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The Quiet Ones

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I'm conflicted as to give this a 2 or 1 stars. Personally, it was more of a (maybe) me thing and I could totally understand those who gave the book 4 to 5 stars. 

The Quiet Ones followed Oonagh, a journalist hellbent on finding the truth behind a (seemingly) murder of a famous football coach, Nugent. Not only that there was a murder, there also seemed to be a mystery revolving the dead man. A secret that could shock everyone.

Not me tho. 
I don't know. Is the book rely on the big shocking scandal? Or is it more procedural? 
I didn't feel Oonagh there and she was the one in almost every chapter. Is it the writing? Is it the plot? 
I felt distanced from the characters so I rushed to the end to find, at least, a closure. Much like what the book needs.
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A new Oonagh O’Neil book is very much a cause for celebration.  After a debut appearance in The Lost Children  and a return in Keep Her Silent I was dying to see what Theresa Talbot had in store for investigative journalist Oonagh.

The appeal of these books is that Theresa Talbot puts a real (and distressing) story at the heart of Oonagh’s fictional adventures. The story is fictional but that core of reality and the way the author conveys the hurt the characters experienced makes the books utterly compelling.

In The Quiet Ones Oonagh is confronted with the possibility that a murdered sporting hero may have been killed because of a dark secret from his past.  Can Oonagh find a way to get vulnerable strangers to open up and discuss their past horrors? Even if she can, will there be evidence she can pass to the police to ensure justice can be done?

The Quiet Ones opens with a murder. It has the appearance of a professional hit and the police are baffled. The victim is a prominent figure in Scottish football circles, he supports a number of charities and good causes and his death is a headline writer’s goldmine. Particularly when it is obvious the police have no leads, suspects or can even work out a motive.

Oonagh gets suspicious when “friends” of the deceased seem keen to distance themselves from him. She follows her instincts knowing there is a story to uncover. Her boss is not keen to give her time to chase a story which he doesn’t believe is there to be found so Oonagh is forced to play politics in the office to cut herself the leeway she needs to uncover the truth.

There are very sensitive subjects incorporated into The Quiet Ones and the author handles these superbly. In the acknowledgements Ms Talbot thanks David Gordon who “shared his story with such quiet dignity” that reflects perfectly how the more upsetting elements of The Quiet Ones are addressed within the book. It is a deeply emotive and moving read.

Despite being the third book in the series The Quiet Ones can easily be read as a stand alone thriller. It is highly recommended and once you have finished it I am sure you will seek out the first two as well. Top stuff.
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Things don't seem to add up following the suicide of well respected coach, Harru Nugent. Oonagh O'Neill is an investigative journalist. Harry's death is upgraded to murder. Oonagh soon finds out some sordid secrets to investigate. 

This is the third book in this series and the first book that I have read by the author. Set I Glasgow, the story has a steady pace 2ith short chapters. There is references back to the first two books but it can still be read as a standalone. The plotline is dark and harrowing ut it's been quite a recurrent storyline on our news over the last few years. The book is based on a true story and some parts of the story made my heart break. Each revelation was worse than the previous one. The story is told from Oonagh's point of view.  Oonagh is determined to get justice for the victims. Not an easy book to read but I still enjoyed it.

I would like to thank Netgalley,  Aria and the author Theresa Talbot for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I really liked this book but stopped reading at 72% because of unnecessary bashing of the American President.  No need for that
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I didn't realise when I requested this book that it's actually the third in a series, it worked perfectly as a standalone though so no problems there, although I would like to go back and read the previous two as I enjoyed this one so much.

This book begins with the apparent suicide of a famous football coach but it's not long after his death that rumours begin to spread that maybe he isn't the man he originally appeared to be. The issues discussed in this book are very topical and hard to read at times but I think Talbot did a fantastic job in writing this one in a sensitive way.

I did find this one a bit slow to start but once I got into it, I found it impossible to put back down. I was consistently questioning what happened and who done it but I didn't manage to guess, so the ending came as a shock for me.

This was such an impressive read from a new-to-me author and I can't wait to go back and explore more of this authors work as if it's all to this standard then I know I will love it.
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I would like to thank NetGalley and the author for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Yes, I admit it, it took me quite a while to read this book. Over a month. Because one, I found it slow and second in the meantime I read other books.

In this book a well-known football coach is found by his wife Sarah, hanged from the balustrade of his house. After investigating the fact, detectives find that it is not all as it seems and disturbing facts about the past of the coach come to the surface.

Oonagh is the journalist who follows the case even if not officially, but stubbornly she will manage to find the whole truth.

