Series: Some Quiet Place #1
Published by Flux on July 8th, 2013
Source: Received from publisher
I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.
Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.
Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?
First sentence: Fear is coming.
Thoughts: I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I picked up Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton. I hadn’t read the synopsis, so all I new when I requested it through NetGalley was that I liked the cover. Boy did this book deliver. It is darkly beautiful, rife with its own mythology and mystical creatures. I was very surprised by the skillful character composition and the gorgeous narrative. This is sure to be a hit for paranormal fans looking for something a bit different.
The first thing about Some Quiet Place that really captured me was the voice. There have been plenty of attempts in YA at an emotionless heroine, but none have ever felt true. Too often the heroine is actually just angry or depressed. But Kelsey Sutton was able to create a character that was one-hundred percent devoid of emotion. I was so impressed with Elizabeth’s detachment and lifeless voice and I think this is a great highlight for Sutton’s skill as a writer.
Through all of that emotionlessness, though, comes beautiful writing and exquisite imagery. And when all the feelings and emotions finally started breaking through, it was gorgeous and heartbreaking. You see a character go through so much, from child abuse to death, and not flinch. Then when the walls starts to crumble, they are able to entirely feel everything and it was amazing, feeling emotions through the eyes of someone who has never felt fear, joy, grief, or regret before. It was beautiful.
I fell in love with the world Sutton created with Some Quiet Place. The personification of emotions is something entirely new to me and it was so original and exciting getting to see what Fear or Sorrow or Courage looked like. The Elements were also personified – Elements like Fog, and Moss, and Rain. I loved that Fear became obsessed with Liz because she couldn’t feel him. All the Emotions were dumbfounded by her strange condition, but it sent most of them away. But Fear was relentless in trying to figure her out.
There was a bit of mystery in Some Quiet Place. Of course, Liz and Fear are both trying to figure out when she can’t feel, but can see, Emotions. But also, Liz is being plagued by nightmares every night about a boy dying and a girl grieving over him, an inky black shadow poised over them. She can’t seem to figure out the connection to these characters, but she knows it’s there. The way it all unfolded was definitely a surprise to me, and I absolutely loved the way it all ended. I should let you all know that there is a bit of a love triangle, but I think you’ll be surprised by how it works itself out.
Some Quiet Place is a beautiful hidden gem of a book that is full of the unexpected – unexpected beautiful writing, skillful character composition, horrifying mythology, and a perfectly creepy villain.