Review ~ The Quiet Type – Summer Prescott

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Tim and Susannah have ordinary lives on the surface, he’s a mortician for whom death is a serious business, and she’s a chef who really knows her way around a knife, and if the neighbors in their small Midwestern town knew of her dark hobby, they’d run for the hills.

Raised by an apathetic mother and a cruel father, Susannah was bullied and pushed to her breaking point long before she met mild-mannered Tim, and learned to channel her murderous impulses into a strange form of art, which keeps her clueless husband safe…for now.

As strange events occur, and Susannah’s eccentric behavior becomes more dynamic, Tim starts to wonder about his wife. Will he be too perceptive for his own good?

This twisted, psychological, serial killer thriller will sear your psyche and rattle your soul. Buckle up, you’re in for a terrifying ride.

The Quiet Type starts out as a pretty interesting read. The set up was nice, a young girl with a difficult home life finding a way to take back some of the power she felt had been stolen from her at home and school. I wish we could have gotten more details about what happened to the bouncy bully, but that seems to be a theme with this story.

I know I mostly do romance reviews here because I am primarily a romance writer but a love and a hobby of mine is true crime. So when NetGalley offered me the chance to review Summer Prescott’s latest, I read the blurb and I was excited to dig in and get started. A mortician and a bloodthirsty serial killer meet…and at some point become husband and wife. It all just kind of happens but it sets the stage for the rest of the story in Pellman, MN.

I’m going to start with Timothy because—oh goodness—poor sweet Timothy was as introverted as they came. Sure he has a fascination with death that some—not me, mind you but some—might find macabre but it all came from a place of learning. And a painful experience in his past. I loved this guy. I felt for him and I just wanted to wrap him in my arms and hold him close because holy cow, the man was in over his head.

Susannah was…an interesting character. She was neglected, abused and bullied her whole life. At home and at school so there was no escape for her pain. Or her rage, and it was that rage that Summer Prescott captured so perfectly in The Quiet Type. I admired this in Susannah, her ability to control the rage, to recognize when it needed to be unleashed. Before you get all worried, I admit to a slight serial killer fascination which is why this story intrigued me from the start. Together they made an odd yet complementary pair that compelled me to flip the page as the story progressed.

Then the story got good. I mean like really good with a capital ‘G’. Summer Prescott set a sedate pace with this book for the most part but about 75 to 80% through it just picks up and the entire time my heart is pacing through the spider and the fly game between Susannah and one of her victims. It’s intense and fun, fast-paced and slightly gruesome but utterly entertaining. By the time I reached the final page it was like a never-ending thrill ride had, unfortunately, come to an end and you just know you’ll be talking about that ride for a good long while.

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