Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 4/2/2016
My overall impressions: dark, morbid, sulking, dirt, psychotic, slovenly, weird, haunting, irresponsible.
Josie is a slender thirty six year old ginger haired, lazy slob married to Charlie Brewers. He is the more stable and reliable of the two and is twenty years her senior. From the beginning I didn't like Josie. Her mood changes were erratic, sudden and extreme. The slightest negative thought or deed set off her self-centered bitch behavior. I mostly felt sorry for Charlie and wondered how he could stand to stay with her.
At half way through the book I questioned why I was continuing to plow through the ugly repetitive scenes. At about three quarters of the book the real story began to unfold, but it isn't pretty.
Josie was adopted at birth by a wealthy family. Problems there shaped and scarred her teen and adult life.
When Josie and her birth mother, Ailene, finally met it opened a whole new set of insecurities and new issues for her to deal with. Of course, in most cases she lashed out and dealt with the problems as the emotional wreck she was. At this point my interest piqued and I was eager to learn more. The only break in continuity I noted was here. Why didn't Ailene recognize Charlie's full name? I would have thought it was burned into her memory.
From there on the plot held surprising twist and turns and left me wondering how any sane person could continue to function under the burden of Josie's past. The answer is, a sane person couldn't cope with it. By then I understood why the author had spent so much time building Josie's character and painting the picture of her that evolved.
I won't give The Quiet Ones a strong recommendation, but it is a good read for those who can stand the morbidity.
Those who don't want cursing or perversion in the books they read should skip this. Many F- bombs are thrown and incest plays a large part in shaping Josie's mental state.
The writing style is harsh and intense and character development is thorough to the point of being overpowering. Abundant research is evident in the details entwined throughout the plot.
On the negative side, editing is fair with missing, misspelled and wrong words used. It's definitely not terrible, but it's not without fault.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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