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The Quiet Tenant

By Clémence Michallon
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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BEST SELLER • ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED NOVELS OF 2023 • GMA BUZZ PICK • “A bravura feat of storytelling...daring and completely satisfying.” —James Patterson, #1 best-selling author


"Intelligent and suspenseful." —Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World

“All…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…truly unforgettable.” — Alafair Burke, author of The Wife

Aidan Thomas is a hard-working family man and a somewhat beloved figure in the small upstate New York town where he lives. He’s the kind of man who always lends a hand and has a good word for everyone. But Aidan has a dark secret he’s been keeping from everyone in town and those closest to him. He’s a kidnapper and serial killer. Aidan has murdered eight women and there’s a ninth he has earmarked for death: Rachel, imprisoned in a backyard shed, fearing 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 along, introducing her to Cecilia as a “family friend” who needs a place to stay. Aidan is betting on Rachel, after five years of captivity, being too brainwashed and fearful to attempt to escape. But Rachel is a fighter and survivor, and recognizes Cecilia might just be the lifeline she has waited for all these years. As Rachel tests the boundaries of her new living situation, she begins to form a tenuous connection with Cecilia. 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.

Told through the perspectives of Rachel, Cecilia, and Emily, The Quiet Tenant explores the psychological impact of Aidan’s crimes on the women in his life—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 debut thriller by a major talent.

95 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I really enjoyed this book and didn’t want to put it down, but the ending left a lot to be desired. I just wish there was more of an ending. It felt rushed. Overall I am glad I read it.”
Reviewed in:Savage Book Club
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingFast-pacedTwistyDark settingDarkSexual assaultViolenceUnsatisfying ending
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book definitely had me hooked and wanting to know what was going to happen. The end was rushed to me though. I definitely liked the multi-pov though. I would recommend this book to others.”
Reviewed in:Savage Book Club
Multi-layered charactersEasy to readAddictiveUnsatisfying ending
Red Angry Face“When I first started reading this book, the bounce between “Rachel” and Emily had me intrigued. The polar opposites, one free who became smitten with the presence of Aidan.. and one trapped, one who winces at the thought of him. However the author knew how to hook someone, but I felt as though the ending was sudden. There should have been more. I was angered by the way Emily had more of a chance to speak and tell how she was affected after Aidan even though May went though 5 years of suffering.”
Reviewed in:Savage Book Club
Believable charactersEasy to readSuspensefulRealistic settingAbuseSexual assaultUnsatisfying ending
Expressionless Face“There were parts I loved about this book, and there were things that I couldn’t stand. I enjoyed the writing because it kept me wanting to read more but the details of the plot were lacking realism. The ending felt a bit rushed, and I wish the plot was adjusted to provide room for more closure at the end. Overall, I would recommend as an easy, thriller read, but I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favorite books by any means.”
Reviewed in:Savage Book Club
Multi-layered charactersEasy to readSuspensefulSexual assaultViolence
Thinking Face“This was a good read but not one of my favorites. I wanted a little more than what we got. I liked the use of second person with the woman’s character. I had a lot of trouble connecting with Emily. I also felt Cecilia’s perspective didn’t really add anything. I also wish more of the victim’s perspective was included. They felt like a waste of pages the way they were used. A good plot but not a great execution for me!”
SuspensefulDark settingDarkSexual assaultViolenceUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying ending

About Clémence Michallon

CLÉMENCE MICHALLON was born and raised near Paris. She studied journalism at City University of London, received a master's in Journalism from Columbia University, and has written for The Independent since 2018. Her essays and features have covered true-crime, celebrity culture, and literature. She moved to New York City in 2014 and recently became a US citizen. She now divides her time between New York City and Rhinebeck, NY.

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