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Just a teenager, Joseph becomes determined to protect his community from the killer, but he is powerless in preventing more murders-and no one is ever caught. Ten years later one of his neighbors is found hanging from a rope, surrounded by belongings of the dead girls; the killings cease, and the nightmare appears to be over.Desperate and plagued by everything he has witneJust a teenager, Joseph becomes determined to protect his community from the killer, but he is powerless in preventing more murders-and no one is ever caught. Ten years later one of his neighbors is found hanging from a rope, surrounded by belongings of the dead girls; the killings cease, and the nightmare appears to be over.Desperate and plagued by everything he has witnessed, Joseph sets out to forge a new life in New York. But even there the past won't leave him alone-for it seems that the murderer still lives and is killing again, and that the secret to his identity lies in Joseph's own history....

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ISBN : 9781590202500
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Number of Pages : 396 Pages
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A Quiet Belief in Angels Reviews

  • Joni
    2019-03-29 23:39

    Finally! I have finished this book. I thought I never would. It's SOOO slow-moving, but the prose is just brilliant. It reads like an enchanting, on-going poem. Don't read it for the story, read it for the words, because the latter far surpasses the former. However it is a good story as well, slightly marred by the fact that there was no mystery in it for me as two of my relatives let slip the murderer's name in front of me before I started reading. People like that should be hanged. But even that didn't ruin it for me, because this isn't a plot-led book. The words take on a life of their own. Magic.

  • Anne
    2019-04-15 23:59

    A great big 5 STARS! Was blown away by this book, more by the style of writing than the story. Loved it!

  • Linda Parks
    2019-04-23 19:06

    How exactly does a person move beyond a childhood filled with death? Death that seems to take form and follow... yet stay in front all the while, taunting with it's ability to control the very life one tries to escape? This story begins in early 1900's with the death of a young boy's father - and what follows is a not so sweet serial killer mystery in surrounding Georgia country where everyone is suspect and one boy is destined to be haunted - if not hunted - forever. I'll admit, I do like for stories to move a bit faster than 'Angels' did, but the way this one was told totally captivated me. I was more than impressed with the brillant prose contained on it's pages and there was just enough mystery to keep me guessing most of the way. It was a good story - and the reminder of fashions and placement of historical facts thrown in here and there definitely made you feel as if you were in that era - looking through that young boy's eyes and feeling the harsh life that surrounded him and his townspeople. The most striking thing about this book, to me, was the way in which it was written - even more than the story itself. The rough, painful - even the morbid scenes - were described in a beautiful fashion. One can only admire someone with such a way with words and want to receive that presentation. I most certainly will be looking for more stories from Ellory.

  • Geraldine O'Hagan
    2019-04-06 23:56

    I have no idea why everyone likes this book so much, as it's clearly crap. Not only that, but it takes an unnecessarily long time about being crap.The protagonist, Joseph Vaughan, appears to be suffering from some type of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Or at least that's the only explanation I can come up with for his turgid prose, literary pretensions and ability to focus the story resolutely on himself for a full 400 pages. The reader is told of roughly 30 murders (it's hard to be precise, as the uniformity of victim and circumstance leaves little material with which to differentiate them), a series of tragic deaths, a false imprisonment, the destruction of at least two families and the tale of Joseph's mother's descent into madness. All of this is related exclusively and entirely as it directly personally affects Joseph. All the most memorable facts from a child's history of Early-Mid 20th Century USA are trotted out as a backdrop to the fascinating life and terrible suffering of our hero. Civil Rights protests and a Holocaust of which the characters are oddly well-informed at a very early stage serve as stage-dressing to Joseph's single-minded obsession with catching the man apparently responsible for the death of every female he has ever met. A constant stream of girls and women enter his life as combination muse/breeding instrument, and are summarily dispatched for increasingly spurious reasons. At no time do we get any inkling of what any of these characters think or feel. They are essentially just extra building-blocks in the ever-growing and incredibly boring wall of pain and suffering that makes up Joseph's life. To compound the all-round awfulness Joseph is that most horrifying of creatures, the protagonist-author. We are forced at regular intervals to read extracts of his turgid prose, as well as to hear the encouragements of all his friends, family and acquaintances as they eagerly await his production of the next Great American Novel. This confluence of the author’s and his protagonist’s narcissism results in several instances of such epic self-regard that I began to feel quite embarrassed to be privy to Ellory’s private ego-stroking.Meanwhile the story drags on, its twee faux-American language and bloated self-love dragging it down at every turn. Finally the author, having obviously decided that the length and pomposity of his work has now reached a sufficient level for it to be declared classic, hurriedly bashes out a nonsensical dénouement, before concluding with a pathetically self-regarding ending in which Joseph is lauded as a Great American writer, presumably meaning that all those women and girls didn’t suffer in vain, as they are immortalised as weeping ciphers whose cries of pain provided the chorus in the operatic melodrama that was the life of Joseph Vaughan. The end.

