Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: Quietus by Vivian Schilling

by Vivian Schilling

Publisher: Hannover House
Pages: 608
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  On a stormy winter night, a small plane bound for Boston goes down in the treacherous White Mountains of New Hampshire. Through a haze of morphine, Kylie O’Rourke awakens in the hospital to confused and harrowing memories of the crash. Though trapped within the wreckage with her husband, she recalls wandering the icy mountainside and speaking with the other passengers, including one who had died on impact. As the bizarre aftermath becomes sharper in her mind, it appears more ominous, along with the unshakable feeling that her survival somehow defied fate. Reassured by her doctor that the disturbing memories had been caused by her sedation, Kylie returns to her life in Boston, but the aftermath of the tragedy proves unbearable. As her husband slips away from her into his own world of survivor's guilt and deceit, Kylie is seized by a growing paranoia that someone is stalking her every move. In her nightmares, the predator is a specter crossing over from the mountaintop to reclaim her. Then a sudden and freakish tragedy sends Kylie's world toppling. While those around her fear she is losing her mind, she finds herself caught up in a chain of events she cannot escape. 

Kritters Thoughts:  The concept of this story sold me from the start and the first part of the book, I was ready to roll, but somewhere at the third way through mark I got lost a little and from there I was in and out of this book.  

Kylie O'Rourke and her husband and another couple are on a private plane and for many reasons the plane crashes.  She barely survives the crash and from there her world is turned upside down.  The book is less about the actual crash and more about the aftermath of it all.  With survivor's guilt and paranoia and PTSD, Vivian Schilling explores all the effects of surviving a near death experience.  

For me, I loved most of it, but there were definitely some parts where I had to suspend my belief and get out of reality and it was just ok.  It was so interesting reading this book, I would be so in where I couldn't take my eyes off the page and invested in Kylie and Jack and then weird things would start happening and I would try to refrain from rolling my eyes and I would get distracted and had to will myself to get back to the book - reading it was a roller coaster.  I loved it and hated it all at the same time.    

After I finished the book, I read reviews to help gather my thoughts.  I read often that people were comparing this to the movie Final Destination and while I haven't seen the movie I could see where the comparisons are and I would say I would have enjoyed this book as a movie more than that movie.  The other thing I read often was about the length and I agree with those thoughts also.  I don't mind a chunky book when I feel as though every page is worth it and it takes that long to get through a story.  I didn't feel that way with this book - it felt as though there were some pages and parts of the story that didn't seem worth it and could have shortened the book to make it more of an impact.  

Overall, I would read more books by Vivian Schilling, but I would probably read the synopsis and maybe a review before diving in.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from FSB Associates.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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