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Review: A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw

ASongforQuietA Song for Quiet is the second book in the Persons Non Grata series, but it’s set long before Hammers on Bone. Its main character is a black bluesman, Deacon James, whose music just won’t let him go – it’s slowly taking control of him.

I’ve never read anything similar to this novella series. Not only because Lovecraftian Noir and Lovecraftian Southern Gothic aren’t everyone’s favorite genres, but also because I’m not sure you can easily find horror written this well.

In this novella we also meet John Persons, the protagonist of Hammers on Bone. I have to say that I missed his narration, but as someone whose first language is not English, A Song for Quiet was easier to follow – even if it took me a bit more to get into it. The writing is beautiful, as always, and this time the side characters were better developed. Ana was great, and I would have liked to know more of her past and her future.

The tone is different from the first book. In some ways, A Song for Quiet is darker – it’s a story about grief and loss and is it still worth it? But no matter what, we can’t let the world end like this.

You can’t murder that which is eternal, that which will lie until death itself passes. But you can slow it, cripple it, hobble it.

You can hurt your nightmares; it’s a two-way street.

I liked it even more than the first one, because it felt more real to me. This is currently my favorite novella series.

My rating: ★★★★¾

Have you read A Song for Quiet? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments.


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