This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the historical thriller novel, Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips. This book was published in October 2013 by Scribner and has a page count of 480 pages. The audiobook is read by Tandy Cronyn and is 15 hours & 38 minutes in length. The following overview is provided from the B&N page: In Chicago in 1931, Asta Eicher, a lonely mother of three, is desperate for money after the sudden death of her husband. She begins to receive seductive letters from a chivalrous, elegant man named Harry Powers, who promises to cherish and protect her, ultimately to marry her and to care for her and her children. Weeks later, Asta and her three children are dead. Emily Thornhill, one of the few women journalists in the Chicago press, wants to understand what happened to this beautiful family, particularly to the youngest child, Annabel, an enchanting girl with a precocious imagination and sense of magic. Determined, Emily travels to West Virginia to cover the murder trial and to investigate the story herself, accompanied by a charming and unconventional photographer equally drawn to the case. These heroic characters, driven by secrets of their own, will stop at nothing to ensure Powers is convicted.
This book was okay. I liked the first half of the book but felt that it was disjointed from the second half. I enjoyed the storytelling throughout but there was some change that made it hard for me to enjoy it.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Alejandro Pilar Vasquez. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the fantasy novel, The Dark Tower by Stephen King. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!
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