  • Philip
    2019-03-27 22:55

    I’ve been too busy to review the last few books I’ve read, but I want to make the effort and start again.OK, so I picked this off the shelf mostly because of the title. It’s a nice, lyrical title and the backcopy said it was about a young group of boys who band together to discover who is killing little girls in their home town.Sounds exciting, right?I’m really torn about this book. On the one hand I think it’s really well written, even if the prose does get a little purple and overly descriptive at times – that’s just my personal taste, but the real failing is the plotting and storyline.Contrary to what the backcopy says, this book is NOT about a bunch of young boys trying to track a killer Famous Five style. The Guardians, as these boys call themselves, only meet twice and are caught and bawled out the second time by the local Sherriff, so they never meet again. That’s it. That’s the end of that storyline. What the backcopy would lead you to believe is the whole theme of the book is actually begun and ended in a few pages.So what happens the rest of the time? Well, that I think is the book’s biggest problem, our hero, Joseph Vaughan, for ninety-five percent of this book doesn’t do anything. He gets on with his life and has the same trials and tribulations (though a few more tragedies) as anyone while these murders continue in the background. He feels bad, but he doesn’t go out and seek the killer. He doesn’t do anything about it.**SPOILERS**There are also some huge plot holes in this book. Joseph is obsessed with these killings, but when his mother – who has had a breakdown – offers to tell him who did it, he walks out. I think he does that twice. Surely you would want to hear every theory, not matter who it came from. This seemed really stupid and out of character.Another thing that annoyed me is after a certain death in the book, there are only two people who could be the killer! And no one figures this out. It’s obvious!Joseph goes to jail at one point and I have many problems with this. Firstly, there are so many holes in the case it could strain vegetables. People must have been very unaware of their rights in the 50s because even I, with no legal training, could have got this case dismissed. As it is, Joseph is sent to jail for ten years, which I think only takes a chapter to get through and this does somewhat undermine just how long he is falsely imprisoned, until his case is reheard by the Supreme Court and his conviction overturned. I must also mention his idiot lawyer, who I would have fired ten minutes after meeting him. Again, were people really so unaware of their rights that they just took the first schmuck lawyer they were given?And finally the ending, which also seems rushed and gives no real explanation of why the killer did these unspeakable things to young girls. Who the killer is seems to be just put in for twist value and doesn’t really make any sense.A promising beginning, but an unsatisfactory middle and ending.

  • Tony
    2019-04-16 22:51

    Ellory, R. J. A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS. (2009). *****. I believe that this is one of the best-written books I have read in years. Although it is a crime novel, it reads as much like a family saga as anything else. It is set in a small town in Georgia, where a young boy, Joseph Vaughan, grows up as most other boys in such a setting, until a tragedy strikes and a young girl is found murdered and violated on the outskirts of town. The townspeople are aghast at such an event, and begin to look at each other in a different way. The war is beginning in Europe and people are rethinking their attitudes about foreigners in their midst. A German family comes under suspicion and suffers the effects of their neighbors bias. Then, another young girl is found; this time, not only murdered, but mutilated. Joseph Vaughan and his young male friends decide that they have to do something to help. They form a club whose purpose is to watch over the young girls of the area to see that they are kept safe. In spite of their avowed efforts, additional girls turn up dead over the years. The police from several counties don’t have a clue as to the killer’s identity. One day, Joseph finds another body and is traumatized by his discovery. He vows that he will dedicate his life to determining who the killer was and bringing him to justice. In the midst of all thin, Joseph goes on with his life. He wants to be a writer and is encouraged in this by his young teacher. Later, when Joseph is 18-years old, he and the teacher have an affair which turns into a full-blown love relationship. Joseph is dogged, however, by some evil force that thwarts him at every turn, and not only turns this relationship into a tragedy, but lays the groundworks for similar negative events for the rest of his life. There is a surprise ending, but you had the same clues as Joseph did throughout the book. They were subtle clues, but they were there. This is one of those books that you will pick up and read again in the years to come. It is that good. Highly recommended.