I liked the book in general, because the case is interesting even if not that much. The book has a delicate topic so it isn't for everyone but nothing graphic is shown.

Oonagh once says: "'A bit like Mussolini and the trains?’ she’d replied, but the reference had been lost on Sarah." about the accounting books of Sarah's husband. The reference is lost to me, too... And I'm Italian. I should know what the hell she was talking about... but I don't. And I don't like when foreign authors use other culture references and not even the people of that culture know what's going on.

I don't like the protagonist, she drinks too much and I don't know... I don't feel involved in her character. But, and maybe it's my fault (and the author and the publisher since they didn't mention this), this is the third book in the series so I don't know what happened before. If I knew, I wouldn't have read it because I don't like reading books in a series not in chronological order.

Anyway, I didn't feel much with this book, I didn't wish to finish it or even read it (in fact I read other books while I was reading this). It isn't a bad book, it's just not for me.

There is another thing that I couldn't understand and it was the use of "was" after "if". I was taught that the correct version of the subjunctive tense is "if it were" and not "if it was". Here, I found "if it was" so many times! And I know that it is accepted now as I read in internet but, to me, it sound so wrong.
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This book centers around a very tough topic involving young kids. While there are no graphic details, it was still hard to read, so fair warning if you pick this up.

The plot felt a bit disjointed, there seemed to be some sort of relationship between Investigative journalist Oonagh and an upper level Police Office Alec that's never clearly defined but the "hits" or suggestions seem to come out of no where and aren't really developed. Part of the overview hinted that Oonagh's investigation into the death of a famous Scottish football coach, places her in mortal danger but I never felt that. Overall this book fell short of me, the topic was hard to read, the characters felt underdeveloped and the plot disjointed.
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Great story and plot.  Thrilling characters that you get attached to and look forward to more by this author!!
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Another book featuring the investigative journalist Oonagh O' Neil. A Scottish football coach is found hanging in his home, it looks like suicide but is it?. As the body is being removed it is discovered that his tongue has been removed and rammed down his throat. The police belief that it is a gangland killing but there are rumours it maybe something else a lot darker. Oonagh starts delving and even she is shocked by what she uncovers. The subject matter of this book is shocking and distasteful and all too common today. The author has taken this subject and treated it with compassion and respect. The more I read the more I was shocked. The lengths and depravity some people are willing to go was abhorrent. This was a difficult read in places but I am glad I stuck with it. Not an easy but compelling read. An easy five stars and so Highly Recommended. 
I would like to thank the author, Aria and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.
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The Quiet Ones is the first book that I have read by Theresa Talbot and it starts off with a definite bang.  However it then felt like it just faded away with a large part of the book just meandering. 

Overall it was an average read
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Starts off fast and furious, and keeps a great pace through the book. I love the short chapters, the characters are well-written, and the story is timely. A great read!
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I've been waiting for the return of investigative journalist, Oonagh O'Neil with bated breath and Theresa Talbot did not disappoint me with this latest outing!
Theresa Talbot is fast proving herself to be a writer with a strong social conscience who is not afraid to tackle some serious, emotive and topical issues. 
A killer hook opening drew me in and kept me glued to the pages all the way to the very end. The apparent suicide of well-known football coach, Harry Nugent, becomes headline news but it is not long before Oonagh realises that there is much more to this story than meets the eye. Her feelings are confirmed when her long-standing friend, Detective Alec Davies confirms that it was not suicide, but murder.
What follows is a horrifying, but sadly familiar, tale. Abuse of the vulnerable, conspiracies and cover-ups and protection of the rich and the powerful. Sprinkled with a hefty dose of twists and turns, The Quiet Ones, had me crying with rage and sorrow. It also completely engaged me. Well crafted it had me guessing all the way to the very end.
In Oonagh O'Neil, Theresa Talbot has created a believable and likable character, who has wormed her way under my skin. She's not afraid to stand up for what she believes is right. She is tenacious in her approach and will leave no stone unturned in her quest to get justice. Her own turbulent background, along with the niggling worry that she is being sidelined at work in favour of the new bright young things generation paints realistic picture of what life is like for women in the media.  But  she won't lie down to it and it was brilliant to watch her fight her own corner at the same time as fighting the corner of others. I particularly enjoyed her relationship with trainee journalist, Sophie.  Oonagh is certainly the champion of the underdog and it's not hard to see why she turns to a wee drink every now and then!
Set in Glasgow,  the author has created a very real sense of place, often placing me right in the heart of the story, her mention of The Curlers Rest on Byres Road made me smile- my first real date was there!  It's not all dark, some of those brilliant Glasgow one-liners make their way into the book and some of Oonagh’s memories gave me a giggle.  
The Quiet Ones is interspersed with chapters from the point of view of Tommy Gallagher, relating his memories of Harry Nugent. These memories made for uncomfortable reading when you realise just why Harry Nugent was targeted. However, despite the subject matter, there is nothing gratuitous or graphic about the scenes and Theresa Talbot writes them with sensitivity There’s a real sense of authenticity running throughout this book and with subtle similarities to recent high profile cases, it’s a hard-hitting and thought-provoking read laced with police procedural and investigative journalism.
The Quiet Ones made me angry and it made me cry. It had me screaming for justice for the quiet ones. Once again you nailed it and I cannot wait to see where Oonagh takes us next! 
My review will be on my blog as part of the blog tour
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This is book 3 in the Oonagh O'Neill series although it's the first I've read from this author.  There was a couple of references to earlier stuff but it didn't detract from this book at all. 

