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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  85 reviews
On a stormy winter night, a small plane bound for Boston goes down in the treacherous White Mountains of New Hampshire. Through a haze of morphine, Kylie O’Rourke awakens in the hospital to confused and harrowing memories of the crash. Though trapped within the wreckage with her husband, she recalls wandering the icy mountainside and speaking with the other passengers, inc ...more
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Published September 6th 2016 by Hannover House (first published January 22nd 2002)
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The cover of Quietus by Vivian Schilling says it is a novel of suspense and man is that one accurate description!

What it's about: After a plane crash that kills everyone except for five people, the remaining survivors (especially Kylie and her friend Amelia) start having a very strong sense of foreboding. Kylie starts seeing people that aren't there and she is terrified that her and the rest of the survivors were not meant to live. After a very upsetting tragedy, Kylie's paranoia reaches
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed the experience I had reading this book. From the beginning to the end I was transported into the story. My attention was there every step of the way. Kylie became more and more intriguing as the story progressed. As did the mysterious man that was haunting Kylie in her life. Who was he? What was his connection to Kylie? Was he good or a sign of death?

I read a comment by another reader who mentioned Final Destination movies. Yeah, I kind of saw a bit of a reference to the movies b
Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
This book was really interesting and actually reminded me a lot of the movie Final Destination. After Kylie and her husband Jack, along with some of her close friends are involved in a plane crash that almost kills them, Kylie wakes up very confused in the hospital with memories from the crash. Although Kylie has survived the crash, she can't seem to shake the feeling that something isn't quite right and she has some strange memories from her time in the mountains. She shares these feelings and ...more
Kayzee Jusayan
Jan 11, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not like this book at all. I think it started out with a good idea and turned into a cheesy almost-romance novel. Plus it was just too long. It took forever to get to the ending.
Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
Scarey book- with a sad note.

As this was a suggestion by a beloved friend of mine, I was anxious to read it, and it wasn't disappointing. This read lent to the mystical/horror realm, although not obnoxiously so. (Not a huge horror fan here!)

Quietus is a sad story of one woman (Kylie O'Rourke) trying to come to grips with the fact that she's seeing ghosts and magical beings that others are not. After surviving a plain crash in which all died except she, her husband, her best friend, her best frie
Feb 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-pre-12-07
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 w
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story!!!!!!!!!! I highly recommend this book for people who really enjoy creepy stories...this one will haunt you totally.

Kylie and Jack, two of their friends are part of a group on a charter plane leaving a peaceful ski vacation. The pilot takes off in a storm and the plane crashes. The wreckage is found by a local and the four friends and one of the other occupants are pulled out and rescued in the nick of time.

In the hospital, Kylie is the worst off of all of them, and remembers
Hannah S.
May 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book was interesting, but I had to force myself through it. It's over 600 pages and could have been written in less than half of that. All the action happens in the beginning and the entire rest of the book is the main character and her friend being scared of dying while everyone else thinks they are crazy. There are completely unnecessary side stories that barely add anything to the plot or even the character development and the writing is horrible. The same descriptions wer ...more
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, paranormal
I didn't realize how good of a read it was until I tried reading other books. Nothing has really compared to the psychological intensity and sanity questioning that Schilling portrays in this novel. I had a hard time putting it down and then - due to it's length - made it my mission to finish it. Schilling could have ended the book a couple of different times but decided to move on. At first I became frustrated because it didn't end then she had me flipping through pages with an intense desire t ...more
Laura Buechler
Aug 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Very intriguing story, but cripes, this woman can't write for shit. And her editor sucks too. I've spotted so many grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors ... this is the kind of thing that really detracts from the reading experience for me. It's also the reason (well, one of them) that I want to become an editor. A few examples of problems I've noted:
'She didn't want to wear a straightjacket.'
'The room was heavily gaurded.'
And my favourite (look closely...)
' "Wait for me" she shouted.'

Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book was annoying. It was way too wordy - several hundred pages in small font and much of it totally unnecessary mush. It was full of stereotypical characters, was predictable and ultimately unsatisfying.
Nov 12, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had an interesting premise, but at 600 pages it was too long and tried to do too much. At the end, it didn't feel like the pieces all fit together quite right.
Maureen Connolly
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-read
Engrossing! An interesting concept which I will not reveal so as not to spoil the story. It's a borderline spooky read and will keep you turning pages!
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Where is the cell phone and what happened to Amelia's husband. Guess he didnt care enough to come to her funeral and just left the book? Serious writing flaws.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was nowhere near as scary or compelling as the blurbs on the back claim. At least the beginning was exciting. The plot immediately throws you into a brutal plane crash, which our protagonist and her friends barely survive. Things get even more tense when she begins to suspect that they weren't supposed to make it after all, and maybe something is trying to correct that mistake. Yes, it's the rehashed "Death will get you no matter what" plotline evident in half a dozen Final Destination ...more
I loved the paranormal aspect of this book, and how fate and destiny were a very big theme. It was creepy, too, and I actually had disturbing dreams and nightmares every night after reading it, so although I enjoyed it, I am glad it's finished! I did feel that the part involving Amelia and Kylie was a little too long, and I almost lost interest when it began to feel like a suspenseful romance novel .

