Some Quiet Place
I can't feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can't feel anything. I've grown talented at pretending. Elizabeth Caldwell doesn't feel emotions . . . she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They've all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn't succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He's obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way? They both sense that the key to Elizabeth's condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth's very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 132 x 203 x 17.78mm | 299.37g
- 08 Jul 2013
- North Star Editions
- United States
"Haunting, chilling and achingly romantic." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This intense roller-coaster ride of palpable emotions and suspense will keep readers engrossed from start to finish." --School Library Journal "A haunting and fresh psychological thriller." --Publishers Weekly "An utterly original, compelling story--with maybe the most irresistible love interest of all." --Claudia Gray, New York Times best-selling author of the Evernight series
About Kelsey Sutton
Kelsey Sutton (Bemidji, MN) is a twenty-year-old college student who divides her time between attending classes and writing novels. She can also be found pounding out horrible renditions of Beethoven on the piano and trying bizarre drinks at her local coffee shop. Some Quiet Place is her debut novel.
Our customer reviews
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux Books and Netgalley.) 17-year-old Elizabeth doesn't feel emotions, but she does see them - as people hovering around those who they're affecting. To Elizabeth they are very real, whilst to everyone else, they are totally invisible. Elizabeth doesn't know why she is unable to feel emotion, and she doesn't know what exactly happened to make her this way, but deep down inside she knows she's not the real Elizabeth, she's an imposter. Fear is one of the few emotions that hasn't given up on ever making Elizabeth feel, but things are changing, and soon Elizabeth may know exactly what she is. What happened to make Elizabeth this way? Will 'Fear' ever leave her alone? And who is she if not Elizabeth? This was one hell of a weird story. Elizabeth knew that she wasn't really Elizabeth, as did her family, but no-one knew who she really was. She did seem to generally lack emotion though, which was weird, and I totally got why people thought she was a freak. I'm even pretty convinced that her classmates feared her slightly. The storyline was quite interesting, and the mystery of what Elizabeth really was enough for me to keep reading. I liked the way that the emotions were portrayed as invisible people, hanging around the person that they were acting on. I did guess what Elizabeth was in the end, and I thought that it was quite fitting. There was some romance in his one, in the form of Joshua and also 'Fear', and I was team 'Fear' from the start! Yikes, there was even a love triangle in this! Overall, this was a really strange story, but it was entertaining, and was very different from anything else I've read. I suppose this could be described as 'haunting', and probably fits into the category of 'Gothic Romance'. I think if you like this kind of weird, haunting story you'd probably like this. 7 out of 10.show moreby Sarah Elizabeth
I was excited to read this book, the concept of someone being completely unfeeling and numb was very intriguing. The problem was I was never able to connect to the MC and it wasn't because she was unfeeling, although that obviously didn't help, it was her full on denial that did me in. This is the story of Elizabeth, a girl who changed and became a person who can't feel any emotions. During the whole course of the book Elizabeth is supposed to be trying to figure out why she is like that and what made her like that. Perfect! We have a mystery and a hot guy who is helping her out. But it turns out that Elizabeth sucks at research, and not because she actually sucks at it, but because she is in denial. She actually doesn't want to find out. Her pretending and always affirming that she wanted to know why she was like that but then not actually doing much about it was incredibly annoying. Therefore the whole book was quite a dud in that sense. She was also an idiot. Fear is trying to help her, so what does she do? She antagonizes the man and treats him like an ass. She is specifically told NOT to go somewhere cause she is in danger, so what does she do? She makes damn sure she goes there. I understand her reasoning behind this but it was still stupid, specially because if she hadn't gone there, there would no longer be anymore of a story. She is being bullied in school, and what does she do? She pretends that it affects her...WHYYYY. She for once actually doesn't give a **** what they do to her, but instead of rubbing that in their faces (which would have made them leave her alone, cause then really what's the point?) she pretends it does!! I just don't get it. I did however like the whole world-building. How Emotions are actually sentient beings and there are the Elements as well and how they affect people and such. Thought that was actually pretty awesome, too bad the plot wasn't that great. The none mystery didn't do it for me, the big reveals weren't exactly that big and by the time we got to them I just didn't really care anymore. And the whole romance with Fear? It just made me not like Elizabeth that much more. What the hell was that at the end?! It's like she was making problems out of thin air just for the purpose of making more conflict when really there should have been none. The whole foundation of the plot was flimsy at best. Wow, ok so I realize that was a pretty negative review, but I hadn't recognized how mad I was at Elizabeth and the whole book in general. This book had potential, but the plot was weak and the mc was beyond annoying for me.show moreby Nyx @ Unraveling Words
I truly loved the fresh new idea that was Some Quite Place. It was unlike anything I have yet to read. Elizabeth Caldwell was a very interesting character. The fact that she couldn't feel emotions was not only a unique story line, but also had a much deeper meaning for me. I feel that everyone has moments in their life when they either wish they couldn't feel emotions, or literally feel numb. In this aspect, Elizabeth becomes relatable to the reader. You can also see Elizabeth trying to do the right thing for those around her, and for a girl who cannot feel, that is a pretty big deal. Elizabeth Caldwell is not your typical YA teen heroine! I really enjoyed both love interests in this story. Fear was dark, sexy, and mysterious. Joshua was the shy, thoughtful, and loyal boy next door. Even though there were technically two love interests in this book, I wouldn't call it a "love triangle". Since Elizabeth herself coudn't feel love, it was more like two guys that were interested in her. I feel that it made the story better, not worse, to have the two guys in Elizabeths life. They both helped protect her and figure out why she couldn't feel. The story was quick paced and exciting. Trying to piece together that is Elizabeth will keep you turning the pages long into the night. I thoroughly enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery, and oh man, you will be surprised! Some Quiet Place is a deeply moving, suspense filled read that will make you think about emotions in a completely different way. I really feel that this is a must-read for everyone. It tugs at the heart strings and a whole new world is revealed. Regardless of your genre preference, you will find something to connect with here.show moreby Jessica @ Jessabella Reads