A Quiet Belief in Angels

A Quiet Belief in Angels Just a teenager Joseph becomes determined to protect his community from the killer but he is powerless in preventing murders and no one is ever caught Ten years later one of his neighbors is found h

  • Title: A Quiet Belief in Angels
  • Author: R.J. Ellory
  • ISBN: 9781590202500
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Just a teenager, Joseph becomes determined to protect his community from the killer, but he is powerless in preventing murders and no one is ever caught Ten years later one of his neighbors is found hanging from a rope, surrounded by belongings of the dead girls the killings cease, and the nightmare appears to be over.Desperate and plagued by everything he has witneJust a teenager, Joseph becomes determined to protect his community from the killer, but he is powerless in preventing murders and no one is ever caught Ten years later one of his neighbors is found hanging from a rope, surrounded by belongings of the dead girls the killings cease, and the nightmare appears to be over.Desperate and plagued by everything he has witnessed, Joseph sets out to forge a new life in New York But even there the past won t leave him alone for it seems that the murderer still lives and is killing again, and that the secret to his identity lies in Joseph s own history.

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  • R.J. Ellory

    Roger began his first novel on November 4th, 1987 and did not stop, except for three days when he was going through a divorce from his first wife, until July of 1993 During this time he completed twenty two novels, most of them in longhand, and accumulated several hundred polite and complimentary rejection letters from many different and varied publishers He stopped writing out of sheer frustration and did not start again for eight years.In the early part of September 2001 he decided to start writing again This decision was based on the realization that it was the only thing he had ever really wanted to do.Between August 2001 and January 2002 he wrote three books, the second of which was called Candlemoth This was purchased by Orion and published in 2003 Candlemoth was translated into German, Dutch and Italian, and has now also been purchased for translation in numerous other languages The book also secured a nomination on the shortlist for the Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller 2003 His second book, Ghostheart , was released in 2004, and his third book, A Quiet Vendetta , was released in August 2005 In 2006 he published City of Lies , and once again secured a nomination for the CWA Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of that year His fifth book A Quiet Belief In Angels was published in August 2006, and in the latter part of the year it was selected for the phenomenally successful British TV equivalent of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, the Richard and Judy Book Club A Quiet Belief In Angels went on to be shortlisted for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Fiction, the 813 Trophy, the Quebec Booksellers Prize, The Europeen Du Point Crime Fiction Prize, and was winner of the Inaugural Prix Roman Noir Nouvel Observateur It has since been voted Best Thriller of 2009 in The Strand Magazine The book was also optioned for film, and Roger has recently completed the screenplay for Oscar winning French director, Olivier Dahan.Following on from A Quiet Belief In Angels , Roger released A Simple Act of Violence , again securing a nomination for Best British Crime Fiction of 2008 In late 2009 he released The Anniversary Man to rave reviews.


  • Finally! I have finished this book. I thought I never would. It's SOOO slow-moving, but the prose is just brilliant. It reads like an enchanting, on-going poem. Don't read it for the story, read it for the words, because the latter far surpasses the former. However it is a good story as well, slightly marred by the fact that there was no mystery in it for me as two of my relatives let slip the murderer's name in front of me before I started reading. People like that should be hanged. But even th [...]

  • How exactly does a person move beyond a childhood filled with death? Death that seems to take form and follow yet stay in front all the while, taunting with it's ability to control the very life one tries to escape? This story begins in early 1900's with the death of a young boy's father - and what follows is a not so sweet serial killer mystery in surrounding Georgia country where everyone is suspect and one boy is destined to be haunted - if not hunted - forever. I'll admit, I do like for stor [...]

  • I have no idea why everyone likes this book so much, as it's clearly crap. Not only that, but it takes an unnecessarily long time about being crap.The protagonist, Joseph Vaughan, appears to be suffering from some type of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Or at least that's the only explanation I can come up with for his turgid prose, literary pretensions and ability to focus the story resolutely on himself for a full 400 pages. The reader is told of roughly 30 murders (it's hard to be precise, [...]

  • I’ve been too busy to review the last few books I’ve read, but I want to make the effort and start again.OK, so I picked this off the shelf mostly because of the title. It’s a nice, lyrical title and the backcopy said it was about a young group of boys who band together to discover who is killing little girls in their home town.Sounds exciting, right?I’m really torn about this book. On the one hand I think it’s really well written, even if the prose does get a little purple and overly [...]

