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The Quiet Ones

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If only someone had listened...

When the supposed suicide of famous Scottish football coach Harry Nugent hits the headlines, the tabloids are filled with tributes to a charitable pillar of the community that gave so much back to sport and to those less fortunate.

But something isn't right. Normally celebrities are queuing up to claim to have had a ver
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Published September 12th 2019 by Aria
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Louise Wilson
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Things don't seem to add up folloing the suicide of well respected football coach, Harry Nugent. Oonagh O'Neill is an investigative journalist. Harry's death is upgraded to murder. Oonagh soon finds out some sordid secrets to investigate.

This is the third book in this series and the first book that I have read by the author,. Set in Glsgow, the story has a steady pace with short chapters. There is reference back to the first two books but it can still be read as a standalone. The plo
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Quiet Ones, the third novel to feature Glasgow based journalist, Oonagh O’Neil, is by far the best instalment to date; this is one of those series' where you count down the days until the next book is published, and I love being that invested in it. It starts in explosive fashion and you are catapulted right to the heart of the story with no messing about. Hands down, one of the most satisfying and intense, pull no punches opening to a thriller I've read in a long time. From then on I was ho ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Hush hush, they are the quiet ones
Hush hush, they are the dark ones
Hush hush, their innocence is crushed
Hush hush, their hope is dashed
The hurt in the blanket of power
The death of the soul under the cover
Hush hush, they are the quiet ones
Hush hush, they are the dark ones
Hush hush, listen to the whisper
Hush hush, the quiet ones speak louder"

Apparent suicide of renowned coach Duncan Nugent soon got the investigation roaring up as foul p
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’d been looking forward to the third in Theresa Talbot’s Oonagh O’Neil crime series set in Glasgow and wasn’t disappointed.

Oonagh is an investigative journalist on TV and Talbot draws on her own media experience for authenticity. At first, I was disappointed that she was using a subject so much in the public eye just now, in Glasgow at least, where abuse by football coaches has been uncovered stretching back decades. Caledonian Boys Club is a not even thinly veiled reference to Glas
THE QUIET ONES is the third book to feature the Glasgow-based investigative journalist Oonagh O'Neil, although it is just my second. I must have missed Book #2 along the way I wasn't disappointed though I do recall the first "The Lost Children" being the best so far.

It begins with the apparent suicide of ex-football coach turned businessman Harry Nugent, although we are privy to his death in the prologue which is anything but a suicide. But what we do not know is who is p
Elaine Tomasso
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Aria for an advance copy of The Quiet Ones, the third novel to feature Glasgow based journalist, Oonagh O’Neil.

When footballer turned businessman Harry Nugent apparently commits suicide Oonagh gets interested in his history and soon finds sordid secrets to investigate.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Quiet Ones, partly because it is based in my home town of Glasgow where familiarity with the locations gives a level of comfort to the read which
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 th ...more
Lel Budge
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I want you to tell me what it’s like to die “

Harry Nugent is found, by his wife, hanging from a bannister….all looking like suicide, until they find his tongue has been cut off and stuffed back in his mouth.

A police investigation begins with DI Alec Davies and his team and rumours start to circulate that Harry may not have been the person the public believed him to be.