The plot line was dark and harrowing although it's all too familiar these days. I wanted to cry and felt sick reading some of it.

I loved the characters and the story flowed quickly with short chapters that kept you on tenderhooks.

I really enjoyed this book and I'll make a point of reading the first two.
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Hush hush, they are the quiet ones

Hush hush, they are the dark ones

Hush hush, their innocence is crushed

Hush hush, their hope is dashed

The hurt in the blanket of power

The death of the soul under the cover

Hush hush, they are the quiet ones 

Hush hush, they are the dark ones

Hush hush, listen to the whisper

Hush hush, the quiet ones speak louder

Apparent suicide of renowned coach Duncan Nugent soon got the investigation roaring up as foul play was discovered. But everyone around him kept their silence, hiding a deep soul crushing secret. Journalist Oonagh got into the depth of it as she uncovered the layers. Can opened, and the dark worms kept twirling and twisting, wriggling out, one by one, showing the darkness that resided in a human psyche. 

My first book by Theresa Talbot, and the story ran its swift pace with short, snappy chapters. Oonagh was quite a gal, flawed yet strong with a tenacity that had to be admired. One thread was all that was needed for her to get to the truth. She did drink quite a lot, but I have to admit in this case, anyone would to forget. 

Theresa's writing brought out the twisted perversions of the coach, slowly unfurling with light, treaded footsteps till reality became the darkness that could not remain hidden as the roots of the cover-ups were exposed. The atmosphere kept building up with Oonagh's investigation, the horrors came to the forefront, keeping me at the edge of the seat with shivers running down my spine. 

My heart cried at the plot line which was inspired by the real story. My mind cherished the writing which kept the thrill running from the beginning to to end. Some parts rushed, some slowed, but overall kept my interest running from beginning to end.
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Thank you to Aria and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The story behind the plot is heartbreaking, and sadly all too familiar in our day and age - young, vulnerable children and youths abused by older, powerful adults. Cover-up at the time, lots of brokenness, and now the sins of the past have come home to roost and first one, then two and then three messy murders ensue. 

The story was well-written, I enjoyed the POV of the journalist working alongside the police to uncover the truth. However, I did find it slow going, and there were quite a few references to happenings in earlier books (I didn't realize this was one of a series) that were not very understandable to anyone reading this author for the first time. The author did a great job of setting the scene in Glasgow, and of working with the moral ambiguity we feel when bad things happen to horrible people. 

3.5 stars, rounded up to 4
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Holy-bloody-moly! What a read! insightful, compelling, raw, dark and oh-so-addictive, The Quiet Ones had me hooked from the start! Highly recommended read. 

Full review and update will be added after my stop on the blog tour.
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A good, fast paced psychological thriller, which is sure to give you a good shock or many, thrills, chills, and the creeps.  Well written and a very fast read.  
Will make sure I buzz it up!
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Another excellent book from Theresa Talbot.  I love her character Oonagh O'Neill who is a journalist working closely with the police and I love the Glasgow setting which I could certainly identify with. 
This book was really quite dark with some disturbing themes. My heart broke for some of the characters and the fact that the book was based on a true story made it even more devastating. My worst fear of rats figured at one point. omg my skin was crawling!
Really well written and authentic, I hope there are many more Oonagh O'Neill books to come!
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A Brilliantly written psychological thriller with a fabulous graphic plot you won't soon forget .  I highly recommend ! Thanks to Netgalley and Aria for the opportunity to read and review this book! #Netgalley  #Aria #TheQuietOnes
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A very fast paced and exciting story. Well written. Highly recommended to fans of darker thriller and mystery
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