The Quiet Tenant (Hardback)
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The Quiet Tenant (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 20/06/2023
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Told through various women in the orbit a serial killer hiding in plain sight, this assured and daring debut blends intense psychological drama with page-turning prose.

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: 520 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 32 mm


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A nail-biting terror of a read, slowly revealing how Rachel, already a little bit broken, ended up where she did....And then following as her courage incrementally ratchets up, as brainwashed and terrified, she starts to eye, and then discard, her opportunities to escape. I finished it at very high speed, heart pounding, absolutely loving it - Observer, Best Crime and Thrillers of the month

Dark and juicy...like Emma Donohue's Room, the novel takes this creepy and claustrophobic premise and spins a paradoxically expansive plot from it, told from the perspective of his victim, his daughter, and a local restaurant owner - Vogue

An expertly paced psychological thriller...with a white-knuckle climax - New York Times Book Review

A gripping psychological suspense novel.. Michallon's riveting tale shows a killer through the eyes of the women in his life - Washington Post

In a small American town, single dad Aidan is regarded as a good guy, but he is hiding a secret - he is a serial killer and kidnapper, and is holding a woman captive in his shed. A chilling depiction of evil - Best magazine, Best Books for June

I can recommend The Quiet Tenant by Clémence Michallon. The story of a male serial killer called Aidan Thomas is told from multiple perspectives, in a way that centres the female voices of his victims. It's a pacy thriller and a sharp study of survival - The Independent, Biggest New Reads for June

This slow-burning but gripping novel stands out in the overcrowded "women held prisoner" genre - Daily Express

Cleverly constructed, well written and harrowing in the extreme from the very first page, this is an unforgettable debut. If this is a first novel, what's the next going to be like? I dread to think - literally. Congratulations to Clémence Michallon, queen of the psychological thriller. We'll be waiting - Shots magazine

From the first page, you can say farewell to sleep, conversation, Netflix. This is Room meets Notes on an Execution, a brilliant, breathtaking thriller with characters you love - and love to hate. I didn't know whether to tear to the end or savour every page - Abigail Dean, bestselling author of Girl A

Clémence Michallon has written a classic on her first try. The Quiet Tenant is a daring and completely satisfying mystery; a one-of-a-kind; a bravura feat of storytelling - James Patterson

I was pulled in from the very first page. The plot was masterful, the many threads honed and pulled taut kept me turning pages. I loved the dynamic between the protagonist and victims, which is very truthful and powerfully told...Extraordinarily accomplished - Jane Shemilt, bestselling author of The Patient

I am in awe of Clémence Michallon's talent. The Quiet Tenant is a heart-racing thriller but also a beautiful work about survival, sacrifice and the responsibility we bear to others...Breathtaking - Jane Casey

Breathtakingly brilliant. I tore through it and was absolutely hooked from the first chapter. It tells us so much about how gender works in our society, about power dynamics in relationships and what can lie behind the illusion of a good husband, father and neighbour. An absorbing and addictive psychological thriller - I couldn't put it down - Edel Coffey, bestselling author of Breaking Point

This impressive debut follows the escape plan of a woman held captive in plain sight by an outwardly respectable serial killer - Janice Hallett, Crime Reads

Immersive from page one, thrilling, at times unbearably tense, intelligent, electrifying and moving. I loved it - Catherine Ryan Howard, bestselling author of Run Time

Extraordinary and utterly original... Michallon has created a modern masterpiece. I can't wait to read what she does next! - Victoria Selman, bestselling author of Truly, Darkly, Deeply

The tension in The Quiet Tenant grips from the very first page. The novel's emotional intensity never lets go, keeping hold until the very last page...Wonderful - Rob Gold, author of Eleven Liars

I loved this book so much. So disturbing but so beautifully written. Clemence Michallon is an author to watch out for...Truly outstanding - Khurrum Rahman, author of the Jay Qasim trilogy

Clemence Michallon has managed to re-imagine the serial killer novel, delivering all (and frankly, more) of the expected suspense and psychological tension, but offering a story about women - the ones who didn't know the evil that lurked within, the ones who tried to placate or fight but still perished, the ones who might actually survive. Haunting but never prurient, The Quiet Tenant is truly unforgettable. Read it - Alafair Burke

Clémence Michallon's The Quiet Tenant is a spell-binding Trojan horse of a novel, bracing and beguiling. A dangerous man and his unforgivable crimes are its seeming center but, in Michallon's nimble hands, the novel soon reveals itself to be a story of female strength, cunning, depth and power - Megan Abbott

Stunning. Terrifying. Impossible to put down. A remarkable achievement - Lisa Ballantyne, author of Richard and Judy bestseller The Guilty One

The Quiet Tenant seethes with male anger and aggression and yet its beating heart is about the strength of women and our ability to survive. I was desperate to find out what happened to Rachel and all the characters because I was so invested. Beautifully written and observed - Araminta Hall

A mystery that is at once riveting and heartrending, The Quiet Tenant is a sharply insightful look at what it means to live and love as a woman in this harrowing world. It is truly extraordinary - Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Friends Like These

The Quiet Tenant is a humane thriller, one that doesn't shy from asking the most difficult questions of its characters and its readers, and dares, ultimately, hopeful answers. Intelligent and suspenseful, I couldn't stop turning the pages - Paul Tremblay, bestselling author of The Cabin at the End of the World

The Quiet Tenant is an absolutely brilliant, incredibly delicious, edge-of-your-set thriller. Imagine Jodi Picoult meets Jeffery Deaver and then watch as Clémence Michallon exceeds every one of your expectations. She's that good. The book is that good. And the ending is a killer! - Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Fall

In this dazzling debut thriller from journalist Michallon, handsome Hudson Valley family man Aidan Thomas has a ghastly secret in his shed - and even worse ones hidden elsewhere...The ensuing match of wits and wills between Rachel and Aidan becomes almost excruciating in Michallon's skillful hands, and as challenging as the going can get, it's impossible to look away from. This is a smart, female-focused inversion of the serial killer thriller perfect for readers who otherwise wouldn't give the genre a second look - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

While a widowed man falls for a bartender, the woman he's held hostage for years plots her escape in this fast-paced thriller . . . A twisted premise that raises unexpected moral questions - Kirkus Reviews

Nightmarish, nerve-jangling, and horrifying, this one is not for the fainthearted, but it's an explosive, utterly gripping read - Booklist

A brutal, sad, heartbreaking story focused on resilience and survival. Recommended for fans of true crime stories, Gillian Flynn, or Jessica Knoll - Library Journal

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“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 develops from the perspectives of the three women in the... More

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CLEMENCE MICHALLON – THE QUIET TENANT *****

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“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. We follow the story of Rachel, who is kept against her will,... More

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