  • Ellory, R. J. A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS. (2009). *****. I believe that this is one of the best-written books I have read in years. Although it is a crime novel, it reads as much like a family saga as anything else. It is set in a small town in Georgia, where a young boy, Joseph Vaughan, grows up as most other boys in such a setting, until a tragedy strikes and a young girl is found murdered and violated on the outskirts of town. The townspeople are aghast at such an event, and begin to look at ea [...]

  • A book with a lot of promise that fails miserably. What captured my attention in the beginning was the prose style was very evocative but then it came to drown in its over reliance on similesat repeat themselves over and over and over.The story itself started good but became unendingly episodic and cliche. The serial killer narrative and coming of age narratives never gelled. Characterizations were a little interesting but this was lost in a story that went nowhere, I stopped reading when he met [...]

  • Read it and WEEP!!!!!!!!Maybe or maybe not physically, but sure enough you'll weep inside at Joseph Vaughan's life in Augusta Falls and beyond.Such a damaging life, as fear and outrageous violence takes away a normal upbringing, surrounding him with the ghosts of lost children, forever haunting his nightmares, as this beautifully crafted novel progresses.You find yourself not so much identifying with the various characters in Augusta Falls, as becoming one of the townsfolk yourself, sharing thei [...]

  • La editorial RBA publicó este libro en español bajo el título de "Solo el silencio" pero no existe su ficha en , de modo que reseñaré en ésta, su versión original.Esta novela me dejó con muchos sentimientos encontrados, pero de manera buena.Más allá de que la premisa nos dice que se trata de un asesino en serie, la historia no está encarada desde el punto de vista policial con investigaciones, interrogatorios, ni todo eso a lo que ya estamos acostumbrados.Está narrado en primera pers [...]

  • When I first started reading R.J.Ellory’s, A Quiet Belief in Angels, I thought,"This is a con.is can't be right.is is a joke!"I was convinced I was reading the works of the Master, Steinbeck.Right from the opening lines, Ellory had me drawn in, taken under the influence of, and then totally intoxicated by his verbal skills and mastery over phrase, paragraph and perfect prose.‘Sat at my window, chin almost touching the sill, and looked out into the night. Sky as hard as flint, the scudding cl [...]

  • Исках да й дам 4 звезди, наистина, защото въпреки, че историята е твърде мрачна, подтискаща и драматична за моя вкус, не може да й се отрече майсторския стил и интригуващия характер, който те държи под напрежение до самия край и предизвиква шеметното разлистване на всяка след [...]

  • Here is a man with “a quiet belief in angels” a man who is both persistent and intrepid; I found this book hard to put down, a beautifully written book, the prose illuminating and the story startling. Never once was I tempted to skip the long passages so confidently written. The author writes an Incredible and disturbing account of the long, long hunt for a child killer, and in so doing relates the poignant, heart wrenching story of the boy who became that man. Brilliant.

  • Тихата вяра в ангели не помага срещу дявола: knigolandiafo/book-review/tДжоузеф Воон е човекът, обречен да губи от първата до предпоследната страница на тази книга. От момента, в който губи баща си, до края, когато губи и илюзиите си. Елъри го преследва безпощадно и не го оставя да си поем [...]

  • Убиецът на тихата вяра в ангели(Цялото ревю е тук: knijenpetar.wordpress/201)Доста книги за серийни убийци ми се събраха. Повечето не са никак леки за възприемане, ако се наблегне на частите с описания на мъчения и смърт. Но въпросът е в драмата и как светът на героите се срива, подхранва [...]

  • This is a somewhat difficult review to begin as I have quite mixed feelings having just finished the book. My conclusion is probably best summarised by saying that I really enjoyed the novel and am glad to have read it, despite some flaws that became more evident as the story developed.The prose was excellent, with some descriptive passages that are pure poetry. This rich prose became a little formulaic as the book went on, and there was a noticeable increase in repetition of similes later in th [...]

  • This wouldn’t have been a bad crime thriller, had it not been ruined by the author’s apparent belief that he’s a much better writer than he actually is. He aims for the lyrical and poetic and falls flat because he doesn’t apparently understand the value of restraint or economy, and that constant repetition of an idea will diminish its impact. I suspect that many editors today aren’t ruthless enough, and are too ready to swallow their authors’ self-hyping. A good editor might have sug [...]

  • I do not have the right words to describe my absolute love of this amazing and wonderful book. It is simply stunning. I have not been able to put it down and just loved Joseph Calvin Vaughan: I just wanted to hug him and take away all his pain and the terrible tragedies that dogged his life from an early age. I have read some amazing books this year and had just finished a terrific book before moving onto one of my favourite authors, R J Ellory and this heartbreaking novel.All I can describe it [...]