The ending was unexpected, which is always a plus for me. All in all, I'm glad I finally read it
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This felt like two or three books smashed into one long wordy one. Parts were interesting but more parts long winded and repetitive. And I don't care how lonely you are and how hot the ghost is; you wouldn't knowingly sleep with a dead man.
Jul 15, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ray Palen
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was first introduced to the novel QUIETUS when it was first released in 2002. Now, having the opportunity to re-read it nearly 20 years later I am pleased to say my 'mature' self enjoyed it more and that the story does not lose anything with the passage of time.

The term quietus literally means a finishing stroke; discharge or release from life; the moment of death. For the purpose of this haunting and extremely memorable work by author/filmmaker Vivian Schilling, the reader is subjected to the
Michelle Malsbury
Vivian Schilling, Author
Hannover House, ISBN 978-164008044-7
Fiction-religion, murder, mystery, thriller, Boston, Savannah, families, tragedy, occult, paranormal
594 pages
February 2018 Review for Bookpleasures
Reviewer-Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM
Vivian Schilling, author of Quietus, is a producer and director of film (Toys in the Attic an adaptation of Na Pude) and award winning author (Sacred Prey). (2017, inside back cover) Her thirst for film comes from her educational backgrou
Kelly Roll
Feb 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my TBR shelf for quite some time. At one point near death experiences were quite the popular topic and I'm sure I purchased it for that reason. It also received some good reviews according to the blurbs on the cover. I am afraid that I don't agree with those reviews but you may well disagree with me.
For the first 100 pages I was quite engaged. The story of the doomed plane flight along with a strange off the wing of the plane gave me that nice twilight zone vibe. Unfortuna
Feb 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

***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
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, thriller
Kylie O'Rouke can't believe that tragedy has hit her family again. When she was a child in Savannah, Georgia, her mother and younger brother were killed in a car crash. A few years later, her older brother overdosed as a result of that accident and losing his family. When she met and married Jack, she felt like her luck was finally turning.

Now, she and Jack and her best friend Amelia and her husband are facing death again. After a two week vacation, they are returning to Boston and get a ride on
Jennifer Collins
I've got incredibly mixed feelings about this book, truth be told. Quietus is built from atmosphere right from the start, and it was the creepiness of things that swept me into the story from the beginning--and that kept me wanting to turn the page. For most of the book, what builds into a supernatural thriller is atmospheric, dark, and wonderfully paced, with a flavor of horror that I loved. Story-wise, the problem for me came pretty late in the book--maybe three quarters of the way through, th ...more
Quietus was everything I hoped it would be and more. The cover calls it a novel of suspense, but I felt like maybe it was also a psychological thriller or a horror story. In the style of Final Destination, the survivors were perhaps meant to die in the accident so they (and we) are left to wonder if that unfinished business must be taken care of. It is so much more creative and well-written than that basic premise, but I don't want to give the story away. This one is definitely worth a read.

As t
Jessica Bronder
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Lovely Loveday
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A creepy thrilling novel that is sure to haunt you long after you read the last page of Vivian Schilling’s Quietus. When Kylie and Jack plan to go on a peaceful ski vacation with their friends, the last thing they thought would ever happen did!

The pilot decides to take off in the middle of a nightmarish storm and the plane crashes only to be found by a good samaritan that manages to rescue them just in time. When flashbacks and memories do not add up sounding more strange than real. A doctor de
Amberly Reilly
Once I picked up this book, I couldn’t put it down. It was as though I was so famished; I voraciously devoured the entire novel. Though I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and gave it a five star review, I am unsure of my thoughts on it. I have only moments ago finished it and am still trying to digest it all. The author is brilliant and her imagination unparalleled. So many authors “recycle” the same ideas, topics, and genres; changing only certain characters, worlds, and ideas without introducing ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

This is a fantastic, dark and eerie story about a woman who survives a plane crash and is then haunted by supernatural visions she experienced before being rescued from the wreckage. I liked the little nod to the movie 'Final Destination', with one character actually saying those two words, almost with a cheeky wink to the reader. Although there are some small similarities to that movie this story is much cleverer and more grown up. It is also richer
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Recommendation: Pass. I'm not sure I would go so far as to say just go watch Final Destination, but I know others have. Unless you're super interested in the macabre and death rituals/stories from ancient times being brought into modern-day, other than that there are so many other books out there to read.

My Response: I was excited when the publicist reached out to me about this book, it sounded just creepy enough to not be terrifying and interesting enough because of its location.* Unfortunat
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Vivian Schilling is the award-winning author of the novels Quietus and Sacred Prey, as well as a screenwriter, producer and director of independent films. She recently completed work as co-writer and producer of the documentary "Bonobos: Back to the Wild" and is currently at work on her third novel. She divides her time between Los Angeles and the Ozark Mountains where she often retreats to her ca ...more
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