Such a Quiet Place is the fourth of US author, Megan Miranda’s novels I’ve read. It’s about the aftermath of murder in a (kinda) gated community, setting up an intriguing locked room-type mystery. Almost. To the relief of the locals someone was arrested and convicted of the crime. But there’s now the question of whether they were actually guilty.
The Girl from Widow Hills is the third book I’ve read by Megan Miranda and each has been very different though all nice and twisty.
In some ways it’s a familiar premise… a young woman running from her past gets caught up in a murder that means her secrets are uncovered. I fully expected it to be slightly cliched with our lead Olivia, becoming the police’s key suspect. Interestingly however, it’s really only Olivia who second-guesses herself.
Last year I read Megan Miranda’s ingenious All The Missing Girls. It was cleverly written. Backwards. Like the movie Memento. I very much enjoyed the novel but the logical part of my brain tried to piece everything together chronologically and I was a little concerned it didn’t entirely flow as it should have.
The book – Miranda’s first non young adult novel – was very well received though and her second book has been eagerly awaited.
Other than the opening and closing pages, All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is told in reverse. Memento-style. It’s an interesting approach and works in this instance because the big reveal would otherwise come ‘early’ in the novel.