Quiet, Pretty Things

Fiction - Crime
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 12/09/2021
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Reviewed by Anelynde Smit for Readers' Favorite

Quiet, Pretty Things by Megan Stockton is a twisted non-stop thrill ride that will keep you guessing until the end. Done from the point of view of the old cop, the partner, the rookie, and even the killer, this is a fresh take on a murder mystery. You are in the mind of a sick man playing a sick game, and you can’t do anything but watch. It is a nail-biting novel that will have you on your toes at all times. When the gruesome murders of a few girls start happening in Whitebranch, it is up to the detectives and coroner to solve a riddle. The killer toys with the police, leaving behind small tiles from an old game at each scene as he moves closer and closer to the lead detective Quentin Robichaud. Always one step ahead, the killer is taunting them until a breakthrough in the case cracks his little game wide open. Brilliantly written and well-executed, this is a real crime drama to catch you off guard.

I liked Quiet, Pretty Things by Megan Stockton. It is a very captivating story of a small town that has now become the playground for a killer. Every chapter explores the scene from a particular character’s perspective, even the killer’s, and that made it even more nerve-wracking. The detail she goes into is remarkable and you could see things happen as you read it. It is a very good novel for those seeking a thrill. I loved the complexity of the characters and the way they were so different from each other; the rookie being the thinker, the Old Hound being stuck in his ways, and the partner just trying to keep his family together. I would recommend this book to any lover of crime novels.

Cloie Belle Daffon

Megan Stockton’s Quiet, Pretty Things is a story about a string of gruesome murders that are taking place in a small town. It is up to detectives David, Torres, and Quentin to put a stop to this madness. However, being a detective and investigating a dangerous string of murders comes with risks. The killer’s focus suddenly shifts to the people trying to stop him. Will these detectives of a once-peaceful town be able to keep themselves and their loved ones safe?

Quiet, Pretty Things by Megan Stockton is an exciting, slow-paced, and well-written tale that constantly kept me on edge. I could feel the chills at the back of my neck every time a new victim was gruesomely discovered. The killer’s disturbing thoughts and actions were portrayed so well in the story that I felt frightened for his next victim. Sometimes I felt as though I was the one being chased by a psychotic killer. As I read, I could not help but shed a few tears because of the struggles the detectives went through as they tried to catch this dangerous, psychotic person wreaking havoc on their once-peaceful town. Often, they had to make difficult decisions along the way. Each of them showed amazing strength and determination while working on the case.

Stockton did a good job of portraying the trauma and hardships that detectives go through in their line of work. It adds a real flair to the story, giving it depth. Another thing that stood out to me is the unbreakable bond of friendship Quentin has with David. The strength of their bond played a big role in the succeeding events. I could not help but wish I had a friendship as strong as theirs. Out of all the characters in the book, Quentin’s character is the one that made my heart ache the most because of how much this case affected him and changed his life. Quiet, Pretty Things had me in its grip right to the very end. I found the book to be engaging, incredible, and heartbreaking to read. It has left its mark on me.

Pikasho Deka

Quiet, Pretty Things is an absorbing neo-noir thriller written by Megan Stockton. The small town of Whitebranch is shaken up with intense media frenzy and terror when the body of a young woman is found in a field, showing signs of ritualistic murder. As Detectives Quentin Robichaud and David Polanski delve into the investigation, more women fall victim to the killer, leading them to confirm a serial killer is roaming the humdrum town. Robichaud's trainee, Lucas Torres, suspects a link to the murders that may provide vital clues. However, when Robichaud calls out the killer publicly, things escalate further. The murders become increasingly gruesome and unpredictable, and not even the officers or their loved ones are safe. What follows is a dangerous game of cat and mouse. But who is the hunter?

Author Megan Stockton takes you on pulsating thrill ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails. The plot moves at a blistering pace, filled with twists and turns that you never see coming. If you're a fan of psychological thrillers like Seven or Zodiac, you'll fall in love with Quiet, Pretty Things. The narrative is full of suspense and intrigue, and Stockton masterfully builds up tension and dread, leading to plenty of hair-raising moments. Due to the multiple POV narrative style, the reader is also allowed access to the killer's psyche, which is as disturbing as it felt captivating to read. A character-driven psychological neo-noir thriller at its core, Quiet, Pretty Things is a treat for readers.