Paul Cleave: The Quiet People

It was a day that went bad and got worse. A day when Cameron Murdoch took his ‘on the Autistic spectrum’ son Zach out for a some fun.

At the bouncy castle Murdoch realizes he can’t see Zach with the other children. He jumps inside inadvertently bumping and jostling the children creating a furor.

Zach is found, but that night he disappears from his bedroom and an unfathomable nightmare begins for his parents.

Lisa and Cameron Murdoch are crime fiction writers and their profession becomes a flash point. Many think that they murdered their son believing they can get away with it, and the swell of hatred rises beyond any reasonable proportion.

This is a fast read. A what in hell can happen next type of read. A little suspension of disbelief is needed for this book, but I say just go with it and enjoy the ride.

I reviewed Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave in 2016, and you should check out the books of this accomplished writer here on his website.

~ June Lorraine Roberts

Murder in Common is a Feedspot Top 100 Crime Novel Website

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  1. Whoa! This definitely sounds like one of those climb-in-and-hang-on reads!

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  2. Intriguing from over and review.

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  3. Somewhere in this book, the narrator says “the quiet people” are those whom the unsuspecting neighbors disbelieve could have committed some heinous crime. But I thought the title was also ironic, because Very Noisy People felt entitled to harass the parents, camp outside their home, and escalate confrontations with them. It was scary, but, alas, not far from what has happened in any number of cases, including that of a missing 3-year-old Nova Scotia boy whose parents were ostracized by their small community. Social media “crime-solvers” and vigilantes! Chilling, actually.

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  4. I’ll have to look him up, I’ve managed to ginore him thus far.

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  5. You mean Γ’Β€ΒœThe Quiet People, donҀ™t you? MarianneFrom: Murder in CommonSent: Monday, 21 March 2022 12:45 AMTo: cloggie.downunder@gmail.comSubject: [New post] Paul Cleave: The Quite People June Lorraine Roberts posted: " It was a day that went bad and got worse. A day when Cameron Murdoch took his ‘on the Autistic spectrum’, 7-year old son Zach out for some fun. At the bouncy castle Murdoch realizes he can’t see Zach with the other children. He jumps inside inadvert"

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  6. Or The QUIET people?? ❀️

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  7. That’s the way Cleaves’ work often is, June. It’s suspenseful and best enjoyed if you buckle up and go for the ride.

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  8. I never have a problem with suspension of belief as long as I am interested in the characters.

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  9. I don’t mind suspension of belief if it (or the rest of it) is done well. These days suspension of belief is what’s on the menu. If we don’t dig in, we are likely to starve.

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