Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

July 3, 2013 5 stars, Book Review 14 ★★★★★

Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey SuttonSome Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Published by Flux on July 8, 2013
Genres: Gothic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 350
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

*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.

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[learn_more caption=”Click for Quote (not too spoilerish)”] “…would you lie to me about where you’ve been unless you were with a guy?” Tim is demanding. “Did you sleep with him? How long has this been going on? What if you get pregnant, slut? Huh? Do you expect your mother and me to clean up the messes you make.” The questions come at me relentlessly, each one punctuated with a head slam. My vision blurs, the first sign that I’m going to lose consciousness. pg 87[/learn_more]
I found the idea of emotions being an person entity – soo fascinating. The author did this very well. Each emotion had a different look and personality that shone through. At least the ones you had more than just one encounter with. The way they looked didn’t always match up to how I would have pictured them as a person without her first planting that seed in my head, which is something I got a kick out of.

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.

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“That was my daydream. My perfect life. I don’t want to keep asking myself why until the end, but…” A lone tear trails down her sunken cheek. This time I don’t reach out to wipe the water away; I let it go. Down, down, until it drips off the side of her jaw.  This is humanity. This is life and death in one room. pg 156
The two lead males in this were great. I’m an adult and I was still somewhat crushing on both. Fear, is one of the emotions – he is fascinated by her and how he can’t seem to effect her.  But that doesn’t stop him from constantly trying.

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Heat eats up my pant leg, up my side and arm.  i drop and roll. The smell of burnt flesh fills the air. I’m burning alive, I realize.  The physical pain swiftly grows overwhelming, and tears run down my cheeks. But pain is usually impossible to endure because of the rush of feeling that comes along with it. I should be frantic. I should be screaming with horror.
I feel nothing. I am nothing. pg 5-6
Fear and Joshua were such opposites and yet alike in enough way that I could see the appeal of both. Is this book romance? – I really don’t know, probably not in the normal sense you would find your typical YA novel to have – but for me it was romance in all the best ways.  There was no insta-love to muck things up, but just that slow building of yearning and emotion!

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.


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14 Responses to “Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton”

  1. Donna

    I’ve read some mixed reviews about this book and you touched on one of the main complaints, that the main character was dry because of the lack of emotion. But thinking of her as a sociopath gives it a whole new layer. That makes a lot of sense. I wonder if this will be available on audio….
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks! The character was supposed to be dry! – I mean she can’t feel emotions right. I saw that as a complaint from a few other reviewers and just couldn’t see how it could be a complaint given the premise of the book. I thought it was excellently done and enough so that you’ll still see those hidden nuances of emotion. I hope you do give it a try!!

  2. erinf1

    I’ve not come across this book before! The cover is kinda creepy 🙂 Definitely going to have to check it out. Thanks for the review!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I love the cover! Though I do wish the woman’s neck/face didn’t look quite so creepy – but a dress made of dispersing leaves? Fantastic I say! I really do hope you check it out and love it!!!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Me too! It seems to be catching some critical reviews though because of the ‘cold and dry’ character trait. But I mean come ON – that is specifically pointed out in the book description that she can’t feel emotions so that should be expected!!! This is one time where I just don’t understand the criticism…usually I’m very open minded about everyone’s views on a book I’ve read and I can totally see where they are coming from on their pros/cons. But this time whenever I’ve seen that in someone’s review I just think…then why did you read the book if you didn’t expect the character to be that way? Sorry for ranting on – I just really loved it. Haha

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks Melissa! I was so ticked off I wrote this entire review and my phone ATE it (I write them on my phone usually) So I was so mad because it was such an awesome review and I lost the entire thing. This is the second review I wrote for it – which I don’t even feel is even remotely as good. I HATE when that happens. I feel like something I write is never quite as good the second time around.

      I hope you love it!! You WILL love it! haha

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Good good good! I’m so glad I could change your mind! I read a few of the negative reviews and the chief complain I see them remarking on is that the character is “dry” or “stale” but WTF – she is SUPPOSED to be that way – she can’t feel emotions. It’s not poor writing, its the premise of the book and you see her battle this and work with it. I love seeing her mind at work. I thought it was an excellent read – and you know I’m usually very stingy with my 5 stars. I also think I related a lot to the character on a personal level. I can’t wait to see you review it if you do decide to read it after all!!