Paul Cleave: The Quiet People

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Quiet People. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of the book.


Cameron and Lisa Murdoch are successful New Zealand crime writers, happily married and topping bestseller lists worldwide. They have been on the promotional circuit for years, joking that no one knows how to get away with crime like they do. After all, they write about it for a living.

So when their challenging seven-year-old son Zach disappears, the police and the public naturally wonder if they have finally decided to prove what they have been saying all this time… 

Are they trying to show how they can commit the perfect crime?

Electrifying, taut and immaculately plotted, The Quiet People is a chilling, tantalisingly twisted thriller that will keep you gripped and guessing to the last explosive page.


The Quiet People really stands out for me in a genre that can often feel a little crowded. It’s written from the points of view of both the detective leading the investigation into Zach’s disappearance and Zach’s father. These are unusual viewpoints to take, but they really work as they allow the reader to see the case from both sides, whilst still having lots of questions and not quite knowing who to trust. 

I loved Cleave’s writing style. It’s fast paced and very intelligent and I particularly appreciated the significance of the main characters being crime writers and the potential this gave to comment about crime writing. Cleave subverts most of the crime writing conventions but he pulls it off brilliantly and The Quiet People still works as a crime novel that kept me intrigued until the final answers were revealed.

There were times when I thought I knew where The Quiet People was going, but as soon as I figured it out, the author took me away in another direction. I love being kept on my toes like this and I was really gripped by the tension that runs throughout the novel. 

I hope there is more to come from this author because I will be sure to read it. 

The Quiet People is available from Amazon.

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