author’s writing and she seemed to be trying to write too many different themes into one story. Overall, it was an interesting story and I found Kylie to be a likeable character, I just never became overly invested in her character. The book definitely combines elements from both the thriller and horror genres, along with a bit of suspense.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book.

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