  • David
    2019-04-24 16:58

    A book with a lot of promise that fails miserably. What captured my attention in the beginning was the prose style...it was very evocative but then it came to drown in its over reliance on similes...that repeat themselves over and over and over.The story itself started good but became unendingly episodic and cliche. The serial killer narrative and coming of age narratives never gelled. Characterizations were a little interesting but this was lost in a story that went nowhere, I stopped reading when he met Brigid (I just could not take anymore), and a style that was too heavy and too loaded with similes...more interesting metaphors would have helped break it up some.The slow pace would have been more interesting if the introspection went beyond the obvious...almost cliche in its nature.It was a disappointing book because I had such high expectations after reading the first chapter...but it faded quickly after this.Not recommended...but I did not hate it either....luke warm is my appraisal.

  • John Herbert
    2019-04-10 21:06

    Read it and WEEP!!!!!!!!Maybe or maybe not physically, but sure enough you'll weep inside at Joseph Vaughan's life in Augusta Falls and beyond.Such a damaging life, as fear and outrageous violence takes away a normal upbringing, surrounding him with the ghosts of lost children, forever haunting his nightmares, as this beautifully crafted novel progresses.You find yourself not so much identifying with the various characters in Augusta Falls, as becoming one of the townsfolk yourself, sharing their fears, understanding their bigotry, living their dramas, the despair, and the ignorance.After reading a hundred pages or so I felt like I'd read a complete book already, such was the skills of Ellory's decription and character building.Not so much a book, more a total experience.Not so much a murder story, more a journey through one man's tormented soul.Not so much a great book, more a memory that can never be eradicated.It left me utterly gobsmacked.I put the book down and just sat there stunned.

  • Emir Ibañez
    2019-03-26 20:38

    La editorial RBA publicó este libro en español bajo el título de "Solo el silencio" pero no existe su ficha en Goodreads, de modo que reseñaré en ésta, su versión original.Esta novela me dejó con muchos sentimientos encontrados, pero de manera buena.Más allá de que la premisa nos dice que se trata de un asesino en serie, la historia no está encarada desde el punto de vista policial con investigaciones, interrogatorios, ni todo eso a lo que ya estamos acostumbrados.Está narrado en primera persona por Joseph Vaughan, un niño común y corriente que vive en Augusta Falls, un pueblito en el que empiezan a aparecer cuerpos desmembrados de sus compañeras de escuela. Conocemos detalles de su vida como la muerte de su padre, la relación con su madre y su maestra de primaria quienes serán un pilar muy importante en su vida, así como también todo su recorrido por su niñez, adolescencia y adultez, con sus exitos y pérdidas, pero siempre, siempre, manchado por esos asesinatos que no se detienen y se siente en la responsabilidad de atrapar al responsable.También está intercalado por algunos capítulos narrados en flash-forward, cuando encuentra al asesino y lo mata. Ese es uno de los tantos puntos que te mantienen pegado a la historia, pero creo que si esa pista puesta allí para enganchar al lector no hubiera estado, de todos modos me vería enganchado con la historia desde la página uno. No es la trama lo que sobresale en esta historia, sino la manera que está narrada. Es tan poética y a la vez sencilla que te lleva a sentir muchísima empatía con Joseph casi de modo instantáneo, con un manejo de prosa y metáforas tan bellas que si tuviera que señalar los pasajes que más me gustaron el libro terminaría rayadísimo.Agarré este libro esperando encontrarme con una historia policial y terminé llevándome una historia mucho más emocional y profunda, con personajes enternecedores, esperanza y fe en la humanidad, pese a tanta injusticia y tantos altibajos en la vida. Definitivamente el personaje de Joseph se quedará conmigo por mucho tiempo.También quiero destacar la atmósfera y la ubicación temporal que está introducida de manera sutil pero de modo que tenga la relevancia que se merece, porque en la historia transcurren 30 años paulatinamente, comenzando con la explosión de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.Es larga, lenta y algo densa, pero que vale totalmente la pena leerla así, absorbiendo cada capítulo, cada conversación, cada párrafo. Es una de esas novelas para releer algún día.Seguime en:InstagramTwitterMi blog

