Friday, November 18, 2016


The Quality of Silence
by Rosamund Lupton
Published February 16th, 2016 by Crown
ISBN 1101903678
Hardcover, 384 pages

The gripping, moving story of a mother and daughter’s quest to uncover a dark secret in the Alaskan wilderness, from the New York Times Bestselling author of Sister and Afterwards.

Thrillingly suspenseful and atmospheric, The Quality of Silence is the story of Yasmin, a beautiful astrophysicist, and her precocious deaf daughter, Ruby, who arrive in a remote part of Alaska to be told that Ruby’s father, Matt, has been the victim of a catastrophic accident. Unable to accept his death as truth, Yasmin and Ruby set out into the hostile winter of the Alaskan tundra in search of answers. But as a storm closes in, Yasmin realizes that a very human danger may be keeping pace with them. And with no one else on the road to help, they must keep moving, alone and terrified, through an endless Alaskan night.

I am a bit torn about this book. I did enjoy it even though the story is a bit sluggish. In addition to, finding the author's writing style awkward at certain times. The ideas the plot entailed were very good such as Ruby being deaf this gave the book a fascinating trait. Therefore, finding it enthralling how Ruby could visualize words, describe what they taste like and explain how they feel.

Words Without Sounds @Words_No_Sounds
ANXIETY: Looks like a chessboard with tiny squares quickly moving about; feels sweaty and shivery; tastes like prickly ice cream

The story jumps back and forth from the present to the past which is not only interesting, but it would have been stagnant if most of the book took place in the cab of a big rig. An interesting situation throughout the book is someone actually after Yasmin and Ruby (have to read the book to find out) but why? It did feel a bit monotonous having someone just following them in the darkness of Alaska. Whereas, there is another situation that did keep me interested and guessing. I very much relished in all the Alaskan animals described in tremendous detail regarding how they survive in such harsh conditions, including all the distinctive lowdown about each one. My favorite is the Raven after learning such fascinating details about it. The last part of the book brought up an issue that is very important. The greediness of multiple levels of people involved and how easily some individuals or groups can be duped into doing the wrong thing. This is far from a bad book and I would recommend it to others who love Alaska.


Rosamund Lupton is the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the novels Sister and Afterwards. Her New York Times bestselling debut, Sister, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Target Book Club pick, and has been translated into over thirty languages with international sales of over 1.5 million copies. Her new novel, The Quality of Silence, is forthcoming from Crown in 2016. Lupton lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Thanks to Blogging For Books & Netgalley for
allowing me to give an honest review

No comments:

Post a Comment