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    Didn’t finish

    I really liked this book but stopped reading at 72% because of unnecessary bashing of the American President. No need for that
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    The third Oonagh O'Neil novel

    The Quiet Ones by Theresa Talbot is the third book in The Oonagh O’Neil series. Oonagh O’Neil is a television journalist in Glasgow, Scotland who is being shoved off the anchor desk for the latest new young thing. While Oonagh resents it, it does give her the opportunity to do more in depth pieces since she does enjoy research and production. Oonagh has a troubled past that continues to haunt her and has her overindulging in alcoholic beverages. To make matters worse, a certain gentleman with the Glasgow police seems to be ignoring her. When Oonagh learns that Harry Nugent’s death is the result of foul play, not a suicide, she sees the possibility of a series. Despite not having official permission to do her story, Oonagh begins digging into Harry’s life. While Harry’s life appeared squeaky clean on the surface, Oonagh soon discovers that the man had a nasty predilection and she wonders if this is what got him killed. The more Oonagh digs, the more dirt she uncovers. The Quiet Ones deals with a sensitive subject and I am glad that the story did not go into detail. Oonagh is an older protagonist which I appreciated (I can relate more since she is closer to my age). Oonagh has established connections and is a good researcher. People seem to open up when she talks to them which helps her get juicy tidbits. The mystery was complex with new details emerging as the story progresses. I like how murder is multifaceted and we get information from various sources including flashbacks. The tension built the further I got into the book and as Oonagh finds out more about Harry’s personal and business dealings. My favorite phrase from The Quiet Ones deals with Harry and is “up to his eyes in something brown and smelly.” I do want to let readers know that, unfortunately, there is extensive foul language. I found The Quiet Ones to be a slow starter and the pacing varied depending upon the scene. Oonagh O’Neil is a character that I could not like. I wish the author had made the protagonist more relatable and friendly. The author’s detailed descriptions allowed me to visualize the characters and the scenes. I recommend reading The Oonagh O’Neil books in order so you can get the background on Oonagh. The ending will have your jaw dropping in shock.
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    A Superb Crime Thriller!

    I've been lucky enough to follow this series from the very beginning, and the third book is every bit as riveting as I thought it would be! Oonagh O'Neil is no-one's fool; a journalist of some repute with years of experience behind her, she definitely has a nose for a story. So when three supposedly unconnected bodies are found in a short space of time with similarities in the murder method, Oonagh's antennae is twitching. There's something not quite right and the police don't seem to be making any connections - can she find out what it's all about? Another spectacular offering from Theresa Talbot, with enough secrets, twists and turns to keep the readers' attention gripped all the way through - I loved this one! Very cleverly created, incorporating plenty of side issues and events and laced with humour all the way through whilst never losing focus of the main story. Glasgow is my closest city, and I enjoy picturing all the locations described in the novel. Oonagh is no shrinking violet - she wouldn't be able to do her job if she was - but showing her vulnerable side is a masterstroke and makes her more human to the rest of us feartie's out here! A superb third novel, and another which fully earns the full five stars I'm very happy to attach to my review. A stunning read, and highly recommended to lovers of great crime fiction.

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