Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for The Quiet People by Paul Cleave. My thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the tour and to Orenda for my digital review copy. The Quiet People is available now as an ebook and will be published in paperback on 25th November 2021.
About the Book
Cameron and Lisa Murdoch are successful New Zealand crime writers, happily married and topping bestseller lists worldwide. They have been on the promotional circuit for years, joking that no one knows how to get away with crime like they do. After all, they write about it for a living.
So when their challenging seven-year-old son Zach disappears, the police and the public naturally wonder if they have finally decided to prove what they have been saying all this time… Are they trying to show how they can commit the perfect crime?
Multi-award winning bestseller Paul Cleave returns with an electrifying and chilling thriller about family, public outrage and what a person might be capable of under pressure, that will keep you guessing until the final page…
Format: Paperback (300 pages) Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 25th November 2021 Genre: Crime, Thriller
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So, in The Quiet People we have a crime novelist writing a crime novel about two crime novelists who write crime novels. If that doesn’t get your head spinning just wait for what follows. A plot with more twists than a helter skelter, more turns than a merry-go-round and which will transport you into a dark hall of mirrors.
In their career as crime novelists the Murdochs have imagined all sorts of terrible things happening to other people but what if what’s happening to them is worse than anything they could have conjured up? After all, if you were going to commit the ‘perfect crime’, would you really choose your own child as the potential victim?
As the book progresses it builds up speed until it’s hurtling along like an express train, throwing its passengers (us readers) from side to side as it heads towards its unknown destination. But are Cameron and Lisa Murdoch driving the train or are they just passengers along with everyone else, powerless to determine what will happen next?
When everyone turns against you and suspects you of the worst crime possible, who can you rely on? Cameron, in particular, is about to find out and the answer may be more devastating than even he could have imagined. One piece of advice – probably best not to listen to Mr What If.
Incorporating elements such as press intrusion, betrayal, corruption, and the desire for revenge and retribution, The Quiet People exposes both the best and worst in people. It’s a terrific piece of crime writing and the epitome of a page-turner.
In three words: Clever, dark, gripping
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About the Author
Paul is an award-winning author who divides his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where most of his novels are set, and Europe. He has won the New Zealand Ngaio Marsh Award three times, the Saint-Maur book festival’s crime novel of the year award in France, and has been shortlisted for the Edgar and the Barry in the US and the Ned Kelly in Australia. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. He’s thrown his frisbee in over forty countries, plays tennis badly, golf even worse, and has two cats – which is often two too many.