  • Mooi geschreven. Deed me qua inhoud een beetje denken aan 'De kraaien zullen het zeggen' van Ann-Marie MacDonald en ook aan 'De kleine vriend' van Donna Tart. Denk dat ik deze kortelings nog eens ga lezen.quote over lezen:Mijn vader zei altijd tegen me dat het een van de belangrijkste dingen was die je kon doen. Hij zei dat je je hele leven in een hutje kon wonen in een dorpje van anderhalve man en een paardenkop, maar als je kon lezen, kon je in gedachten de hele wereld over reizen. (p26)over r [...]

  • 4* for this audiobook edition; 3½* for the book itselfMark Bramhall's voice was excellent for this book. It intensified the brooding Southern atmosphere significantly for me! As for the story, this isn't the type of mystery I prefer but I found it well written and the perspective of a person living in a rural area in which a serial killer of young girls is operating was interesting. However, there were a few times when the first person narration by Joseph Vaughn described things he couldn't hav [...]

  • mysterious, well-written, why?When I got to the half-way point reading, R.J. Ellory's, A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS, something tragic happened. My chaotic outside life, the life I live away from reading got in the way. Nothing irritates me more. I kept thinking about the book, wondering what sick SOB was killing young girls, but be darned if I could clear my head five minutes to read. Finally, after having to abandon the book for a week, I finished today (Thursday, June twelfth, 2014). This is my fi [...]

  • This book starts when Joseph Vaughan's father dies. Joseph is 12 and hopes that his father has become an angel. That year the first little girl in his community is murdered. The book follows Joseph's life as he is touched by the horror of Hitler's war in Europe and the more local horror of the murders of young girls.I have to say the plot was nothing like I anticipated. From the book jacket you are given to believe that the first part of the book will be about Joseph's childhood and the local mu [...]

  • Wow! This was totally unexpected. This felt like true literature. A very dark book. A murder mystery but not like any murder mystery book I have ever read. From the title I was sort of hoping or expecting super natural events but it was not that kind of book.We start out with a young man whose father just passed away, I think he is the 4th grade. He has a great teacher who challenges him and she see's in Joe (our protagonist) a writer to be. Well Joe has a girl class mate who is brutally raped a [...]

  • A slow-paced crime novel set in rural Georgia before the First World War. Little girls are gruesomely murdered, impacting the life and future of Joseph Vaughan, precocious teenager. It is slow going. A better writer would have gotten away with it, but Ellory's prose is over-the-top and repetitive, trying too hard to be poignant and poetic. Joseph's obsession with the murders and subsequent navel gazing might have been interesting had there been som depth to it, but he remains a two-dimensional c [...]

  • This book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm SO glad I listened and read this one. This was such a good story I didn't want to quit reading it. Could one person's life be just one tragedy after another as in this story? Joseph Vaughan lives in a town where a serial killer is killing young girls and he becomes engrossed with wanting to find out who the murderer is. All the while, he seems to suffer so many losses in his own life. The writing in this book is beautiful. I never guessed who t [...]

  • É um livro interessante e com uma excelente narrativa, no entanto, creio que promete demais como thriller/policial e no fim não se aproxima disso. Breves descrições das meninas assassinadas e quase no final um momento ou outro que nos prende mas pouco mais que isso.A história de vida da personagem principal é realmente surpreendente.

  • overall a beautifully written novel. took me a bit to get through. a little long and slow to get going, but about halfway the pace picks up and is really interesting with twists and turns along the way.

  • Рядко ми се случва една книга да тръгне изключително добре, но след това с всяка страница да започне да затъва все повече в клишета и авторово безсилие. Случаят с "Тихата вяра в ангели" се оказа точно такъв. Романът обещава да е много повече от разказ за жесток масов убиец кат [...]

  • I enjoyed it. Bit different, gripping too. Wanted to know what was going to happen next. Not predictable either. And, without giving anything away, wasn't really religious, despite the title (thank goodness!).

  • After four disappointments, my faith in literatrure is fully restored.This is an incredible story. Before reviewing - who have to read the bio of the author on his web site, where his sense of humour and world weariness is explained - never knew his father, mother died when he was young, grandparents died, jailed for scrumping (is this true).The book is written by a brummie and set in america in the late 30s to 60s telling Joseph Vaughn's story.The style is my favorite - a couple of pages at the [...]

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