  • Carrie
    2019-04-11 21:53

    When I first started reading R.J.Ellory’s, A Quiet Belief in Angels, I thought,"This is a con.....this can't be right.....this is a joke!"I was convinced I was reading the works of the Master, Steinbeck.Right from the opening lines, Ellory had me drawn in, taken under the influence of, and then totally intoxicated by his verbal skills and mastery over phrase, paragraph and perfect prose.‘Sat at my window, chin almost touching the sill, and looked out into the night. Sky as hard as flint, the scudding clouds thin and fragile, like they’d disperse with nothing more than a fingersnap, but all of it beautiful in a broken-up, haphazard kind of way; the ghosts of day-clouds, backlit afterthoughts to remind you of morning. The morning gone, the morning on its way…which one it didn’t seem to matter. In the air the crisp snap of lodgepole pine and bitter juniper made the taste of breathing sour and electric.’Pure poetry! ‘Tried not to think of my father, the sound of his voice, the smell of him – bitter apples, coal tar, sometimes cigars. I closed my mind down to nothing. Waited and watched, and then waited some more. Tried to breathe deep and even and slow. Tried to close out the sound of bugs and trees, of wind and the stream. Tried to hear other things. Things that came from darkness.’More impeccable prose!Added to his power over words, was R.J.’s inimitable expertise as a story teller. I read with eagerness and yet uneasiness, the unfolding of the heinous, extraordinary crimes that disturbed and haunted the ordinary, hard-working, everyday folk of Augusta Falls, Georgia; commencing in 1939. As I travelled with him, sometimes coaxed, sometimes running ahead, I couldn’t help but feel perturbed that the road in front might not be going the way in which I wanted to walk……at times, as a reluctant traveller, he forced me to tread the path that he had beaten out and I became timorous, totally disquieted that the destination we were heading for was not one I would choose to aim for; not a place I would seek to visit.R.J. Ellory forcibly delivers, he will not disappoint! He is a Writer to be reckoned with and bears a name that one day, I am confident, will be reckoned up amidst the All Time Greats!Are we sure he did not sit and learn at the foot of John Steinbeck? Carrie King

  • Калина Минчева
    2019-04-03 19:40

    Исках да й дам 4 звезди, наистина, защото въпреки, че историята е твърде мрачна, подтискаща и драматична за моя вкус, не може да й се отрече майсторския стил и интригуващия характер, който те държи под напрежение до самия край и предизвиква шеметното разлистване на всяка следваща страница. Обаче силно ме разочарова решението на автора за края на историята - 460 страници градация, а накрая всичко свърши за два реда и толкова много въпроси останаха без отговори. Защо?! Предполагам е част от замисъла книгата да продължи да преследва читателя и след финала й, но за моя читателски вкус това бе твърде неудовлетворително! Та от там и 3те звезди.

  • Lili
    2019-04-22 17:04

    Here is a man with “a quiet belief in angels” a man who is both persistent and intrepid; I found this book hard to put down, a beautifully written book, the prose illuminating and the story startling. Never once was I tempted to skip the long passages so confidently written. The author writes an Incredible and disturbing account of the long, long hunt for a child killer, and in so doing relates the poignant, heart wrenching story of the boy who became that man. Brilliant.

  • Христо Блажев
    2019-04-23 20:01

    Тихата вяра в ангели не помага срещу дявола: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/t...Джоузеф Воон е човекът, обречен да губи от първата до предпоследната страница на тази книга. От момента, в който губи баща си, до края, когато губи и илюзиите си. Елъри го преследва безпощадно и не го оставя да си поеме дъх – два пъти го дарява с любов, два пъти му я отнема безпощадно. Отнема му майка му, но бавно, перфидно, болезнено. Отнема му човека, който поема бащински функции в живота му – и го отнема пак на части, разделени от годините. Детската любов, приятелите, мечтите… накрая му отнема и малко над десетилетие от живота. Но пък му дарява литературния успех, това, за което мнозина биха платили скъпо. Но не чак толкова скъпо със сигурност.Издателство "Пергамент Прес"http://knigolandia.info/book-review/t...

  • Петър Панчев
    2019-04-22 16:54

    Убиецът на тихата вяра в ангели(Цялото ревю е тук: https://knijenpetar.wordpress.com/201...)Доста книги за серийни убийци ми се събраха. Повечето не са никак леки за възприемане, ако се наблегне на частите с описания на мъчения и смърт. Но въпросът е в драмата и как светът на героите се срива, подхранван единствено от жестокости, за които от време на време чуваме и по новините. Всяка подобна книга е вдъхновена от нещо, макар и поукрасена тук-там, за да има по-голям ефект. „Тихата вяра в ангели“ („Пергамент Прес“, 2017, с превод на Силвана Миланова) е драматична до висините, ако мога така да се изразя. Героят тук буквално е абониран за страховете в живота, които го преследват десетилетия наред, без да му дадат и миг спокойствие. Започва се още в детството му и не престава до края на самата книга. Винаги съм искал четените от мен книги да ме вълнуват и стъписват, да ми влияят почти физически. Накрая съм доволен, ако съм плувнал в пот и съм се разчувствал или стресирал по някаква причина. И не е само заради прожектиращите се в главата ми картини, а и това, че може де се изживеят всички тия терзания от страниците. Книгата на Елъри е пълна с душевен смут и това ме направи нестабилен, нервен и дезориентиран. Ако човек се остави да изживее всичко, без да опира до спасителния пояс, че това е просто една книга, ще спечели доста повече от кратко разсейване в часовете за почивка. Ако всичко това се случи, значи книгата си е свършила работата. Разказът от първо лице прави всичко още по-въздействащо.(Продължава в блога: https://knijenpetar.wordpress.com/201...)

