Book Review: The Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa

When Alex arrives in Provincetown to patch things up with his new wife, he finds an empty wine glass in the sink, her wedding ring on the desk, and a string of questions in her wake. The police believe that Alex’s wife simply left, his marriage crumbling before it truly began. But what Alex finds in their empty cottage points him toward a different reality:

His wife has always carried a secret. And now she’s disappeared.

In his hunt for the truth, Alex comes across Layla, a young woman with information to share, who may hold the key to everything his wife has kept hidden. A girl without a clear recollection of her past. A strange, quiet girl whose memories may break them all.

To find his wife, Alex must face what Layla has forgotten. And the consequences are anything but quiet.


In the chilling psychological novel, The Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa, newly-married Alex Zarabian was baffled by his wife’s sudden disappearance.  Little did he know that his wife had been keeping a dark secret from him and the only way to find her is to dredge up her past. But is Alex prepared to accept the ugly truth even if it shatters the way he sees the woman he vowed to love until the end?

This is not just a book told in dual perspectives but its use of the embedded narrative technique made it more riveting and addictive. I find it difficult to pour out my sentiments about this book without giving too much away. Kosa proves how well-researched the story is by its detailed portrayal of a character going through severe psychological distress and emotional trauma. The harrowing evolution of the plot still holds on and becomes more compelling as the story progresses.  It plunges into deeper and darker waters as it begins to revolve around twists and turns that the readers won’t see coming. 

⁣⁣”The Quiet Girl” may yet be another twisty psychological thriller assumed for peddling the usual unreliable narrator technique. But what makes this suspense novel different is that it is difficult to tell where the plot is going. It redefines what it means for a thriller to be an intense page-turner. The Quiet Girl simply blew me away.  The suspense builds quickly and the aftermath won’t even allow room to downplay this novel.  It takes you deep down a dark path then pulls you back so you can pull yourself together.  And just when you thought you knew exactly what is going happen, you’re suddenly plunged back into darkness but this time, you’re afraid you’ll be stuck.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author: S.F. Kosa

Paperback, 350 pages

Published August 11th 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Genre: Psychological Thriller

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