Quiet Dell

Quiet Dell

A Novel

Book - 2013
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In 1931, Emily Thornhill, one of the few women in the Chicago press, covers the murders of Asta Eicher and her three children in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. Obsessed with finding out what happened to this beautiful family, Emily allies herself with the man funding the investigation.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439172537
1439172536
9781439172544
Characteristics: xi, 445 pages ; 24 cm

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athompson10 Feb 23, 2017

This is beautifully written, very atmospheric. Some elements remind me of Alice Sebold's "Lovely Bones." It is based on the true-life murders of two women who were taken in by a con man who promised marriage and instead killed the women (and one woman's three children as well) for their assets, but four of the pivotal characters are fictional. The book is interspersed with photos and actual newspaper coverage of the crimes and the trial.

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KarenW
Nov 09, 2015

This amazing book completely captures the true life events that led to the murder of a family of four in what we think of as a gentler time. The language subtly wound itself like a cashmere white scarf with a comforting Christmas scene in a sweet but grief stricken family in the first part of the book. Then just as swiftly as their murders happen, the next part of the story is brought forward with well drawn characters some fictional and some from true life. The hunt for truth and justice is a hard road to travel but in the end the grace and kind intelligence of the people who have longed for completion is told with such compassion that I could not but find the ending completely satisfying. For readers who enjoyed All the Light You Cannot See, this book may interest you.

rere3 Sep 04, 2015

I like this author but this is not really about the murders. She takes a real event and weaves a story about fictional characters around it. The fiction is fine but it all felt indulgent on the author's part. Then again having grown up in Western Pa, this is likely the only book I'll ever read with Uniontown Pa in it.

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Biller44
Feb 10, 2014

VERY disappointed in this book. Was hoping for a true account of the Eicher murders. The entire second half of this book is fiction. Because it is written in the point of view of the FICTIONAL Emily Thornhill, you must remind yourself that most of this stuff didn't happen! It all took away from the crime, the victims, and hardly addressed the mindset of the actual murderer.

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