by Vivian Schilling

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From award-winning author Vivian Schilling comes a psychological thriller that raises provocative questions about fate, mortality and what lies beyond. Of epic scope, Quietus is the haunting story of a young woman brought back from the brink of death to find the world around her irrevocably altered.

On a stormy winter night a small plane bound for Boston goes down in the treacherous White Mountains of New Hampshire. Noted interior designer Kylie O'Rourke and her husband Jack are among the survivors. But it is just the beginning of the nightmare for Kylie. Through a haze of morphine she awakens in the hospital to confused and harrowing memories of the crash--memories not to be trusted. Though trapped within the wreckage, she recalls wandering the icy mountainside and speaking with one of the other passengers, only to find that he had died on impact. As the bizarre aftermath becomes sharper in her mind, it appears more ominous, along with the unshakable feeling that her survival somehow defied fate.

Reassured by her doctor that the disturbing memories had been caused by her sedation, Kylie returns to her life in Boston, but the aftermath of the tragedy proves unbearable. Frightening visions begin to haunt her, while her husband slips away from her into his own world of survivor guilt and deceit. Increasingly paranoid, Kylie soon believes that she is being followed through the streets of Boston. In her nightmares, the predator is a specter crossing over from the mountaintop to reclaim her. An old man eyes her in the subway, while a dark figure stalks her through Beacon Hill. Then a sudden and freakish tragedy sends Kylie's world toppling. While those around her fear she is losing her mind, Kylie finds herself caught up in a chain of events she cannot escape.

In this riveting novel, Schilling delivers a psychological thriller that leads the reader on a collision course where every breath, every step can carry the gravest of consequences. She paints bold and unforgettable characters, while resurrecting disturbing and powerful apocrypha that had been all but buried under contemporary religious doctrine. With spellbinding intrigue, Quietus takes the reader to the brink of reason, to the edge where spiritual and physical meet, building with frenetic momentum to its shocking and haunting climax.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156998869
Publisher: Ivy Road Publishing
Publication date: 07/13/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 930,179
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Vivian Schilling is an award-winning novelist and filmmaker. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and also studied under the legendary Stella Adler before embarking upon a career in both literature and film.

Schilling has penned two novels to date. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Quietus a psychological thriller that tells the story of a plane crash victim who is brought back from the brink of death to find her world forever changed. The haunting narrative of love, death and survival received praise for its intelligent and bold exploration into mortality and what lies beyond. Schilling’s debut novel, Sacred Prey, is a thought-provoking glimpse into the underside of New Orleans that explores prejudice and the power of perspective. The novel garnered Schilling the Golden Scroll Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature.

While Schilling’s first love is writing novels, she occasionally ventures into the story-telling realm of film. She is the writer, producer and director of “Toys in the Attic,” the English adaptation of the Czech stop-motion animated feature “Na pude” by revered filmmaker Jirí Bárta.

A long-standing advocate of animal welfare and conservation, Schilling is a co-writer and producer of the French documentary, “Bonobos: Back to the Wild.” The film, by Alain Tixier, chronicles the important work of conservationist Claudine André in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Schilling has had the honor of guest speaker at the National Archives in Washington where she discussed her work as a novelist and filmmaker. She divides her time between Los Angeles and the Ozark Mountains.