  • Joe Maguire
    2019-03-28 19:59

    This is a somewhat difficult review to begin as I have quite mixed feelings having just finished the book. My conclusion is probably best summarised by saying that I really enjoyed the novel and am glad to have read it, despite some flaws that became more evident as the story developed.The prose was excellent, with some descriptive passages that are pure poetry. This rich prose became a little formulaic as the book went on, and there was a noticeable increase in repetition of similes later in the book that made me wonder if the author was simply rushing. The pace is quite slow but for me the writing style was able to carry this and I never found myself bored. In short, the prose is the best feature of this book, giving life to a plot and characters which otherwise might have seemed flat, and making this read worthwhile.The plot and characterisation were engaging and there were enough twists to keep me guessing to the end. Having reached the end however, there are some aspects that I find unsatisfying -- not enough explanation of the motives of the eventual child killer, some lack of clarity about why our protagonist first takes such an active role (responsibility?) for stopping the killings, some odd decisions and actions which are not explained within the plot. Similar to my feelings about the quality of prose, I also had the feeling that the plot quality suffered as the book went on, and that despite the length of the novel there were plot elements and characterisations later on which were rushed compared to those earlier in the book.As with 'A Simple Act Of Violence' which I also recently finished, Ellory has clearly put significant time and effort into researching the historical, geographical and political setting for this novel and that shines through as a positive for me in both works.

  • Morticia Adams
    2019-03-29 17:41

    This wouldn’t have been a bad crime thriller, had it not been ruined by the author’s apparent belief that he’s a much better writer than he actually is. He aims for the lyrical and poetic and falls flat because he doesn’t apparently understand the value of restraint or economy, and that constant repetition of an idea will diminish its impact. I suspect that many editors today aren’t ruthless enough, and are too ready to swallow their authors’ self-hyping. A good editor might have suggested that Mr Ellory put less effort into the elaboration of his style, and more into ironing out the flaws and implausibilities of his story. Of the latter there are unfortunately quite a few: no insight into the motives of the killer, no satisfactory explanation of the narrator’s obsession with and irrational feelings of responsibility for the murders; inadequate acknowledgement of the traumatic legacy a series of such horrific crimes would surely have had on a small town where nearly everyone knew each other. And too many anachronisms in the dialogue - “enough already”, “enjoy”, etc – that’s just lazy writing!Despite this, I really think that as a story-teller, he does have some talent: I read the book to the end because I was keen to see the resolution of the mystery, and the identity of the culprit. But as a writer, sadly, he doesn’t have a great deal to say.

  • Gail
    2019-04-25 22:01

    I do not have the right words to describe my absolute love of this amazing and wonderful book. It is simply stunning. I have not been able to put it down and just loved Joseph Calvin Vaughan: I just wanted to hug him and take away all his pain and the terrible tragedies that dogged his life from an early age. I have read some amazing books this year and had just finished a terrific book before moving onto one of my favourite authors, R J Ellory and this heartbreaking novel.All I can describe it as is a little like Shawshank Redemption with all the heartache that book delivered. My only questions would include why the murderer killed his victims in the brutal fashion that he did? Had something happened in his past? - but that didn't spoil the plot for me and didn't detract from my joy of reading it.I would dearly love this to be made into a movie and I would be right at the front of the queue wanting to watch it.Simply amazing, beautifully written (as always) and addictive read. I will never forget this story - ever.

