The Quiet Girlby S.F. Kosa (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by Sourcebooks on August 11, 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Psychological Suspense
Source: TLC Book Tours
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I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When Alex arrives in Provincetown to patch things up with his new wife, he finds an empty wine glass in the sink, her wedding ring on the desk, and a string of questions in her wake. The police believe that Alex’s wife simply left, his marriage crumbling before it truly began. But what Alex finds in their empty cottage points him toward a different reality:
His wife has always carried a secret. And now she’s disappeared.
In his hunt for the truth, Alex comes across Layla, a young woman with information to share, who may hold the key to everything his wife has kept hidden. A girl without a clear recollection of her own past. A strange, quiet girl whose memories may break them all.
To find his wife, Alex must face what Layla has forgotten. And the consequences are anything but quiet.
“Prepare to be enthralled – The Quiet Girl will grab your emotions and then hang on with a death grip. Atmospheric and twisty enough to deliver whiplash, S.F Kosa writes with a keen eye for detail and surprise endings. A compelling narrative that hums with momentum long after the reader is done.” – Maureen Joyce Connolly, author of Little Lovely Things
“The Quiet Girl is brimming with twists and turns from the first page to the last. It’s a story that will keep you reading well past your bedtime as you try to unravel truth from fiction in this clever novel. Chilling and shocking, The Quiet Girl is sure to stick with you even after the last page has been turned.” – Gina LaManna, author of Pretty Guilty Women
“Dueling narratives propel this stunning psychological suspense…Hitchcock fans won’t want to miss this nuanced, multilayered novel.” – Publishers Weekly
It’s been a while since I’ve read a psychological suspense that was predictable on the surface, but was oh so twisty-turny underneath that I loved every minute of guessing just what was going on. S.F. Kosa’s debut novel in this genre, The Quiet Girl, was a fantastic case of an unreliable narrator pitted against an almost too-reliable narrator that’s second guessing everything that he’s knows about his new wife, and it worked so well for me.
Romance novelist Mina goes missing after a fight with her husband Alex, and we get alternating chapters in his point of view and from another woman’s POV named Layla/Maggie. As Alex continues to dig into Mina’s family and friends and her mysterious past while retracing her last steps, he uncovers things that he never knew about his wife. Things that turn his entire world upside down. He doesn’t know who to trust, where his wife has gone, or if he can get her back. I really grew to like Alex, and his loyalty to his new wife was there through thick and thin, even when it looked like she’d just disappeared to do harm to herself. He never gave up on finding out the truth.
The chapters from a mystery woman’s point of view, who is first named Layla and then called Maggie, were a bit confusing at first. I quickly thought I knew what the big reveal was going to be, but it was not exactly what I thought it was. I really enjoyed this these twists and the unreliable narrator aspect of the chapters. Alex didn’t know what he could believe, and we got to investigate and find out things right along with Alex. Mina’s family and friends as well as Alex’s small list of family were fleshed out nicely, so remembering this small cast of characters was no problem.
I give The Quiet Girl a 4.5 out of 5. The tension and suspense in this book just grew and grew as Alex gets closer to finding out the truth about Mina and her past. Finding out things at the same time as Alex made for nice pacing, and the mysteries were revealed only to have more questions be raised. The characters in this book were so laden with secrets, treachery, and some with pure evil, and figuring out who to hate was a big part of the fun of The Quiet Girl. Childhood trauma, hidden pasts, adultery, and immense psychological distress make for an intense psychological suspense. The ending was fitting, and I did feel a bit sad about it.
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About S.F. Kosa
S.F. Kosa is a clinical psychologist with a fascination for the seedy underbelly of the human psyche. Though The Quiet Girl is her debut psychological suspense novel, writing as Sarah Fine, she is the author of over two dozen fantasy, urban fantasy, sci-fi, and romance novels, several of which have been translated into multiple languages. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their (blended) brood of five young humans.
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