Journalist, Oonagh O’Neill sees a colleague writing the obituary and thinks there may be more
Donna Hines
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Harry Nugent seemed like the pillar of the community as Scottish football coach when he passed from an apparent suicide.
However, it seems those talking about their relationship are more fearful than appreciative and journalist Oonagh is wondering why?
Is there something far more sinister going on behind closed doors something that must be kept hidden at all costs?
It seems perhaps people should have thought twice about who they trusted in this situation and who they believe as it
Karen Whittard
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New author for me. But this book is great. If you like a. Atmospheric thriller than this one is for you. Buckle up. Deep dark secrets ahead.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another book featuring the investigative journalist Oonagh O 'Neil. A Scottish football coach is found hanging in his home suicide??? As the body is being removed it is discovered that his tongue has been removed and rammed down his throat. The police think that this is gangland killing but there are rumours that this is something darker. Oonagh starts delving and even she is shocked by what she uncovers. The subject matter of this book is shocking and distasteful. I am glad to say that the auth ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Harry Nugent is found hanging from the stairs of his home at first it seems like suicide. However, the fact his tongue had been cut out & shoved in his mouth seemed to disprove that! Football pundit, ex coach & renowned for his charity work-it would be expected that people would be falling over themselves to talk about him. The fact they are not, stirs investigative journalist Oonagh O'Neil's interest. Initially the police seem to think it is gang related but it is something far dar ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't realise when I requested this book that it's actually the third in a series, it worked perfectly as a standalone though so no problems there, although I would like to go back and read the previous two as I enjoyed this one so much.

This book begins with the apparent suicide of a famous football coach but it's not long after his death that rumours begin to spread that maybe he isn't the man he originally appeared to be. The issues discussed in this book are very topical and hard to read
Mandi (mandi_reads)
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book centers around a very tough topic involving young kids. While there are no graphic details, it was still hard to read, so fair warning if you pick this up.

The plot felt a bit disjointed, there seemed to be some sort of relationship between Investigative journalist Oonagh and an upper level Police Office Alec that's never clearly defined but the "hits" or suggestions seem to come out of no where and aren't really developed. Part of the overview hinted that Oonagh's investiga
The Quiet Ones was not an easy read but it was extremely compelling and fascinating. Although this was actually book three in a series, I was quite happy to just dive straight in and this novel worked fantastically well as a standalone. The essence of this story was shocking and distasteful but I am happy to say that the author Theresa Talbot approached and delivered it with compassion and respect. A great read if you are partial to atmospheric thrillers. A well earned five stars and very highly ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize this was part of a series, but it worked perfectly for me as a standalone.

It's a gripping murder mystery with a likable main character who would go to any length to make sure that justice is served to the innocents dead or alive.

What started as the apparent suicide of a famous and respected coach, soon proves to be a gruesome murder followed by the murder of other victims connected to that coach. What is exactly happening and who would go to any length to
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I would like to thank NetGalley and the author for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Yes, I admit it, it took me quite a while to read this book. Over a month. Because one, I found it slow and second in the meantime I read other books.

In this book a well-known football coach is found by his wife Sarah, hanged from the balustrade of his house. After investigating the fact, detectives find that it is not all as it seems and disturbing facts about the past of the coach
Martha Brindley
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The third book in the Oonagh O'Neil did not disappoint. I loved the first two and have no hesitation in recommending this series. Theresa writes with great sensitivity about the topical issue of abuse by a coach at a football club. Oonagh is an investigative journalist who uncovers a whole catalogue of abuse. The book is well written and atmospheric. It gripped me from the start and I loved the ending. Hope there is more to come in this series. My thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Theresa Talbot is back with The Quiet Ones, a shocking, gritty and twisted crime thriller featuring her brilliant sleuth, investigative journalist Oonagh O’Neill. Powerful, nerve-twisting and heart-pounding, The Quiet Ones is a fabulous crime novel written by an author at the height of her storytelling powers.

When the death of famous Scottish football coach Harry Nugent is announced, the legendary sportsman is painted as a pillar of the community by the tabloids whose passion for the
Breakaway Reviewers
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Very Good If Somewhat Grisly Read

Harry Nugent, a famous Scottish football coach, supposedly commits suicide and the media paint him as a pillar of the community. However, investigative journalist, Oonagh O'Neill, gets the impression that other celebrities are trying to distance themselves from him. Oonagh's investigation leads her to a haunting cover-up that places her in mortal danger from dark, sadistic people.

