On a Quiet Street by Seraphina Nova Glass
5/17/22; 320 pages
Graydon House Books
On a Quiet Street by Seraphina Nova Glass is a highly
recommended novel of domestic psychological suspense. Brighton Hills is an exclusive community on the Oregon coast but
underneath the surface it is a community full of grief, secrets, anger,
lies, abuse, cheating and deceit.
Paige and Grant lost their adult son
Caleb to a hit and run driver last year. The grief has hit them
both hard, but Paige seems to need to grieve alone and lashes out
in anger. Her husband
has moved into the apartment above their restaurant although he
still loves and supports her. Paige is always looking for the
driver who hit her son in their gated community because she is sure it
was one of her neighbors.
Cora and Finn have a teenage daughter, Mia. Cora is outgoing,
positive and helps with all sorts of community events, although she is
critical and hard on herself. This doesn't help with the major problem
in her life, which is the fact that Finn is a serial
cheater but Cora just can't seem to collect the evidence to prove
it and when questioned Finn dismisses her concerns. Cora turns to
Paige to do the
sleuthing and obtain the proof while catching him in the act. The
couple has a prenup and proof of Finn's cheating will break it.
Georgia is much younger and has a baby, Avery. Her husband, Lucas, a judge, has spread the rumor that she has agoraphobia. Cora has been diligent to make advances of friendship toward the young woman in hopes that support from a friendly neighbor will help, but it seems that something more is going on in Georgia's life and Cora is keeping an eye on her. Georgia is very afraid of something that traumatized her, but what happened to this previously vibrant outgoing young woman?
Chapters alternate between the point-of-view of Paige, Cora, and
Georgia, who all are portrayed as individuals with their own
unique voices. Paige is a super sleuth, but also an angry woman. Credit also needs to
go to Cora who is also very observant. The characters are
developed and their separate personalities allow you to easily
distinguished between them.
Stick with this one through the beginning chapters which seem to
move a bit slowly and appear to be somewhat meandering and vaguely reminiscent of other similar novels with a plot based on suspicious neighbors. Action
will pick up, your interest level will rise, and the novel gets
much more interesting before setting off at a break-neck speed to
a twisty ending. As I continued reading, my rating improved,
especially when the pacing picked up, secrets were uncovered, and
the action really started.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Graydon House Books.