The Quiet Tenant

The Quiet Tenant

Crime & Thrillers
Hardback Published on: 20/06/2023
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The Quiet Tenant
The stuff that nightmares are made of!
A new exploration of the phenomenon of kidnapping adult women and taking control of their lives. Quite disturbing and brutal in parts. The narrative deve... READ MORE
Linda@{Livingston]
The Quiet Tenant
Powerful and gripping...
Another book that I can’t praise highly enough is, Clemence Michallon- The Quiet Tenant and it is without question, one of the best debuts I have ever read... READ MORE
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Synopsis

He took you and you have been his for five years. But you have been careful. Waiting for him to mess up. It has to be now. Aidan Thomas is a hardworking family man and a respected member of his community. He's the kind of man who always lends a hand and has a good word for everyone. He's also a kidnapper and serial killer who has murdered eight women. And there's a ninth, a woman he calls Rachel, imprisoned in a backyard shed where she fears for her life. When Aidan's wife dies, he and his thirteen-year-old daughter, Cecilia, are forced to move. Aidan has no choice but to bring Rachel too, introducing her to Cecilia as a family friend who needs a place to stay. He knows that after five years of captivity, Rachel is too frightened of the consequences to attempt to escape. But Rachel is a fighter and a survivor. And when Emily, a local restaurant owner, develops a crush on the handsome widower, she finds herself drawn into Rachel and Cecilia's orbit, coming dangerously close to discovering Aidan's secret. The Quiet Tenant explores the psychological impact of Aidan's crimes on the women in his life through the voices of Rachel, Cecilia, and Emily - and the bonds between those women that give them the strength to fight back. Both a searing thriller and an astute study of trauma, survival, and the dynamics of power, The Quiet Tenant is an electrifying novel by a major talent.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781408716861
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 520g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 32 mm

