By Megan Miranda
An Entertaining and Easy Read with a Picture Perfect Setting by the Lake
The Hollow’s Edge neighborhood is just recovering from the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett and its aftermath when the murderer is released from prison. Ruby Fletcher is released from prison and just days later shows up in Hollow’s Edge, sneaking right back into the home she once shared with Harper Nash as if nothing had happened.
Harper always thought of Ruby as an unruly younger sister. But now, she is terrified and intimidated by Ruby’s brazen return. The Truett’s had lived right next door to Harper’s home. The shocked neighbors are nervous and suspicious, and Ruby vows to get revenge for those that put her in prison. The once quiet and idyllic lakeside neighborhood is abuzz with conversations about what to do about Ruby. When Harper starts receiving threatening notes, she knows she has to uncover the truth about the Truett’s murder.
SUCH A QUIET PLACE is an entertaining and easy read. The premise of the story is intriguing. What would you do if the person you testified against for murder was convicted and then released and was back living in your house? And if Ruby didn’t really do it, who did?
The lakeside neighborhood setting for the story is picture-perfect. The close-knit neighbors propel the twisty story with their secret meetings and message board.
Megan Miranda’s writing makes you feel as if you are there. She captures a story full of tension and suspense. You don’t know who to believe or who to trust.
While I appreciated the story immensely, I didn’t particularly care for Ruby or Harper’s characters. Harper Nash was so intimidated by Ruby it made me mad, while Ruby’s brazen character was just as unsettling, with behaviors that didn’t seem to make much sense. Neither Harper nor Ruby had the courage to speak up and use their words to confront the neighborhood's issues.
Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Published July 13, 2021