Monday, July 1, 2013

DNF Book Review: Some Quiet Place, by Kelsey Sutton

I found Some Quiet Place to be confusing. I’m not opposed to some confusion in books, but I think my problem with Some Quiet Place is that I didn’t get any hints at all.

Elizabeth doesn’t have any feelings. Since she was a small child, she hasn’t been able to feel any emotions. However, she can see emotions. They appear as people, and she can see them hanging around others. Like, if someone is sad, she can see Sad (the emotion) hanging around that person. She can communicate with some of these emotions.

Elizabeth has dreams, and she paints the images she sees in the dreams. Usually it’s the same girl and boy, and the boy is sometimes dead and the girl is crying. Elizabeth finds out she was in a car wreck when she was young, but can't find out anything about this accident.

She’s also being visited by a mysterious woman, who really doesn’t tell her anything – but Elizabeth thinks she knows something.

That’s it! I read 45% of Some Quiet Place and that’s all I got. I like to try to figure out what’s going on in a book that is obviously supposed to evoke that desire in the reader. But I got the feeling that I was going to be totally confused until the last 50 pages, and then it would suddenly all come together and make sense.

I need some breadcrumbs. I need something to at least make me think, “Oh, I bet THAT’S what happened....” Even if I’m wrong, I need to try to work it out. I got frustrated because it didn’t seem like anything useful was happening, so I quit.

The writing is fine. I tried to catch Elizabeth "feeling" something, but Sutton does a great job of really making her seem emotionless. I couldn't find any slip-ups. If you like confusing stories that pretty much leave you in the dark the whole time, then you will want to check out Some Quiet Place.

Published by Flux, July 8, 2013
eBood obtained from NetGalley
336 pages

Rating: DNF

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  1. Yep. Been there, done that. Sometimes, books don't resonate or work or are too confusing or whatever. Breadcrumbs are definitely important -- I hate reading when I'm *completely* in the dark (mostly in the dark is okay).

  2. Sorry it was confusing and didn't give enough to go on, I like to try to work things out as well


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