  • Karine
    2019-04-12 20:06

    Mooi geschreven. Deed me qua inhoud een beetje denken aan 'De kraaien zullen het zeggen' van Ann-Marie MacDonald en ook aan 'De kleine vriend' van Donna Tart. Denk dat ik deze kortelings nog eens ga lezen.quote over lezen:Mijn vader zei altijd tegen me dat het een van de belangrijkste dingen was die je kon doen. Hij zei dat je je hele leven in een hutje kon wonen in een dorpje van anderhalve man en een paardenkop, maar als je kon lezen, kon je in gedachten de hele wereld over reizen. (p26)over rouwen:Je moet niet langer rouwen dan bloemen vers blijven en dan moet het over zijn. Het leven gaat verder. (79)

  • Leslie
    2019-04-13 18:07

    4* for this audiobook edition; 3½* for the book itselfMark Bramhall's voice was excellent for this book. It intensified the brooding Southern atmosphere significantly for me! As for the story, this isn't the type of mystery I prefer but I found it well written and the perspective of a person living in a rural area in which a serial killer of young girls is operating was interesting. However, there were a few times when the first person narration by Joseph Vaughn described things he couldn't have known or seen or heard about later. Also, Vaughn's sense of responsibility or connection to the girls is not normal nor adequately explained. It is necessary for the way the author concluded the case & the book but it didn't feel natural.

  • Crystal Craig
    2019-04-23 23:56

    mysterious, well-written, why?When I got to the half-way point reading, R.J. Ellory's, A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS, something tragic happened. My chaotic outside life, the life I live away from reading got in the way. Nothing irritates me more. I kept thinking about the book, wondering what sick SOB was killing young girls, but be darned if I could clear my head five minutes to read. Finally, after having to abandon the book for a week, I finished today (Thursday, June twelfth, 2014). This is my first time reading the author. The book is a Buddy Read for June 2014 in my book club, Sweeter Reads. I really enjoyed the story, especially the first half when main character, Joseph Calvin Vaughan is just a child of twelve-years-old. I often find children make the best narrators; they're humorous and innocent and I love how that comes out on a page."She was a sweet enough child I'm sure, but to a twelve-year-old boy a nine-year-old girl seems the worst kind of harpy. Her voice was shrill, like a rusted spike jabbing my ears, and though later she would mellow and soften, and in her own way become really quite sensitive and beautiful, at the time she was like bitter-tasting medicine for an illness long gone."[page 27]I found myself chuckling at Joseph and his buddies when they formed, The Guardians, a neighbourhood watch. Like six young boys would be able to catch a killer. To me, it felt like The Hardy Boys meets Stand By Me."'My dad has a gun, you know,' Maurice Fricker said.'Everybody's dad has a gun, Maurice,' Ronnie Duggan said. 'My dad stands out back in the yard and shoots stupid kids. Figure you better walk home a different way.''I'm serious,' Maurice said.'I...I could get one too,' Michael said.'Christ, no,' Daniel said. 'Give you a gun, hell, the way you fidget you'd kill everyone standing.'" [page 111]I loved the small town feeling and the tidbits of World War II history. As you read further into the book, young Joseph Calvin Vaughan grows into a man with the most tragic life ever. I didn't enjoy the latter half of the book as much as I did the beginning. Honestly, I just wanted to know who the killer was. And, when it was all revealed and I closed the book, I had one big nagging question. Why? What drives a person to kill so many girls? and to do so in such a brutal fashion. I wanted a explanation, one wasn't given, so this book gets a four star rating rather than five. Overall, though, I recommend the book.

  • Dorie
    2019-04-10 17:39

    This book starts when Joseph Vaughan's father dies. Joseph is 12 and hopes that his father has become an angel. That year the first little girl in his community is murdered. The book follows Joseph's life as he is touched by the horror of Hitler's war in Europe and the more local horror of the murders of young girls.I have to say the plot was nothing like I anticipated. From the book jacket you are given to believe that the first part of the book will be about Joseph's childhood and the local murders. Then, 50 years after the killings cease, Joseph confronts his past. This is not accurate at all. The book follows all of Joseph's life linearly after the age of 12 years, with no break. Some years are admittedly summed up quickly, but the killings do not stop and Joseph is only about 40 at the end. The beginning was well written and pulls you immediately into the story and inside Joseph's mind and heart. Admittedly the middle of the book began to drag a little for me, but at one point about 3/4 through I could not stop reading and finished it in one sitting. The ending was thoroughly engrossing and I had to keep reading to find out who the killer was. Your mind cycles through multiple suspects before the ending. The weaknesses: I thought in the beginning Joseph was much too young to be thinking such deep and morose thoughts. And his later sexual affair with an older woman struck me as wrong on her end. The story itself was written very dark, with the characters acting and speaking a bit melodramatically. But overall a really good and engrossing story.