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Quietus 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
opinion8dsngr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reads like a cross between a cheap thriller and a gratuitus romance novel, with a few interesting comments on death and the afterlife thrown in for readability. Somehow, I found myself hooked into the story, even though the dialouge and sex scenes were distastefully done quite frequently. I admire the author's use of research and creativity, but the style was seriously lacking in some other reguards.
thereader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can easily see this novel being turned into a film. Very visual and good characterizations, with some fascinating chills thrown in. The sex scenes, however, were gratuitous and forced and I skipped over those when I was reading this. Otherwise, not a bad way to kill an afternoon or two :P
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You know that movie, what's it called? "Final Destination?" Where the kids avoid death in a plane crash, but are then "stalked" by death because they were supposed to have died? This is book is kind of like that, except smarter.After Kylie O'Rourke, her husband Jack, and her best friends narrowly escape death in a plane crash, Kylie can't shake the feeling that something weird is going on. Her psychiatrist tells her that the strange experiences she recalls having prior to their rescue from the wreck of the plane simply did not happen -- she never met an angel of death, and she certainly never met and talked to passengers who died on impact. Kylie tries to believe this, but after she realizes she is being stalked by a man who looks exactly like her "imaginary" Angel of Death, she begins to suspect that she was never meant to survive.This is a tense, well-written thriller, but at times I felt that Schilling got carried away with all of her various plot elements. Some of the story seems both over-the-top and needlessly complicated; we've got sparring spouses, infidelity, repressed memories, past tragedies, Church history, and a dozen other elements all combining in a way that doesn't always work as coherently as one would hope. Still, this book keep me turning the pages, and I found the ending very satisfying.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The concept of this story sold me from the start and the first part of the book, I was ready to roll, but somewhere at the third way through mark I got lost a little and from there I was in and out of this book. Kylie O'Rourke and her husband and another couple are on a private plane and for many reasons the plane crashes. She barely survives the crash and from there her world is turned upside down. The book is less about the actual crash and more about the aftermath of it all. With survivor's guilt and paranoia and PTSD, Vivian Schilling explores all the effects of surviving a near death experience.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
***Possible spoilers you have been warned*** I was absolutely into the first half of the book. I loved the dark setting, the dark descent of madness for poor Kylie and trying to figure out what is happening to her and her world. The mood and the setting is dark and meant to be so, this part is excellent and sets the tone of the book. You get the eerie creepy feelings and the writing style is good enough that it could be played out like a movie in your head. So Kyle as a character is all right. She has her flaws, her marriage has flaws but I’ll be honest to say I really did like her and Jack together. You knew they had major flaws and issues that should have been resolved but they just never got around to it. But their chemistry was excellent and you could feel their love even though sad to say, it was going on a path that just wasn’t meant to be. Although their relationship wasn’t that great to begin with, love was never a problem and they looked and seemed great together but it just wasn’t meant to be. So let’s get to the plot. It started off on the right foot. Lots of creep factor. The plane crash incident well done. Kylie’s recovery, and the slow descent to what looks like madness (but isn’t) and the book tries to explain this to you while you read. Okay. I can handle this. I wanted to know what happens next. Then we come across this incident in Kylie’s past that’s coming back to haunt her (see what I did there? Har har) okay. It’s pretty traumatic, and well you did send the guy to death because of a crime he committed so I get it. Julius though….This guy was a grown man while Kylie was a little girl when he died and all of sudden he’s going all creepy touchy feely and managed to induce this semi wet dream/alternate reality sequence with present day Kylie while she was on public transportation. Yeah. Ok. And stop calling her Kylie Rose. It’s annoying but also creepy in a Pedo kind of way. So after being introduced to Julius the incubus ghost wannabe the plot just slides down the hill and it becomes almost a chore to read through. I can’t believe this book has to be 608 pages as we already know what’s going on with Kylie and her crew about 200 pages in. It gets too descriptive, too mushy and it attempts to do some sort of surreal thing about life after death yadda yadda yadda. I tried to like it. I can’t. If you cut the book in half and redid the ending so it wasn’t one long dreary part then the book would have been much better and more enjoyable to read. But this falls so short and it’s unfortunate the theme had promise and even the characters had potential.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Kylie O’Rourke was on a charter plane with her husband and two friends when it goes down in a snow storm. Kylie, her husband, two friends, and another person from the plane are the only ones to survive. She wakes in a hospital and goes on to try to get back to her life. Unfortunately this is not possible. She clearly remembers talking to someone from the plane that died on impact. She goes to a psychiatrist and is told that none of this really happened and she needs to get on with her life. But Kylie gets the feeling that no one should have survived the plane crash. She thinks someone is stalking her and plans to wright the wrong of five survivors. If this is not enough to give you the creeps, the story also twists and turns around everyday issues of infidelity, suppressed memories, and so much more happening in the story. I liked the whole concept of you can’t cheat death. I liked the Angel of Death stalking her. But I have to say that there were so many other little subplots floating through the story. They didn’t really add a lot to the main story and made the book start dragging. The book is 600 pages and could have easily but trimmed back. Over all I did like the story and am very curious to read Vivian Schilling’s Sacred Prey. This is a good story and one that you should give a try. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A few years ago, I used to frequent my local bookstore to just simply browse for a new book. I picked this one up on a lark. It sounded interesting enough, and I thought, 'Sure. why not.' What I didn't expect was how deeply captivated I would become in the novel. I found myself so wrapped up in the story that I simply could not put it down. Recommended for anyone who can set aside conventions and delve into a book with unexpected twists and turns.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought 'QUIETUS' after hearing the author on a radio talk program, discussing her research into spirituality and life-after-death. The book is truly superb, and I would highly recommend it, regardless of your religious predispositions. A book jacket quote from the Cleveland Plain Dealer describes the book as 'profoundly insightful' which I agree with completely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I could only recommend one book this year, Quietus would be it! After my wife and her friends raved about it for months, I finally picked it up. Once I read the first few pages, I was hooked. Schilling's sense of pace, of style and the depth of her characters pulls you in and won't let you rest until you've completed the last page. Quietus is a visceral thriller that explores death and the afterlife like no novel I've ever read. Some may be daunted by the author's bold approach, but others will find it touches them in ways they never expected. An excellent and haunting read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had actually been looking forward to a good thick novel to read on the beach while I was on vacation. While the topic summary seemed intriguing, I found the plot to be ridiculous and far less suspenseful than I had anticipated. Character development was weak; I also had a hard time believing anyone could accept the fate of themselves and those around them so easily. Words were used repeatedly (such as 'entreaty' and all the characters who use the term 'gonna') that it got on my nerves. I made it to the end of the book though and when I did I dropped it in the nearest trash receptacle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Had to pick this one up after seeing the sensational review in the N.Y. Times. Schilling is definitely one of the best of the hot new writers.