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The Quiet Tenant
SENSATIONAL
CLEMENCE MICHALLON – THE QUIET TENANT ***** I read this novel in advance of publication through NetGalley in return for an honest review. Most authors ... READ MORE
Charles Coussens
The Quiet Tenant
A gripping, compelling thriller
The story begins with ‘Rachel’ who is imprisoned in a basic, utilitarian shed. She has been kept there for the past five years. Her prisoner routinely br... READ MORE
Frances Heaton
The Quiet Tenant
On Your Mark, Get Set...
Run! Run! Get out of there! Geez… why doesn’t she get the hell out of there? – My brain at more than one point here… Rachel is “The Quiet Tenant,” a woman... READ MORE
Michael Burke
The Quiet Tenant
The Quiet Tenant by Clemence Michallon
The Quiet Tenant by Clemence Michallon is a psychological thriller which is quite horrifying because one of the main characters. Aiden Thomas lives in a sm... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
The Quiet Tenant
Excellent Debut
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. This is simply an excellent debut, I was hooked. Brilliant writing, superb plotting and exceptional... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Quiet Tenant
Addictive
Oh my goodness, this was addictive I needed to keep going and find out what was happening. This has to be one of the best books that I have read for ages. ... READ MORE
Caroline Wright
The Quiet Tenant
Fantastic First Novel!!
This is the first book of this french writer and wow what a debut. I requested this half-heartedly to be honest and when I started reading it, I wasn’t in... READ MORE
Lesley Davison
The Quiet Tenant
A stunning debut and one not to be missed !
This is the story of “the woman” and told in various stages of her incarceration as she tries to survive after being captured by a serial killer and it’s d... READ MORE
Kat  Gair
The Quiet Tenant
Nail Biting !
At first I found the storyline a little confusing - told in the first person by a few characters and skipping between the past and present. Soon, however, ... READ MORE
Mairi Eggar
The Quiet Tenant
Disturbing but totally absorbing
Rachel has been locked in a shed for years. Her captive is a devoted husband and father who everyone loves but what they don’t know is he’s a kidnapped and... READ MORE
Lindsay Adams-Riley
The Quiet Tenant
Clear your diary for this book.
This serial killer novel delivers everything we need from the genre and more. The structure, set from the perspective of three women, each at their own sta... READ MORE
Eve
The Quiet Tenant
Brilliant
Wow. A really well written book. I loved the confusion of the present between characters it had me gripped from the start. There was a few problems but mor... READ MORE
Book nerd mama
The Quiet Tenant
Nail-biting
The most tense, nail-biting thriller I have ever read. I was on the edge of my seat from the opening sentence and I was compelled to read it every spare mo... READ MORE
Leanne N
The Quiet Tenant
Great debut
This is the story of a woman held hostage by a serial killer and told in alternating chapters from various character’s points of view; including, the ‘woma... READ MORE
Hannah  Boucherat
The Quiet Tenant
An excellent thriller from the victims perspective not the perpetrators.
Aiden Thomas is a widower, a caring father and a really good guy. Polite and helpful he is very much appreciated by his neighbours in the small town where ... READ MORE
Tom Joyce
The Quiet Tenant
Gripping psychological thriller
The Quiet Tenant is a new take on the kidnapping of a young woman who is kept hidden in her kidnapper's home in plain sight of his young daughter. Nobody s... READ MORE
Lucille Grant
The Quiet Tenant
Strong Debut
Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest and unbiased review. I liked the idea of this storyline, but wasn't sure in rea... READ MORE
Alan Gordon
The Quiet Tenant
I couldn't put it down.
Brilliant survival story of a women being kept alive by a serial killer. Written mostly from her point of view. I couldn't put it down.
Sian Barkatt
The Quiet Tenant
Would you know if a serial killer lived next door?
The story centres around serial killer Aidan an apparently normal, family man who keeps “Rachel” (the name he gives her), prisoner first within a shed and ... READ MORE
Helen Carey
The Quiet Tenant
Insightful and disturbing
Aidan Thomas is well liked in the small town where he lives. After his wife dies of cancer, Aidan becomes a single parent to his daughter Cecelia, to whom ... READ MORE
Farah Ghuznavi
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Brilliant!
Phew - what a corker! This is one of those books that makes you literally hold your breath as you read. An absolutely gripping survival story that, hones... READ MORE
Carole Kendal
The Quiet Tenant
Powerful Debut
It's hard to believe that The Quiet Tenant by Clemence Michallon is a debut novel, it's dark,powerful and original. The book begins when we meet a young w... READ MORE
David Blendell
The Quiet Tenant
Totally gripping and addictive!
Wow!! I loved loved loved this book, I was gripped from the outset, disturbed, addicted, scared and apprehensive as to the outcome of the protagonist. All ... READ MORE
Fran Walker
The Quiet Tenant
Gripped by this high-stakes thriller
The premise of The Quiet Tenant is truly a chilling one – a man who has abducted a woman who has been living in his shed for five years is forced to move h... READ MORE
KindigBlog
The Quiet Tenant
A Thrilling Read
Aidan Thomas is a hard-working family man and somewhat beloved figure in the small upstate town where he lives: he's the kind of man who always lends a han... READ MORE
Louise Wilson
The Quiet Tenant
The Quiet Tenant.
Girls and young women have been going missing in the local area for a long time. When one girl is taken but he decided to keep this one in his shed. She ... READ MORE
Pauline S
The Quiet Tenant
A cracking debut
4.75⭐️ A debut psychological thriller about a serial killer. I immediately found the writing style captivating. We have various points of view the main ... READ MORE
Lesley Lloyd
The Quiet Tenant
A fantastic debut
4-5 stars The woman, ‘Rachel’, has been chained in a shed for five years, no one seems to be looking for her, has she been forgotten? She has stayed al... READ MORE
Celia Short
The Quiet Tenant
How well do you know your neighbour?
The story centres around serial killer Aidan an apparently normal, family man who keeps “Rachel” (the name he gives her), prisoner first within a shed and ... READ MORE
Helen Carey
The Quiet Tenant
Girl held hostage for five years
Aidan Thomas, general good guy, and friend to all, has killed three women. Rachel should have been his fourth, but instead she’s been chained up in his sh... READ MORE
Denis
The Quiet Tenant
Amazing read
I read this in a single afternoon as I couldn't put it down. Drawn in by 'Rachel', Emily and Cecilia views of all round 'nice guy' Aiden. However Aiden is... READ MORE
Jackie Osborne
The Quiet Tenant
Excellent! Tense and Thrilling!
Aidan Thomas is a doting dad. Recently widowed, the whole town are impressed with how he’s holding up and coping. A really nice man, who goes out of his ... READ MORE
June Walters
The Quiet Tenant
Compelling read!
Amazing debut from Clemence. I picked this book because I sounded like Emma Donogue's Room. Just like that book this one had me gripped from the very start... READ MORE
Fiona Pullen
The Quiet Tenant
Powerful Debut
It's hard to believe that The Quiet Tenant by Clemence Michallon is a debut novel, it's dark,powerful and original. The book begins when we meet a young w... READ MORE
David Blendell
The Quiet Tenant
Quietly terrifying
For five years Rachel, the name given to her by her kidnapper Aiden Thomas, has been kept prisoner in his shed, handcuffed and chained like a dog, fed onl... READ MORE
Judith Evans
The Quiet Tenant
Highly recommend!
Aidan Thomas is a doting dad. Recently widowed, the whole town are impressed with how he’s holding up and coping. A really nice man, who goes out of his wa... READ MORE
June Walters
The Quiet Tenant
The most gripping book I’ve read in quite a while
This is the most gripping book I’ve read in quite a while. ‘Rachel’ is being held captive in a house and bit by bit the reader gets an insight into her exi... READ MORE
Stacey Bateman
The Quiet Tenant
A Compulsive, Unputdownable & Heart-Pounding Contender For Thriller of The Year
The Quiet Tenant is a dazzling and compulsively addictive debut thriller about a secret serial killer and the startling differences between our public face... READ MORE
8stitches 9lives
The Quiet Tenant
Creepy psychological thriller; compulsive reading
I was totally gripped by the creepy, psychological thriller The Quiet Tennant by Clemence Michallon. Aidan Thomas seems to be an honest, friendly member ... READ MORE
Ciaran McLarnon