  • Wayne Wilson
    2019-04-02 20:06

    Wow! This was totally unexpected. This felt like true literature. A very dark book. A murder mystery but not like any murder mystery book I have ever read. From the title I was sort of hoping or expecting super natural events but it was not that kind of book.We start out with a young man whose father just passed away, I think he is the 4th grade. He has a great teacher who challenges him and she see's in Joe (our protagonist) a writer to be. Well Joe has a girl class mate who is brutally raped and killed. This affects Joe deeply and he uses his writing to exercise the fear and pain he feels with her death.These deaths continue over time as little girls are killed all around Joe's town and surrounding areas. Joe and several of his male friends form a secret society devoted to protecting young girls, yet these little girls keep getting killed. Joe is a sensitive soul and he even comes across one of the little girls who was killed.The book takes us through Joe's life and the killings continue. He becomes a published writer but things go from bad to worse as people he loves die and are murdered. There are some great twists and it is a compelling read. It is very dark and the killings are gruesome. Mostly I am left in the end very sad for all that has happened to Joe and these little girls because of one terrible killer.

  • Bibliophile
    2019-04-18 21:58

    A slow-paced crime novel set in rural Georgia before the First World War. Little girls are gruesomely murdered, impacting the life and future of Joseph Vaughan, precocious teenager. It is slow going. A better writer would have gotten away with it, but Ellory's prose is over-the-top and repetitive, trying too hard to be poignant and poetic. Joseph's obsession with the murders and subsequent navel gazing might have been interesting had there been som depth to it, but he remains a two-dimensional character and the endless dwelling grows infuriating after a few hundred pages. The novel tries to be something it is not, and would have been better off as a straight-forward crime story.

  • Patricia
    2019-04-25 21:42

    This book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm SO glad I listened and read this one. This was such a good story I didn't want to quit reading it. Could one person's life be just one tragedy after another as in this story? Joseph Vaughan lives in a town where a serial killer is killing young girls and he becomes engrossed with wanting to find out who the murderer is. All the while, he seems to suffer so many losses in his own life. The writing in this book is beautiful. I never guessed who the protagonist was, until just a few pages before he was revealed, it was a big surprise. I highly recommend this book. Read it, you won't be sorry!

  • Darklady
    2019-04-12 20:43

    É um livro interessante e com uma excelente narrativa, no entanto, creio que promete demais como thriller/policial e no fim não se aproxima disso. Breves descrições das meninas assassinadas e quase no final um momento ou outro que nos prende mas pouco mais que isso.A história de vida da personagem principal é realmente surpreendente.

  • Laurie Popovac
    2019-04-18 20:07

    overall a beautifully written novel. took me a bit to get through. a little long and slow to get going, but about halfway the pace picks up and is really interesting with twists and turns along the way.

  • Lyubov
    2019-04-02 23:38

    Рядко ми се случва една книга да тръгне изключително добре, но след това с всяка страница да започне да затъва все повече в клишета и авторово безсилие. Случаят с "Тихата вяра в ангели" се оказа точно такъв. Романът обещава да е много повече от разказ за жесток масов убиец като същевременно държи интереса и с криминалната нишка. След наистина чудесните първи 50-60 страници обаче действието почти спира, нови улики за жестоките убийства на малките момиченца практически липсват, а труповете продължават да валят. И така в продължение на 30 години. (Забелязвам, че чудното приложение на GR за телефон явно не поддържа HTML, така че функцията скрит текст там я няма). За четящите през телефон, следва СПОЙЛЕР.(view spoiler)[Доста време би ми отнело да изброя минусите на романа, но ще опитам да синтезирам, тези които най-много ми се набиха на очи по двете основни линии - психологическа и криминална. Криминална:1. Очевидно за абсолютно всеки е, че Гюнтер Крюгер (съседът на главния герой) не е убиецът. И въпреки това през цялата книга по един или друг начин авторът настоява да ни го представя за главен заподозрян.2. Истинският убиец също става ясен доста преди края, защото като махнем Крюгер от картинката остава само един герой, свързан достатъчно отблизо с убийствата за целия 30 годишен период3. Разследванията на убийствата са меко казано дебилно описани сякаш шерифите са банда аматьори, които са се събрали да цъкат с език, да пият кафе и да се тюхкат. При толкова свързани случаи в над 6-7 окръга никой не сформира обединен щаб за разследване в продължение на толкова години. Сериозно ли?4. Полицаи от Ню Йорк описват професионално случай на брутално убийство и изнасилване с думите "някой ѝ е направил много лоши неща".5. Главният герой влиза в затвора и почти получава смъртна присъда само на основание, че няма алиби за времето на убийството.6. В крайна сметка не ни е дадена и троха от мотивацията на убиеца да разчленява по ужасяващ начин момиченца из половината страна. Явно трябва да бъдем благодарни, че ни е казано кой е. О, чакайте, ама ние това го знаехме още от средата на книгата.Психологическа:1. Главният герой сформира група свои приятели, които да защитават малките момиченца от убиеца. Нелоша макар и изтъркана идея, която има сериозен потенциал за развитие. Групичката се среща 2 пъти, основно циври и бива разтурена от шерифа (на втория път). След години главният герой се опитва да навие същите тези членове на групата да направят нещо за продължаващите убийства. Интересно какво ли при тази така "силна връзка" от детството?2. Въпреки че целият му живот е обсебен от убийствата, когато майка му, макар и с помрачен разсъдък заявява, че знае кой е убиецът, нашият човек просто си излиза от стаята. Психология на макс :)3. След като всички по-близки негови хора от родното му градче се изреждат да му обяснят да го напусне, а и той очевидно вече няма какво да дири в него, спомените го подлудяват и се е изолирал изцяло, на нашият човек му отнема повече от половин книга да се мръдне от там. А ние сме принудени да изчетем страници с диалози от сорта на (не е дословен цитат синтезирам само смисъла):- Мисля че трябва да заминеш. Тук вече нищо не те задържа, а хората те гледат под око.- Не знам. Дали трябва да замина? Как мислиш?Мога още доста да изброявам, но спирам до тук.(hide spoiler)]С две думи романът не е достатъчно добра криминална история, а изпипаният психологизъм, заради който бих простила всякакви пробойни на трилър фронта, липсва.

