A Deep Dive into the Characters of “The Quiet Tenant” Book

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Book name: The Quiet Tenant

Author: Clémence Michallon’s

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Genre: Mystery, psychological thriller, suspense fiction

Pages: 320

The Quiet Tenant Book Summary:

Aidan Thomas is a hard-working family man and a somewhat beloved figure in the small upstate New York town where he lives. He’s the kind of man who always lends a hand and has a good word for everyone. But Aidan has a dark secret he’s been keeping from everyone in town and those closest to him. He’s a kidnapper and serial killer. Aidan has murdered eight women and there’s a ninth he has earmarked for death: Rachel, imprisoned in a backyard shed, fearing for her life.

When Aidan’s wife dies, he and his thirteen-year-old daughter Cecilia are forced to move. Aidan has no choice but to bring Rachel along, introducing her to Cecilia as a “family friend” who needs a place to stay. Aidan is betting on Rachel, after five years of captivity, being too brainwashed and fearful to attempt to escape. But Rachel is a fighter and survivor, and recognizes Cecilia might just be the lifeline she has waited for all these years. As Rachel tests the boundaries of her new living situation, she begins to form a tenuous connection with Cecilia. And when Emily, a local restaurant owner, develops a crush on the handsome widower, she finds herself drawn into Rachel and Cecilia’s orbit, coming dangerously close to discovering Aidan’s secret.

Told through the perspectives of Rachel, Cecilia, and Emily, The Quiet Tenant explores the psychological impact of Aidan’s crimes on the women in his life—and the bonds between those women that give them the strength to fight back. Both a searing thriller and an astute study of trauma, survival, and the dynamics of power, The Quiet Tenant is an electrifying debut thriller by a major talent.

Who will love the quiet tenant?

Readers who are a fan of psychological thrillers and suspense through multiple perspectives. 

We learn the different personalities of the killer through the perspectives of those around him 

About the author:

The Quiet Tenant is her debut novel and I think she did an amazing job for her first piece of writing.  And in english as well, because when I read the author notes at the end of the book, she mentioned her nerves writing in english.

I believe her first language is French.

This book will be made into a series so that’s always exciting, Read more about the news of the Quiet Tenant adaption here

The Quiet Tenant Character list and guide 

Aidan Thomas-

Blue eyes

Dark blond hair


In his mid-40s

Kidnapper, murderer, husband, father, a confusing man with weird motives. He’s a serial killer and once his wife is diagnosed again with cancer he decides that he needs some type of control. 

So he goes and kidnaps women, first, he follows them like a creep and then kidnaps them and kills them. 

He has a daughter that he takes care of when his wife dies. 

Everyone in his town knows him to be a good man who keeps to himself but is always helping others. 

Which makes it even worse. 

Imagine someone you see daily in your neighborhood who is always super nice and inviting but they have a dark urge to murder innocent women. 

Aiden is the Quiet Tenant in town.


Could be around 25/26 years old 

The girl who’s been in the shed for five years. her real name is May but throughout the book, Aidan tells her that her name is Rachel because he wants it to be Rachel. She used to be a runner. 


She is Aidan’s daughter. She is thirteen years old. 


I believe Emily is 26. The reason why I think this is because she says she had a crush on him since she was 13 and he helped her father fix something in the restaurant. 

Aiden’s wife was pregnant when Emily first saw him. 

There were times when I thought Emily was being immature because of how she idolized Aiden but then I had to remember she was seeing from her pov. 

And to her, Aidan is a nice man who has a kind heart who just lost his wife and is now a single father. Not to mention she has always had a crush on him. 

So hooking up with him is no problem for her because that’s who she knows him to be. 

A good man. 

Meanwhile, this man has a girl in his shed and kept her there for five years. Doing the unthinkable. 

My Review 

I really liked Clemence adding the POV of the women Aidan killed and writing them by numbers. 

Shows the first girl he killed and what was going through her mind, then the others following that. 

The first victim mentioned she noticed it was his first kill and that he was so young. It was a college setting. 

What I thought was weird was after he had Rachel move into his house from the shed, he told her his daughter’s name but not his own. 

She found out through an envelope she saw while snooping. 

There were a couple of moments when Rachel had a chance to escape. The first time I knew it was a trap and I was really hoping she wouldn’t fall for it. 

She didn’t. 

But the second time was the perfect chance to run away and she messed it up by trying to bring his daughter. 

I know she felt like she was protecting her because of the kind of man Aidan was but nothing in all her time of being there showed Aidan ever hurting his daughter. 

He was overprotective of her and shielded her from everything so why involve a child in this? 

Naturally, Cecilia didn’t want to go because she had no idea why Rachel all of a sudden was like “We need to go now” 

Cecilia prob thought Rachel was trying to kidnap her. I would have thought that. 

Of course, Aidan heard Cecilia scream and ran back into the house. 

Rachel got beaten that night so badly that her skull cracked. 

A part of me wonders if Cecelia knew what was going on but she’s thirteen and was told that Rachel is just renting a room in their house. 

Then on page 155, Rachel has the nerve to say “ The only part of you was the one who knew how to survive” talking about herself. 

Like girl, if you really knew how to survive you would’ve left the second Aidan went out the door, instead of trying to take his daughter with you. 

Would I recommend The Quiet Tenant book?

Yes, I would recommend the quiet tenant to anyone who loves reading suspense fiction and loves an ending where the killer gets what he deserves.

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