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The Quiet Tenant (Paperback)

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Staff Reviews

A compulsive thriller about a serial killer told from the perspective of the women in his life — his daughter, his girlfriend, and the woman he keeps locked in the shed. I read it in two sittings. 

— Amber

July 2023 Indie Next List

“A woman has been held hostage in a shed for five years, and could be killed by her captor at any moment. Michallon’s outstanding debut will make you hold your breath as claustrophobia and unbearable tension set in.”
— Melanie Fleishman, Center for Fiction Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY


NATIONAL BEST SELLER - A NEW YORK TIMES BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR - 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781524712471
ISBN-10: 1524712477
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: June 20th, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English

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