#BlogTour #BookReview The Quiet People by Paul Cleave @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours

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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.

The Quiet People CoverAbout 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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My Review

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

Try something similar: End of Summer by Anders de la Motte

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Paul CleaveAbout 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.

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#6Degrees of Separation: From What Are You Going Through to A Woman Made of Snow

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It’s the first Saturday of the month which means it’s time for 6 Degrees of Separation!

Here’s how it works: a book is chosen as a starting point by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.

Kate says: Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal or esoteric ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge. Join in by posting your own six degrees chain on your blog and adding the link in the comments section of each month’s post.   You can also check out links to posts on Twitter using the hashtag #6Degrees.

This month’s starting book is What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez. Once again, it’s a book I haven’t read so for my first link I’m going to another book by the same author, The Friend – which I also haven’t read!  However, I understand it’s a story about how a bond forms between a woman and a dog.

This leads me to a book I actually have read – The Writer’s Cats by Muriel Barbery – a charming illustrated book in which the author reveals just how crucial a role her cats play in her writing.

My next link is the book that first introduced me to the work of Muriel Barbery, A Single Rose. In the book, Rose travels to Kyoto for the reading of the will of the Japanese father she never knew.

In Connectedness by Sandra Danby, an established artist asks a journalist to find the baby she gave away when she was an art student.

Staying on the theme of missing relatives, in The Vanished Child by M. J. Lee a genealogical investigator attempts to discover what happened to an illegitimate child given up for adoption many years before.

The final book in my chain is A Woman Made of Snow by Elisabeth Gifford in which a woman tries to discover the identity of her husband’s grandmother, a woman who seems to have been erased from the family’s history.

My chain has involved bonds formed and bonds broken. Where did your chain take you?