This is the author's third book in this series but the first I have r
Alex  Jones
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Firstly Thanks to Vicky at Aria for my e-arc of the new dark thriller from Theresa Talbot, The Quiet Ones

This is my first read by this author, and to start I didn't realise I was reading the 3rd in a series, so straight away, this is very easy to read as a standalone, though by the end, if as like me this is your first, I can only imagine you will want more of investigative reporter Oonagh O'Neil.

When a rich, football coach and now businessman, Harry Nugent is found in an
Grace J Reviewerlady
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jane Hunt
The third in the series of the investigative journalist, Oonagh O’Neil, novels, once again tackles a heinous crime that is currently topical. The grisly death of a high-profile football coach opens a dark and powerful web of lies and secrets that exist in plain sight, yet no one appears to care.

The appeal of this story is its authenticity and topicality. There is no gratuitous description in this story, but the themes are dark and hard to read about. The story follows Oonagh’s invest
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was kindly sent a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, this was a hard hitting read. The book starts with the death of a well known, renowned football figure Harry Nugent - and the way he dies and his body is found is absolutely brutal. Oonagh McNeil is a journalist looking to cover the story who finds herself investigating what happened to him and the brutal deaths of other men which followed. What connected them - and who wanted them dead?

Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Thank you to Aria and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The story behind the plot is heartbreaking, and sadly all too familiar in our day and age - young, vulnerable children and youths abused by older, powerful adults. Cover-up at the time, lots of brokenness, and now the sins of the past have come home to roost and first one, then two and then three messy murders ensue.

The story was well-written, I enjoyed the POV of the journalist working alongside the police
Hannelore Cheney
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Atria for the eARC.
Oonagh O'Neil, an investigative tv journalist in Glasgow, is trying to find out if the death of famous football coach Harry Nugent really was suicide, but it proves to be a rather gruesome murder. His reputation was stellar, not only as a successful business man but also as a charitable man who did much for the community. However, nasty rumors start to make the rounds and after 2 more murders, Oonagh realizes there is some horrific history there o
Amanda Richardson
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars The Quiet Ones by Theresa Talbot starts with a bang - or a hanging - the death of a famous Scottish football coach. It looks like a suicide buy that is quickly ruled out when the police learn his tongue was cut out and shoved down his throat. Hard to do that to yourself.

But Coach Harry Nugent was seemingly a good guy, until the police and a journalist named Oonagh begin to peel back the layers.

The coach was twisted - no doubt about it. How far did his perversions go? Who e
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a disturbing book, not just because of the violent death of Harry Nugent but because the reality of his life is very credible. It is very well written, Oonagh is ambitious but flawed but overall decent as journalists go and they other characters are well thought out. It’s not especially full of twists and turns but does still leave you wondering who did it, the answer to that could have been better revealed though as I felt the ending did feel rushed and a couple more chapters before the ...more
Diah R
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
(I received a digital ARC via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

I'm conflicted as to give this a 2 or 1 stars. Personally, it was more of a (maybe) me thing and I could totally understand those who gave the book 4 to 5 stars.

The Quiet Ones followed Oonagh, a journalist hellbent on finding the truth behind a (seemingly) murder of a famous football coach, Nugent. Not only that there was a murder, there also seemed to be a mystery revolving the dead man. A secret that could shoc
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book 3 in the Oonagh O'Neill series although it's the first I've read from this author. There was a couple of references to earlier stuff but it didn't detract from this book at all.

The plot line was dark and harrowing although it's all too familiar these days. I wanted to cry and felt sick reading some of it.

I loved the characters and the story flowed quickly with short chapters that kept you on tenderhooks.

I really enjoyed this book and I'll make a point of rea
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Theresa Talbot is a BBC broadcaster and freelance producer. A former radio news editor, she also hosted The Beechgrove Potting Shed on BBC Radio Scotland, but for many she wil be most familiar as the voice of the station's Traffic & Travel. Late 2014 saw the publication of her first book - This Is What I Look Like - a humorous memoir covering everything from working with Andy Williams to rescu ...more
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