  • Astrid
    2019-04-10 15:45

    C'EST QUOI CETTE FIN ?!? Polar très bien écrit mais fin bâclée selon moi

  • Jane Long
    2019-03-25 22:44

    I enjoyed it. Bit different, gripping too. Wanted to know what was going to happen next. Not predictable either. And, without giving anything away, wasn't really religious, despite the title (thank goodness!).

  • Ian Mapp
    2019-04-21 23:57

    After four disappointments, my faith in literatrure is fully restored.This is an incredible story. Before reviewing - who have to read the bio of the author on his web site, where his sense of humour and world weariness is explained - never knew his father, mother died when he was young, grandparents died, jailed for scrumping (is this true).The book is written by a brummie and set in america in the late 30s to 60s... telling Joseph Vaughn's story.The style is my favorite - a couple of pages at the present - where Jospeth has tracked down someone to New York - shots are fired and both men are down. The present is returned to in brief interludes as the story is told from the start.Childhood in a Gerogian farm community is ruined by the frequent murders of young girls. Josephs life is not easy, his father dies at a young age, he catches his mother inflagrante with a married neighbour and he discovers a mutilated body. This is all told with a grim world weariness.With his friends he forms the guardians but nothing much comes of this - he is warned off by the sheriff when they are out on maneouvers.The serial killer aspect is a little bit away from the story. As he is a child, its all about adult realtionships and growing up - and WW2 and politcial incidents are used as a barometer.His mother slips into madness, his mother lovers family are burnt out of their home (germanic tensions and accusations that no american could commit the crimes) and Joseph settles down with his former school teacher - who encouraged him to write.Tradegy is always at his shoulder and just when you think he is settled and a baby is on the way, they both die in a fall.The german neighbour apparently commits suicide and artefacts from the murders are found in his new house. This is half way through the book and you know that all is not as it seems...... you are waiting for the twist. For a while, i thought the murderer was Jospeh himself, as he is an author and tricks / authors mind sets are often referred to.He rebuilds again - moves away to NY - finds a group of bohemian friends and a new woman and again - just when you think he is finding happines - she is murdered in the same way as the girls - the past has come to find him.This time however, there is a twist. At this point, I could hardly bare to read the book and wanted to cover the text further down the page so that I wouldnt accidently see what was going to happen. This is thriller writing of the highest order - no book has done this to me before. He is investigated for the murder and tried - then jailed. I couldnt read the verdict from the jury.This is a little strage but works - prison life is brushed over and he is jailed for 10ish years before a retrial caused by the book he wrote whilst inside finds him not guilty.At this point, he has worked out the killer is the sheriff and a showdown in a rundown hotel (which has been the "present" sections of the book) is manipulated.After revealing the staged suicide and teh fact the sheriff used his influence to get the Joseph as the only suspect - both men are shot - the sheriff fatally, Joseph slumbed in a chair. This is where I would have ended the book but there is a tacked on epilogue from a newspaper cutting explaining that joseph survived and went on to be a successful author.Everything is right in this book - the characterisation, the pace, the mood, the excitement and a damn good yarn.Briliiantly written. May even be book of the year.