A Quiet Belief in Angels by R J Ellory

About the book

Joseph Vaughan’s life has been dogged by tragedy. Growing up in the 1950s, he was at the centre of series of killings of young girls in his small rural community. The girls were taken, assaulted and left horribly mutilated. Barely a teenager himself, Joseph becomes determined to try to protect his community and classmates from the predations of the killer.
Despite banding together with his friends as ‘ The Guardians’, he was powerless to prevent more murders – and no one was ever caught. Only after a full ten years did the nightmare end when the one of his neighbours is found hanging from a rope, with articles from the dead girls around him. Thankfully, the killings finally ceased. But the past won’t stay buried – for it seems that the real murderer still lives and is killing again. And the secret of his identity lies in Joseph’s own history…

Reviewed by Enjoying Books Reading Group:

This is an emotionally draining book – amazingly written – rewarding – dreadfully sad – but must be read!

Star rating: ***+

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2 thoughts on “A Quiet Belief in Angels by R J Ellory”

  1. Review by Cheerful Bags Reading Group:
    Very mixed feelings mostly thought it was an unusual story – typical American type – hard to relate to. Interesting the two wars which were going on though.
    Star rating: *


  2. Review by North Baddesley WI Group 2:
    A really good read. Very atmospheric and gripped us to the end of the book. Very poetic descriptions throughout.
    Rating: 4 Stars


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