Published by Flux on July 8, 2013
Genres: Gothic, Romance, Young Adult
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.
Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.
Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?
Heartrending and poignant, Some Quiet Place left me wishing I didn’t have a heart to break.
Life can be painful and perhaps we have all wished at one time or another…wished that we couldn’t feel a thing. In Some Quiet Place, Elizabeth doesn’t have a choice or need to wish that, she really can’t feel emotions…but she can see them. They are people, not human, but people from another plane of existence. Perhaps not so dissimilar from you and me.
Quite frankly I’m glad Elizabeth can’t experience emotions because she has had it rough. Maybe some of the things she has gone through were a result of her lack of emotions, since this all started after an accident when she was a small child. Regardless, I wouldn’t want to feel either if I lived in her home.
Reading a character that doesn’t feel emotions is hard because you have to keep in mind that they are going to be much more dry than a normal character. I loved this because it was almost as if Elizabeth was a sociopath (without the crazy serial killer trait) I always imagine thats how they think of things, dry and analytical – Thinking about how they should respond and behave based on what the accepted norm is. Because sociopaths must fit in to blend in thus avoiding notice right? Elizabeth has to essentially do the same thing. She has a mind that I enjoyed diving into, one that was always weighing, thinking and responding. I was so determined I would find the nuances of emotion hidden within her somewhere.
I swear it’s there – and my heart was breaking during one particular scene in Some Quiet Place, I literally cried and was railing against the unfairness and brutality of life. I can only hope I have a friend in my life that could be so honest. Even now skipping back to that page I bookmarked and reading it again gives me chills and chokes me up. Here is only a taste of that page.
Something different, something strange, one that I will most definitely read again! – How can a girl who feels no emotion make me feel so much? Perhaps it’s because I felt I had so much in common with her. I would recommend who has ever wished they could gut rip all the emotions from within them…and throw them all away.