The Quiet Child: A Novel by John Burley


Reviewed by Vickie Dailey

The Quiet ChildThis is most likely the hardest review I’ve ever done. The story has elements of mystery yet a thriller like atmosphere to what appears to be a quiet town. The story starts out normal enough – a 1950’s family with Dad Michael, Mom Kate and their two sons Sean and Danny. You soon learn that Kate is ill and son Danny has never spoken a word. On a seemingly innocent trip to the store for ice cream (no spoilers) their happy (or not) family is torn apart.

The ensuing events lead the reader down one path and then another. What you believe and what is really true doesn’t play out until the very end.

While a short book – it is well thought out and keeps the reader’s attention to the very end. I finished reading this book in just a couple of hours – a testament to how well it keeps the reader guessing until the very end.

I have never read any of John Burley’s books prior to The Quiet Child and I will be looking for the next one soon. A highly recommended read.